I picked up an original Nancy Sinatra “Boots” vinyl for 0.25 cents. I figured what the hell, it had the song “These Boots Are Made For Walking.” Being a Megadeth fan, and knowing that Dave Mustaine recorded a version of this song that pissed off the original song writer, I figured, “What the hell,” I should have the original version in my collection.
Pop music during the 1960’s was in my opinion a very dull moment and many of the singers there, I would have just smashed my head into a brick wall. The music coming out then, was all about sunshine, lollipops, love and kindness. But, there were several groups that stayed away from this, but, then again, the hippy movement helped to keep some of the music going that one would expect from the Doors, Iron Butterfly and Neil Young. But, thank god that Black Sabbath arrived on scene when it did. That seemed to shake things up a bit, musically.
In 1966, Nancy Sinatra, following in her father’s footsteps released her debut album, “Boots.” The album itself, features no songs written by her and they are mostly, covers redone in pop fashion. Lee Hazlewood wrote the other songs . The album itself climbed to number 5 on the Billboard 100 and the hit song “These Boots Are Made For Walking” written by Lee Hazlewood went straight to number 1.
Production on the album, well…is what one would imagine from the time period. Lots of background noise. Although, I am not a fan of Nancy Sinatra, I have to admit, her vocal style is not bad. She is actually, decent. She doesn’t try to hit those notes out of her range, but rather she uses harmony, which adds a bit of sexiness to her vocal style. She does a great job on “These Boots” and “Flowers on the Wall.” “Lies” is also another song that kind of sticks out.
The Wrecking Crew was her backing band. A side from the vocals, you have a wide range of horns, mixed with musical instruments that one would expect from the Pop culture of the 1960’s. Sometimes, the horns become overwhelming, drowning out the talents of the bass and guitar players. There are some really good bass lines to the music. “These Boots” is proof of that. Carol Kaye played the electric bass while, Chuck Berghofer played the double bass. The guitar parts are pretty simple. There just there to provide rhythm. There are a few licks and leads. But other than that, it’s just rhythm. “Run for Your Life” is pretty peppy and features a few leads.
I gave this record a low score of 65%, just because, I am not into Pop culture that was once popular during the 1960’s. To me, I am glad that Black Sabbath helped to destroy the Pop music of the time. Downside, disco came next to mainstream, but that is a topic to discuss later.
“As Tears Go By” (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Andrew Loog Oldham) – 2:54
“Day Tripper” (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 3:03
“I Move Around” (Lee Hazlewood) – 2:51
“It Ain’t Me Babe” (Bob Dylan) – 2:04
“These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” (Lee Hazlewood) – 2:45
“In My Room” (Paul Vance, Lee Pockriss) – 2:41
“Lies” (Beau Charles, Buddy Randell) – 2:49
“So Long, Babe” (Lee Hazlewood) – 3:08
“Flowers on the Wall” (Lew DeWitt) – 2:41
“If He’d Love Me” (Miriam Eddy) – 2:47
“Run for Your Life” (Lennon, McCartney) – 2:42