Comes on mixed colored vinyl, each is different and unique! The second volume in the ongoing Deadly Shots series. Vol.II features Aggrolites keyboardist Roger Rivas. 2011 saw the Plant grow by leaps and bounds. With stacks of highly favorable press from their most recent release "Shake Up the Place," the Plant is ready to grow to new heights.
1. Bass Drum
4. Rhythm Guitar
5. Lead Guitar
7. Hammond Organ
10. Room Left
11. Room Right
ROIRs fifth album with 10Ft. Ganja Plant and the bands first studio recording in 5 years, Bush Rock, is their most inspired and accomplished to date. Includes vocals by Kyle McDonald of Slightly Stoopid and features the core crew of 10 Ft. who are associated with John Browns Body.Bush Rock shows the Plant growing to new heights, while keeping their feet firmly rooted in a warm 70s roots vibe. Standout tracks Too Much Gun a Bust & Got To Be a Soldier include powerful heart wrenching vocals reminiscent of the greats like Jacob Miller & Joe Higgs. Bush Rock is a well rounded reggae/dub excursion and features both heavy dub tracks and silky sweet songs like the Melodica driven Machete Strike.
1. Machete Strike
2. Soon Come
3. Too Much Gun a Bust
4. Cool and Collect
5. 10ft. Ganja Plant and Weed
6. Bush Rock
7. Head Shrinker
9. Set Me Free
10. Got to Be a Soldier
10 Ft. Ganja Plants latest album Shake Up The Place is filled with creeping urgency, dread and rhythm, or at least it sounds like that tonight, as the winds of Hurricane Irene batter and shake the foundations of my hometown. Tree branches soar, the rain cascades sideways and lightning bolts spark fire across dark clouds. Thunder shakes the walls, but 10 Ft. Ganja Plant retaliates from a battery powered boom box in the corner of my room.
The albums lead-in track, My Roots, begins in a whirl of smoky echo, as Sylford Walker chants, This is MY roots. Walkers vocals on this track narrate his deep connection to roots and culture through three various stages, each linked to a verse. The concept is separated from music and expanded to include the collective experience of a people. That which we have come to call culture, becomes foundation, becomes legacy, becomes prophecy.
As Walkers heavy-handed musings pass into the instrumental Strength, 10 Ft. Ganja Plant takes control of the soundboards, with ghostly horns echoing against shattered snare hits. Ras Jay Champany then takes the lead on the title track Shake Up The Place. The track begins as a roots-rocker party anthem, celebrating the importance of a dancehall, a place to relieve worries and insecurities. After two verses and two choruses (a simple chant, Shake Up The Place), an extended guitar solo enters, and upon its exit, Ras Jay returns, but this time with a renewed focus. Winds of change, he sings, blowing freedom my way. The songs original theme takes a 180-degree spin, shifting focus from parties and good vibes to revolution, to progress, to freedom. Shake Up The Place is no longer a party anthem; its a call to arms.
The remainder of Shake Up The Place is essentially an album of two faces. Some tracks such as Ringers Rock bounce and shuffle with an almost light-hearted air of musical mischief, while others such as My Roots, Africa, and Pharoahs Army lurch and creep, like phantoms cloaked in reverb and echo. Only one track, album closer Recession, featuring Prince Jazzbo on vocals, seems to properly combine the two aesthetics. The instruments and vocals sound as if they were recorded beneath an ocean but the groove remains light and airy, strutting across the sound waves with ease. Jazzbo approaches the plight of worldwide recession with the playfulness and naivete of a childhood favorite. Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? he cries, followed by the poignant refrain, RECESSION!
1.My Roots (Feat. Sylford Walker)
3.Shake Up The Place
5.Africa (Feat. Prince Jazzbo)
1.Hardtimes (Feat. Sylford Walker)
5.Recession (Feat. Prince Jazzbo)
10 Ft. Ganja Plant is back with a followup to last year’s critically acclaimed instrumental album, 10 Deadly Shots Vol. ii (“their strongest set to date,” according to The Wire). Skycatcher sees ‘The Plant’ doing what they do best... infusing that old school
roots groove into timeless songs and sounds. This elusive group of reggae purists, who hail from the northeast uS and are rumored to share members with heralded reggae group John Brown’s Body, have captured the original 70’s reggae spirit in a way that few other modern reggae bands have been able to do.
ROiR, no stranger to classic dub and reggae, signed the band a dozen years ago and have released a catalog of albums that reveal influences and echoes of ‘70s roots, from the close vocal harmonies of the Meditations to the dark, bass-heavy productions
of Black Ark-era Lee “Scratch” Perry.
"Modern roots reggae of the highest order."
- The Wire
"Woven of authentic Jamaican colors."
- Global Rhythm
1. In The Garden
2. It's True
3. Collect The Trophy
4. Sounding Zone
5. State of Man
7. Where Do You Want To Be
8. Hypocrites In Town
9. Sometimes We Play
10. Sing And Dance
10 Foot Ganja Plant is a roots/dub Reggae group primarily based in upstate New York that is a spinoff collective of the popular group John Brown's Body, and is spearheaded by former JBB dub engineer Craig Welsch. The group lineup does not consist of the entire JBB lineup, often employing the assistance of many special guest artists.