“Love Me Forever” by Wanda Jackson - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1963Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

For this LP, Wanda turned her hand to a full set devoted to cover versions of love ballads. Not the most appealing prospect on paper it has to be said, but if anyone can, Wanda can. She makes a very decent fist of it, with more than a few pass marks and some moments of brilliance. “Since I Met You Baby” (Ivory Joe Hunter, 1956) is a first-half stunner; she reinvents the edgy blues original with a soft and gentle country treatment which works surprisingly well. “Little Things Mean A Lot” (Kitty Kallen, 1954) is a highlight from side 2. Kitty’s original will always have my heart, but Wanda’s vocal feels it beautifully. “What Am I Living For” (Chuck Willis, 1958) steals the show – old habits die hard and hearing Wanda sing the blues does it best for me. This lady sure is tasteful.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [02:32] 3.4.png Wanda Jackson - Please Love Me Forever (Ollie Blanchard, Johnny Malone) Pop Ballad
A2 [02:50] 6.9.png Wanda Jackson - Funny How Time Slips Away (Willie Nelson) Country
A3 [02:42] 8.4.png Wanda Jackson - Since I Met You Baby (Ivory Joe Hunter) Country
A4 [02:36] 6.5.png Wanda Jackson - Pledging My Love (Ferdinand Washington, Don Robey) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A5 [02:32] 4.1.png Wanda Jackson - The Things I Might Have Been (Richard Sherman, Robert Sherman) Country
A6 [02:45] 5.1.png Wanda Jackson - May You Never Be Alone (Hank Williams) Country
B1 [02:41] 4.5.png Wanda Jackson - How Important Can It Be? (Bennie Benjamin, George David Weiss) Pop Ballad
B2 [02:37] 4.6.png Wanda Jackson - I May Never Get To Heaven [album version ’63] (Buddy Killen, Bill Anderson) Pop Ballad
B3 [03:23] 7.0.png Wanda Jackson - Little Things Mean A Lot (Edith Lindeman, Carl Stutz) Crooner / Cabaret
B4 [02:40] 8.5.png Wanda Jackson - What Am I Living For (Fred Jay, Art Harris) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B5 [02:25] 6.1.png Wanda Jackson - These Empty Arms (Ivory Joe Hunter) Country
B6 [02:09] 3.8.png Wanda Jackson - Have You Ever Been Lonely (George Brown, Peter DeRose) Country

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