Cultural Gutter: The Cosmic Crooner


On the Cultural Gutter, we’re going on a tour of the universe via The Cosmic Crooner, all about Frank Sinatra’s bizarre Trilogy, a third of which is devoted to a swingin’ tour of the future.

The Future,” despite being divided into separate songs, is basically one single suite, a concept album in which Sinatra taps the space-capades sound of 1960s “bachelor pad pop” like Esquivel and Les Baxter as he prowls around the solar system. The mood shifts wildly and abruptly, here light and breezy, there haunting and melancholy, and elsewhere as bombastic and operatic as a Busby Berkeley musical number.

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