Will Bee­ley

Pass­ing Dream

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums -

Same-day reis­sue of two in­di­vid­ual rar­i­ties from un­der­sung ’70s artist. Bee­ley’s a truck driver now liv­ing in New Mex­ico, not Texas, where he used to play on the same cof­fee house cir­cuit as Townes. In 1970 he self-re­leased 200 copies of his 10-song solo de­but Gal­li­vantin’. Just voice and gui­tar, it sounds in­no­cent, el­e­gaic and a bit Dy­lan-y, with a cou­ple of stand-out tracks (Sea­sons Are Of Never; Easter Sun­day Song). Nine years later came a fol­low-up, Pass­ing Dream – the al­bum that prompted Tomp­kins Square to track him down. It’s a whole dif­fer­ent an­i­mal; even the sleeve photo doesn't look like him. Recorded in Jack­son, Mis­sis­sippi for R&B/gospel la­bel Malaco (there’s gospel singers on I Saw Jesus) it’s mostly coun­try rock, his warm voice backed by a great stu­dio band in­clud­ing Dy­lan gui­tarist Larry Camp­bell. Some re­ally good songs here, like Standin’ At The Sta­tion, Cir­cle and I Don't Know What I’m Into. Sylvie Sim­mons

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