Posted February 17, 2021 by Jeff in Tunes

Collection Captures Nancy Sinatra’s Most Prolific Period

Nancy Sinatra
Nancy Sinatra

Over 23 tracks, Nancy Sinatra: Start Walkin’ 1965-1976 (available digitally now and in 2-LP/CD formats on March 12 (in North America only) collects tunes from Sinatra’s most prolific period ever, including solo recordings, rarities and duets with Lee Hazlewood.

Remastered from the original analog tapes by the Grammy-nominated engineer John Baldwin, the Light in the Attic collection includes new liner notes penned by Amanda Petrusich (author and music critic at The New Yorker) that feature insightful new interviews with Sinatra.

The release also includes a Q&A between Sinatra and archivist and Grammy-nominated reissue co-producer Hunter Lea.

LITA’s campaign kicked off in October with the launch of Sinatra’s first-ever official online Bootique (feat. limited-edition vinyl, merch, accessories, and autographed items), followed by a vinyl/digital release (exclusively for Record Store Day’s Black Friday event) of a 7-inch single featuring “Some Velvet Morning” backed with the previously unreleased cover of the Kinks’ tune “Tired of Waiting for You” and will continue through 2021 with the reissue of a selection of albums from Sinatra’s rich catalog (including her 1966 debut, Boots, her first record with Lee Hazlewood, 1968’s Nancy & Lee, and follow-up, 1972’s Nancy & Lee Again).

Over the years, artists such as Madonna, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Kim Deal of the Breeders, Morrissey, Calexico and U2 have cited Sinatra as an influence.

Even now, Sinatra’s legacy is palpable on the pop charts. Lana Del Rey once described herself as a “gangster Nancy Sinatra,” and Sinatra told Taylor Swift years ago to keep fighting for her masters. Last January, Sinatra’s contributions to the industry were further recognized by her peers, when “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Today, Sinatra continues to be a passionate voice for a variety of progressive causes (most notably her support of veterans).

“If I didn’t have a way to express my frustration I’d explode,” she says. “I’m grateful that social media has given us the opportunity to speak our minds.”

As an American, a woman, a mother, and a grandmother, I have a responsibility to speak out, we all have.


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