10 Deadly Shots Vol. 2
10 Ft. Ganja Plant
April 1, 2012

10 Ft. Ganja Plant Track list
  1. Rooftop Duel
  2. The Challenge
  3. Asking Hand
  4. Invincible Butcher
  5. Fist Of Yuen Kay San
  6. Death Waiver
  7. Funeral Of The Master
  8. Red Boat Opera
  9. One Inch Punch
  10. Return Of The Prodigal Son
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Essential -Votes: 18-
Very Good -Votes: 6-
Good -Votes: 5-
Average -Votes: 1-
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A Waste Of Time -Votes: 1-

Total votes : 31
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
"Who are 10 Ft. Ganja Plant? They are a dub & roots reggae band shrouded in mystery. They hail from the great Northeast and are rumoured to share members with another great reggae group, John Brown’s Body. Their shows are rarely announced or promoted. In fact, like a yeti sighting, they seldom occur. Anyone who has seen them live, or owns one of their albums, can attest to the fact that no other band has captured the '70s spirit quite like this crew, that 10 Ft. Ganja Plant may be the best roots group in America." This description comes from the band's MySpace pages.

The new York based label Roir has a long tradition of releasing reggae & dub with over 30 years of working with both established acts and unknowns who have that unusual music quality that springboards them to wider recognition and steady sales. In 1984, Roir was the first label to domestically release the work of Adrian Sherwood of On-U Sound, followed up with the Suns of Arqa, Badawi, Alpha & Omega, Phase Selector Sound as well as historically releasing reggae stalwarts Mikey Dread, Lee Perry, Yellowman, Scientist, Roots Radics, Big Youth, Skatalites and more. Roir signed 10 Ft. Ganja Plant in 2001, releasing the album 'Hillside Airstrip', followed by several quality sets, the latest being '10 Deadly Shots Vol. 2', the follow up to '10 Deadly Shots Vol. 1'.

This album sees the band in fine combination with Roger Rivas of The Aggrolites on keyboards. The result is a retro sounding 10 track album, which could have been released on the Trojan label in the early '70s. Catchy melodies, always sounding familiar, but definitely fresh and authentic. The song titles seem to refer to the early '70s Chinese martial arts movies, a theme often used by Jamaican artists and producers in those days. Roger Rivas' keyboard with its Hammond sound is the leading instrument here and his style brings back memories of those great Jamaican keyboard players like Jackie Mittoo, Pablove Black, Glen Adams and Keith Sterling to name but a few. Every track is a gem in its own right, and thus we found it impossible to point out favourites since the album lacks weak moments.

Perfect retro set!