Frank Sinatra ‘Nice ‘N’ Easy’ celebrates 60th anniversary

Available digitally on May 15th and physically on June 5th

Capitol/UMe and Frank Sinatra Enterprises celebrate the 60th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s Nice ‘n’ Easy, another iconic album in a series of collaborations between Sinatra and arranger/conductor Nelson Riddle with a special anniversary edition. Digital versions will be available on May 15th with CD and LP and limited edition colored LP offerings on June 5th.

Originally released on Capitol Records in July 1960, the Nice ‘n’ Easy album topped the charts at No. 1 for nine weeks. The album was nominated for multiple Grammys, including Album of the Year, Best Male Vocal Performance, and Best Arrangement (Nelson Riddle). Since its original release, Sinatra’s body of work still resonates with fans and critics today.

Recorded during the Nelson Riddle session at the Capitol Studios, Room A, “The Nearness of You” was initially intended to be the title track of the planned album. Once “Nice ‘n’ Easy” was delivered, the album title changed, and the track did not appear on the original LP.

Now, the original master of “The Nearness of You” (2020 mix) will be made available for the first time on the CD and digital versions of the album for which it was intended. The CD and digital formats add the new stereo mix “The Nearness of You” (2020 mix) and sought-after bonus tracks: previously unreleased session takes of “I’ve Got A Crush on You and “Nice ‘N’ Easy.”

The vinyl LP is a faithful production of the original Capitol Records ‘Full Dimensional Stereo’ sleeve and features the original 12 songs.

The CD packaging features liner notes with quotes from Frank Sinatra, who offers, “Nelson is the greatest arranger in the world…I have the greatest respect for him,” as well as quotes from Nelson Riddle, Sinatra’s longtime pianist Bill Miller, and others.

CD | LP

1.Nice ‘N’ Easy
2. That Old Feeling
3. How Deep Is The Ocean
4. I’ve Got A Crush On You
5. You Go To My Head
6. Fools Rush In
7. Nevertheless (I’m In Love With You)
8. She’s Funny That Way
9. Try A Little Tenderness
10. Embraceable You
11. Mam’selle
12. Dream
13. The Nearness Of You [CD/Digital Bonus Track]
14. I’ve Got A Crush On You – Session takes – previously unreleased [CD/Digital Bonus Track]
15. Nice ‘N’ Easy – Session takes – previously unreleased [CD/Digital Bonus Track]

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