Heart Trouble

Heart Trouble

by Wanda Jackson
     
 

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It's been nearly 20 years since rockabilly diva Wanda Jackson has cut a record in the U.S., but she's returned with a snarling vengeance on Heart Trouble, picking up right where she left off back in the day. The voice is a bit weathered, of course, but Jackson's nasal whine and sassy attitude haven't lost any of their punch. She gets a little help from her

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It's been nearly 20 years since rockabilly diva Wanda Jackson has cut a record in the U.S., but she's returned with a snarling vengeance on Heart Trouble, picking up right where she left off back in the day. The voice is a bit weathered, of course, but Jackson's nasal whine and sassy attitude haven't lost any of their punch. She gets a little help from her friends -- including Elvis Costello, who harmonizes with her on a tear-jerking version of Buck Owens's "Crying Time" -- but no one steals the show from this most distinctive vocalist. The Cramps bring their voodoo rockabilly charm to the otherworldly "Funnel of Love," a roiling mix of ghostly moans, trebly guitar swirls, and pounding rhythms. Jackson slips into a fierce honky-tonk attitude on the Rosie Flores–penned strut "What Give You the Right (To Do Me Wrong)," complete with Neil Larson's evocative rinky-tink piano commentary and some wailing electric guitar lines from Smokey Hormel, who's riveting throughout. Jackson digs into Carl Perkins's "Rockabilly Fever" (a short course in rockabilly origins by one of its seminal figures) with a swinging vocal and gets some ballast from Dave Alvin's fuzzed-out, serpentine guitar solos. Add in three superb Paul Kennerly tunes (including the rambunctious title track), the country gospel number "Walk with Me," and an album-ending reprise of her barn-burning interpretation of "Let's Have a Party" -- now updated with a ferocious rock 'n' roll attack -- and there's nothing more to say than "Come back real soon!"

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Wanda Jackson was, and, it seems, remains, almost 50 years later, the undisputed queen of rockabilly. Her self-titled comeback album from 2001 was a stellar example of her remaining rock & roll swagger, but this time out, she has a host of the faithful famous paying tribute. Dave Alvin, Elvis Costello, the Cramps, Lee Rocker, and the Cadillac Angels all join the rollicking festivities. Given a killer collection of songs, such as Paul Kennerley's title track with backing vocal support from Siedah Garrett, to a smoking version of the Louvin Brothers' "Cash on the Barrelhead," to the wooly instrumentation on some cuts -- such as the Cramps burning through Charlie McCoy's "Funnel of Love" with her -- Jackson's range seems indomitable and her voice is still in fine shape. Rosie Flores' help on the swinging "Woman Walk Out the Door" is a modern honky tonk masterpiece. The duet with Costello, a moving version of Buck Owens' "Crying Time," is simply one of the finest country-duet performances out there and deserves a Grammy. But it's on the tracks on which Jackson appears with her band, such as "Mean Mean Man," "Riot in Cell Block No. 9," and "It Happens Every Time" (Alvin plays guitar on them, but does not sing) with Jackson handling all the vocals that work the best. Simply put, this is a rock & roll dream, full of raw, sharp performances, killer songs, and Jackson's irrepressible ability to take even the most innocent song and make it salacious.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2003
Label:
Cmh Records
UPC:
0027297870826
catalogNumber:
8708
Rank:
129074

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wanda Jackson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Rosie Flores   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dave Alvin   Guitar
Elvis Costello   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals
Larry Taylor   Bass
Davey Faragher   Bass
Stephen Hodges   Percussion,Drums
Dorian Holley   Background Vocals
Lux Interior   Background Vocals
Poison Ivy   Guitar,Background Vocals
Neil Larsen   Piano
John McFee   Pedal Steel Guitar
Lee Rocker   Bass
Pete Thomas   Drums
Smokey Hormel   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin
Randy Jacobs   Guitar
Michael Hart Thompson   Organ
John Palmer   Drums
Tony Balbinot   Guitar
Bridgette Bryant Blade   Background Vocals
James Inteld   Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Buck Owens   Composer
Wanda Jackson   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Jack Clement   Composer
Hank DeVito   Composer
Oz Fritz   Engineer
Paul Kennerley   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Kent Westbury   Composer
Johnny Whiteside   Liner Notes
John Wooler   Producer
C.C. McCoy   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Claude de Metruis   Composer
A. Miller   Composer
R. Flores   Composer
W. Jackson   Composer
Aretha Sills   Executive Producer

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