On balance the best of the Nancy Sinatra hits collections
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 12/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I listened to all of Nancy Sinatra's records when I was a lad mainly to irritate my mother, who had all of Frank Sinatra's records. Of course, now I know I was missing out the opportunity to enjoy her as the queen of the go-go boots, but, as I said, I was but a lad and as time went by it was her duets with Lee Hazlewood that impressed me the most. If that last point resonates with you and you are not interested in collecting all of the Nancy Sinatra albums that have been released on CD in teh past year or so, then this "Greatest Hits of Nancy Sinatra" album is the one CD you want to track down if but one Nancy Sinatra CD is what you want to have in your music library.One thing you can say about the various Nancy Sinatra hits collections that are floating around is that each album has a couple of key tracks that the other ones do not (and visa versa). That means that no matter which of the albums featuring 18 or more tracks you pick up, you are going to get the core group of hits (e.g., "These Boots Are Made for Walking," "You Only Live Twice," "Some Velvet Morning") and then it is a question of what you have in terms of hits and misses. The verdict on these 20-track collection of the "Greatest Hits of Nancy Sinatra" definitely comes ahead on that tally. This collection gives you "Son of a Preacher Man,""You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," and "Light My Fire," along with a pair of duets with Lee Hazzlewood, "Elusive Dreams" and "Story Book Children" (there is also "Sand," which does not appear on "Nancy Sinatra: The Hit Years"). The only song you are really missing would be "Lightning's Girl" (ironically, the song that serves as the title for the third first rate hits collection). So, all things considered this is probably the best of the bunch but the hardest to track down."