October 27, 2013

101 Reel-To-Reel Tapes 15: Nancy Sinatra ~ Nancy's Greatest Hits

Nancy Sinatra ~ Nancy's Greatest Hits
album cover detail
photo by Ron Joy
detail photo by Styrous®

In addition to my vinyl collection I'm selling, I have hundreds of reel-to-reel, pre-recorded tapes I'm selling. This is an entry about one of them that was for sale on eBay (see link below for others). I have the vinyl LP version as well. Interested? Contact me by email, please, not by a comment.


Nancy Sinatra ~ Nancy's Greatest Hits
reel-to-reel box front
photo by Ron Joy
photo of box front by Styrous®

This may be one of the most under appreciated albums of all time. Of course, this is just my opinion. Each song on it is a delightful slice of real life: happy, sad, wistful, uproariously hilarious and just a lot of good 'ol fun. 

Who will ever forget, These Boots Are Made For Walkin'? What a brilliant paean to the "Hit-the-road dude! I've had it with you!" I remember Fruggin' and Ponying to this song in the '60's. Boots is paired with, Jackson, which gives both sides of the story, from "Hotter than a pepper sprout!" to "Ever since the fire went out!" in hysterical fashion with it's bouncy, syncopated rhythm. I love 'em!

My least favorite song, You Only Live Twice, from the James Bond film, was dramatic with it's orchestral backing but it was popular. Equally as dramatic but much more powerful was Lightning's Girl which was as close as she got to anything remotely psychedelic.

Then there are the beautiful songs, Some Velvet Morning (Lord, I remember being totally ripped and listening to it) and Summer Wine, a moderately fast and bouncy but lovely, almost country western feeling song with it's lush orchestral background.

Friday's Child is gloriously bluesy with it's female chorus backup and guitar accompaniment. A wonderful ballad that made good use of her voice. Sugartown is a delightful throwback to the innocent days of the '50's; a mellow stroll down memory lane.

The uncomfortable situations of life are represented by the wonderfully joyful, Did You Ever, a tribute to the Lily Tomlin-like almost but never completed train-of-thought conversations. There is the almost awkward but romantic feeling of Something Stupid with her father, Frank Sinatra. The two harmonize beautifully together.

Most of the songs were written by Lee Hazelwood, a great song writer and brilliant with words. Most of the humor is just down to earth happiness. What a joy to listen to the songs. Near the bottom of this post there are links to the songs mentioned on YouTube so you can hear them for yourself, if you'd like.

Nancy Sinatra ~ Nancy's Greatest Hits
reel-to-reel box back
photo by Ron Joy
photo of box back by Styrous®

 
Nancy Sinatra ~ Nancy's Greatest Hits
reel-to-reel box back detail
photo by Ron Joy
detail photo by Styrous®


Nancy Sinatra ~ Nancy's Greatest Hits
reel-to-reel
photo by Styrous®


Nancy Sinatra ~ Nancy's Greatest Hits
reel-to-reel label detail
detail photo by Styrous®


Tracklist

Side 1:

A1 These Boots Are Made For Walking (Written by – Lee Hazelwood) 2:40    
A2 Some Velvet Morning (With Lee Hazelwood) (Written by – Lee Hazelwood) 3:35    
A3 How's That Grab You Darling (Written by Lee Hazelwood0 2:30    
A4 Something Stupid (With Frank Sinatra) (Written by – Carlson & Parks) 2:36    
A5 Friday's Child (Written by Lee Hazelwood) 3:01    
A6 Jackson (With Lee Hazelwood) (Written by Wheeler, Rogers) 2:43    

Side 2:

B1 Sugartown  (Written by Lee Hazelwood) 2:22    
B2 Summer Wine (With Lee Hazelwood) (Written by Lee Hazelwood) 3:38    
B3 You Only Live Twice (Written by Barry, Bricusse) 2:53    
B4 Things (With Dean Martin) (Written by Bobby Darin) 2:46    
B5 Lightning Girl (Written by Lee Hazelwood)2:55    
B6 Did You Ever (With Lee Hazelwood) (Written by B. Braddock) 2:52


Music links:
Did You Ever? on YouTube
Some Velvet Morning on YouTube
Summer Wine on YouTube
These Boots Are Made For Walkin' on YouTube
Jackson on YouTube
Friday's Child on YouTube
Sugartown on YouTube
Lightning's Girl on YouTube
You Only Live Twice on YouTube
Something Stupid on YouTube

Nancy Sinatra discography


reel-to-reel listings on eBay

more reel-to-reel tapes on the Styrous® Viewfinder:
                                             reel-to-reel tape archive



What a fantastic team Nancy and Lee made. Thanks, Guys, you rocked!



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