Bentley's Bandstand / More Haiku Reviews

May 30, 2018

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 



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 





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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