10 Ft. Ganja Plant - Bass Chalice

10 Ft. Ganja Plant - Bass Chalice
Album:
Bass Chalice
Release Date:
October 18, 2005
Duration:
39:57
Styles:
Reggae-Pop
Recording Location:
Pyramid Sound Studios
Genre:

America's second best reggae band (second only, that is, to John Brown's Body, with which it shares several members) is back with its fourth album, yet another celebration of deep, dark, '70s-style roots reggae. As usual, the personnel are unidentified and the focus is on dub-inflected instrumentals, though this time out the sound is a bit less murky and maybe a little bit less distinctively wonderful than before. But it's still pretty wonderful, and the band's usual secrecy concerning lineup is tempered by its open acknowledgment of contributions by roots reggae legends the Meditations, who appear on several of the album' strongest tracks. (They are also joined, at one point, by another guest vocalist who sounds suspiciously like John Brown's Body bandleader Kevin Kinsella.) The album's highlight track is "Deliver Us Jah," a briskly skanking sufferer's anthem on which the Meditations are shown to best advantage, but "To Each" and the bluesy "Last Dance" are both very solid as well. On the instrumental side, "Blood Money" and the heavily dubbed-up title track rock the hardest, while "Burning James," with its rather generic two-chord skank, struggles a bit to get off the ground. Recommended strongly overall.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Blood Money / 10 Ft. Ganja Plant10 Ft. Ganja Plant3:56
Engine Trouble / 10 Ft. Ganja Plant10 Ft. Ganja Plant3:50
Last Dance / 10 Ft. Ganja Plant10 Ft. Ganja Plant3:35
Suits and Ski Masks / 10 Ft. Ganja Plant10 Ft. Ganja Plant3:29
To Each / 10 Ft. Ganja Plant10 Ft. Ganja Plant4:26
Burning James / 10 Ft. Ganja Plant10 Ft. Ganja Plant3:11
Your Voice / 10 Ft. Ganja Plant10 Ft. Ganja Plant4:11
Swedish Prison / 10 Ft. Ganja Plant10 Ft. Ganja Plant4:05
Deliver Us Jah / 10 Ft. Ganja Plant10 Ft. Ganja Plant4:42
Bass Chalice / 10 Ft. Ganja Plant10 Ft. Ganja Plant4:32

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