Friday, June 16, 2006

And maybe tell you 'bout Phaedra

Play it: Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
Video: "Some Velvet Morning When I'm Straight"

Rhapsody just added a ton of Nancy Sinatra, including nearly all the Lee Hazlewood duets. Hazlewood was producer on all of Nancy Sinatra's albums, and wrote most her hits as well, including "These Boots Are Made For Walking," "How Does That Grab You, Darlin'?" and "Sugar Town."

But the real jewel in her collection is the duets with Hazlewood, especially the dreamy and epic "Some Velvet Morning," which is one of the oddest (and coolest) top 10 singles of all time. Hazlewood's songwriting and baritone voice have a cult following, and paired with Sinatra, it was an oddly perfect match. Nancy & Lee was a great collection of these duets, and while most appeared on different Nancy Sinatra solo albums, the album is crucial for those that want them all in one place.

The video for "Some Velvet Morning" is just as oddly cool as the song is.

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drake leLane said...

Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood

* "Greenwich Village Folk Song Salesman"
* "Summer Wine"
* "Sundown, Sundown"
* "Some Velvet Morning"
* "Jackson"
* "Lady Bird"
* "Arkansas Coal (Suite)"
* "Down From Dover"

J Shifty said...

Wow. This is all new to me, and it's got me alternately shaking my head in awe and amusement. Certainly a fascinating American document.

Thank you, sir!

drake leLane said...

Somehow I knew you'd appreciate Hazlewood ;)

tronic said...

The Nancy & Lee album (which I am listening to as I type) has been one of the loves of my life since the 1960s. It's beautiful, proud, strange, eerie and delightfully ordinary by turns, a first-class American epic, the greatest country album ever made and one of the greatest pop/country crossover LPs in existence. If Lee and Nancy had never done anything else this would still be enough to put them in the pantheon of all-time greats. Every track, from the weird, groovy and psychedelic (Lady Bird, Velvet Morning, Sand, Summer Wine) to the straight country (Jackson, Elusive Dreams), to the gorgeous pop (Loving Feeling, Greenwich Village) is a classic. But psychedelic pop is the jewel in the crown.

drake lelane said...

well said...