Wanda Jackson - The Very Best Of The Country Years (2006)
EAC | FLAC+CUE+LOG - 453 MB | Covers | MP3 CBR 320 Kbps - 176 MB
Country / Rockabilly | 75:24 minutes | Label: Ace Records Ltd. | Cat. # CDCHD 1125
"The Very Best of The Country Years" picks up from the point where Wanda made a seamless transition from country- inflected pop and rock to straight country. It contains a few more early rockers, all of her important country hits (there were over 20 in number), and several superlative LP tracks, a fabulous combination that showcases all the varied talents of this remarkable artist. This is the long-awaited companion volume to Ace's best-selling "Queen of Rockabilly" collection.
Some know the legendary Wanda Jackson only as either a wild rockabilly banshee or a gospel singer. Jackson was also a solid, original country singer and this collection by Ace, one of the very best assembled onto a single disc, proves the point in spades. When Jackson emerged form the rockabilly years, her country records contained more than a little of that untamable spirit that made her hits of the 1950s so essential. The recordings in this set cover the years 1958 to 1972. They say as much about Nashville as they do Jackson -- check out the prototype-psychedelic guitar solo in "Right or Wrong" from 1961. There's a ton of fuzz in the riff, and the solo itself is the progenitor of Davie Allan & the Arrows' sound. Jackson walked the line between the sophisticated phrasing of Patsy Cline (check "Slippin'") and the throaty, wilder, rawer, Rose Maddox country boogie and hillbilly sounds ("You Bug Me Bad"). There are 30 selections on this platter that run the gamut between the two poles. The bluesy hard edge in the grain of Jackson's voice would never allow her to become so mainstream as to be a national icon, and her competition was stiff: Tammy Wynette, Connie Smith, Lynn Anderson, and Loretta Lynn were just a few of country's biggest stars at the time. Jackson also never let the rock & roll completely go out of her way of singing a song, even in the real weepers like the pedal steel drenched "You'll Always Have My Love," and the string-soaked "I Cried Every Time You Hurt Me." The tunes from the later '60s with horns (akin to the Tijuana Brass) as heard in 1968's "My Baby Walked Right out on Me," gave Jackson a wider platform to let her considerable voice rip. Of course, "Fancy Satin Pillows" and "A Woman Lives for Love" are both here as well, representing Jackson's last hits for Capitol. The set ends with "Tennessee Women's Prison," a honky tonk song recorded as her last single for Capitol in 1972, and the a burning rendition of "Let's Have a Party," from a 1969 live album produced by Ken Nelson. For those who snagged the Bear Family single disc of Jackson's rockabilly material, this one from Ace is the next essential chapter in the story.
-- Thom Jurek, allmusic.com
01. Memory Mountain
02. Right Or Wrong
03. I Don't Wanta Go
04. You Bug Me Bad
07. In The Middle Of A Heartache
08. Weary Blues From Waitin'
09. I'd Be Ashamed
10. Silver Threads And Golden Neadles
11. I Wanna Waltz
12. Blue Yodel #6
13. Candy Man
14. If I Cried Every Time You Hurt Me
15. The Box It Came In
16. My Big Iron Skillet
17. Tears Will Be The Chaser For You Wine
18. Both Sides Of The Line
19. Youl'll Always Have My Love
20. This Gun Don't Care (Who It Shoots)
21. A Girl Don't Have To Drink To Have Fun
22. My Baby Walked Right Out On Me
23. Two Seperate Bar Stools
24. Who Shot John
25. The Man You Could Have Been
26. Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad
27. A Woman Lives For Love
28. Fancy Satin Pillows
29. Tennessee Women's Prison
30. Let's Have A Party
Compiled by Rob Finnis.
Mastered by Nick Robbins at Sound Mastering Ltd.