The Party Ain't Over

The Party Ain't Over

by Wanda Jackson


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The Party Ain't Over

Self-styled keeper of the flame Jack White is so steeped in roots nostalgia -- he even left his native Detroit for the greener pastures of Nashville, bringing himself closer to the heart of Americana -- that his art rock roots are obscured. After all, this is a guy who purposely restricts his palettes in the White Stripes and named an early album De Stijl after an early 20th century Dutch movement; art and artifice are part of his roots. He brings that artifice to The Party Ain't Over, a stylized high-profile comeback for Wanda Jackson that is about as far removed from the natural flow of Van Lear Rose, his similar effort for Loretta Lynn, as can be. White seemed to act as midwife to the music on Van Lear Rose, but here he seems to stamp his imprint directly upon Wanda, the legendary rockabilly singer who briefly dated Elvis Presley and cut the incendiary "Fujiyama Mama" and "Let's Have a Party." Clearly, the title of this 2011 effort hearkens back to the latter, and White goes out of his way to evoke the '50s of Jackson's heyday, selecting such rock & roll classics as "Nervous Breakdown," "Busted," and "Rip It Up," but also having her sing the Andrews Sisters' swinging classic "Drinking Rum and Coca Cola" while recasting the modern classics of Bob Dylan's "Thunder on the Mountain" and Amy Winehouse's "You Know I'm No Good" as retro throwbacks. No matter the source material, the approach is the same: it's a '50s pastiche, equal parts rockabilly boogie and jump blues blare, accentuated by Jack's gonzo skronk and Jackson's sandpaper growl. Conceptually, it's interesting -- it's not a re-creation, it's a purposeful fantasy -- but the sheer ballast of White's vision can be exhausting, the individual elements clanking chaotically and never quite gelling. Jackson gives as strong as a performance as she can, tearing into the oldies with ease and valiantly attempting the new songs, but she sounds most at ease with the quieter moments, whether it's "Dust on the Bible" or a stripped-down acoustic "Blue Yodel #6." These are the moments that feel like they belong to her, with the rest of The Party Ain't Over being unmistakably of and for Jack White, who leaps at the chance to re-create the '50s in his own image.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2011
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597978452
catalogNumber: 525263
Rank: 106027

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wanda Jackson   Primary Artist,Vocals,yodeling
Jack White   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Tambourine
Carl Broemel   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jackson Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Patrick Keeler   Drums
Ashley Monroe   Background Vocals
Karen Elson   Background Vocals
Craig Swift   Saxophone
Leif Shires   Trumpet
Dominic Davis   Mandolin,Upright Bass
Cherry Sisters   Background Vocals
Jack Lawrence   Bass,Electric Bass,Upright Bass,Fuzz Bass
Justin Carpenter   Piano,Trombone
Joe Gillis   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond B3
Olivia Jean   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Johnny Kidd   Composer
Paul Baron   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Jesse Stone   Composer
Walter Bailes   Composer
Morey Amsterdam   Composer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Mario Roccuzzo   Composer
Vance Powell   Engineer
Jack White   Producer
Amy Winehouse   Composer
Joshua V. Smith   Engineer
Johnny Bailes   Composer
Harlen Howard   Composer
Jeri Sullavan   Composer

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The Party Ain't Over 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
poughkeepsiejohn More than 1 year ago
2011 is only two months old and we've already seen two incredible comebacks so far. First, it was The Vaselines, who released their first album of new material in twenty years. Now, Wanda Jackson has released her first album in a number of years, "The Party Ain't Over". For those who don't know, Wanda was probably the closest thing to a female Elvis Presley in the 1950's. Her delirious, sensual growl help make songs like "Let's Have A Party" and "Fujiyama Mama" memorable. The Oklahoma-bred singer could also do straight country songs that could match the heartbreak of Patsy Cline or Tammy Wynette. In the early 1970's, she became a Born-Again Christian and has been making both secular and religious music, both on and off. This new album was produced by Jack White of The White Stripes and he not only gives Wanda the sympathetic production and fantastic back-up band he gave to Loretta Lynn for her comeback album but White also gave Wanda some terrific material to work with. We're not just talking old stuff like "Shakin' All Over" (tremolo voice and all) but also covers of Bob Dylan's "Thunder on the Mountain" and a smoldering, New Orleans-strutting version of Amy Winehouse's "You Know I'm No Good". As brilliant as this record is, one may want to check out Wanda Jackson's early material, particularly the "Vintage Collection" series from Capitol Nashville. That album features all of her rockabilly hits, including "Let's Have A Party", "Fujiyama Mama", "Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad!" and her blistering take on Elvis' "Hard Headed Woman". The album also has a lot of good country tunes, including "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" and "I May Never Get To Heaven". All this from a marvelous woman who just turned 72! Maybe Amy Winehouse will return the favor someday and record Wanda Jackson's "Funnel Of Love".