Nancy In London
Although the photo on Nancy Sinatra's third studio solo album shows the sultry singer dolled up in swinging-London mod gear, sitting on a double-decker bus, 1966's Nancy in London doesn't feature Frank's daughter covering any of the fab British Invasion hits hinted at by the album's title and cover art. But that's not to say these recordings suffer the same incongruence as the concept. Her opening rendition of Weil and Mann's "On Broadway" could very well be the best version next to The Drifters' 1963 hit. And her silky voice gives Estelle Levitt's "I Can't Grow Peaches on a Cherry Tree" a texture that's as rich as any of the flawlessly arranged strings here. But it's the uncanny chemistry between Sinatra's ethereal inflections and Lee Hazlewood's cryptic approach to songwriting that makes for the best songs on these records. Add to that the contrast of Hazlewood's gravelly singing, and songs like his "Summer Wine" and "Friday's Child" stand out like flowers growing on a cactus. This version boasts four bonus tracks, including a bookending duet with Frank.