It would have been difficult for any young artist to follow in the footsteps of a famous parent – let alone when that parent is Frank Sinatra. But Nancy Sinatra didn’t just follow in his footsteps…she did it in boots. Her boots are not just made for walkin’, they’re made for longevity – and this year, she celebrates her 80th birthday with the announcement of a new archival series from Light in the Attic.
Sinatra’s reissue series follows LITA’s similar releases for her frequent in-studio partner, songwriter and producer, the late Lee Hazlewood. The campaign kicks off on November 27 with the Record Store Day single release of Nancy and Lee’s duet “Some Velvet Morning” b/w “Tired of Waiting for You” and continues with a new anthology and revisited albums.
Start Walkin’ 1965-1976 chronicles the decade following the December 1965 release of the Hazlewood-penned-and-produced, Billy Strange-arranged “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” the anthemic song that topped the charts in eight countries including the United States and United Kingdom. Hazlewood’s composition also lent its title to the top 5 album Boots; the song has come to define the era and share a potent message of women’s empowerment. It earned three Grammy nominations and an induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The Boots album – and all of Nancy’s albums through 1969’s Nancy – were all released on the Reprise label which Frank Sinatra founded. Nancy moved to RCA Victor in 1972, releasing a compilation of the songs she’d brought along from Reprise as well as the solo LP Woman and duet reunion Nancy and Lee Again.
The 23-track collection features songs from both the Reprise and RCA years, as Sinatra has always controlled her masters. (Curiously, her chart-topping duet with her dad, 1967’s “Somethin’ Stupid,” has not been included. Numerous Lee Hazlewood duets are featured, however.) It will be released on February 5 in CD, vinyl, and digital editions. Every track has been remastered from the original analog tapes by engineer John Baldwin, and critic Amanda Petrusich has penned the new liner notes. Additionally, the release contains an interview with the set’s co-producer Hunter Lea. The CD version is housed within a deluxe 60-page hardcover book; the 2-LP vinyl set is in a deluxe gatefold jacket with a 24-page booklet. Variant color editions will be available exclusively at NancySinatra.com, LightInTheAttic.net, and independent record stores. For those ready to count down to February 5, a 2021 Nancy Sinatra calendar is now up for pre-order purchase on NancySinatra.com.
LITA will indeed start walkin’ after the release of the collection. The label has announced that her 1966 long-playing debut, Boots, will be remastered and reissued on CD, vinyl, and digital services along with 1968’s Nancy and Lee and 1972’s Nancy and Lee Again. The latter will be receiving its first-ever complete CD release. These will all be for sale at Nancy’s new online Bootique. The launch of the online store is just one way in which Sinatra will spread the word about her reissue series. The October 25 broadcast of her acclaimed weekly series Nancy for Frank – aired every Sunday and throughout the week on SiriusXM’s Siriusly Sinatra station (Channel 71) – will feature a special segment discussing her new affiliation with Light in the Attic. The segment will re-air on October 27, November 29, and December 1. Once the new year rolls around, Nancy will host another segment diving into the compilation.
LITA is previewing Start Walkin’ 1965-1976 with the digital release today of maverick songwriter-producer Hazlewood’s “(L’été Indien) Indian Summer,” originally from the 1972 RCA LP Nancy and Lee Again. Nancy’s Bootique is now open with a variety of music and merchandise bundles including autographed items. You can peruse the track listing of the collection below! It’s due from Light in the Attic on February 5.
Nancy Sinatra, Start Walkin’ 1965-1976 (Light in the Attic, 2021)
- Bang Bang
- These Boots Are Made for Walkin’
- Sugar Town
- So Long Babe
- How Does That Grab You, Darlin’?
- Friday’s Child
- You Only Live Twice
- Summer Wine (*)
- Some Velvet Morning (*)
- Lightning’s Girl
- Sand (*)
- Lady Bird (*)
- Jackson (*)
- How Are Things in California – with The Baylor Brothers
- Hook and Ladder – featuring Ry Cooder
- Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham
- Paris Summer (*)
- Arkansas Coal (*)
- Down From Dover (*)
- Kind Of A Woman
- Machine Gun Kelly
- (L’été Indien) Indian Summer (*)
(*) with Lee Hazlewood
Discography TBD as to whether album or single versions have been used for this collection.