Shake Up The Place
10 Ft. Ganja Plant
September 12, 2011

Shake Up the Place - 10 Ft. Ganja Plant Track list
  1. My Roots feat. Sylford Walker
  2. Strength
  3. Shake Up The Place
  4. Ringer's Rock
  5. Africa feat. Prince Jazzbo
  6. Hard Times feat. Sylford Walker
  7. Pharoah's Army
  8. Rush Me
  9. Strongback
  10. Recession feat. Prince Jazzbo
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Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
10 Ft. 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, but more so implements a jamband feel and often employing the assistance of many special guest artists. One of the main keys to 10 Ft. Ganja Plant's legacy is their consistent shroud of mystery, considering that, for the most part, fans are baffled as to whom the unfamiliar guest artists are in particular as there are often no personnel credits featured on any of their albums. While the band is not afraid to cross over musical borders, most of their music often has a more traditional vintage '70s Jamaican sound to it. So has their current album.

For the realization of 'Shake Up the Place' the band was thrilled to collaborate with reggae legends Prince Jazzbo and Sylford Walker, each dropping two vocal gems, while The Meditations' great Winston Watson provided additional harmonies throughout. To ensure the sound was as authentic '70s' as possible the album was mastered by Blood & Fire veteran mastering engineer Kevin Metcalfe.

Sylford Walker opens with the thumping roots song My Roots, and one would swear that a young Burning Spear was chanting here. Great tune! The second vocal contribution by Sylford Walker is Hard Times. The awesome horns intro, which reminds us of an Aswad tune, is followed by a superb tune, brought in a righteous way by this reggae veteran. Prince Jazzbo was one of the leading deejays in the '70s. His work for producers Coxsone Dodd and Bunny 'Striker' Lee has stood the test of time very well. Africa is a solid one drop reggae tune, bringing back memories of tunes he did for the aforementioned producers. The closing tune Recession is an uptempo song -- fine, subtle backing vocals! -- dealing with the problems of our time.

Ringer's Rock is a ska influenced tune, kinda jazzy flavoured and totally horns driven. Check out Strength for some fine dub moments, a classy echo drenched effort! Rush Me is fine example of 70s roots harmony singing. The sound comes close to that of Lee Perry's Black Ark, while Pharoah's Army is more powerful and raw.

With 'Shake Up The Place', 10 Ft. Ganja Plant has delivered a solid roots reggae/dub album.