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"The Hit Years"
© Rhino Records
Year of Release: 1986
So Long Babe
How Does That
Grab You Darlin'
The Last Of
The Secret Agents
You Only Live Twice
Some Velvet Morning
Good Time Girl
Hook And Ladder
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"The Hit Years"
Like Parent ... Like Child ... It is often that a son or daughter follows
in their parent's footsteps in recording music. Frank Sinatra's daughter Nancy
was famous for her #1 hit, "These Boots Were Made For Walkin'," one of the
best tunes of the 1960s. Rhino Records released The Hit Years, a
Greatest Hits compilation from Sinatra's original releases.
"So Long Babe" is another good hit, as it describes the sound of the
pop sound of the 1960s. It's much different that the next tunes:
With "These Boots", there were other tunes with the somewhat similar
melody: "How Does That Grab You Darlin" does have the comparison, with
a good dose of country guitar, and horns. Even "The Last Of The Secret
Agents" has the "These Boots" sound, and does has the James Bond
atmosphere. She would later record the title to the James Bond film, "You
Only Live Twice."
On "Friday's Child", it has the blues/soul sound, where Nancy may
not actually sound like a blues singer to match the music, the music here is
quite impressive. "Sugar Town" is a great pop record, having a very
bouncy, happy-go-lucky sound.
Another impressive tune is her duet with Lee Hazlewood, "Summer Wine,"
having a more adult country sound. The common female pop sound with a blues
twist is heard on "Love Eyes."
Nancy's 2nd #1 hit was a duet with her father, "Somethin' Stupid,"
another great song (now best described as Easy Listening). Nancy does a great
part in the duet with Hazlewood, "Jackson," a song that was also popular
for Johnny Cash and June Carter. "Lightning's Girl" has a more adult
pop sound for Nancy, where the common pop sound is heard on another duet with
Hazlewood, "Lady Bird." "Tony Rome" is another fine tune,
defining the Nancy Sinatra sound. Another standout is the duet with Hazlewood,
"Some Velvet Morning," a song with a mysterious atmosphere, as it easily
fits the late-1960s pop sound.
"100 Years" may not be as good as "Good Time Girl," yet both
define Sinatra's own pop sound. "Good Time Girl" just may have been
recorded by Cher in the early 1970s. Country pop defines the last song,
"Hook And Ladder."
A little bit of country, a little bit of pop rock and roll best defines
Nancy Sinatra's Hit Years. One artist comes to mind to compare her to,
and that would be Dusty Springfield. Nancy Sinatra's music may be overlooked,
but her greatest hits here are very enjoyable, and defines her own sound, and
she may not have been exactly popular as her father, but she did prove that
being the child of a popular singer can follow in his footsteps for a time,
and being just as popular.
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