July 8 street date. Little did Wanda Davis know when she cut her version of "Save Me" for a single on Project Soul Records in 1971, that her first (and unfortunately only) release would go on to become one of the most sought-after records in the history of American Soul, fetching well over $1000 from collectors worldwide. Now, 40+ years later, Wanda returns to wax with the spooky "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" (a 100+ year old murder ballad made famous by Leadbelly). Backed by the always rock steady grooves of the Secret Stash house band (aka, The Lakers), it's immediately clear Ms. Davis' vocals haven't lost any of their power in the ensuing decades - if anything, she's upped the soulful sultry quotient tenfold!
April 22 street date. Australian band Exhaustion and saxophonist Kris Wanders present a work of amazing free rock with a breathtaking mix of blare and wobble. Exhaustion's post-scum/prog hybrid has a spatial quality and language of gestures that only recalls complete anomalies like Mars. Wanders had played in various Brötzmann ensembles beginning in 1965, and appears on such legendary LPs as Schlippenbach's first Globe Unity record and Kees Hazevoet's Pleasure One. Edition of 400.
April 21 street date. RECORD STORE DAY release. Bringing together the dirty British blues of Duke Garwood and Wooden Wand's Kentucky-laced country rock, Fire Records are releasing a special split 12" for Record Store Day. Each artist responsible for one side of the disc, they have brought together a loose collection of tracks and a mutual respect for each other. Garwood's songs came out of a typically laid-back recording session with old reels and a nice big loop around a chair leg. Wooden Wand's contribution is a selection of recent tracks, three of which feature a short-lived band out of Murfreesboro, TN called HP Witchcraft. James Jackson Toth, known to the world as Wooden Wand, is a maverick, good-hearted troubadour whose blend of smoky Americana has been garnering plaudits for the last decade. Unafraid to mix psychedelic workouts with sweet and soulful country, his varied and prolific output has resulted in a wealth of lyrically rich songs; the kind whose lines stick in your head for a lifetime.
Available now. AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from three great Brazilian artists Joao Gilberto (2); Walter Wanderley and Sergio Mendes complete with original artwork and liner notes. Joao Gilberto from 1960 "Brazil's Brilliant", Walter Wanderley "Sucessos Dancantes Em Ritmo De Romance" from 1961; Sergio Mendes "Dance Moderno" from 1961 and Joao Gilberto "The Boss Of Bossa Nova" from 1962. Re-capture those Olympic Rio moments with this fine Four Classic Bossa Nova 2CD set. Credited with pioneering the Bossa Nova sound Joao Gilberto is featured on two of our four albums. Also featured is pianist and organist Walter Wanderley, another pioneer of Bossa Nova. CD 2 kicks off with the first album released by future international star Sergio Mendes before returning to Joao Gilberto to see us dancing out the set.
February 17 street date. Originally released in 1962, this compilation is the definitive collection of Wanda Jackson’s rocking, rockabilly sides. Featuring her finest singles, including "Fujiyama Mama," "Mean Mean Man," and "Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad," this is Wanda at her lascivious, snarling best. Often referred to as “The Queen Of Rockabilly” if ever there was a need to prove that title for Wanda Jackson, this compilation is Exhibit A. Reissued on 180 gram LP with download code and 4 bonus tracks.
August 18 street date. The first female singer of the early rock and roll era, Wanda was encouraged to try rock and roll by Elvis Presley himself. It was 1955 when Wanda met Elvis during the 'Ozark Jubilee,' a country tour through the south. She didn't think she had the voice for it, but he disagreed. He even recommended some songs for her. At first she was reluctant, but she signed a recording contract with Capitol and decided to give it a try. During the next few years, Wanda produced numerous examples of raw, prototypical rock & roll. The most distinctive aspect was her voice. She developed a wild, growling sound that at times sounds possessed or strangely alien, capable of going from sweet innocence to hellcat at the push of a button. Originally released in 1959 during the 'Queen of Rockabilly's' prime at Capitol Records, There's A Party Goin' On features a solid collection of songs in tune with the title track as well as covers of a handful of early rock hits such as 'Tweedlee Dee' and 'Kansas City.' The set is highlighted by the staggering guitar playing of Roy Clark as exemplified on the standout cut 'Hard Headed Woman’. Reissued on 180 gram LP with download card and 2 bonus tracks.
Available now. New music from the Queen of Rockabilly, Ms. Wanda Jackson! The first two songs from the Wanda Jackson/ Jack White recording sessions will feature Jackson's cover of Amy Winehouse's "You Know I'm No Good" and Johnny Kidd and the Pirates' classic "Shakin' All Over".
April 27 street date. Although best known as the "Queen Of Rockabilly", Wanda Jackson's recording career bounced back and forth between country and rockabilly, which she did by often putting one song in each style on each side of a single. She became a straight Country artist during the 60s and 70s, racking up several country hits. These two Capitol albums are both themed collections, the 1963 album, 'Love Me Forever', being built naturally enough around love songs, and the second, 'Blues In My Heart', devoted to songs involving a blues theme. These two classic albums are making their CD debut in their original form on one CD.
Available now. Known around the globe as "The Queen Of Rock" and "The First Lady Of Rockabilly", Wanda Jackson has joined with friend and producer Jack White to bring you this latest taste of her signature flavor. The tracks feature Jack White, Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather/The Greenhornes/The Raconteurs), Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), Patrick Keeler (The Greenhornes, Raconteurs), Ashley Monroe, Jackson Smith and Karen Elson, to name just a few. "Thunder On The Mountain" is a particularly exceptional track. Originally penned by Bob Dylan and chosen for Mrs. Jackson by the poet himself - his rockabilly fever dream is given new life by the songstress.
Available now. This collection brings together Wanda Jackson's benchmark recordings as one of the few - and certainly the most successful - women in the branch of early rock and roll known as rockabilly. 180 gram vinyl, original recordings remastered.
Available now. NON-RETURNABLE. 48 track double CD collection at an incredible price, for a limited time. This includes 1 disc of her best known rockin' classics as well as a disc of the best of her brilliant country recordings - absolutely incredible stuff either way!
September 11 street date. Wanda Jackson’s career began whilst she was still at high school and she quickly became one of America’s most popular female rockers and one of first major female country and rockabilly singers. Featured here are her first four albums recorded between 1958 and 1961 including her two most famous rock and roll sets: 'Rockin’ with Wanda' and 'There’s A Party Goin’ On'. With hits such as: 'Let’s Have a Party', 'I Gotta Know' and 'Right or Wrong' you can see why Wanda was as popular as she was and in fact she is still recording today. Her last album (and this is for the young’uns amongst us) was produced by Jack White of The White Stripes.
November 20 street date. From her recordings with the legendary Capitol Records producer Ken Nelson, to her recent work with producer/musician, Justin Townes Earle and present-day legend, Jack White, Wanda Jackson is the undisputed true Queen Of Rockabilly! With her 31st studio album, Unfinished Business, hitting the shelves on October 9, Omnivore Recordings adds a treat from the vault to make this autumn a great one for Wanda’s legion of rockin’ fans. Six Capitol-era rarities will grace a new 10" E.P. on November 6th that will be released in advance of a new CD in the spring of 2013, The Best Of The Classic Capitol Singles. The E.P. contains songs never released back in the day, and alternate versions of well-known tunes, ranging from 1956 to 1962, the height of her work with Capitol Records.