Hello one and all,
My name is Tom and for about 10 years or so now I have been involved in creating, recording and archiving music. The purpose of the 4Series Dubwise Development site is to act as a distribution point for new tunes and also to share the documents and assets of the past which I hold.
Essentially I hope that this blog will tell the story of 4Series from it very beginnings
through audio and written documentation.
TO THE MUSIC…
For this first post I have chosen to take us back to 2001 in Wolverhampton, England, but before we get to that point let me give you some context. There are about six years of music that preceeded the sessions you can download.
The Jumbleys were formed in November 1995 by myself and Paul Manasseh. Paul and I were friends from school and had just gone in to Year 9 at secondary school. One weekend in a cold and wet weekend Paul came to stop at my house because his parents were going away for the weekend. When he came over he brought his cream Squire guitar and little amp. Paul played and I sang, or talked rubbish over the tunes he played. A few weeks later Richard ‘Wozza’ Warren, Sean Nolan and Nick Purshouse were involved. Before long we had a 90 minute tapes worth of tunes which we called ‘Puffs Day Out’. Paul remixed and compiled the album from tapes and I hope to locate the original master to share here at some point. Such hits included ‘Farmer Song’ and ‘Santa Claus’. More on that in later posts.
As I learned bass we put together a band at school, still named the Jumbleys with Wayne Riley and Andrew Preston. Preston’s involvement fluctuated due to his paper round, but the trio of myself Wayne and Paul remained strong. We played pretty much solely instrumental tunes and this is really where my interest in recording began. A plethora of recordings still exist from this period and these will come on line here soon. Many of the tunes we played were extended rock jams or excursions in to echo and two compilations ‘Rock Rock’ compiled by Paul and ‘Echo’ compiled by myself will be posted up here soon together with a more comprehensive history.
Time passed (q.v.), we left school, Wayne left the band, I joined another and then we got right back on track with a new project called 4 Minute Warning, from which the sessions below are taken. By this time my brother Chris and Wozza had taken up vocal duties and Smokin Joe Sullivan (lead) and Butler (drums) became members of the new outfit.
4 Minute Warning as we called ourselves never played a gig, however I firmly believe the work we put into that band to an extent forms the foundation for the music that 4Series play today. I met Joe through the band Dogtag which I played in on my year out from September 2000 to 2001. Joe was one badass, loud guitarist as you will hear. We mutually knew Butler from the gig circuit – even throug paying shitty battle of the bands you get to know faces. When Joe left Dogtag (after a series of incidents the first involving telling a sound engineer at the Little Civic to ‘f+ck off’, the second when he joked to the guitarists lady that her boyfriend was screwing around and it all ended in drama) we set up a band. My taste and knowledge of reggae was maturing and Joe and I both had enjoyed playing the classic ‘Millennium Dome’ reggae tune during Dogtag sets. Paul was loving the dub and Chris was digging his hip hop which transferred nicely.
The venue for practices was the Sam Sharpe Project in Dunkley Street, Wolverhampton. I don’t know how we ended up there, but we did and that was a good choice – I think it was through Dogtag contacts. The place at that time was recovering from being run by a Scottish guy called Doug who didn’t really do a great job. The practice rooms were pretty much brand new since Sam Sharpe had just come under council control and had moved from Broad Street. By the way, look up Sam Sharpe on Wikipedia. He is not the same as Pat Sharpe as Wozza thought.
Lester Samuels heard us practicing one night and I think it is fair to say was astounded by the fact we were playing reggae. He joined us for a jam and these sessions became known in my mind as ‘Lessons with Lester’. As you can hear, he is teaching us how to play reggae – and doing a good job. This is a pivotal point in my music ‘career’. A conversation that follwed the sessions between me and him ended up with us djing on Skyline 94.2 FM and gave me an alternative performing route other than playing just bass. This would stand me in good stead in the coming couple of years, but that will be covered later.
Although 4 Minute Warning never actually amounted to much, it was a brilliant learning experience for all involved, and I still believe that there are lessons to be learnt from listening back to these important sessions. ENJOY.
4 Minute Solution
Lesson with Lester – Part 1
Lesson with Lester – Part 2
Lesson with Lester – Part 3
The Drifter (instrumental version)
The Drifter – Part 2
Revolution (with Lester)