The Transformed Man Original recording remastered
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The Transformed Man is not about Shatner trying to sing (he knows his dramatic reading style is not singing); this is a full-blown concept album of remarkable proportions. I happen to believe Shatner took this album very seriously back in 1968, and that this truly is about the music and not Shatner's ego or ersatz campiness. Shatner didn't just throw this album together; a lot of thought and work went into this. You'll notice that the first five tracks actually consist of two songs apiece. Each two-part track is meant to reflect upon a different aspect of the duality of man. Of course, you don't get this effect when some radio station cues up Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds or Mr. Tambourine Man for comedic purposes; those guys never play the first half of each track, so it's impossible for the listener to know what Shatner was actually trying to do with this album.Read more ›
However much one tries to deny it, you can not escape the fact that this record is ridiculous. It might be a better world, or i might be a better person if i could judge a piece of art solely on its merits. Try as i might, i can not get away from the fact that William Shatner is absolutely mad. The spoken parts of this album are, I would say, not actually acted. I honestly think Shatner believed he was Hamlet. Honestly. The music is by no means bad though, in fact, there are some nice workings of tracks like 'Lucy In...' with full choirs.
So, why does it have to recieve 5 stars? Because Shatner's madness is exactly what makes this such a good record, and here, I totally agree with Mr. Jolley. I struggle to think of an album where the emotion is so raw. Once you hear it, you can understand more the choice of front cover, the songs and the style. It is utterly ludicrous, but there's so much passion in it! It's nice to hear a record which despite being a product of outrageous self-importance, is so passionately felt.
Listening to this was a revelation for me. I had no idea that William Shatner was such a creative genius. He has taken well known tracks and transformed them forever into unforgettable pieces that will haunt you. People have knocked him for his dramatic readings of the verse rather than singing, but in all honesty this is a result of his recognition that he can't sing, and he tries to do something new and creative with these songs that is within his ability. People mock the delivery, but actually I find it strangely moving, showing an almost inarticulatable depth of passion and feeling. And that's just the songs. The readings from Shakespeare wouldn't find favour with many Shakespeare fans, but for me they go over well trodden old lines and give them a new burst of life by performing them in a style that has never been done before or since.
I am really not sure whether to treat Shatner's efforts as a serious attempt at art, an intentional parody or something unintentionally bad. I personally enjoy it and like to think it is a serious attempt at art that largely works well. It's certainly unique! As to why he hasn't recorded more, it could be that these songs were so great, so full of personality and so perfect a statement that he felt there was no need to record anything further.
This is an interesting collection to say the least. 5 stars for me.
I laughed so much from start to finish on this one - that I almost wet myself. I begged the CD to stop playing. But it wouldn't.
A classic! Who knew Shatner possesed such bizarre comedic genius? If you have never heard his version of Mr. Tambourine Man then you are in for a shock. And who can forget his truly epic mind-boggling "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"? Obviously a man with a vision ... of some kind.
If I may be so bold as to quote from the brilliant review of a previous Amazon reviewer who summed it up nicely with the comment :-
"Try as I might, I can not get away from the fact that William Shatner is absolutely mad."
I would suggest you employ the services of a friendly medical doctor to watch over you when you undergo the Shatner Experience. Most normal people undergo a rather strange reaction to the material here. Some even board a rocket to escape. Was being subjected to this album the catalyst for the invention of the warp drive?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The closest thing to Capital punishment or Russian Roulette. Zero * in fact.Published 12 months ago by Zissimos Philippou
A classic!!! No one does it like The Shatner, and on Red Vinyl to boot!!! Roll on a Christmas Album :-)Published 18 months ago by DaveyLounge
I heard this so long ago, I almost forgot I heard it at all. It was first on the radio I think, before it was put on record or CD. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nomar G. Nillit
I love William Shatner's voice but this is not his finest hour! Purchase at your own peril, you have been warned!Published on 20 Mar. 2014 by Mr S J Hook
great fun, and such a change from his star trek persona - though one should expect it from such an accomplished actor.Published on 10 April 2013 by arabesque
I have read reviews of this defining moment in the history of music. All say that this album is possibly the worst ever record. Read morePublished on 20 July 2011 by robbocoope
I ordered this on a whim, expecting nothing more than adequate comedy to show for the outlay. It arrived three days ago and I am currently listening to it as I have done ever since... Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2010 by KA Cartlidge