Classic 60s material from Jackie DeShannon – four albums together in one set! First up is In The Wind – one of the folksiest albums we've ever heard from Jackie DeShannon – a record that's heavy on acoustic guitar and folk-styled numbers, but which also features some top-shelf LA arrangements from the great Jack Nitzsche! Jackie takes on a number of folk hits of the day, but delivers them with a surprisingly strong approach – still a bit pop, but with an expressive quality in her vocals that may well beat most of the other pop folkies of the time. Titles include "Walkin Down The Line", "Don't Think Twice It's Alright", "Baby Let Me Follow", and "Jailer Bring Me Water" – but the set also includes "Needles & Pins", which is one of Jackie's most soulful tunes ever! Are You Ready For This is sweetly soaring pop from the lovely Jackie DeShannon – easily the west coast's strongest answer to the New York sound of the 60s, and a great vocalist who ranks with one of the best interpreters of the Brill Building sound! This super-tight Liberty set is one of Jackie's best for the label during the decade – and it not only features some in-house production from Calvin Carter, but also some key additional help from Bacharach & David
, who work with Jackie on 2 of their own tracks on the set. Titles include "I Can Make It With You", "So Long Johnny", "Windows & Doors", "Love Is Leading Me", "To Be Myself", "Call Me", "Find Me Love", "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me", and "Are You Ready For This". New Image is an overlooked gem from Jackie DeShannon's 60s run on Imperial Records – a set that definitely seems to have the singer reaching for the new image promised in the title, as she works with some jazzy currents that really bring out a whole new side of her vocals! Gone are the little
girl pop styles of a few years before, and in their place is a more sophisticated interpretation of the material – aided at points by great arrangements from Marty Paich and George Tipton – two great 60s talents on the LA scene. Titles include "Come On Down", "A Sunday Kind Of Love", "The Carnival Is Closed Today", "A Proper Girl", "Poor Someone", and a great reading of "I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do". What The World Needs Now is a record that often features some slightly syncopated backings that give Jackie a nicely subtle groove! As you might guess from the title, there's a bit of a Bacharach influence going on here, and Burt himself arranges a handful of tracks in the set – but even the other arrangers, Cal Carter and Dick Glasser, pick up on the mix of drama and rhythm that makes Bacharach so great, and bring that mode to their own backings for DeShannon as well! There's a nicely pointed sound to the vocals throughout – confidence without over-emphasis – and that approach makes the album one of Jackie's best from the time. Titles include "Where Does The Sun Go", "A Lifetime Of Loneliness", "Windows & Doors", "What The World Needs Now", "Changing My Mind", "It's All In The Game", "Everything Under The Sun", and "To Wait For Love".