“Two Sides Of Wanda” by Wanda Jackson - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1964Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

Having been heavily identified with the rockabilly scene in the preceding years, “Two Sides of Wanda” would prove to be the last time she’d prominently record in the genre for some 20 years. This was a good decision both artistically and commercially. The rock and rollers here sound a bit uninspiring; although not too bad it really does sound like a case of Rockabilly by numbers. On side 1 she tackles: “Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Goin’ On” (Big Maybelle, 1955); “Honey Don’t” (Carl Perkins, 1955); “Yakety Yak” (The Coasters, 1958); “Searchin’” (The Coasters, 1957); “Candy Man” (Roy Orbison, 1961) and “Rip It Up” (Little Richard, 1956). Side 2, steeped in a raw-brand of Nashville country pop, is instantly more preferable – her honky-swing reading of Jimmy Work’s “Making Believe” is noticeably more genuine by both singer and group. This is followed by a beautiful rendition of Wynn Stewart’s “Keeper of the Key”. Again, it seems obvious that this is more like home territory. Wanda delivers another great vocal in an unusual pop-rhumba version of Hank Williams’ “Cold Cold Heart”. For once, I seem to be in line with popular opinion with my feeling that the country side is the stronger one here; the album earned Jackson her first Grammy nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Go Wanda…

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A1 [02:45] 6.0.png Wanda Jackson - Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Goin’ On (Dave Williams, Roy Hall) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A2 [02:16] 6.4.png Wanda Jackson - Honey Don’t (Carl Perkins) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A3 [02:11] 5.3.png Wanda Jackson - Yakety Yak (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A4 [02:49] 5.7.png Wanda Jackson - Searchin’ (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) Country
A5 [02:35] 5.5.png Wanda Jackson - Candy Man (Fred Neil, Beverly Ross) Country
A6 [02:13] 5.6.png Wanda Jackson - Rip It Up (John Marascalco, Robert Blackwell) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B1 [02:31] 7.6.png Wanda Jackson - Making Believe [album version ’64] (Jimmy Work) Country
B2 [03:24] 6.9.png Wanda Jackson - The Keeper Of The Key (Beverly Stewart) Country
B3 [02:54] 6.5.png Wanda Jackson - Don’t Let Me Cross Over (Penny Jay) Country
B4 [02:36] 6.7.png Wanda Jackson - Cold, Cold Heart (Hank Williams) Pop Ballad
B5 [03:39] 6.3.png Wanda Jackson - Don’t Worry (Marty Robbins) Country
B6 [02:21] 6.7.png Wanda Jackson - Please Help Me I’m Falling (Hal Blair, Don Robertson) Country
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