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Nancy Sinatra The Hit Years : Featuring Lee Hazlewood And Frank Sinatra (1986)
The Hit Years : Featuring Lee Hazlewood And Frank Sinatra\n1986 Rhino Records\n\nOriginally Released 1986\n\nAMG EXPERT REVIEW: The Hit Years contains all the essential Nancy Sinatra tracks: every hit, including those with her father and with Lee Hazlewood, and a bunch of interesting misses, such as the theme song to the James Bond film You Only Live Twice. It focuses mostly on material penned by Hazlewood and has comprehensive liner notes. An Australian best-of on the Raven label, Lightning's Girl, has a few more songs, but this less expensive 18-track stateside compilation covers all the key bases. -- Richie Unterberger\n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nLightning's Girl Delivers the Goods, July 17, 2000 \nReviewer: Steve Vrana (Aurora, NE)\nIt's hard to believe this former sex-kitten turned sixty this year. For two years (1966-1968) Nancy Sinatra placed ten songs in the Top 40 and they're all here. This is a chronological collection beginning with her first Hot 100 single "So Long, Babe" (1965) to her last failed single "Hook and Ladder" (1970) written by Norman "Spirit in the Sky" Greenbaum. There are the solo hits like the million-sellers "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" and "Sugar Town." The duet with daddy Frank, "Somethin' Stupid," which also sold a million copies and topped the charts for four weeks. [And keep in mind this was 1967--the height of the psychedelic era!] Also included are her three hits with Lee Hazelwood, who also wrote all of her hits except "Somethin' Stupid." \n\nIt's easy to shrug off Nancy's success as little more than a result of her show biz connections, but it takes more than a famous father and a pretty face. She had a terrific voice, a great songwriter in Hazelwood, and some of the best session players of the day--Glen Campbell, James Burton, Hal Blaine, Jim Gordon, Larry Knechtel, Leon Russell. It was a winning combination, and these songs still brim with enthusiasm and excitement more than thirty years later. RECOMMENDED \n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nMore Than Just Go-Go Boots, September 17, 2005 \nReviewer: Gary F. Taylor "GFT" (Biloxi, MS USA)\nAlthough the songs could use a remaster and it suffers from the same problem that plagues every compilation recording (what to keep in and what to throw out), by and large THE HIT YEARS does an extremely credible job of including the best and best-known of Nancy Sinatra's recordings. Equally important, it also shows that her work went well beyond our hindsight expectations; there is more here than the "vicious sex kitten" image she cultivated in her earliest work. \n\nToday Nancy Sinatra is best recalled as a tough-as-nails blonde clad in white go-go boots whose recordings dripped with some of the most outrageous sarcasm imaginable. She created that image with "So Long, Babe" and it reached a high water mark with the legendary "These Boots Were Made For Walking" (a song originally written with a male singer in mind)--and she continued in the same mold with such hits as "How Does That Grab You, Darling," "Lightning's Girl," and the satirical "Last of the Secret Agents," a spoof recorded for the film of the same name. \n\nBut Nancy Sinatra did indeed have a softer side, and it shows here with such nicely performed and generally under-rated cuts as "Friday's Child" and the bubblegum pop "Sugar Town," the first a serious ballad, the later as confectionery as its title. And she attracted considerable attention from country music fans when she paired with Lee Hazelwood for a series of duets, the best of which is easily "Summer Wine." And her duet with father Frank Sinatra on "Something Stupid" shows that she did indeed have considerably more than just a passing knowledge of music; her carefully balanced harmony is as memorable as the primary music line itself. \n\nAll of these recordings are interesting, most of them are a lot of fun, and more often than not Nancy has some major players in the band--but two lesser known songs deserve special attention: the lushly produced "You Only Live Twice," which she recorded for the James Bond film of the same name, and the country-pop inflected "Hook and Ladder," a charming throw-away that was considered a major flop at the time. Both give us an idea of what she might have done had she elected to continue her career. \n\nNowadays these recordings--most typically "These Boots Are Made For Walking"--turn up on oldies radio station play lists from time to time, and it is tempting to think of Nancy Sinatra as a one-hit wonder, something that is far from true. And no one who knows anything about her career can deny she had tremendous influence on such later singers as Debbie Harry and a host of other singers who cultivated the same "Swinging Gun Moll" image she originated. But whether you pick up this collection for the sake of Nancy, or her work, or music history, or camp appeal, or just for the fun of it, THE HIT YEARS is a release worth having. \n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nNancy Sinatra as she was and is, December 5, 2004 \nReviewer: Keith Carlsen "widgeonkeeper" (Asheville, NC, USA)\nNancy Sinatra is a unique figure, and more important than the self-appointed rock cognoscenti such as Jann Wenner would dare give her credit for. She is-along with Sonny (Bono) and Cher and the recently-late and far underappreciated Terry Melcher-one of the links between the old line entertainment world and the rock-and-roll business which supposedly would make it irrelevant with its purportedly superior ethics and esthetics. That the rock world is no different, except being even more vicious, is a lesson the boomer generation is slowly figuring out, and as it does, Nancy Sinatra isn't such a silly girl anymore. \n\nShe's the firstborn daughter of Francis Albert Sinatra, who doted on her. The same Francis who, of course, practically owned the entertaiment world of yore...until Starship Sinatra de-orbited and slammed into the hostile atmosphere that left him a wealthy and famous man but one very much alone in an alien world artistically. Nancy had a brief career as a pop/rock/country/MOR singer, remarried, had a couple of kids, and except for the occasional airplay of 'Boots' on oldies radio, was no longer a name on the celebrity roster of America. \n\nGenerally derided by the world of rock, Nancy would have been completely forgotten save for the appearance of other girl singers, who not only plugged her in interviews and in their own writings but whose Nancy influence was unmistakable even to a generation that barely remembered Nancy. The success of Debbie Harry with her band Blondie-with Debbie dressed almost identically to Nancy on the cover of the most successful Blondie album-was a harbinger, but no more, as Debbie was more commonly referred to (incorrectly) as an emulator of not Nancy Sinatra but of the woman who nearly became Nancy's stepmother, and who Debbie did adore-namely, the greatest of all bleach blondes, Marilyn Monroe-and besides Blondie were not that big in the United States anyway. \n\nAnother Debbie/Nancy/MM emulator (emulatrix?), though, was. An Italian girl from Detroit with reasonable pipes and a complete obsession with success,one Madonna L. V. Ciccone (or some such), became enormously successful, and there was no further denying the influence of Nancy Sinatra, in her own right and nothing to do with her father. The rock press weren't overly eager to convey the message, but they had little choice: Madonna was selling records-and then CD's-as no one since Elvis and the Beatles, and while Nancy was hardly Madonna's only influence, even a small part of the Madonna machine was a big boost by any standard. Her kids old enough to 'understand' and her second husband, Hugh Lambert, sadly having passed away, Nancy accepted an offer from Playboy to pose in the pretty-much-altogether and the third act of Nancy's career was off, if not exactly running. \n\nWhich brings us back to this, those of her songs-alone and with her prime collaborator, Lee Hazelwood, who has seen a renaissance of his own in recent years among indie-rock and alt-country cognoscenti-that did get radio play at a time when radio play was actually much more an honest indicator of popular desire than it is today. To call them the greatest songs of American history would be silly, of course, but they are pleasant, often humorous, never mean-spirited, and a good example of how someone who isn't a magnificent singer can still use what she's got. (Nancy is limited but not as bad as some would have you believe; Madonna isn't much better, and Britney Spears probably worse, although it's hard to judge in a world of Pro Tools plug-ins. By contrast, what you hear of Nancy is Nancy, because the resources to bronze and buff dog doo-doo weren't there.) \n\nIf you want to judge for yourself Nancy's merits, and her level of influence on almost 40 years of pop music, this is the place to start. You may find she is or is not to your liking, but she's worthy of the chance to find out firsthand. \n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nRecommended Nancy Sinatra 101 CD, January 9, 2003 \nReviewer: Daniel J. Hamlow (Farmington, NM USA)\nOK, this is the first album I got of Nancy Sinatra, a full five years before Sundazed reissued her original studio albums. The songs are in chronological order of release, from "So Long, Babe" in October 1965 to "Hook And Ladder" in December 1970. All feature her sweet, girlish, and sultry \n\nHere are some highlights from this collection.\n\nFrom that lazy sing-song bass intro, "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" is her breakthrough song. Nancy has clearly had it with the loser in this song: "You keep lying when you oughta be truthing", "you keep saming when you oughta be changing." And that one line where she shows how tough she can be: "You keep thinking that you'll never get burned. Ha!/I just found brand box of matches, yeah/and what he knows you ain't got time to learn"\n\nThe spoof of a James Bond-type secret agent, "The Last Of The Secret agents" is funny. This guy is so bad, "He came in third in a two-horse race." "He got his degree from Disneyland," "He's an underwhelming kind of sleuth/He thinks James Bond's some kind of suit." But Nancy still loves the guy.\n\nThe version of "Friday's Child" is the one taken from Movin' With Nancy, not the original from Nancy In London. It's a sad song about someone for whom life hasn't exactly been rosy. "Friday's child/Hard luck is her brother, Friday's child/her sister's misery, Friday's child/her daddy they call hard times." And in the end, "Friday's child/they'll forget to bury/Friday's child am I."\n\n"Sugar Town" the title song from the Sugar album details her idea of paradise. Here's her formula to dealing with problems: "I got some troubles but they won't last/I'm gonna lay down right here in the grass/and pretty soon my troubles will pass/cause I'm in Su-Su-Su, Sugartown."\n\n"Summer Wine" is one of four duets with Lee Hazlewood included here, the other three being "Jackson", "Lady Bird", and "Some Velvet Morning." "Strawberries, cherries, and an angels kissing spring/My summer wine is really made from all these things." Fine, I'll have a double, then. Lee sings the verses, she does the chorus. The orchestra sounds like a score from some western.\n\nThe dreamy orchestral ballad "You Only Live Twice" is the song from the James Bond movie, in which you live "one life for yourself, one for your dreams." In the end, one dream appears and love is it's name." but that love is mysterious stranger. Think of that stranger, and it goes away. That's the theme of the song.\n\nThere are two songs not on any album--"Lady Bird" and "Hook And Ladder" at least none other I've noticed. The first, a Lee Hazlewood duet, tells of a crisscrossed couple, the man on the ground, the woman flying high on her eagle, where she "kissed the sky and touched the moon/but he left me much too soon, his lady bird." At the end of the song, Nancy laughs when Lee says, "You're too much, you little bird." Her cover of Norman Greenbaum's "Hook And Ladder" is a light acoustic guitar and accordion affair. The folky rhythm reminds me a bit of Mungo Jerry's "In The Summertime."\n\nThe lengthy liner notes detail her recording career from single to single. So this disc is the required text for Nancy Sinatra 101. \n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nThese songs are made for listenin' by Nancy Sinatra fans, October 21, 2000 \nReviewer: Lawrance M. Bernabo (The Zenith City: Duluth, MN United States)\nWhen my father was stationed in Japan in the late Sixties we joined him well before all of our belongings. With a new home and a new school in a new country, the only sense of place was Armed Forces radio. Every time "Some Velvet Morning" played I would feel better. To this day, listening to Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood sing that song takes me back to that time and how I felt. My father made tapes of all of Nancy's albums but they are long gone. Fortunately, "The Hit Years" makes them unnecessary. This is one of the better collections put together by the folks down at Rhino, who have been out there getting our more eclectic youthful memories transferred to CD for quite some time.\n\nBasically all you need to know is that your favorite Nancy Sinatra song is on this album along with the rest of her hits and probably one or two songs that might be new to you but that you may well enjoy. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," "The Last of the Secret Agents," "Sugar Town," and "You Only Live Twice," are included. In addition to "Some Velvet Morning" there are three other duets with Lee Hazelwood, "Summer Wine," "Jackson" and "Lady Bird." Of course, there is also "Somethin' Stupid," sung with daddy (in only two takes). The liner notes are above average, as you have come to expect with Rhino, and there is even the obligatory shot of Nancy in white go-go boots. I think these songs hold up a lot better than a lot of the other stuff I listened to back then in Japan, as does Nancy herself as we all found out a few years ago. \n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nGood Compilation Of Nancy Sinatra, December 16, 1999\nReviewer: A music fan\nThe list of songs speaks for itself. Sound quality is excellent, these could have been recorded yesterday. The CD insert states the following: \n\n"All tracks on this Compact Disc were taken from first generation master tapes. Whenever stereo masters were unavailable, tracks were remixed to digital from multi-track sources. "Tony Rome" and "The last of The Secret Agents" remain in mono, as no multi-track tapes exits." \n\nEither Rhino made a mistake or they found the stereo tapes for "Last Of The Secret Agents" as it is in true stereo on the current version of this CD, which leaves only Tony Roma in mono.\n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nLee Hazlewood deserves all 5 stars!!!, April 30, 1999\nReviewer: A music fan\n13 out of the 18 songs on this compilation were written and produced by Lee Hazlewood. 4 songs are duets with Lee Hazlewood. Nancy Sinatra does not have an exceptional voice, but the material suits it well enough. I am happy that Nancy Sinatra had the vision to work with such an outlaw genius. But, the real star here( in fact, all 5 of them) is Lee Hazlewood. Buy this on the strength of the songs- not the strength of her voice.\n\nHalf.com Album Credits\nFrank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey, Contributing Artist\nLee Hazlewood, Contributing Artist\n\nAlbum Notes\nTHE HIT YEARS is the definitive best-of album by '60s pop icon Nancy Sinatra, who is aptly described in the liner notes as one hard, leather booted, mini-skirted cookie. All the big hits are here, of course, including "Jackson," one of several duets with her graveyard-voiced producer/Svengali Lee Hazlewood, and "Something Stupid," with her father, Frank.\n\nBut there are some interesting lesser-known tracks, including the fuzz-tone laden proto-metal "Lightning's Girl" and a couple of movie themes from quintessential '60s spy and detective flicks. There's also an early songwriting effort by Mac Davis ("Good Time Girl") and even a quasi-bluegrass tune, "Hook and Ladder," by--of all people--Norman "Spirit in the Sky" Greenbaum.
This misc cd contains 18 tracks and runs 52min 50sec.
Freedb: 100c6012
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  1. Nancy Sinatra - So Long, Babe (03:07)
  2. Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made For Walkin' (02:47)
  3. Nancy Sinatra - How Does That Grab You, Darlin'? (02:36)
  4. Nancy Sinatra - The Last Of The Secret Agents (02:52)
  5. Nancy Sinatra - Friday's Child (02:26)
  6. Nancy Sinatra - Sugar Town (02:25)
  7. Nancy Sinatra - Nancy Sinatra with Lee Hazlewood / Summer Wine (04:15)
  8. Nancy Sinatra - Love Eyes (02:36)
  9. Nancy Sinatra - Nancy Sinatra with Frank Sinatra / Somethin' Stupid (02:43)
  10. Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice (02:56)
  11. Nancy Sinatra - Nancy Sinatra with Lee Hazlewood / Jackson (02:47)
  12. Nancy Sinatra - Lightning's Girl (02:56)
  13. Nancy Sinatra - Nancy Sinatra with Lee Hazlewood / Lady Bird (03:03)
  14. Nancy Sinatra - Tony Rome (02:26)
  15. Nancy Sinatra - Nancy Sinatra with Lee Hazlewood / Some Velvet Morning (03:39)
  16. Nancy Sinatra - 100 Years (02:29)
  17. Nancy Sinatra - Good Time Girl (03:23)
  18. Nancy Sinatra - Hook And Ladder (03:13)

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