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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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  • Audio CD (January 23, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002U27
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,392 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Gotta Know
2. Silver Threads And Golden Needles
3. Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad
4. Riot In Cell Block #9
5. Right Or Wrong
6. I't Doesn't Matter Anymore
7. Kickin' Our Hearts Around
8. Rock Your Baby
9. The Window Up Above
10. Fujiyama Mama
11. Let's Have A Party
12. Why I'm Walkin'
13. Cool Love
14. This Should Go On Forever
15. InThe Middle Of A Heartache
16. Mean Mean Man
17. Making Believe
18. Kansas City
19. I May Never Get To Heaven
20. Hard Headed Woman

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20 tracks from the greatest female rockabilly of 'em all (and a heckuva country singer to boot)! Includes In the Middle of a Heartache; Right or Wrong ; her Elvis covers Let's Have a Party and Hard Headed Woman; Fujiyama Mama ; her original version of the Buck Owens hit Kickin' Our Hearts Around , and more.

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There were plenty of slicked-back boys fighting for their share of the spotlight in the wake of Elvis Presley, but Wanda Jackson was one of the rare rockabilly gals of the '50s. It was Elvis himself who recommended that the Oklahoman set aside her country leanings for the time being and rock a little. That she did, drawing on a voice that cut through the din with a surplus of sass and a session band that included guitarists Joe Maphis and Buck Owens. This 20-song anthology mixes country and rockabilly sides, but while Jackson is likable tackling honky-tonk, she shines as a rockabilly spitfire. The likes of "Riot in Cell Block #9," "Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad," and "Let's Have a Party" offered an early affirmative to the question: "Can a gal rock?" The real mindblower here, however, is "Fujiyama Mama," which opens with Wanda boasting: "I've been to Nagasaki / Hiroshima, too / The same I did to them, baby, I can do to you." Pretty strange claim, considering only a dozen years had passed since two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan. --Steven Stolder

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This is a great compilation CD of rock-a-billy.
G. Ivanson
When I listened to the songs of this CD, I thought all these songs could have been Brenda singing... Their voices are exactly the same!
Ronald Van Scherpenzeel
If there's any one artist who's overdue for a nomination to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, it's Wanda Jackson.
Michael E. Taylor

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By king-of-rockabilly-jive on May 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This cd is a perfect introductory one for a new fan, for it offers the two sides of Wanda... the rockabilly queen and the country torch singer, although there is a LOT more rockabilyl here(thankfully). This cd features rockabilyl classics liek Fujiyama Mama, as well as a blues "Kansas City Blues", and some country/honky tonk/rockabilly "I Gotta Know" and some hillbilly stuff too. A great cd, a great price, though if you want to spend a little more and get ALL the rockabilyl classics try Ace's Queen of Rockabilly or Bear family's Wanda Rocks or just for the Gold and get Bear Family's box set, Right or Wrong! Well, you migth just want to start here, fir this sampler is such a budget price and contians all her rockabilly ESSENTIALS, and shines her in a light as more then just a rock'n'roller. A versitile and great singer who could be rough and roudy and rev ger vocie up liek a 57 Chevy or could coo sweetly like a canarie! Great cd!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Taylor on March 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If there's any one artist who's overdue for a nomination to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, it's Wanda Jackson. This collection showcases her early rock and rockabilly songs, along with her two big country hits and some great covers. All are excellent material. Throw in classic pickers like Joe Maphis, Buck Owens and Roy Clark and you've got a winner. And the sound! Considering that most of these songs were cut in the late 50's, the quality is remarkable--thanks to Capitol Records' first-class operation. Great stuff--Wanda at her best!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Wanda Jackson has been unjustly ignored in her own country. She cut some of the best rockabilly period in the late 50's with such classics as "Let's Have A Party" and "Fujiyama Mama." This collection also contains some of her biggest country hits as "In The Middle Of A Heartache" and "Right Or Wrong." It's almost hard to believe, but her version of "Riot In Cell Block #9" is as good as the one by the Coasters. Wanda Jackson became a born-again Christian in 1971, but she still performs her old hits in concert. I saw on her web page that she is going to Sweden toward the end of July for a month-they still love Wanda in Scandinavia! If you love country, rockabilly, adn rock n roll, this album is a certified 5 stars. WANDA RULES!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John C. Coker on May 28, 2000
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This gal can tear the room up. So much energy and what a voice. One of the best singing stars. She has a style of her own, a voice of her own. She can pump an audiance up and turn right around and calm them down. She is the BEST
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This record is a must from the middle of the 50's .

Excellent singer , very good musicians and an excellent recording .

This record is still amazing and seems to sound very modern due to the quality of the recording and the mastering.

I recommend this record to all rock and roll fans
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Wanda Jackson could have been the Queen of Country or the Queen Of R&R - or both. She was that good. Born Wanda Goodman in Maud, Oklahoma on October 20, 1937, she first worked on radio at station KLPR in Oklahoma City in 1952, and in 1953 signed with Decca. There she had a # 8 Country hit in 1954 - You Can't Have My Love - a duet with Billy Gray b/w Lovin' Country Style. She then joined Hank Thomson's western swing band before signing with Capitol in 1956.

There, after one pure Country cut - I Gotta Know which went as high as # 15 late in 1956 b/w Half As Good A Girl (not here) - they began to view her as a female Gene Vincent, their big R&R star at the time, and soon she was cutting some of the finest R&R sides you will ever hear. Including Mean Mean Man, Fujiyama Mama, and Let's Have A Party [re-released in 1960 it went to # 37 Billboard Hot 100). Backing musicians often included The Blue Caps, Gene Vincent's group, as well as guitarist Roy Clark and boogie pianist Merrill Moore.

An LP, Rockin'With Wanda, also attracted critical interest, but it seems like, as they did with Vincent, Capitol just didn't know how to promote a R&R artist (they were latecomers on the scene in the first place, figuring it was just a "passing phase"), especially a female one.

In 1961 Wanda returned to her Country roots, and from then until 1972 she put out 16 Top 40 Country hits, with two of them - 1961's Right Or Wrong (# 9 in August/September 1961), and In The Middle Of A Heartache )# 6 in December 1961) also scoring on the Billboard Hot 100 (# 29 and # 27 respectively).

You only have to listen to her once on one of the rockers in this CD to realize that she was no female Gene Vincent. She was a female Elvis. Handled properly and with the right material, she would have taken her place alongside The King. Most definitely a long overdue candidate for the R&R Hall of Fame.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By t.v.grogan on February 28, 2001
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She was first female rocker, just now getting the long overdue credit she deserves....listen and wonder why it took so long, she needs to be the next to enter the R&R Hall Of Fame. Rock On Wanda!
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From the birth of R&R in the mid-fifties till the end of the decade,

all the big stars were "raw" leather-jacket male singers. This music

wasn't for female interpreters. Nevertheless one daring young lady

didn't care about the by then unproper seen attitude of a gyrating

R&R girl. She was Wanda Jackson who had several of the best sung

rockabilly hits ever. Probably the best pure R&R song of

all times is "Let's have a party": everytime I hear that song

I get the "shiver" and one can't help start shakin' his body.

If Wanda had quit the Rock& Roll scene and turned into a sweet

kind of pop music, she would have been as great as Brenda Lee.

When I listened to the songs of this CD, I thought all these songs

could have been Brenda singing... Their voices are exactly the same!

Wanda, however, was forced to change her wonderful and real rockin'

style into Country which she did perfectly well and many of the

songs on this great CD are of that genre. As a matter of fact, after

each R&R song comes a C&W song. The quality is just out of sight.

What a pity they din't permit her to keep on rockin'. Her carreer

suffered a big halt in the 60's and never recuperated those first impressive

genuine R&R songs. It definitely wasn't for female singers those days.

That's one of the reasons why this CD is a real treasure!
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