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Having gotten together in 1997 for the sake creating a sound that combed Jamaican rooted reggae, ska, and jazz with added solo improvisations, Dave Hillyard (The Slackers, Hepcat) recruited a number of top musicians in those genres to create Dave Hillyard and the Rocksteady Seven. Hillyard's backing band includes The Slackers's frontman Vic Ruggerio and reggae legend Larry MacDonald, among others. Their 2002 masterpiece, United Front, will finally receive its first ever vinyl release. The vinyl comes with a digital download of the entire album, and is limited to 500 copies worldwide.