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

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