Earlier this year, Light in the Attic launched its Nancy Sinatra Archival Series celebrating the musical legacy of the vocalist behind such classics as “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’,” “How Does That Grab You, Darlin’?,” “You Only Live Twice,” and the duet “Somethin’ Stupid” with her famous father. On September 17, the series will continue with a CD, vinyl, digital, and 8-track (!) reissue of Nancy’s debut album, 1966’s Boots, originally issued on the Reprise label.
Boots was, of course, titled after the Lee Hazlewood-penned and produced title track which topped the Pop chart on both sides of the Atlantic, sold over one million copies, and earned Sinatra Grammy nominations for Best Vocal Performance – Female and Best Contemporary Solo Vocal Performance – Male or Female. Produced by Lee Hazlewood and arranged by Billy Strange for the musicians collectively known in retrospect as The Wrecking Crew, the Boots LP features Sinatra’s gutsy yet sensual renditions of Hazlewood tunes (“So Long Babe,” “I Move Around”) and contemporary covers (The Beatles’ “Day Tripper” and “Run for Your Life,” The Rolling Stones’ “As Tears Go By,” Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe”) alike. The album reached No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and No. 12 on the U.K. Albums Chart.
Sundazed’s 1995 CD reissue added the non-LP single “In Our Time” b/w “Leave My Dog Alone” as well as the mono single version of “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.” While those bonus cuts are not included here, Light in the Attic’s reissue adds two bonuses including the “Boots” B-side “The City Never Sleeps at Night” (also written and produced by Hazlewood) and the previously unreleased outtake “For Some.” The latter, a ballad written by Bennie Benjamin and Sol Marcus, is currently streaming. John Baldwin has remastered Boots from the original stereo master tapes.
The vinyl versions have been pressed at RTI and are housed in a gatefold package with a 20-page booklet containing a new interview with Nancy by Hunter Lea as well as numerous photos. Exclusive color vinyl variants are available at NancySinatra.com, LightInTheAttic.net, Vinyl Me Please, Collector’s Choice, Rough Trade, and U.K. independent retailers. The CD version arrives in a digipak with a 28-page booklet. Perhaps the most surprising format is a limited edition eight-track tape replicating the original eight-track release.
All formats of Boots are due from Light in the Attic on September 17. You’ll find the track listing and pre-order links below.
Nancy Sinatra, Boots (Reprise LP RS 6202, 1966 – reissued Light in the Attic, 2021)
CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Standard Black LP: NancySinatra.com / Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada Links TBD
Eight-Track Cassette: NancySinatra.com
Bootique-Exclusive Red LP: NancySinatra.com
- As Tears Go By
- Day Tripper
- I Move Around
- It Ain’t Me Babe
- These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
- In My Room
- So Long, Babe
- Flowers On The Wall
- If He’d Love Me
- Run For Your Life
- The City Never Sleeps At Night (Reprise single 0432, 1965) (*)
- For Some (previously unreleased) (*)
(*) denotes bonus tracks