Cruise International Records,
Allerton Grange Vale,
Stay Away Phyllis Dillon 7” vinyl
Simple and direct yet unsentimental reggae love song with crystal clear vocals was the debut for a considered master of the rocksteady sound.
‘Don’t Stay Away’ is an object lesson in expressing sincere and heartfelt sentiments in a simple yet effective reggae style. Here Dillon tells her lover – or he who may have spurned her – simply that if he knew how much she loves him he wouldn’t keep his distance. The lyrics are simple and direct, and even seemingly doggerel rhyme strikes a note of sincerity rather than scorn: “If you knew you were my one desire/You set my soul on fire/You wouldn’t stay away”.
A simple and steady reggae backing complete with some brass embellishments underpins this deceptively simple song. Phyllis Dillon only recorded for some five years after debuting with ‘Don’t Stay Away’ in 1966 although she returned to touring and recorded again in the 1990’s.