15 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With album art depicting a young, suntanned Nancy Sinatra tugging down the bottom portion of her pink bikini, it's safe to assume many men bought her fifth studio album based solely on the cover photo. But that's not to say 1967's Sugar lacks musical merit. Fittingly, her opening cover of the corny old jazz standard "Sweet Georgia Brown" is much more libidinous than the 1925 original, as Sinatra sings flirtatiously over the kind of sassy brass section normally reserved back then for burlesque stripteases. She also gives Irving Berlin's "All By Myself" a sultry and playful vaudevillian approach, replete with a coquettish vocal performance. And as with many of her solo albums, her collaborations with Lee Hazlewood prove to be the album's standout cuts. His "Coastin'" deviates from the endearingly campy covers for some late-'60s go-go cool, begging for her to put on the boots she threatened to stomp all over us with on her 1966 debut album. Similarly, Hazlewood's "Sugar Town" is a hip-groover.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With album art depicting a young, suntanned Nancy Sinatra tugging down the bottom portion of her pink bikini, it's safe to assume many men bought her fifth studio album based solely on the cover photo. But that's not to say 1967's Sugar lacks musical merit. Fittingly, her opening cover of the corny old jazz standard "Sweet Georgia Brown" is much more libidinous than the 1925 original, as Sinatra sings flirtatiously over the kind of sassy brass section normally reserved back then for burlesque stripteases. She also gives Irving Berlin's "All By Myself" a sultry and playful vaudevillian approach, replete with a coquettish vocal performance. And as with many of her solo albums, her collaborations with Lee Hazlewood prove to be the album's standout cuts. His "Coastin'" deviates from the endearingly campy covers for some late-'60s go-go cool, begging for her to put on the boots she threatened to stomp all over us with on her 1966 debut album. Similarly, Hazlewood's "Sugar Town" is a hip-groover.

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