TITLE: Start Walkin 1965-1976
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Top 40: These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ (#1 US, #1 UK), How Does That Grab You Darlin’ (#7 US, #19 UK), Friday’s Child (#36 US), Sugar Town (#5 US, #8 UK), Jackson (with Lee Hazlewood) (#14 US, #11 UK), Lightning’s Girl (#24 US), Lady Bird (With Lee Hazlewood) (#20 US, #47 UK), Some Velvet Morning (with Lee Hazlewood) (#26 US)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Bang Bang, You Only Live Twice, This collection doesn’t have any duets with her dad.
LINEUP: Nancy Sinatra. Lee Hazlewood. Session pros led by Billy Strange
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Frank’s daughter made a name for herself with tough songs, tender songs, and songs with Lee Hazlewood that are odd yet wonderful.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After struggling for almost five years recording standards, Nancy Sinatra started to make records with Lee Hazlewood and Billy Strange, and magic happened. She started to have hits, both by herself and with Hazlewood and his dusky baritone / bass.
For about three years, she had an excellent run on the pop charts in both the US and the UK, and not just because she was Frank’s daughter. She had her own style, brassy with bravado, but also sweet when she needed to be.
After “Some Velvet Morning” (one of the best singles of all time just on the audacity of its arrangement and lyrics), the hits dried up. She put out some country / folk records that didn’t sell, and she didn’t get to make an album that included those later singles. A move to RCA records away from her dad’s label did nothing in the US, and soon she was a fond memory in the minds of pop fans. However, the singles she made from 1965-1968 were essential listening for any fan of that era and this collection does a good job of capturing the highlights.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “You can’t sing like Nancy Nice Lady anymore. You have to sing for truckers”. That was the advice Hazlewood gave Nancy when they started collaborating.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE A-: As time goes on the quality diminishes, but her run from 1965-1968 was full of excellence.