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Bentley's Bandstand / More Haiku Reviews

With so many reissues falling from the sky, it's time to throw a batch together and try the haiku review spin on them. Whoever said "first word best word" (Kerouac? Ginsberg?) is right.

Eric Andersen

The Essential Eric Andersen

Greenwich Village nights

song poet for the cosmos

seer of Bleecker


Joseph Arthur

Redemption's Son (15th Anniversary Edition)

Akron to New York

a restless visionary

spray paint rock and roll

______________________________________________ Sandy Bull

Steel Tears & Endventions

From banjo to oud

no string ever left untouched

a hipster comes home

_______________________________________________ Jesse Ed Davis

Red Dirt Boogie - The Atco Recordings 1970-1972

Oklahoma man

guitar in hand way out west

hit spin cycle hard

_______________________________________________ The Gladiators

Symbol of Reality and Serious Thing

A mess of the best

the congo bongo is here

ha fe be a dread

___________________________________________ Grateful Dead

The Best of the Grateful Dead Live

The bus and the Bear

rainbow colors ev'rywhere

lively forever

____________________________________________ Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Are You One of Jay's Kids?

The Complete Bizarre Sessions 1990-1994

Constipation blues

and two white bones in his nose

Bizarro exit

___________________________________________ Malo

Latin Bugaloo The Warner Bros. Singles

Percussion and horns

turned up to 10 and set free

Malo es bueno

____________________________________________ The Lyman Family with Lisa Kindred

American Avatar

Up from Beacon Hill

Revolutionary trail

A mission begins

____________________________________________ Charles Mingus

Live at Montreux 1975

Bigger than a bass

Mingus man walks our white land

git it in yer' soul


Geoff & Maria Muldaur

Pottery Pie and Sweet Potatoes

Husband and wife awe

Kitchen blues and other hues


_________________________________________ NRBQ

New Rhythm & Blues

a quintet of multiples

sonic octopus


Buck Owens and the Buckaroos

The Complete Capitol Singles: 1967-1970

Bakersfield baron

looking beyond chicken-fried

pre-Hee Haw hoohay

_____________________________________________ Lou Reed

Animal Serenade

Sister Ray dawning

The Raven is calling Lou

to say his goodbye

_____________________________________________ Nino Tempo, Purveyor of Balladry

The Best of Nino Tempo on Atlantic

Cooler than a breeze

A saxophone for all ears

Deep Purple and green

_____________________________________________ Various Artists, Mojo

June 2018 - Big Sensations: 15 Floor Fillers

Pure soul gyrations

mysterious dark dancin'

to the dawn's first light

_____________________________________________ Various Artists, Technicolor Paradise

Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights

Conga drums bird calls

exotica 'rotica

fizzy mysteries

___________________________________________ Various Artists, Battleground Korea

Songs and Sounds of America’s Forgotten War

Deja vu coming

Korean sounds fill the skies

then we say goodbye

___________________________________________ Muddy Waters

The Best of Muddy Waters

Hollering bluesman

plugs into the universe

while the world erupts

___________________________________ Webb Wilder & the Beatnecks

Powerful Stuff!

Mississippi born

rock & roll wild man beat freak

grows big wears glasses


Bill Bentley © 2018

Bill Bentley was the music writer and typesetter for the original Austin Sun. His book SMITHSONIAN ROCK & ROLL: LIVE AND UNSEEN was published by Smithsonian Books, October 2017.


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