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Seeking Major Tom [2 CD Se] [Double CD]

William Shatner Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Cleopatra Records
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Major Tom (Coming Home)Nick Valensi 5:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Space OddityCandice Night,Ritchie Blackmore 4:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. In A Little WhileLyle Lovett 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Space CowboyBrad Paisley,Steve Miller 5:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Space Truckin'Ian Paice,Johnny Winter 5:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rocket ManSteve Hillage 4:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. She Blinded Me With ScienceBootsy Collins,Patrick Moraz 5:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Walking On The MoonToots Hibbert 2:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Spirit In The SkyPeter Frampton 4:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Bohemian RhapsodyJohn Wetton 5:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Silver MachineCarmine Appice,Wayne Kramer 4:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mrs. Major TomSheryl Crow 5:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Empty GlassMichael Schenker 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Lost In The StarsErnie Watts 3:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Learning To FlyEdgar Froese 4:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Mr. SpacemanDave Davies 2:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Twilight ZoneWarren Haynes 7:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. StruggleWilliam Shatner 4:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Iron ManMike Inez,Zakk Wylde 6:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Planet EarthSteve Howe 4:500.99  Buy MP3 

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With a career that spans over 5 decades, Canadian-born actor William Shatner has become an instantly recognizable star of stage and screen whose vocal delivery, primarily in his performance as the square-jawed Capt. James T. Kirk , is...AS...iconic...as it is...LEGENDARY. The versatile Shatner has also brought his unique interpretive talents to the music world as well, first in 1968 with the cult favourite The Transformed Man and later in 2004 with Has Been. Now Shatner has returned to familiar territory - space - in this wildly inventive concept album featuring brand new recordings of Shatner's much celebrated speak-sing delivery on a host of classic rock favourites and other space-themed songs. With guest appearances by an all-star cast of rock legends, Seeking Major Tom is sure to be one of the most talked about releases of 2011! William Shatner returns to the final frontier of music recording with this space-themed concept album that boldly goes where no man has gone before - available on both 2CD and 3LP set! Features distinctive interpretations of classic, intergalactic anthems by David Bowie, Queen, Deep Purple, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and more! Includes guest appearances by Zakk Wylde, Sheryl Crow, Ritchie Blackmore, Lyle Lovett, Steve Miller and Peter Frampton PLUS members of The Strokes, The Kinks, Tangerine Dream, Alice In Chains, Deep Purple, Yes, MC5 and more! Timed to release simultaneously with the publication of Shatner's new book Shatner Rules!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Set the controls for the heart of the sun 21 Oct 2011
By David Sandilands VINE VOICE
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Dear ol' Shatner plays the cosmic cowboy to perfection , most ably accompanied by some of best in the biz, in the shape of a monster concept album. Kudos to whoever assembled such a fabulous array of musicians and produced a surprisingly cohesive work.
Here's a first impressions rundown with my ill-considered and possibly unwanted opinions:
First up, Space Oddity delivers a special magic even when it's presented in spoken form. Most affecting.
Moving on , Space Cowboy is a blast, Space Truckin' a crazy grinnin' hoot...oh my god,it has drum solo! C'mon, let's go space truckin' :) Thanks Ian Paice and Johnny Winter !
Rocket Man...hmmm Steve Hillage doing Elton John? Nicely chilled.
Bootsy's big fat bass lines join Patrick Moraz in a funky - almost funkadelic - Blinded Me With Science. Tons of fun. It'll have you sliding round the room of your choice - guaranteed.
Walkin' on the Moon with Toots is ok - better than ok 'cos he has such a good voice.
Peter Frampton puts in some great licks on Spirit in the Sky.
And Bohemian Rhapsody well, it had me rolling on the floor,tears streaming from my eyes...a tour de force...beautiful.
Next up, Shatner plays frontman to Hawkwind and guess what, I think it's better than the original Silver Machine. He's just so out there.
Sheryl Crows's Mrs Major Tom, marks a lovely change to the manic fun. From now on the mood is more introspective.
Empty Glass begins to weave a spell on me that perhaps there's something serious being asked here,I mean "we're losing our souls", is this getting too heavy?
Lost In The Stars and Learning To Fly, from the Buffalo Springfield, - wow drifted away to these two - perhaps I'll revisit them later.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rock or Lost in Space? 2 Dec 2011
By R. Muir
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There's an argument that, with Seeking Major Tom, William Shatner has finally done the album he always should have.

But there's perhaps an even bigger argument for a galaxy-wide restraining order that prohibits Mr Shatner from being within a light year of any recording studio, especially after his first release some 43 years ago.

The Transformed Man, released in 1968, is infamous for the Starship Captain's cover of 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.'
His interpretation of that classic track is generally regarded as not only the worst ever cover of a Beatles tune, but a contender for worst ever cover, period.

In 2004 he fared a lot better with Has Been (based around Shatner's prose-poems) and his cover of Pulp's 'Common People' garnered some critical acclaim.

But that, you would think, would be that for William Shatner's musical career.

Not so.
With Seeking Major Tom, the now 80 year old Captain Kirk stars in a space-themed conceptual work featuring many classic or truly iconic pop, rock or heavy rock songs, featuring some true greats of the rock world including Steve Howe, John Wetton, Michael Schenker, Warren Haynes and Patrick Moraz, to name but five.

And, for the most part, it works extremely well (there goes the rock-street cred).

Shatner, for the most part, is playing the part of Major Tom (the famous character from David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' and later references) as he drifts through the star-fields and blackness of space on a journey of narration and music.

The album opens with `Major Tom' (originally written and performed by Peter Schilling) and is the perfect musical prologue to the album and segues (via some "Houston Mission Control" dialogue) into `Space Oddity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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William Shatner must go down in history as one of the world's most unique interpretive artists. With `The Transformed Man', he produced a record that took several well known songs and readings, and transformed them into something so sublimely, er, different that it stirred deep emotion in the listener's soul. It was 40 years before he made another album, obviously thinking that his statement had been so definitive that there was no need to return to the recording studio.

2004's `Has Been' saw him stamp his individual mark on `Common People', before going on to give us some renditions of his own poetry. Again, it was an attention grabbing album and left the public's appetite for his work so sated that it was another 8 years before he was allowed to return to the studio.

And what has he produced for his third album? Here we have the concept album that I feel has been lurking inside Shatner for many years, struggling against the tide of popular opinion and good taste to get out. Riffing off his persona of Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise, he treats us to a host of tracks that tell the story of Major Tom - the second oddest space oddity after Shatner himself. He uses many classic tracks themed around space to explore Major Tom the man, and to try and tell the story of what happened where David Bowie's famous song left off. We are treated to Shatner's quite inimitable renditions of such well known classics as Spirit in the Sky, Bohemian Rhapsody, Space Trucking and, in the final coup de gras, Iron Man. Aided and abetted in his endeavours by a host of well known musicians, including Sheryl Crow, Ritchie Blackmore and Peter Frampton, they try to hold our man back, but his indomitable talents shine through and overpower their contributions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Got it out of curiosity
This is just plain weird, but so William Shatner. The standout song for me is his version of Bohemian Rhapsody. The feeling in his voice just makes me laugh. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr S J Hook
5.0 out of 5 stars stellar musicians and arrangements backing the inimitable Mr Shatner
Not much in its class, it holds together as a concept, and the finely intoned narrative style of Mr.S sits well, above some superb arrangements of classic songs. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dom Esthos
2.0 out of 5 stars No Has Been
Seeking Major Tom eluded me in 2011; and for most all of 2012. Has Been produced by Ben Folds was a brilliant album; Seeking Major Tom sadly isnt. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Chris Hoare
4.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary renditions
This album offers far, far more than any of us could reasonably have expected from William Shatner this late in the game. He's eighty, for heaven's sake! Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2012 by Rough Diamond
1.0 out of 5 stars Star wreck
This is the gathering of my heroes...Ian Paice, Blackmore, Zakk Wylde, Frampton, etc...
Even Shatner is a fascinating star in his own genre. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2012 by Phil On
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow - just wow...
It's difficult to write a review for this really, there is some toe-curling stuff (Shatner tries to hold a note) but then there's some fun stuff. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by KOTWF
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius
As he puts it in his autobiography he talk sings everything but it works on this. I listen to this with a broad grin on my face from start to finish but not because its a comedy... Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2011 by Feg
5.0 out of 5 stars A music that makes you travel in space
Nothing like a good song is able to make you dream.
The interpretation that Shatner is able to provide of the history of "Major Tom" is definitely out of the ordinary. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2011 by AndreasSangalbi
4.0 out of 5 stars rock it, man
what a great album . pleased to see that humour still has a place in music.From the NASA opening countdown to the closing statement of i love you, you'll find something to hit... Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2011 by bmoonjohn
3.0 out of 5 stars A space oddity.
I heard the briefest mention of Seeking Major Tom in a radio interview a couple of weeks ago with William Shatner here in Canada, which got my attention, and I didn't hesitate to... Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2011 by Pseudonymous
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