The Haiku Reviews / Bentley's Bandstand

January 4, 2018

The end of the year seems like a good time to collect some of the righteous reissues that have come out in the past 12 months and help spread the word on their worthiness. Just for fun here's a gathering of this year's riches, reviewed with haiku. Why not? 



Bash & Pop, Friday Night Is Killing Me


Replacements are gone 

While Tommy Stinson swings high 

Rock & roll won't die. 



William C. Beeley, Gallivantin'. 


Not Townes and not Blaze 

His own red heart Beeley gave 

Ours to hear and save. 



Chris Bell, The Complete Chris Bell. 


Big Star burned so bright 

But this Bell tried to ring on 

With all cosmic songs. 



Bobby Bland, Here's the Man. 


The deep soul of man 

Stands on this earth and sings strong 

Making love go on. 



Tim Buckley, Venice Mating Call. 


A visionary 

Rambling near the Pacific 

Trembling specifics. 



The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Born in Chicago. 


From the windy streets 

To the dark end of the world 

A harp and voice swirls. 



Rockie Charles, Born For You. 


Down low Canal Street 

Popeye's chicken red beans too 

Go-cup blues for you. 



Alex Chilton, A Man Called Destruction. 


Some say always doomed 

A Memphis wizard running 

Brilliant and stunning. 



Roky Erickson, All That May Do My Rhyme. 


From Texas came life 

Treasure of the angels' mine 

And then so sublime. 



Blaze Foley, The Lost Muscle Shoals Recordings.


The Shrimp Cowboy came 

Spilling songdust all around 

'Til Drag took him down. 



Grateful Dead, Dave's Picks Volume 24. 


When dark star crashes 

Universe lights up so bright 

Grateful Dead's lovelight. 



John Lee Hooker's Finest: Whiskey & Wimmen. 


Schezwan and limbos 

Puts the boogie in his talk 

Boogie in his walk. 



LeRoi Brothers, Check This Action. 


Revved rockabilly 

Jailbird rhythm & blues too 

Smirnoff and Squirt grooves. 



Little Richard, Here's Little Richard. 


Magic pompadour 

Screaming in the wild night air 

Club Tijuana stares. 



Johnny Nicholas & Friends, Too Many Bad Habits. 


Roadhouse rough and tough 

Forty years old but brand new 

Timeless today blues. 



The Searchers, Another Night: The Sire Recordings 1979-1981. 


British invasion 

Comes back with a sharper side 

And they let it ride. 



James Talley, Tryin' Like the Devil. 


A quiet true hero 

Walking Music City streets 

No breaks but not beat. 



Various Artists, All Day Thumb Sucker Revisited: The History of Blue Thumb Records.


Captain Beefheart Band 

T. Rex and Dan Hicks go pow 

LiPuma Krasnow. 



Various Artists, Jesus Rocked the Jukebox: Small Groups Black Gospel (1951-1965). 


God comes a calling 

Opens up the door for good 

Shows us all our shoulds. 



Various Artists, Woody Guthrie: The Tribute Concerts. 


This land is our land 

We're ready to walk for miles 

So Woody can smile. 



Muddy Waters, The Best of Muddy Waters. 


He brought blues to all 

A hoochie coochie moonbeam 

American dream. 



Susan Whitall, Women of Motown: An Oral History (2nd Edition). 


Photos and fine words 

Detroit bliss sings out like birds 

Around Earth they're heard.




Bill Bentley © 2017


Bill Bentley was the music writer and typesetter for the original Austin Sun. His book SMITHSONIAN ROCK & ROLL: THE PEOPLE'S PICTURES was published by Smithsonian Books, October 2017.


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