This is a release from Jasmine records that should gladden many a heart. Wanda Jackson was an artist who could sing rock 'n roll and Country, often putting a track of each on her singles. Discovered by Hank Thompson, the Capitol recording artist who had early 1950s hits like Wild Side Of Life, Wanda signed to Capitol in 1956 and put out some absolutely stunning material during the 1950s. Her first tour was with Elvis Presley, and she always said that it was Elvis who urged her to sing rockabilly. Jasmine have packaged her first four albums for Capitol, and the track running order follows the original albums exactly. The albums are Day Dreamin' (1958), Rockin' With Wanda (1960), There's A Party Goin' On (1961), and Right Or Wrong (1961). Day Dreamin' showcased the hit Let's Have a Party, which still sounds as great as it ever did, and Rockin' With Wanda contained Fujiyama Mama which for sheer excitement takes some beating. There's a Party Goin' On contains the type of rockabilly Elvis always thought she should sing, whilst Right Or Wrong, named for her hit, has a number of purely Country covers including a couple of George Jones favourites. What Wanda was able to do was to sing rockabilly or Country with equal conviction and style. Right Or Wrong signposted the direction Wanda would follow in the 1960s, and she made some superb music , but not so frantic and wild as her first impact in the late 1950s. There have been some excellent one disc collections of Wandas rocking material, and they make very good listening, but to me, this 2 CD album from Jasmine gets everything right. Wanda rocked wonderfully, but she also sang Country, often on the same Show, and definitely on the same record, (just flip some of her singles and see). With these 4 albums you can play through all her styles, and hear just what a great artist she was. Wanda left Capitol in 1972, continued to record sporadically, and cut a lot of sacred material. She and her husband found religion, although she continued to tour and didn't forsake music. Recently she has had something of a comeback with a new album and tour. After some 60 years in the business its remarkable that she still has the energy to do these things, but when you listen to this double CD, you understand the energy and vitality that has never left her. Lovely album, be sure to add it to your collection.
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