Nancy Sinatra puts out her boots and does some walkin'
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 06/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I read that Nancy Sinatra was the first inductee into the Go-Go Boots Hall of Fame. Of course that might have been just something somebody made up on the internet, but it sure seems plausible to me. The boots Nancy wars on the cover of her debut album are not the classic white go-go boots we usually associate with her, but 'tis enough; t'will serve. I started listening to Nancy Sinatra to bug my mom, who worshipped Daddy Sinatra. Nancy was never a great singer, but she was certainly more than competent and she had good production people around her (especially Lee Hazzlewood later on). Before we even get to Nancy's most famous song, the #1 hit "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" we get to listen to her cover songs by the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, and Bob Dylan. When my dad taped this album for me many, many years ago he must have gotten the sides wrong, because I would have sworn "In My Room" was the first cut on the album. It certainly sets the tone for the rest of the album. Anyhow, like the good people at Rhino, those at Sundazed have added some extras to this 1966 Reprise album (who ever came up with the idea of "padding" old albums from the Sixties so that the CDs were not less than half an hour long deserves a medal). Nancy Sinatra's debut album made it to #5 on the Billboard pop chart. There are four such bonus tracks on "Boots," including the Mono Single Version of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin,'" just for those who crave a sense of completeness to their music collection. The common denominator is that Hazlewood wrote all four songs. Ultimately, there are no claims to be made that this was a great album by a great artist, but just fond memories of one of the sexy sirens of Sixties music."