Heart Trouble

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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!"
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Cmh Records
  • UPC: 027297870826
  • Catalog Number: 8708
  • Sales rank: 192,419

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
Tim Buckley Composer
Wanda Jackson Composer
Cat Stevens 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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