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Trilogy: Past Present Future
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General information
Release date(s)
July 17 - December 18, 1979
Record Label
Don Costa
Product code
Track information
Total tracks
2 / 5 [2]
Alternate cover art

Trilogy: Past Present Future (simply referred to as Trilogy) is a 1980 studio album by Frank Sinatra. It is Sinatra's sixty-second studio album.

The album is known as Sinatra's last concept album, focusing on his career throughout the years. The first disc, titled "The Past", focused on standards similar to those he performed in late 50s and late 60s, while the second disc, titled "The Present", was riddled with pop hits Sinatra made throughout the Reprise years, inlcuding his final signature song, his rendition of the theme song from the film, "New York, New York". The final disc, "The Future" contained a few songs, all of which written by Gordon Jenkins, but most importantly, the three part, 13 minute song, "The Future".

Track listing[]

Disc 1: The Past[]

  1. "The Song Is You" (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 2:39
  2. "But Not for Me" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 3:50
  3. "I Had the Craziest Dream" (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) – 3:13
  4. "It Had to Be You" (Isham Jones, Gus Kahn) – 3:53
  5. "Let's Face the Music and Dance" (Irving Berlin) – 2:50
  6. "Street of Dreams" (Sam M. Lewis, Victor Young) – 3:32
  7. "My Shining Hour" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 3:21
  8. "All of You" (Cole Porter) – 1:42
  9. "More Than You Know" (Billy Rose, Edward Eliscu, Vincent Youmans) – 3:22
  10. "They All Laughed" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin) – 2:49

Disc 2: The Present[]

  1. "You and Me (We Wanted It All)" (Carole Bayer Sager, Peter Allen) – 4:07
  2. "Just the Way You Are" (Billy Joel) – 3:26
  3. "Something" (George Harrison) – 4:42
  4. "MacArthur Park" (Jimmy Webb) – 2:45
  5. "Theme from New York, New York" (Fred Ebb, John Kander) – 3:26
  6. "Summer Me, Winter Me" (Marilyn Bergman, Alan Bergman, Michel Legrand) – 4:02
  7. "Song Sung Blue" (Neil Diamond) – 2:47
  8. "For the Good Times" (Kris Kristofferson) – 4:41
  9. "Love Me Tender" (Vera Matson, Elvis Presley) – 3:34
  10. "That's What God Looks Like to Me" (Lois Irwin, Lan O’Kun) – 2:55

Disc 3: The Future[]

  1. "What Time Does the Next Miracle Leave?" (Gordon Jenkins) – 10:44
  2. "World War None!" (Gordon Jenkins) – 4:27
  3. "The Future" (Gordon Jenkins) – 4:05
  4. "The Future (Continued): I've Been There" (Gordon Jenkins) – 3:33
  5. "The Future (Conclusion): Song Without Words" (Gordon Jenkins) – 6:00
  6. "Before the Music Ends (Finale)" (Gordon Jenkins) – 9:46


Trilogy featured two different singles that were released during 1980. The first of these singles featured "Theme from New York, New York" and "That's What God Looks Like to Me." The song "You and Me (We Wanted It All)" was released along with the song "I've Been There!" for another single. "That's What God Looks Like to Me" was later re-released as a separate single featuring "To Love a Child." [1]


Allmusic rated the album at two out of five stars, claiming that the album had several flaws and inconsistencies. For the Past disc, Stephen Thomas Erlewine stated that this disc was riddled with "the material best suited for his [Sinatra's] talents." The Present disc is criticized by claiming that "the material is mediocre" though "Don Costa's arrangements are lovely, as is Sinatra's singing." In the words of the review, "The Future is an unqualified mess...Sinatra sounds lost singing clichéd, trite lyrics about peace, space travel, and his past."[2]

Trilogy: Past Present Future peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 charts of 1980.[3]

Awards and nominations[]

Trilogy: Past Present Future was awarded the Grammy Award for "Best Album Notes" at the 1980 Grammy ceremonies thanks to David McClintock.[4]


Rochelle Abramson Violin Anahid Ajemian Violin
Adrian Albert Choir, Chorus Robert Alexander Trombone
Jacqueline May Allen Choir, Chorus Sanford Allen Violin
Sue Allen Choir, Chorus Judith Aller-Talvi Violin
Lamar Alsop Viola Dale Anderson Percussion
Donald Ashworth Saxophone David Atkins Clarinet
James Atkinson Horn John Audino Trumpet
Phil Ayling Clarinet B.J. Baker Choir, Chorus
Israel Baker Violin Seymour Barab Cello
Julien Barber Viola Billie Barnum Choir, Chorus
Edwin Beach Cello Vincent Bell Guitar
Meyer Bello Viola Blanche Belnick Violin
Jay Berliner Guitar Seymour Berman Viola
Mary Sue Berry Choir, Chorus John Best Trumpet
Michael Bloom Viola Harry Bluestone Concert Master, Violin
Richard Bock Cello Phil Bodner Woodwind
Dick Bolks Choir, Chorus William Booth Trombone
Aubrey Bouck French Horn Diana Brodick Violin
Bill Brown Choir, Chorus Kathrine Louise Brown Choir, Chorus
Kathy Brown Choir, Chorus Bobby Bruce Balloon, Violin
Frank Bruno Bass Sherman Bryana Viola
James Buffington French Horn Julianna Buffum Cello
Thomas Buffum Violin Frederick Buldrini Violin
Peter Buonconsigilio Violin Sonny Burke Producer
Clark Burroughs Choir, Chorus Julianna Burrum Cello
Merritt Buxbaum Saxophone Amick Byram Choir, Chorus
Max Cahn Violin Martha Caplin Violin
Al Capps Choir, Chorus David Carey Percussion
Carmichael Choir, Chorus Vangie Carmichael Choir, Chorus
Doris Carr Violin Norman Carr Violin
Fran Carroll Choir, Chorus Jack Cavari Guitar
Richard Centalonza Woodwind Gene Cherico Bass
Gene Cipriano Woodwind Peggy Clark Choir, Chorus
Ronald Clark Violin Steve Clayton Choir, Chorus
Ronald Cooper Cello Sid Cooper Woodwind
Alan Copeland Choir, Chorus Morty Corb Bass
Don Costa Conductor Guy Costa Arranger, Conductor, Music Preparation
Irving Cottler Drums, Percussion Warren Covington Trombone
Robert W. Daugherty Bass Alan Davies Choir, Chorus
Douglas Davis Cello Mel Davis Trumpet
Al d'Capps Choir, Chorus Joseph de Angeles French Horn
Glenn Dicterow Violin Peter Dimitriades Violin
Anthony S. Doria Violin George Duvivier Bass
Lisa Edelstein Flute Walter Edelstein Violin
Julius Ehrenwerth Cello Ernest Ehrhardt Cello
Joan Elardo Clarinet Lewis Eley Violin
Christine Ermacoff Cello Alan Estes Harp
Harvey Estrin Woodwind Vincent Falcone, Jr. Piano
Eileen Farrell Vocals Paul Faulise Trombone
Joe Ferrante Trumpet Chuck Findley Trumpet
Robert Findley Trumpet Frank Foster Violin
Fowler Friedlander Bassoon Susan S. Fries Woodwind
David Frisina Concert Master John Frosk Trumpet
Frank Gari Choir, Chorus Jan Gassman Choir, Chorus
Ellie Geffert Choir, Chorus Russell George Bass
George Gershwin Composer Ira Gershwin Composer
James Getzoff Violin Terry Glenny Violin
Harry Glickman Violin Pamela Goldsmith Viola
Mitch Gordon Choir, Chorus Jerry Graff Choir, Chorus
Robin L. Graham French Horn Frank A. Granato Bass
Christine Grant Choir, Chorus Dominick Gravine Trombone
Gary Gray Saxophone Ed Green Engineer
Margaret Guilbeau Cello Jim Haas Choir, Chorus
Steve Haas Choir, Chorus Jim D. Hackmann Bass
Sandi Hall Choir, Chorus Rhonni Hallman Violin
Gordon Harkness Choir, Chorus Walt Harrah Choir, Chorus
Hilda Harris Choir, Chorus Allan Harshman Viola
Nelson Hatt Trumpet Gwen Heller Violin
Todd Hemmenway Cello Lee Herschberg Engineer
Ron Hicklin Choir, Chorus Lloyd W. Hildebrand Clarinet
Reginald Hill Violin Paula Hochhalter Cello
Max Hollander Violin Boyde W. Hood Trumpet
Errol Horne Choir, Chorus John Allen Hornschuch Bass
Igor Horoshevsky Cello Igor Horoshewsky Cello
Nancy Adams Huddleston Choir, Chorus William Hymanson Violin
Regis Iandiorio Violin Lois Irwin Composer
Marilyn Jackson Choir, Chorus Jules Jacob Woodwind
Beverly Jenkins Alto (Vocals), Choir, Chorus, Vocals Gordon Jenkins Arranger, Conductor
Diann Jezurski Viola Davida Johnson Violin
John Thomas Johnson Tuba Walt Johnson Trumpet
Gary Jones Choir, Chorus Jon Joyce Choir, Chorus
Rosemary Jun Choir, Chorus Leo Kahn Violin
Walter Kane Woodwind Ronn B. Kaufmann French Horn
Ray Kelley Cello Tom Kenny Choir, Chorus
Karen Kenton Choir, Chorus Larry Kenton Choir, Chorus
Louis Kievman Viola Patricia S. Kindel Bassoon
Jon Kip Woodwind Harry Klee Woodwind
Al Klink Woodwind Bernie Knee Choir, Chorus
Arnold Koblentz Violin Harold Kohon Violin
George Koutzen Cello Nancy M. Koutzen Cello
Cynthia Kovacs Viola Mark Kovacs Guitar, Viola
Renita Koven Viola Stephens la Fever Bass
Steve La Fever Bass Frank Laico Engineer
Janet Lakatos Violin Carl LaMagna Violin
Mary C. Lane Cello Douglas Laurence Choir, Chorus
Diana Lee Choir, Chorus, Soprano (Vocal), Vocals Alexander L. Lepak Percussion
Archie Levin Viola Walter Levinsky Woodwind
Jesse Levy Cello Robert S. Lezin Violin
Marvin Limonick Violin Peter Limonick Percussion
Carolisa Lindberg Cello Robert Lipsett Violin
Joseph Livoti Violin Charles Loper Trombone
John Lowe Woodwind Mary Debra Lundquist Violin
Margot MacLaine Viola Niki Magee Violin
Charles Magruder Choir, Chorus June Magruder Choir, Chorus
Gilda Maiken Choir, Chorus Carmel Malin Violin
Joseph Malin Concert Master, Conductor Lynn Dolin Mann Choir, Chorus
Jack Marsh Bassoon Ron Marshall Choir, Chorus
Patricia M. Mathews Viola Richard Maximoff Viola
Billy May Arranger, Conductor David McClintock Liner Notes
Suzie McCune Choir, Chorus Edward Meares Bass
Melissa Meel Cello Homer Mensch Bass
Gene Merlino Choir, Chorus Johnny Messner Trombone
Jay Meyer Choir, Chorus Julie Miller Choir, Chorus
Verlye Mills Harp Tony Miranda French Horn
Kermit Moore Cello Gene Morford Choir, Chorus
Marvin Morgenstern Violin Kenneth E. Munday Bassoon
Alex Murray Violin Richard Nash Trombone
Ted Nash Woodwind Lou Anne Neill Harp
Marty Nelson Choir, Chorus David L. Newman Violin
Hadassa Newman Cello Richard L. Noel Trombone
Loulie Jean Norman Choir, Chorus, Soprano (Vocal) Brian D. O'Connor French Horn
Lan O'kun Composer Nils Oliver Cello
Sid Page Violin Hyung-Sun Paik Violin
Bruce Paulson Trombone Richard Perry Trumpet
Stanley Plummer Violin

Barbara Porter

G.G. Prosper Choir, Chorus Hugo Raimondi Clarinet
Matthew Raimondi Violin Vijay Raghav Rao Conductor, Piano
Uan Rasey Trumpet Thurl Ravenscroft Choir, Chorus
Michael Redman Choir, Chorus Sven Reher Viola
Alexander Reisman Cello Peter Rejto Cello
Eric S. Remsen Harp Harvey Restrin Woodwind
Darice Richman Choir, Chorus Nelson Riddle Arranger
Carl Vincent Rigoli Harp, Percussion Julia Rinker Choir, Chorus
Kathleen Robinson-Barker Woodwind Alan Robinson Horn
Gale Robinson Horn Marilyn Robinson Horn
Mel Rodnin Woodwind Richard Romoff Bass
James V. Ross Violin Margaret Ross Harp
Geri Rotella Woodwind Henry Roth Violin
Meyer Rubin Bass Santo Russo Trombone
John Sambuco Violin Linda San Filippo Cello
Sheldon Sanov Violin John Santulis Violin
Victor Sazer Cello Sol Schlinger Woodwind
David Schwartz Viola Wilbur Schwartz Saxophone, Woodwind
David P. Searfoss Trumpet James Self Trombone
Sandra Seymour Violin Thomas Shepard Trombone
Leena Sherman Viola David Sherr Woodwind
Claude Sherry Horn Daniel Shindaryov Violin
Arkady Shindelman Violin Ross Shub Violin
Alan Shulman Cello Robert Shushel Violin
Ray Siegel Bass Ralph Silverman Violin
Barbara Simons Viola Frank Sinatra Vocals
William Slapin Woodwind Jennifer Small Violin
Todd Sommer Percussion Wayne E. Songer Saxophone
Richard Sortomme Violin Marshall Sosson Violin
Michael Spivakowsky Viola Spiro Stamos Violin
Robert Steen Clarinet, Woodwind Joseph Stephansky Violin
Lya Stern Violin Robert Stevens Choir, Chorus
Sally Stevens Choir, Chorus Maretha Stewart Choir, Chorus
Martha Stewart Choir, Chorus Terry Stillwell Choir, Chorus
Robert Stone Bass Linn Subotnick Viola
Jacquie Sullivan Choir, Chorus Robert Sushel Violin
Robert Tebow Choir, Chorus Barbara Thoamson Viola
Brooks Tillotson French Horn Rose Tillotson Viola
Pam Tompkins Violin Charles Henry Turner Trumpet
David D. Turner Violin Lloyd Ulyate Trombone
Al Viola Guitar Donald Waldrop Trombone
James Walker Woodwind Edmond Walter Tuba
Jackie Ward Choir, Chorus William R. Watrous Trombone
Jerome Webster Violin Tony Wells Choir, Chorus
Jim Wheeler Choir, Chorus Linda Wheeler Choir, Chorus
Ann White Choir, Chorus Jerry Whitman Choir, Chorus, Director, Narrator
Dave Wilson Choir, Chorus John Wittenberg Violin
George Wozniak Violin Vern Yocum Music Preparation
David H. Young Bass Jimmie Young Drums
Jimmy Young Drums Tibor Zelig Violin