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The Haiku Reviews / Bentley's Bandstand

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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