Trilogy: Past, Present & Future

Trilogy: Past, Present & Future

by Frank Sinatra



By the time the triple-record set Trilogy was released, Frank Sinatra had become somewhat of a recluse from the recording studio. An audacious, ambitious way to stage a comeback, each of the album's three records was conceived as an individual work, and each was arranged by one of Sinatra's major collaborators -- Billy May (The Past), Don Costa (The Present), and Gordon Jenkins (The Future). As a concept, Trilogy certainly has its flaws, as does some of the music on the lengthy set. However, the best moments are triumphant, proving that the Voice was still vital in his fourth decade of recording. The Past is easily the best record on the album. For the first time since the early '60s, Sinatra made a record of standards ("The Song Is You," "It Had to Be You," "All of You"), which is the material best suited for his talents. The Present isn't quite as accomplished, concentrating on pop hits like "Love Me Tender," "Something," "Song Sung Blue," "MacArthur Park," and "Just the Way You Are." Some of the material is mediocre, but Don Costa's arrangements are lovely, as is Sinatra's singing. Together, they make mid-level songs like "Theme From New York, New York" into anthems. However good the first two records are, The Future is an unqualified mess. Written by Jenkins, the songs are ambitious, experimental, and self-referential -- in fact, it's more of a freeform suite than a set of songs. Most of the record is devoid of melody, and Sinatra sounds lost singing clichéd, trite lyrics about peace, space travel, and his past. It might be an anticlimatic way to end an otherwise enjoyable set, but The Future doesn't ruin the pleasures of Trilogy, it just puts them into greater perspective.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992230025
catalogNumber: 2300

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Sinatra   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ray Kelley   Cello
Phil Bodner   Woodwind
Gordon Jenkins   Conductor
Billy May   Conductor
Ted Nash   Woodwind
Warren Covington   Trombone
Klink   Woodwind
Viola   Guitar
Steve Clayton   Choir, Chorus
Mel Davis   Trumpet
Eileen Farrell   Vocals
Johnny Messner   Trombone
Jay Berliner   Guitar
Sid Page   Violin
Vijay Raghav Rao   Piano,Conductor
Walt Harrah   Choir, Chorus
George Duvivier   Bass
Julie Miller   Choir, Chorus
Robert Alexander   Trombone
Jacqueline May Allen   Choir, Chorus
Sanford Allen   Violin
Sue Allen   Choir, Chorus
Lamar Alsop   Viola
Dale Anderson   Percussion
John Audino   Trumpet
Phil Ayling   Clarinet
Israel Baker   Violin
Seymour Barab   Cello
Julien Barber   Viola
Billie Barnum   Choir, Chorus
Edwin Beach   Cello
Meyer Bello   Viola
Blanche Belnick   Violin
Seymour Berman   Viola
John Best   Trumpet
Harry Bluestone   Violin,Concert Master
Richard Bock   Cello
Dick Bolks   Choir, Chorus
William Booth   Trombone
Aubrey Bouck   French Horn
Verlye Mills   Harp
Diana Brodick   Violin
Bill Brown   Choir, Chorus
Kathy Brown   Choir, Chorus
Bobby Bruce   Violin,Balloon
James Buffington   French Horn
Julianna Buffum   Cello
Thomas Buffum   Violin
Frederick Buldrini   Violin
Peter Buonconsigilio   Violin
Clark Burroughs   Choir, Chorus
Amick Byram   Choir, Chorus
Max Cahn   Violin
Martha Caplin   Violin
Capps   Choir, Chorus
David Carey   Percussion
Vangie Carmichael   Choir, Chorus
Doris Carr   Violin
Norman Carr   Violin
Jack Cavari   Guitar
Richard Centalonza   Woodwind
Gene Cherico   Bass
Gene Cipriano   Woodwind
Peggy Clark   Choir, Chorus
Ronald Clark   Violin
Ronald Cooper   Cello
Sid Cooper   Woodwind
Morty Corb   Bass
Don Costa   Conductor
Guy Costa   Conductor
Irving Cottler   Percussion,Drums
Douglas Davis   Cello
Joseph DeAngelis   French Horn
Peter Dimitriades   Violin
Lisa Edelstein   Flute
Walter Edelstein   Violin
Ernest Ehrhardt   Cello
Lewis Eley   Violin
Alan Estes   Harp
Harvey Estrin   Woodwind
Paul Faulise   Trombone
Joe Ferrante   Trumpet
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Robert Findley   Trumpet
Frank Foster   Violin
David Frisina   Concert Master
John Frosk   Trumpet
Vincent Bell   Guitar
Jan Gassman   Choir, Chorus
Gene Morford   Choir, Chorus
Russell George   Bass
James Getzoff   Violin
Terry Glenny   Violin
Harry Glickman   Violin
Pamela Goldsmith   Viola
Harris Goldman   Violin
Mitch Gordon   Choir, Chorus
Dominick Gravine   Trombone
Jim Haas   Choir, Chorus
Steve Haas   Choir, Chorus
Sandi Hall   Choir, Chorus
Hilda Harris   Choir, Chorus
Allan Harshman   Viola
Nelson Hatt   Trumpet
Gwen Heller   Violin
Todd Hemmenway   Cello
Ron Hicklin   Choir, Chorus
Reginald Hill   Violin
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Max Hollander   Violin
Errol Horne   Choir, Chorus
Igor Horoshevsky   Cello
William Hymanson   Violin
Regis Iandiorio   Violin
Marilyn Jackson   Choir, Chorus
Jules Jacob   Woodwind
John Thomas Johnson   Tuba
Gary Jones   Choir, Chorus
Jon Joyce   Choir, Chorus
Leo Kahn   Violin
Walter Kane   Woodwind
Tom Kenny   Choir, Chorus
Larry Kenton   Choir, Chorus
Louis Kievman   Viola
Jon Kip   Woodwind
Harry Klee   Woodwind
Harold Kohon   Violin
George Koutzen   Cello
Cynthia Kovacs   Viola
Mark Kovacs   Guitar,Viola
Steve La Fever   Bass
Carl LaMagna   Violin
Janet Lakatos   Violin
Diana Lee   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Soprano (Vocal)
Walter Levinsky   Woodwind
Jesse Levy   Cello
Marvin Limonick   Violin
Robert Lipsett   Violin
Charles Loper   Trombone
John Lowe   Woodwind
Margot MacLaine   Viola
Charles Magruder   Choir, Chorus
June Magruder   Choir, Chorus
Carmel Malin   Violin
Joseph Malin   Conductor,Concert Master
Jack Marsh   Bassoon
Ron Marshall   Choir, Chorus
Richard Maximoff   Viola
Suzie McCune   Choir, Chorus
Edward Meares   Bass
Homer Mensch   Bass
Gene Merlino   Choir, Chorus
Tony Miranda   French Horn
Kermit Moore   Cello
Marvin Morgenstern   Violin
Dick Nash   Trombone
Lou Anne Neill   Harp
Marty Nelson   Choir, Chorus
Loulie Jean Norman   Choir, Chorus,Soprano (Vocal)
Nils Oliver   Cello
Bruce Paulson   Trombone
Richard Perry   Trumpet
Stanley Plummer   Violin
Barbara Porter   Viola
Hugo Raimondi   Clarinet
Matthew Raimondi   Violin
Uan Rasey   Trumpet
Thurl Ravenscroft   Choir, Chorus
Mike Redman   Choir, Chorus
Julia Rinker   Choir, Chorus
Gale Robinson   Horn
Marilyn Robinson   Horn
Richard Romoff   Bass
Margaret Ross   Harp
Geri Rotella   Woodwind
Henry Roth   Violin
Meyer Rubin   Bass
Linda San Filippo   Cello
Sheldon Sanov   Violin
Victor Sazer   Cello
Sol Schlinger   Woodwind
David Schwartz   Viola
Wilbur Schwartz   Saxophone,Woodwind
Jim Self   Trombone
Sandra Seymour   Violin
David Sherr   Woodwind
Claude Sherry   Horn
Daniel Shindaryov   Violin
Alan Shulman   Cello
Ray Siegel   Bass
Ralph Silverman   Violin
Todd Sommer   Percussion
Richard Sortomme   Violin
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Spiro Stamos   Violin
Robert Steen   Clarinet,Woodwind
Joseph Stephansky   Violin
Lya Stern   Violin
Sally Stevens   Choir, Chorus
Maretha Stewart   Choir, Chorus
Robert Stone   Bass
Linn Subotnick   Viola
Jacquie Sullivan   Choir, Chorus
Robert Sushel   Violin
Robert Tebow   Choir, Chorus
Barbara Thomason   Viola
Brooks Tillotson   French Horn
Pam Tompkins   Violin
Lloyd Ulyate   Trombone
James Walker   Woodwind
Jackie Ward   Choir, Chorus
William R. Watrous   Trombone
Tony Wells   Choir, Chorus
Jim Wheeler   Choir, Chorus
Ann White   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Whitman   Choir, Chorus,Narrator
John Wittenberg   Violin
Jimmy Young   Drums
Tibor Zelig   Violin
Beverly Jenkins   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Alto (Vocal)
Anahid Ajemian   Violin
Joan Elardo   Clarinet
Rhonni Hallman   Violin
Davida Johnson   Violin
Peter Limonick   Percussion
Gilda Maiken   Choir, Chorus
Alex Murray   Violin
Richard L. Noel   Trombone
Barbara Simons   Viola
Rose Tillotson   Viola
Jerome Webster   Violin
George Wozniak   Violin
Alan Copeland   Choir, Chorus
Rochelle Abramson   Violin
Adrian Albert   Choir, Chorus
Judith Aller-Talvi   Violin
B.J. Baker   Choir, Chorus
Mary Sue Berry   Choir, Chorus
Kathrine Louise Brown   Choir, Chorus
Frank Bruno   Bass
Julianna Burrum   Cello
Merritt Buxbaum   Saxophone
Fran Carroll   Choir, Chorus
Robert W. Daugherty   Bass
Alan Davies   Choir, Chorus
Anthony S. Doria   Violin
Julius Ehrenwerth   Cello
Vincent Falcone   Piano
Fowler Friedlander   Bassoon
Susan S. Fries   Woodwind
Frank Gari   Choir, Chorus
Ellie Geffert   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Graff   Choir, Chorus
Robin L. Graham   French Horn
Frank A. Granato   Bass
Christine Grant   Choir, Chorus
Margaret Guilbeau   Cello
Jim D. Hackmann   Bass
Gordon Harkness   Choir, Chorus
Lloyd W. Hildebrand   Clarinet
John Allen Hornschuch   Bass
Nancy Adams Huddleston   Choir, Chorus
Diann Jezurski   Viola
Rosemary Jun   Choir, Chorus
Ronn B. Kaufmann   French Horn
Karen Kenton   Choir, Chorus
Bernie Knee   Choir, Chorus
Arnold Koblentz   Violin
Nancy M. Koutzen   Cello
Renita Koven   Viola
Mary C. Lane   Cello
Douglas Laurence   Choir, Chorus
Alexander L. Lepak   Percussion
Archie Levin   Viola
Robert S. Lezin   Violin
Carolisa Lindberg   Cello
Joseph Livoti   Violin
Mary Debra Lundquist   Violin
Niki Magee   Violin
Lynn Dolin Mann   Choir, Chorus
Patricia M. Mathews   Viola
Melissa Meel   Cello
Jay Meyer   Choir, Chorus
David L. Newman   Violin
Hadassa Newman   Cello
Brian D. O'Connor   French Horn
Hyung-Sun Paik   Violin
G.G. Prosper   Choir, Chorus
Sven Reher   Viola
Alexander Reisman   Cello
Eric S. Remsen   Harp
Harvey Restrin   Woodwind
Darice Richman   Choir, Chorus
Carl Vincent Rigoli   Percussion,Harp
Kathleen Robinson-Barker   Woodwind
Mel Rodnin   Woodwind
James V. Ross   Violin
John Sambuco   Violin
John Santulis   Violin
David P. Searfoss   Trumpet
Sherman Bryana   Viola
Leena Sherman   Viola
Arkady Shindelman   Violin
Ross Shub   Violin
Robert Shushel   Violin
William Slapin   Woodwind
Jennifer Small   Violin
Wayne E. Songer   Saxophone
Michael Spivakowsky   Viola
Robert Stevens   Choir, Chorus
Martha Stewart   Choir, Chorus
Terry Stillwell   Choir, Chorus
Bob Tebow   Choir, Chorus
Charles Henry Turner   Trumpet
David D. Turner   Violin
Edmond Walter   Tuba
Linda Wheeler   Choir, Chorus
Dave Wilson   Choir, Chorus
David H. Young   Bass
Joe Stepansky   Violin
Walt Johnson   Trumpet
Jimmie Young   Drums
Carmichael   Choir, Chorus
Thomas Shepard   Trombone
d'Capps   Choir, Chorus
Joseph de Angeles   French Horn
Igor Horoshewsky   Cello
Stephens la Fever   Bass
Michael Redman   Choir, Chorus
Barbara Thoamson   Viola
Michael Bloom   Viola
David Atkins   Clarinet
James Atkinson   Horn
Glenn Dicterow   Violin
Kenneth Munday   Bassoon
Chris Ermacoff   Cello
Donald Ashworth   Saxophone
Peter Rejto   Cello
Donald Waldrop   Trombone
Patricia Kindel   Bassoon
Santo Russo   Trombone
Gary Gray   Saxophone
Boyde Hood   Trumpet
Alan Robinson   Horn

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Arranger
Billy May   Arranger
Sonny Burke   Producer
Guy Costa   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
Frank Laico   Engineer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Jerry Whitman   Director
David McClintock   Liner Notes
Ed Green   Engineer
Lois Irwin   Composer
Lan O'Kun   Composer

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Trilogy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first ten songs on the first CD were classic Sinatra. His voice may not be what it was in years past, but it was still the best around at the time. The sound quality is great and in stereo. Well worth the price.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first CD is just incredible. Who ever put this collection of songs together did a great job. Songs like, "But not for me," "I had the craziest dream," "More than you know," "It had to be you," are just some of the songs that are not found together on any other Sinatra CD. I also believe that the songs were recorded in 1979 because the sound quality is just incredible. Listen to the samples and you'll just love it.