Trilogy is three times the fun. Obviously listening to all of it in one go is hard, but the point is Sinatra tries to cap all the tenses in one go. This is not "September of my Years", it is a more difficult project.
Gordon Jenkins got unfairly critisized for fine work. He pushed Sinatra through uncharted territory, wonderment. I still consider the orchestral interlude for Neptune to be one of the greatest instrumental works ever written, and held its own in the age of early "Star Wars" and "Star Trek". What would have happened had Frank issued this part of trilogy as a single album? I believe it would have wound up as a Watertown: ahead of its time with a theme one does not associate Frank with. That does not mean The Future is bad, it just gives the listener more appreciation each time you listen to it again.
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