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Heartache

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The issue of this 1982 set by rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson is its own revelation. Heartache was recorded in Nash Vegas with a small studio band produced by bassist Jack Jackson. Wanda took a few of Buddy Holly's signature moments from the 1950s Norman Petty's "Rave On" and some of the greatest modern country songs from the '60s and '70s, and also re-recorded some of her self-penned tunes, to come up with a gem that sounds completely out of time and space. While Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe -- not to mention the Stray Cats -- were mining the sounds of previous decades for authentic roots music to add to their own repertoires, Jackson was reclaiming songs from a period when ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The issue of this 1982 set by rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson is its own revelation. Heartache was recorded in Nash Vegas with a small studio band produced by bassist Jack Jackson. Wanda took a few of Buddy Holly's signature moments from the 1950s Norman Petty's "Rave On" and some of the greatest modern country songs from the '60s and '70s, and also re-recorded some of her self-penned tunes, to come up with a gem that sounds completely out of time and space. While Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe -- not to mention the Stray Cats -- were mining the sounds of previous decades for authentic roots music to add to their own repertoires, Jackson was reclaiming songs from a period when her star shone brightest. What is also remarkable is that this set was completed during Jackson's sacred music period, when she wasn't really doing anything secular. What it reveals -- just as her 21st century sides do -- is that she never lost a whit of her talent, and as a singer she was mightier than women half her age. Here, on classics associated with Patsy Cline and Ray Price such as "Crazy," "Walkin' After Midnight," and "I Fall to Pieces," as well as Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make Believe," Don Gibson's "Sweet Dreams," Boudleaux and Felice Bryant's "Raining in My Heart," Jack Scott's "What in the World's Come Over You," Jessie Mae Robinson's "Let's Have a Party," and her own "Right or Wrong," Jackson's performances are enough to send chills down the spine. There is nothing remotely nostalgic about this set; it is a solid country and rockabilly record from a legend still in full possession of her considerable powers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2004
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206654028
  • Catalog Number: 066540

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wanda Jackson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Dennis Burnside Piano
Jerry Kroon Drums
Larry Sasser Steel Guitar
Paul Worley Guitar
Jack Jackson Bass Guitar
The Sheldon Kurland Strings Strings
Jack Jackson & His Band Bass
Technical Credits
Don Gibson Composer
Willie Nelson Composer
Conway Twitty Composer
Wanda Jackson Composer
Norman Petty Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Hank Cochran Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Cary E. Mansfield Producer
Jack Nance Composer
George Richey Composer
Glenn Sutton Composer
Norro Wilson Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Dee Moeller Composer
Alan Block Composer
Jan Crutchfield Composer
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Steve Massie Producer, Mastering
Don Hecht Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson Composer
Bill Tilghman Composer
Laurie Christianson Composer
Pat Franzese Composer
Sonny West Composer
J. M. Robinson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Surprising country and rockabilly set plucked from 1982

    This appears to be an unreleased set of fine country and rockabilly tracks that Jackson recorded in 1982, oddly capping the run of Christian albums she waxed throughout the '70s. What's truly astounding is how smoothly she picks up where she left off a decade earlier. Produced by bassist Jack Jackson at Nashville's Audio Media Recorders, Jackson is backed by a small combo of Nashville sessioneers, and though they occasionally sound a bit slick (in an Elvis'-band-in-Vegas sort of way), they can't detract from Jackson's spunky rockabilly and country vocals. ¶ The song list features classic tracks from Jackson's own catalog ("Let's Have a Party" "Right or Wrong" "Fancy Satin Pillow") and reanimates classics from both country and rock. Her trademark growl is the perfect compliment to the hiccupping vocal of Buddy Holly's "Rave On," and a trio of Patsy Cline tunes ("I Fall to Pieces" "Crazy" "Walkin' After Midnight") show how effortlessly Jackson can straddle country and pop. Other highlights include torchy readings of Charlie Rich's "It's Only Make Believe" and Don Gibson's "Sweet Dreams (Of You)." ¶ Jackson was only just starting to catch her second wind here - one that would carry her through European tours in the '80s and drop her on the doorstep of a third revival in the mid-90s. These tracks stand tall all on their own, and all the more so considering her decade-long hiatus from secular performing.

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