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Nancy Sinatra
"The Hit Years"

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Year of Release: 1986

track listing
  • So Long Babe
  • These Boots
    Were Made
    For Walkin'
  • How Does That
    Grab You Darlin'
  • The Last Of
    The Secret Agents
  • Friday's Child
  • Sugar Town
  • Summer Wine
  • Love Eyes
  • Somethin' Stupid
  • You Only Live Twice
  • Jackson
  • Lightning's Girl
  • Lady Bird
  • Tony Rome
  • Some Velvet Morning
  • 100 Years
  • Good Time Girl
  • Hook And Ladder

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    Nancy Sinatra
    "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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