Though rockabilly was meant to be over by 1961, lost in a slush of high school and syrup, nobody told Wanda Jackson. Not that she'd have taken any notice. There's A Party Goin' On, her second album, rocks like a hammock in a Force 10 gale. She growls up a storm on the title track with Roy Clark's gutsy guitar providing the stunning backdrop. And while Wanda's regarded as a raucous belter she could sell a song with admirable subtlety as well as heard on "Lonely Weekends," "Lost Weekend" and "Kansas City."
A touch more country than the original, Wanda's version of "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" is another showcase for Clark's picking. Even better, she takes Neil Sedaka's slapback-drenched mockabilly "Fallin'" and makes it hotabilly. One of two Don Covay tunes she tackles here (alongside the title track), her rendering of "Tongue Tied" is convincingly stammering, while the band doesn't so much as stutter. While the album's not quite a concept LP, she returns to the party theme, debriefing down the event at the end as Clark uses his whammy bar like it's going to vanish when midnight comes and the bash is over.
A lot of time has passed since There's A Party Goin' On appeared in those distant pre-Beatles days but it's still straight down the line good-time rockin' stuff. And the blows she struck for female rock 'n' roll emancipation certainly resonate in a big way to this very day. Reissued on standard weight vinyl in celebration of Capitol Records' 75th anniversary.