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|1. King Henry The Fifth - William Shatner|
|2. Elegy For The Brave - William Shatner|
|3. Highly Illogical|
|4. If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song)|
|5. Mr. Tambourine Man - William Shatner|
|6. Where Is Love|
|7. Music To Watch Space Girls By|
|8. It Was A Very Good Year - William Shatner|
|9. Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town|
|10. Hamlet - William Shatner|
|11. A Visit To A Sad Planet|
|12. Abraham, Martin and John|
|13. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - William Shatner|
|14. If I Was A Carpenter|
|15. How Insensitive - William Shatner|
|16. I'd Love Making Love To You|
|17. Put A Little Love In Your Heart|
|19. Gentle On My Mind|
|20. I Walk The Line|
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Shatner is quoted on the insert as saying, "I've been entranced with music for the longest time...and the bane of my life is that I really can't sing...I'm kind of feeling my way into an area that I'm discovering." This is exactly what many people miss - this isn't just a compilation of songs, this stuff was done as conceptual art. Conceptual art is not always made to popular tastes.
Thus, when I listened to this (my dad has the vinyls) I alternatively howled with laughter, tapped my toes, and sang along. The excellent selection does cover the unforgettable favorites, such as Shatner's Mr Tambourine Man and Nimoy's Ballad of Bilbo Baggins. These are truly unique.
These famous songs should not typecast the album, though - for instance, Shatner's renditions of Shakespeare are arguably quite good. The pieces are dramatic and interpretive (back to the art thing) and Shatner dares to be different - how much fun would it be to hear only one version of Hamlet? He's aware he can't sing so adapts (incidentally, Rex Harrison spoke his way through most of My Fair Lady - a musical!!)
Nimoy, on the other hand, provides spoken word and singing. One of the best songs is Where is Love - a touching, simple and well sung rendition. YES Nimoy CAN SING. I really liked the spoken piece, A Visit to A Sad Planet, as I hadn't heard before and found the ending intriguing (no spoilers here!). You really notice the difference between the 'Spock voice' and his 'Nimoy voice.'
With the variety on the CD you're bound to find something you love - whether because it's a funny laugh and you think it's dated or simply because you appreciate something a bit different from two cultural icons.Read more ›
William Shatner's tracks, on the other hand, are absolutely bizarre. I can only imagine there was an intoxicating fog in the studio when these were recorded. Bill's reading from Hamlet is backed by incidental music from Star Trek, his psychotic approach to Mr Tambourine Man is quite scary and his version of It Was A Very Good Year is beyond comment.
This is a great CD.
Bill's "It was a very good year is a fine comic interlude", but
personally I much prefered Nimmoy's deep flat singing voice to Shatner's ham acting style. With 18 Nimmoy tracks I'm not complaining though.
Its said Mozart never wrote a wrong note, and that's why this is so, so much better than Mozart.
Nimmoy and Shatner don't shy away for letting loose and enjoying themselves and its positively infectious. There is plenty of invention and variation throughout.
I recommend this to all fun-loving adults.
... and if you're not a fun loving person, then sit back, keep listening and you soon will be.