Offered for sale is a rare, promo-only compilation LP by Frank Sinatra called The Best of Sinatra, released in 1960 by Capitol Records.
The Best of Sinatra is an odd item; it’s a compilation album that Capitol Records released in 1960 to coincide with the release of the then-new Nice ‘n’ Easy LP. Capitol sent the album out to radio stations in hopes of having the title track get airplay, but also in hopes that radio programmers would play tracks from some of Frank’s previous albums.
The Best of Sinatra is a strange compilation, though, as it doesn’t really include any of Sinatra’s hits, making the title somewhat of a misnomer. The 14 tracks include the title track from Nice ‘n’ Easy, along with one song from each of 13 other Sinatra albums that had been previously been issued by Capitol.
Even more unusual is that the cover of the LP is not a standard album cover; it’s a paper sleeve. That might explain why the album so rarely turns up for sale, as paper sleeves don’t age particularly well.
1. Nice ‘n’ Easy
2. I Can’t Get Started
3. I Could Have Told You
4. Ebb Tide
5. Hey! Jealous Lover
6. Where Are You?
7. Isle of Capri
1. Young At Heart
2. You Make Me Feel So Young
3. My Funny Valentine
4. Dancing on the Ceiling
5. Everything Happens to Me
6. The Last Dance
7. The Lonesome Road
You can listen to “Nice ‘n’ Easy” here:
About this copy: This copy of The Best of Sinatra is an original 1960 U.S. LP from Capitol Records, issued to radio stations for promotional use only.
The paper cover is VG+, with slight ring wear. There are splits (about 3″-4″) on three edges of the cover caused by the record sliding around inside. We’ll include a plain white cover for the record to protect the sleeve from further damage.
The record is VG++, with just a couple of faint marks, likely caused by the paper sleeve. The disc is very clean, and it’s possible that the record is unplayed.
A nice copy of a Sinatra LP that rarely comes up for sale.
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