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William Shatner

The crew of the Starship Enterprise no longer soars through the galaxy under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, but they continue to inhabit the airwaves on a number of pop and rock recordings. The Vulcan Mr. Spock, aka Leonard Nimoy, Lieutenant Uhura, aka Nichelle Nichols, and several others from the series' next generation of actors have released albums, and Kirk -- actually his alter ego, William Shatner -- is still commander of the pack. His spoken word recordings of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Mr. Tambourine Man" from The Transformed Man album in 1968 may be considered classic camp, but Shatner's delivery of those and other numbers long remained in the public's consciousness. They helped make him a singing celebrity spokesman in TV commercials three decades later, thanks to the fact that an advertising man in New York had held onto his copy of The Transformed Man all those years. Shatner's pipes also can be heard on William Shatner Live! (aka Captain of the Starship), a 1977 release from Imperial House Music. Twenty years later, MCA issued Spaced Out! The Best of Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner. The recording combined cuts from Shatner's The Transformed Man with numbers from a pair of Nimoy's albums, Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy and Mr. Spock's Music from Outer Space. In addition, beginning in the late '80s, Shatner was featured on the Rhino compilations Golden Throats: The Great Celebrity Sing Off, Golden Throats, Vol. 2: More Celebrity Rock Oddities, and Golden Throats 4: Celebrities Butcher Songs of the Beatles. The trend continued for more than a decade and included an appearance on Celebrities...At Their Worst in 1999. Not everyone views Shatner's musical performances solely as camp. Beck paid tribute to Shatner's cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man" in the video he shot for the single "Where It's At." Also, Shatner and Ben Folds traded musical favors, with Folds collaborating with the former Star Trek captain on the 2004 studio effort Has Been, while the pop star agreed to appear in a TV commercial with the singing Shatner. In 2011, Shatner released the double-disc studio album Seeking Major Tom, featuring a newly recorded version of his classic interpretation of "Rocket Man," and two years later he released a sci-fi prog rock concept album called Ponder the Mystery. On the other hand, if people do see Shatner's performances as campy, they also view him with a degree of respect for daring to let it all hang out, vocal warts and all, and have fun with the music. If Captain Kirk knew how to crack a sexy grin from time to time, then Shatner surely knows how to laugh. He's not afraid to poke fun at himself or the roles he has played. ~ Linda Seida
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William Shatner

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William Shatner

  1.   Song
  2.   Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
  3.   Common People
  4.   Has Been
  5.   It Hasn't Happened Yet
  6.   Rocket Man by Steve Hillage
  7.   That's Me Trying
  8.   Peter
  9.   Ideal Woman
  10.   Mr. Tambourine Man
  11.   Space Truckin' featuring Ian Paice
  12.   Earthbound
  13.   Romeo and Juliet/How Insensitive (Insensatez)
  14.   William Shatner Shame, Pt. 2
  15.   Three-Way Alchemy
  16.   Deep Down by Robby Krieger
  17.   I Can't Get Behind That
  18.   William Shatner Shame, Pt. 3
  19.   Spleen/Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
  20.   Rocket Man
  21.   The Brain
  22.   Summer Spaceship
  23.   The Movie-Short Takes
  24.   War of the Worlds
  25.   The Flight of Man
  26.   Alive
  27.   Rhythm of the Night by Nik Turner
  28.   Twilight by Edgar Winter
  29.   Sunset by Joel Vandroogenbroeck
  30.   Change
  31.   So Am I by Al Di Meola
  32.   Ponder the Mystery
  33.   Manhunt
  34.   Exodus, an oratorio in 3 parts for narrator, baritone & orchestra~Part 2. Ten Plagues
  35.   Exodus, an oratorio in 3 parts for narrator, baritone & orchestra~Part 1. Moses and Pharaoh
  36.   She Blinded Me With Science
  37.   Exodus, an oratorio in 3 parts for narrator, baritone & orchestra~Part 3. Redemption
  38.   It Hasn't Happened Yet
  39.   Together
  40.   Elegy For the Brave
  41.   King Henry the Fifth
  42.   Theme from Cyrano/Mr. Tambourine Man
  43.   King Henry the Fifth/Elegy for the Brave
  44.   Space Oddity featuring Candice Night
  45.   Familiar Love
  46.   Do You See? by Edgar Froese
  47.   So Am I by Al Di Meola
  48.   I'm Alright, I Think by Dave Koz
  49.   What Kind of Fool Am I
  50.   William Shatner Shame, Pt. 4
  51.   Imagine Things by Vince Gill
  52.   William Shatner-Audience
  53.   Hamlet/It Was a Very Good Year
  54.   You'll Have Time
  55.   The Transformed Man
  56.   Starship's Facilities
  57.   Go With Me/High Flight
  58.   What Have You Done
  59.   William Shatner Shame, Pt. 1
  60.   6 Ways to the Moon
  61.   Real
  62.   Ponder the Mystery by Steve Vai
  63.   Finale
  64.   Learning to Fly by Edgar Froese
  65.   Hamlet
  66.   Where Does Time Go? by George Duke
  67.   William Shatner Shame, Pt. 5
  68.   It Was a Very Good Year
  69.   Where It's Gone...I Don't Know
  70.   Galileo
  71.   Iron Man featuring Mike Inez
  72.   William Shatner Shame, Pt. 6
  73.   Red Shift

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