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William Shatner knows how to deliver a line—and musicians from all genres have had a blast collaborating with him. He's sometimes camp, sometimes enlightened, sometimes silly, and sometimes serious. Cleopatra Records kingpin Billy Sherwood, best known to the mainstream world as a member of ‘90s Yes, invited his prog-rock friends to join him in making this latest Shatner album, where the mysteries of life, science, and its fiction are given a very different soundtrack than on previous Shatner albums. Jazz guitarist Al Di Meola, Yes’ Rick Wakeman, Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band’s Zoot Horn Rollo, The Doors’ Robby Krieger, Hawkwind’s Nik Turner, Steve Vai, and Edgar Winter are among those to join Sherwood in creating new age and prog sounds behind Shatner’s authoritative delivery. Even country singer Vince Gill joins in on the fun with “Imagine Things.” This album is more for progressive rock fans and folks who weren’t excited by Shatner’s previous "pop" moves.

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Another Mind-Blowing Experience from William Shatner

No jokes here. The music provides the metaphorical train that transports you away from your otherwise frenzied existence towards a place of calm that allows you to really hear Shatner's spoken poetry. It's a contemplation on life and it's meaning(s) from a guy who has explored humanity for more than 80 years. Bravo to all.

Uh . . .

Is this a serious album or are Shatner and his stable of superstar musicians just reveling in the intended (or UNintended?) hilarity of his narrations? My God, I don't know what to think! I honestly don't know whether to laugh or just give into the power of Shatner, let go and groove!

A joke?

I liked Has Been so much, I purchased this album before I listened to a single sample... Big mistake. I assume Bill has parted ways with Ben Folds as the production/compositions on this album don't even come close to the quality of Has Been. Either he thought he could do as good a job as Ben on his own or Bill and Ben played a bad joke on us.

Really, I should've known better when I saw the cover art. I know he's capable of so much better than this... So disappointed.


Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

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...
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