Light in the Attic
Nancy's Bootique Edition — "Tippy Toes Teal" and "White Swirl" vinyl
First ever reissue of Nancy & Lee's 1972 classic!
Includes bonus tracks "Machine Gun Kelly" and the previously unreleased "Think I'm Coming Down"
Newly remastered from the original analog tapes by Grammy-nominated engineer John Baldwin
Pressed at RTI
Beautifully packaged and expanded gatefold LP featuring a 20-page booklet
Q&A with Nancy and Grammy-nominated reissue co-producer Hunter Lea
Never-before-seen photos from Nancy Sinatra's personal archive
Light in the Attic Records is proud to present the next installment of the Nancy Sinatra Archival Series with the first- ever reissue of the classic 1972 album Nancy & Lee Again. Recorded during a 1972 reunion between Nancy and the enigmatic Lee Hazlewood, the album contains some of the pair's most enduring and ambitious duets including the epic "Arkansas Coal (Suite)," the sensual "Paris Summer" and the incredibly powerful Dolly Parton-penned "Down From Dover." Equal parts daring, psychedelic, cinematic, and sweet, Nancy & Lee Again reveals with each track a timeless, natural chemistry between two artists who would remain influential for generations to come.
Nancy & Lee Again is pressed at Record Technology, Inc. (RTI), and is presented in an expanded gatefold jacket, accompanied by a 20-page booklet, featuring an array of photos from the legendary singer, actress, and activist's personal collection, as well as in-depth Q&A with Nancy Sinatra, conducted by the reissue's Grammy-nominated co-producer, Hunter Lea. All formats have been beautifully designed by Darryl Norsen of D. Norsen Design, and include two bonus tracks, "Machine Gun Kelly" (first time on vinyl) and the previously unreleased "Think I'm Coming Down."
The incongruous, yet glorious, creative partnership between Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood was well underway when the two singular artists reunited to record 1972's Nancy & Lee Again, a follow-up to their bestselling duet debut, Nancy & Lee. Nancy, the eldest daughter of Frank Sinatra, had been working with the Oklahoma-born songwriter since 1965, when she topped the pop charts with "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'." Throughout the next five years, the two artists forged a prolific relationship in the studio, with Hazlewood writing and producing many of Nancy's solo hits. Soon, the duo found success with a series of duets, including "Sand," "Summer Wine," and "Some Velvet Morning" — all of which appeared on their highly-influential 1968 debut.
Not long after the critical acclaim and chart success of Nancy & Lee died down, however, Hazlewood unexpectedly relocated to Sweden, leaving his musical partner in the proverbial dust. America, meanwhile, was in the midst of a cultural shift, as the Vietnam War waged on. By the turn of the decade, the musical landscape had changed significantly. "Trivial music and not profound music became unimportant," recalls Nancy, speaking to Hunter Lea. "It was a tough time." And yet, despite the circumstances, the stars somehow aligned for the duo to record some of their most magnificent music together.
Returning to Los Angeles for the project, Hazlewood — who reprised his role as producer — chose to take a new direction with the duo's sophomore album. Nancy recalls, "It was more dramatic; it was more fun to do, more challenging to do.... It was more grandiose." For the lush, orchestral arrangements, they collaborated with Larry Muhoberac (an original member of Elvis Presley's TCB band, whose early ‘70s credits also included Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, and Lalo Schifrin) and Clark Gassman, who had worked on Hazlewood's 1970 LP, Cowboy in Sweden. Backing vocals from brothers John and Tom Bahler, who remain two of the most recorded singers in history, added additional texture to several songs.
The album opens with "Down From Dover," a haunting ballad about a pregnant young woman who is abandoned by her lover. Other standout tracks include "Arkansas Coal (Suite)," a sprawling epic that tells the story of a coal miner's life, and "Paris Summer," a dreamy ode to the City of Light.
Throughout the album, Sinatra and Hazlewood's voices complement each other perfectly, with Hazlewood's deep, gravelly voice providing a counterpoint to Sinatra's clear, crisp vocals. The arrangements are sparse but effective, with acoustic guitars, strings, and occasional horns providing the perfect backdrop for the duo's duets.
Overall, Nancy & Lee Again is a must-listen for fans of '60s and '70s pop music, as well as anyone who appreciates the art of the duet. It's a testament to the enduring talents of two of the most unique voices in music history.
|Side A||Arkansas Coal (Suite)||Big Red Balloon||Friendship Train||Paris Summer||Congratulations||Side B||Down From Dover||Did You Ever||Tippy Toes||Back On The Road||Got It Together|