Trilogy: Past, Present & Future

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 clich├ęd, 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992230025
  • Catalog Number: 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
Al Klink Woodwind
Al 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
Al 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
Christine Ermacoff Cello
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
Richard 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 Jr. 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
Patricia S. Kindel Bassoon
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
Al 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
Donald Ashworth Saxophone
Peter Rejto Cello
Donald Waldrop Trombone
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
Vangie Carmichael Contributor
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    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.

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