Nice 'n' Easy is the twenty-fourth studio album of Frank Sinatra.
The album was arranged by Nelson Riddle and featured new renditions of several songs from Sinatra's Columbia career among other classic standards as well. The only song that is not, is the opening track "Nice 'n' Easy," which was written for Sinatra to use in this album.
- "Nice 'n' Easy" (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Keith, Lew Spence) – 2:45
- "That Old Feeling" (Lew Brown, Sammy Fain) – 3:33
- "How Deep Is the Ocean?" (Irving Berlin) – 3:15
- "I've Got a Crush on You" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:16
- "You Go to My Head" (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) – 4:28
- "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)" (Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer) – 3:22
- "Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You)" (Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby) – 3:18
- "She's Funny That Way" (Neil Moret, Richard A. Whiting) – 3:55
- "Try a Little Tenderness" (Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly, Harry M. Woods) – 3:22
- "Embraceable You" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin) – 3:24
- "Mam'selle" (Mack Gordon, Edmund Goulding) – 2:48
- "Dream" (Mercer) – 2:57
- Bonus Tracks
- "The Nearness of You" (Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington) – 2:43
- "Someone to Watch Over Me" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin) – 2:57
- "Day In, Day Out" (Bloom, Mercer) – 3:07
- "My One and Only Love" (Robert Mellin, Guy Wood) – 3:12
The title track of Nice 'n' Easy was released as a single featuring "This Was My Love" as its B-side.
Allmusic gave Nice 'n' Easy a perfect five out of five star score. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic claimed that the album "lightest set that he recorded for Capitol." Though Nice 'n' Easy "doesn't have a touch of brooding sorrow -- it rolls along steadily, charming everyone in its path," Nelson Riddle's arrangements are "warm, cheery textures."
Nice 'n' Easy peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts of 1960. The title track of the album peaked at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts of 1960.
Awards and nominations
Nice 'n' Easy and its title track were nominated for a total of five Grammy Awards in 1961, however, Sinatra took home none of these awards. The album was nominated for the top awards of the year "Record" and "Album of the Year," but ultimately lost to Percy Faith's "Theme From A Summer Place" and Bob Newhart's The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart respectively. The album was also nominated in the category "Best Vocal Performance Album, Male" however, Sinatra lost to Ray Charles's The Genius of Ray Charles.
The title track of the album was nominated in the categories of "Best Vocal Performance Single Record or Track, Male" and "Best Performance by a Pop Single Artist." Sinatra lost, in both of these categories, to Ray Charles and his recording of "Georgia on My Mind."
|J. Fred Coots||Composer|
|Bob Norberg||Digital Remastering|
|Nelson Riddle||Arranger, Conductor, Saxophone|
|Pete Welding||Liner Notes|