Love Me Forever/Blues in My Heart

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Wanda Jackson's 1963 album Love Me Forever, and her 1964 album Blues in My Heart, are combined on one CD for this 24-track disc. While Jackson would eventually come to be most widely known as an early rockabilly pioneer, these recordings date from the era in which she had turned to the country market, slightly but not heavily tilted toward the Nashville country-pop style. That might disappoint fans of her earlier gangbusters like "Fujiyama Mama," but actually, these are quite strong performances, if with barely a hint of her raunchier roots. Love Me Forever, unusually for a popular artist of the early '60s, contained no tracks that appeared on singles. The more ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Wanda Jackson's 1963 album Love Me Forever, and her 1964 album Blues in My Heart, are combined on one CD for this 24-track disc. While Jackson would eventually come to be most widely known as an early rockabilly pioneer, these recordings date from the era in which she had turned to the country market, slightly but not heavily tilted toward the Nashville country-pop style. That might disappoint fans of her earlier gangbusters like "Fujiyama Mama," but actually, these are quite strong performances, if with barely a hint of her raunchier roots. Love Me Forever, unusually for a popular artist of the early '60s, contained no tracks that appeared on singles. The more sedate of these pair of LPs, it sounds influenced, whether consciously or unconsciously, by the classy Nashville country-pop successes Brenda Lee was churning out by the handful during the period, particularly in the production and arrangements. Yet Jackson does handle the style, and the material, quite deftly, putting enough of her own stamp on the proceedings to steer them clear of accusations of a Lee imitation. If there's any mild overall flaw, it's that the material wasn't the most adventurous, including some well-known songs like "Please Love Me Forever" a recent hit for Cathy Jean & the Roommates, and later a hit for Bobby Vinton, Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away," and Ivory Joe Hunter's "Since I Met You Baby." Better, though not all that different, is Blues in My Heart, which has just one track that appeared on a single. A quite commercially successful LP for an album without hits, it reached the country Top Ten. Despite the title, it's not blues, R&B, or rock & roll-oriented, but it does emphasize songs with blue moods, and is a bit earthier than Love Me Forever. Material by plenty of top writers is featured, including Chet Atkins who wrote "Midnight" with Boudleaux Bryant, Hank Williams, Don Gibson, Willie Nelson, and Harlan Howard. Some of the songs, again, are on the familiar side, but these are quality classics like "Oh, Lonesome Me," "I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry," "Singin' the Blues," and the Delmore Brothers' "Blues Stay Away from Me." Jackson's singing is consistently moving and pleasurable, and the CD is heartily recommended to fans of early- to mid-'60s country-pop, especially as the albums have never been available on compact disc, with the exception of their inclusion on Wanda Jackson box sets. Though the packaging is not nearly as elaborate as it is on those box sets, the annotation is sufficiently informative and respectful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/2010
  • Label: T-Bird
  • EAN: 5013929882164
  • Catalog Number: 21
  • Sales rank: 79,992

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wanda Jackson Primary Artist
Bill McElhiney Conductor
Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
Bill Anderson Composer
Chet Atkins Composer
Billy Hill Composer
Red Foley Composer
Don Gibson Composer
Willie Nelson Composer
Art Harris Composer
Carl Belew Composer
Melvin Endsley Composer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Walt Breeland Composer
Paul Buskirk Composer
Jenny Carson Composer
Henry Glover Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Buddy Killen Composer
Roger Lomas Mastering
Bill McElhiney Arranger
Ken Nelson Producer
Wayne Raney Composer
Don Robey Composer
Richard M. Sherman Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Ted Daffan Composer
Alton Delmore Composer
Rabon Delmore Composer
W.S. Stevenson Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
Edith Lindeman Composer
Kenny Sowder Composer
Carl Stutz Composer
Fred Jay Composer
Ollie Blanchard Composer
Jimmy Davis Composer
Johnny Malone Composer
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