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Moondust Records Special Offer FREE Single With Every Order

Moondust Records Full Page AdI’m running a special offer right now for Moondust Records (the label I run) through the next week. Every order of any of the 10 releases will get a FREE Irie Beats (or if you order Irie Beats then an Impalers or Soulsteppers) single! That’s right. Two for the price of one! Just order any of the releases (or multiple ones) and I’ll send you an additional record FREE!

Order all of them and get a FREE limited edition (of 100) hand signed and numbered Chema Skandal art print and a Revivers 10″!

Just visit the store to hear sound samples of all the releases and place your order securely through Paypal. I’ll post packages on Friday. The newest release is from David Hillyard and The Rocksteady 7 which didn’t get much notice upon release so here’s your chance to own it now! Read below to find out more about that release.

Laurel Aitken
Side A: Reggae 69
Side B: Big Fight In Hell Stadium
Laurel Aitken
Side A: Apollo 12 (Skinhead Invasion)
Side B: Moon Rock
Irie Beats
Side A: People Need People
Side B: No Jodes Version 2
Ocean 11
Side A: Miss Understanding
Side B: Spring In Rome
The Delirians
Side A: Musical Remedy
Side B: El Gigante
The Revivers
Side A: Reggae Fever
Side B: Medical Operation
The Impalers
Side A: Mr. Upper Cut
Side B: Upper Cut
The Soulsteppers
Side A: Bout Time
Side B: Victory Dance
The Soulutionaries
Side A: Sudden Destruction
Side B: Sudden Dub
David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7
Side A: Evil (Part I)
Side B: Evil (Part II)

David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7

Tenor and soprano saxophonist, David Hillyard is one of the innovators of the American ska scene. His group, the Rocksteady 7, mixes instrumental Jamaican “roots” rhythms ala the Skatalites, Burning Spear, and extended jazz improvisation ala David Murray, Charlie Haden, and Pharaoh Saunders.

Dave has been a professional musician for over 20 years. As a 17 year old youth he played with The Donkey Show, one of California’s pioneering ska bands. He also played with Hepcat which went onto become one of the biggest ska acts of the 1990’s. He has also performed with ska groups like the Stubborn All-Stars, Skinner box, reggae artists like Cornell Campbell, Congo ‘Ashanti’ Roy and Johnny Osbourne, jazz artists like Roy Campbell, blues artists like Simon Chardiet, soul singers like Archie Bell (“Do the Tighten Up”), and even punkrockers like Rancid.

But Dave is best known for his work with the Slackers who continue to blaze around the globe with their brand of Ska Reggae goodness.

Through his diverse experience, Dave has developed an unique style. A mix of the warm island tonalities of Roland Alphonso and Tommy McCook, the strident cries of John Coltrane, the smears of Sidney Bechet, the other-worldliness of Pharaoh Saunders, the honking blues of King Curtis, and the swing of Ben Webster, Lester Young, and Coleman Hawkins.

His band, Rocksteady 7, is a shifting collective of musicians featuring some of the best players in New York City. They have experience playing with everyone from Sting to the Skatalites. Senior among them is veteran percussionist, Larry McDonald.

Larry began his career back at the inception of ska music with Carlos Malcolm’s Afro Jamaicans. He went on to perform on such classic reggae tracks as “Cherry Oh Baby”, “Funky Kingston”, and “Rivers of Babylon”. Then he left Jamaica and played long stints with Taj Mahal and Gil Scott-Heron.

This new single features another trademark Jazz Reggae hybrid of epic proportions. It features a darkly horn workout of the Howling Wolf classic “Evil” in two parts.

David Hillyard – Tenor Saxophone
Larry McDonald – Congas
Eddie Ocampo – Drums
Dan Jeselsohn – Bass
Justin Rothberg – Guitar
Rich Graiko – Trumpet
Phil Cooper – Trombone
David Wake – Organ

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.