Do we love this album? To paraphrase Jack Donaghy, “We’ve got two ears and a heart, don’t we?” Undoubtedly one the best duet albums of all time, rather incredibly this is the first ever official reissue of the 1968 classic – and even better, it includes bonus tracks ‘Tired of Waiting for You’ and ‘Love Is Strange’, taken from the record’s sessions, all housed in a expanded gatefold sleeve with a 20-page booklet featuring, among other things, never-before-seen photos from Sinatra’s personal archive.
Featuring lush orchestral arrangements by Billy Strange, and boasting the talents of legendary Los Angeles session musicians The Wrecking Crew, the album features some of Hazlewood’s finest songs, such as ‘Summer Wine’ (co-written with Suzi Jane Hokom), ‘Lady Bird’, ‘Sundown, Sundown’, and, of course, the astounding mystical orchestral psychedlia of ‘Some Velvet Morning’, which The Daily Telegraph (of all publications) lauded as "[O]ne of the strangest, druggiest, most darkly sexual songs ever written,” which is pretty spot on.
And if that wasn’t enough, the LP also includes some phenomenal cover versions, such as ‘You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling’ (on which the full force of Hazlewood’s speaker-rattling bass vocal is let loose); and a rollicking version of ‘Jackson’, which gives June and Johnny’s a run for its money. Simply put, Nancy & Lee is an all-timer.