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Unfinished Business, the new album from legendary singer and “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” inductee Wanda Jackson, will be released October 9 on Sugar Hill Records. This is Jackson’s 31st studio album and marks the producing debut of fellow renowned musician and songwriter Justin Townes Earle. Of working with Earle, Jackson comments, “From day one I really liked ... Read more in Amazon's Wanda Jackson Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 27, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: October 17, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records UK
  • ASIN: B00004WGED
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Baby Loves Him
2. Mean Mean Man
3. Fujiyama Mama
4. Cool Love
5. Honey Bop
6. I Gotta Know
7. Let's Have A Party
8. Money Honey
9. Long Tall Sally
10. Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad
11. Searchin'
12. Savin' My Love
13. Kansas City
14. Hard Headed Woman
15. Tunnel Of Love
16. My Baby Left Me
17. Sticks And Stones
18. Who Shot Sam?
19. There's A Party Goin' On
20. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
See all 30 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Wanda Jackson was a maverick - the first and only white female rocker with attitude. Raven-haired and heavy-lidded, Jackson dared you to believe there was something deliciously forbidden about a wild rock 'n' roll tune like Mean Mean Man, not least because she recorded so few of them in a career that took her from country to rock 'n' roll then back to country again. Though it's not readily apparent or commonly perceived, Wanda Jackson broke the mold in more ways than one.

''I was really a maverick'' she recalls, ''I was trying to put some glamour and sex appeal into country music when it wasn't the done thing. My manager was doing his best to get me to just wear skirts and sweaters. He said, 'You should look just like the people in the audience.' I said, 'no, I think they come to see someone look a little different than the girl next door'. It helped establish me and set me apart.''

In January 1958, Wanda's booking agent and manager Jim Halsey was approached by Bobby Poe & The Kats, a mixed race rock 'n' roll band out of Arkansas. They were offered the task of working as Wanda's road band and in April 1958 they spent four days recording with her at the Capitol Tower in Hollywood. The sessions spawned Mean Mean Man, Let's Have A Party, Long Tall Sally, Money Honey, Rock Your Baby (all heard here) as well as a slew of country songs all of which appeared on her debut LP.

Further dangerous singles such as Rock Your Baby and Savin' My Love came and went, and Wanda was beginning to mildly despair at her lack of chart success. ''I had already given up on the rock stuff,'' she explained. ''I had talked to Ken Nelson and told him I wanted to go back to doing just country. Then a deejay in Des Moines, Iowa, started playing Let's Have A Party off my first album and got such a tremendous reaction to it that he contacted Capitol and they agreed to put it out on a 45.''

Let's Have A Party reached #38 on the Hot 100 in the autumn of 1960, revitalizing Wanda's career at a time when she was beginning to doubt whether she would ever fulfil her potential. Wanda milked it for all it was worth, changing the name of her band to the Party Timers and cashing in with an album titled There's A Party Going On. Unlike many artists on their first hit, Wanda at 23 had six years of experience behind her and was ready and primed to take advantage of the break when it came.

All her classic rock 'n' roll sides are packed full to bursting onto this blistering (and long awaited) CD, affirming her status as the Queen of Rockabilly.

Customer Reviews

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This is a fantastic CD and a must for any Rock-A-Billy fans collection.
The Mean Eyed Cat
Wanda Jackson, with her low-down, gritty, raspy voice, and great sense of timing, is one of the unsung heros of early rock and roll.
She still has so much energy and showmanship on stage, and really entertained the crowd that day.
Debbie K. Leighton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
I heard an excerpt of this CD on NPR along with an interview of Wanda Jackson. The first and just about only lady of Rockabilly was friends with Elvis and should be more of a legend that she is. And she is still around, still making music.
Wanda's voice is absolutely unique; once you hear her raspy, dirty-girl version of "Let's Have a Party" you may be as hooked as I was. Her voice has great variety, her arrangements are classic. Since Amazon puts up clips for you to hear, listen to "Let's Have a Party" and "Fujiyama Mama" for starters.
I bought this CD and played it for my rock n' roll loving mate and he was absolutely smitten. He had never heard of Wanda Jackson, but now she's his favorite.
If you love Elvis, Rock 'n Roll, you will adore Wanda Jackson and this CD is not only great for the songs it includes but it has SO MANY OF THEM. You cannot go wrong with this CD.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By El Freak on May 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
When I listened to this for the first time, I fell out of my chair. Next thing I knew my [...] started shakin' involuntarily. This has GOT to be some of the most raw and rockin' stuff to come out of the 1950's. After I recovered the first question that came to my mind was "WHY IN THE HELL AIN'T I NEVER HEARD OF THIS BEFORE?" The answer's simple: 1950's America could barely handle Elvis and Gene Vincent, and there ain't no way in hell they woulda been ready to handle a sexy white Southern gal doing the same thing. Wanda may not have been the first woman to sing rockabilly, nor was she the last by any means, but whereas the rest of these women seemed just a bit too "ladylike" to really cut raw rockabilly, Wanda was the exact opposite. This is stuff about drinkin', hell-raisin' and fornicatin', as all rockabilly should be, and her performances here give off a raw sexual energy that even Elvis, Gene, and Jerry Lee had a tough time matching. Wanda was not exclusively a rockabilly singer, most of her career was spent in the country genre, but her country stuff, as good as it is, can't hold a candle to this. One other thing that set Wanda apart in my mind from many of the other female rockabillies is there's never a sense of cutesiness or that she was only doing it to sell a few more 45's. Like Elvis, Carl, Jerry Lee and all the rest of 'em, this was girl was country born and bred but had a deep love and respect for the blues and r&b. And when it comes to the blues, this chick can hang with Big Mama Thornton, Ruth Brown or any of the rest of 'em. Also, all rockabilly has GOT to have some bangin' and twangin' guitar work on it, and this doesn't disappoint. If I'm not mistaken, most of the guitar on these tracks was by legendary session cat Joe Maphis, and the rest feature Roy Clark(!). Both absolutely burn. Anyway, to summarize, buy it. You'll be dancing around the room shortly afterwards.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paco Rivera on February 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Along with the more refined Janis Martin, Wanda Jackson is the Queen of Rockabilly, she growls, and moans with her voice often purring like a cat, and groaning like a motor of a 57 Chevy, even at times sounding like a groovy rhythmic chipmuck(only occasioanlly, and in a good way). Jackson rocks, stopms and swings her way thru this cd on 30 songs. showing she was capable, rockabilly, swing, and blues singer. One surprise is Jackson handling the jazz standard "Kansas City" with ease and verve sounding more like Helen Humes! She is a versitile singer, and a furious guitar player. A great cd, and it's all the Wanda you'll need. Though I have seen her recently and she still sounds the same, and I've been told her latest cd is worth picking up. Buy this 1st, if you are a rockabilly greaser type, you NEED this!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By nebula42 on July 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I love the twangy rockabilly guitar sound and was looking for some oldies type music, but didn't want the mainstream stuff so much. Some of the new music out there is great, but I really wanted to get to the heart of rockabilly guitar sounds. I searched Amazon for Rockabilly CDs and this Wanda Jackson one caught my eye. Listened to some of the tracks and went to all of the local stores. Couldn't find the CD anywhere, so I purchased here on Amazon. Received it in just 3 days, and am really, really happy with it. Great guitars and lots of fun rock and roll. Don't make the same mistake I made at first and buy her country stuff - I thought her other CDs would have some Rockabilly stuff on them - WRONG! This Queen of Rockabilly is the CD to get for Wanda's rock and roll stuff.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Phatso on June 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This cd will appeal to anyone who likes a wide variety of cool music ranc=ging from 50's jump blues to jivin' swing. Wanda covers it all, she's not just a rockabilly singer, she's able to handle straight blues like "Kansa City" r&b "Let's Have a Party" and jump blues "Havin' Me Some Fun Tonight." She is no dought the queen of r=swinging e=rockabilly as she shows on tunes like Baby Loves Him and Mean Mean Man. She occasionally revs up her voice, and growls like a tiger. She also sings in a r&b style Ruth Brown made poplular on "Mama, he treats your daughter mean", the high pitched squeel. She can really handle swing style numbers like "Fujiyama Mama" that are heavily based on jump blues. This gal's got soul, which is more than one can say about many rockabilly or rock singers, she is the ultimate jump blues, western swing, rockabilly, r&b singer, and this cd is all the proof you need. ESSENTIAL for hipters, swingers, rockabilly's and hep-chicks.
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