The copy we are selling is similar to the one pictured above.
Side One: Mint Minus Minus
Side Two: Mint Minus Minus*
- An outstanding pressing of Nice 'N' Easy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl for Capitol from this era too
- The reproduction of Sinatra's voice is exactly what you would expect from a Hot Stamper - he sounds rich, smooth, tonally correct and above all REAL
- Take this one home and play it against whatever audiophile pressings you own - it's guaranteed to SMOKE any and all versions you may have in your collection, or your money back
- 5 stars: "... a breezy collection of mid-tempo numbers arranged by Nelson Riddle. Nice 'N' Easy doesn't have a touch of brooding sorrow — it rolls along steadily, charming everyone in its path."
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*NOTE: On side two, a mark makes 11 light ticks at the beginning of Track 5, Mam'selle.
Definitely one of the most fun Sinatra albums, especially when it sounds like this!
It's tough to find great sound for this album -- most copies are pretty mediocre and the MoFi is god awful. That piece of garbage gets Frank's voice completely wrong, thinning it out and boosting at it the top of his range. No one else besides MoFi ever managed to make Frank Sinatra's voice sound this way, so what are the chances that they're right and everybody else is wrong?
The immediacy of the vocals on this copy is nothing short of stunning. You get real weight down low, serious energy, a fully extended top end, and tons of that old-time analog tubey magic.
Tubey Magic Is Key
The best copies have the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce. Folks, that sound is gone and it sure isn't showing signs of coming back. If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to "see" the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with Frank and the band, this is the record for you. It's what vintage all analog recordings are known for -- this sound.
If you exclusively play modern repressings of vintage recordings, I can say without fear of contradiction that you have never heard this kind of sound on vinyl. Old records have it -- not often, and certainly not always -- but maybe one out of a hundred new records do, and those are some pretty long odds.
What The Best Sides of Nice 'N' Easy Have to Offer Is Not Hard to Hear
- The biggest, most immediate staging in the largest acoustic space
- The most Tubey Magic, without which you have almost nothing. CDs give you clean and clear. Only the best vintage vinyl pressings offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1960
- Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down low
- Natural tonality in the midrange -- with all the instruments having the correct timbre
- Transparency and resolution, critical to hearing into the three-dimensional studio space
No doubt there's more but we hope that should do for now. Playing the record is the only way to hear all of the qualities we discuss above, and playing the best pressings against a pile of other copies under rigorously controlled conditions is the only way to find a pressing that sounds as good as this one does.
Copies with rich lower mids and nice extension up top (to keep the strings from becoming shrill) did the best in our shootout, assuming they weren't veiled or smeary of course. So many things can go wrong on a record! We know, we heard them all.
And we know a fair bit about the man's recordings at this point. As of today, we've done commentaries for more than 21 different Sinatra shootouts, and that's not counting at least another ten titles that either bombed or were sold off years ago.
What We're Listening For on Nice 'N' Easy
- Energy for starters. What could be more important than the life of the music?
- Then: presence and immediacy. The vocals aren't "back there" somewhere, lost in the mix. They're front and center where any recording engineer worth his salt would put them.
- The Big Sound comes next -- wall to wall, lots of depth, huge space, three-dimensionality, all that sort of thing.
- Then transient information -- fast, clear, sharp attacks, not the smear and thickness so common to these LPs.
- Tight punchy bass -- which ties in with good transient information, also the issue of frequency extension further down.
- Next: transparency -- the quality that allows you to hear deep into the soundfield, showing you the space and air around all the instruments.
- Extend the top and bottom and voila, you have The Real Thing -- an honest to goodness Hot Stamper.
Mint Minus Minus is about as quiet as any vintage pressing will play, and since only the right vintage pressings have any hope of sounding good on this album, that will most often be the playing condition of the copies we sell. (The copies that are even a bit noisier get listed on the site are seriously reduced prices or traded back in to the local record stores we shop at.)
Those of you looking for quiet vinyl will have to settle for the sound of other pressings and Heavy Vinyl reissues, purchased elsewhere of course as we have no interest in selling records that don't have the vintage analog magic of these wonderful recordings.
If you want to make the trade-off between bad sound and quiet surfaces with whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing might be available, well, that's certainly your prerogative, but we can't imagine losing what's good about this music -- the size, the energy, the presence, the clarity, the weight -- just to hear it with less background noise.
- Nice 'N' Easy
- That Old Feeling
- How Deep Is The Ocean
- I've Got A Crush On You
- You Go To My Head
- Fools Rush In
- She's Funny That Way
- Try A Little Tenderness
- Embraceable You
AMG 5 Star Rave Review
Breaking slightly from his pattern of a swing album following the release of ballads set, Frank Sinatra followed No One Cares with Nice 'N' Easy, a breezy collection of mid-tempo numbers arranged by Nelson Riddle. Not only is it the lightest set that he recorded for Capitol, it is the one with the loosest theme... Nice 'N' Easy doesn't have a touch of brooding sorrow — it rolls along steadily, charming everyone in its path.