Dread Lester at the Microphone

Dread Lester

My last post on this blog was back in August 2009 when I published the first installment of vintage sound posters from my good friend Dread Lester’s archive with his permission.

Strange then that as I type in on bleak February evening the Dread is no longer with us, his funeral passed and the passage of time for the rest of us relentlessly moving forwards.  Lester was a great man and a great friend. Whilst his body is gone his spirit lives on, and he has left behind a wealth of music for us to remember him by and draw inspiration from.

Myself and Lester swapped a lot of music between us as friends, including concerts we’d recorded or sessions we’d performed at.  For your listening pleasure here is one of my favourite sessions that Lester gave me in totality on CDR.

Recorded in 2004, it features Dread Lester on the mic alongside two of Wolverhampton’s all time top selectors.  This session was recorded at the Haile Selassie birthday celebration at Wolverhampton Cultural Centre, at which myself and Bushell were present.  You can hear his personality shine through on this session.  Watch for the “big up all baldhead in the house” part, where Lester responds with humour and wisdom to some more hard line members of the audience…

Part 1 – Dread Lester with Daddy Skippa

Part 2Dread Lester with Archie D

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4Series LIVE 27th May 2007

Here for your listening pleasure is an audience recording from our latest gig at Wolves Civic backroom bar.  This was an interesting session – musically rich and impromtu versions were aired for the first time here, as well as a load of extended versions of tunes.  Special guest performance from Dread Lester on the night which  was always going to be wicked. 

LINK UNDER REPAIR – set available soon (17/4/08)

Intro
Eyes
Six Blade > Shadow > Shadub
Oh Girl
Sarah
Unity
Fatality > Fataldub
Dub Warrior

Revolution riddim
Babylon riddim

4Series DEMO 07 – from the city called hean tun

Demo Front Cover
4SERIES DEMO 07

STUDIO

Not much to say other than here are the completed mixes from the mixing session today. Attended by myself, Wozza and the Guvnor. Pince at the control tower.

Fatality
Eyes are Burning Bright
Oh Girl
Unity

Dub Warrior (Exclusive 2008 Discomix)
Fatal Dub (Exclusive WordPress Dub Mix)

 

ALL MP3s ARE ENCODED AT MAXIMUM POSSIBLE QUALITY, SO FOR BEST LISTENING PLEASURE BURN YOURSELF A COPY OF THE TUNES ONTO CDR AND PLAY IT ON YOUR HI FI.

4Series LIVE Christmas Extravaganza at the Varsity

 

Wozza and Chris
Thanks all for turning out to be what proved to be a very enjoyable evening.  We came on at abput 11.30pm on Friday, 29th December 2006 so it was much appreciated that you stuck out to support us.

Here is the sound from the gig.  It has been taken from camcorder source, so it aint the best – but it will do.  Check back here soon to download the full video of the gig (I need to locate the Firewire cable first though!!)

PHOTOS: Jim Woods.
If you have any photos then please send them to this address.

DOWNLOAD THE SET BY CLICKING HERE

The set ran as follows:

Intro
Eyes are Burning  Bright
Shadow
Oh Girl
Unity
Socialite
Fade Away
Fatality
Wolftown Revolution

 Paul Seguinator Manasseh

Sleng Teng
Dub Warrior

 Ben 'Guvnor' Davies

You’ll see there are a few new tunes in there to the 4Series show.  Check back soon for the results of the recording session with Pince (rudeboy engineer and drummer from The Priory)….it’s being mixed this Saturday.

 

RESPECT

4Series

4Series LIVE

 

What a great night out had by all on Sunday 29th Ocotber, 2006.

Intro
Eyes are Burning Bright
Shadow
Oh Girl
Fade Away
Fatality
Wolftown Revolution
No Cocaine

Drum Song*

You can download the complete set as one 30Mb file by clicking HERE (with the exception of * which will be made available at a later date)