Wanda Jackson - The Very Best Of The Country Years

Published Wednesday 31st January 2007
Wanda Jackson - The Very Best Of The Country Years
Wanda Jackson - The Very Best Of The Country Years

STYLE: Country
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 21505-12038
LABEL: Ace CDCHD1125
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1

Reviewed by Dave Brassington

This is a compilation of 30 Wanda Jackson recordings from her Capitol years. Unfortunately, none of her earlier Decca recordings are present. What this set does give you is all of her big country hits like "Right Or Wrong", "In The Middle Of A Heartache" and a particular favourite of mine, "Silver Threads And Golden Needles", which the Springfields popularised in the UK in the 1960s. The album closes with a live version of her fine rock and roll version of "Let's Have A Party" which gave her her one and only British chart position and which has now come to be thought of as one of the finest rock and roll records. The album notes detail Wanda's Christian commitment and describe how she left mainstream country music following her conversion in the mid '70s, but unfortunately there are no gospel tracks at all on this compilation. So all in all I find this album a bit of an anomaly, even though it does contain some very good music.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Memory Mountain [Listen]
2. Right Or Wrong [Listen]
3. I Don't Wanta Go [Listen]
4. You Bug Me Bad [Listen]
5. Slippin' [Listen]
6. Fever [Listen]
7. In The Middle Of A Heartache [Listen]
8. Weary Blues From Waitin' [Listen]
9. I'd Be Ashamed [Listen]
10. Silver Threads And Golden Neadles [Listen]
11. I Wanna Waltz [Listen]
12. Blue Yodel #6 [Listen]
13. Candy Man [Listen]
14. If I Cried Every Time You Hurt Me [Listen]
15. The Box It Came In [Listen]
16. My Big Iron Skillet [Listen]
17. Tears Will Be The Chaser For You Wine [Listen]
18. Both Sides Of The Line [Listen]
19. You'll Always Have My Love [Listen]
20. This Gun Don't Care (Who It Shoots) [Listen]
21. A Girl Don't Have To Drink To Have Fun [Listen]
22. My Baby Walked Right Out On Me [Listen]
23. Two Seperate Bar Stools [Listen]
24. Who Shot John- [Listen]
25. The Man You Could Have Been [Listen]
26. Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad [Listen]
27. A Woman Lives For Love [Listen]
28. Fancy Satin Pillows [Listen]
29. Tennessee Women's Prison [Listen]
30. Let's Have A Party [Listen]

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