Nancy Sinatra

Lightning's Girl

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Though a little harder to find for North American and European consumers than Rhino's The Hit Years, this 26-track, single-disc Australian best-of has virtually everything from the Rhino compilation and then some. Besides all 18 songs from The Hit Years except "Tony Rome," this has eight additional tracks, making this the best-value Nancy Sinatra anthology. It should be noted that most of the additional nine tracks are not among Sinatra's very best efforts, several of them being country-flavored duets with producer Lee Hazlewood. Still, among those extras, the Sinatra-Hazlewood duets "Sundown, Sundown," "Paris Summer," and "Down from Dover" (the last of them a Dolly Parton cover) are good, and "Sand" -- the most notable omission from the Rhino set -- is one of the best and spookiest songs to feature both Sinatra and Hazlewood on vocals. Also among the extras is one of her better solo outings, "This Town." In fact, the only real disadvantage of this set is the absence of original release date and label information. Otherwise, it's a fine summary of the best work of a singer (and producer and songwriter) who put out some of the best pop-rock-country-folk kitsch of the 1960s, or of any other decade for that matter.

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