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    No Shit, This Is Nuts, Yet I Mean It: William Shatner's Album Is Outstanding

    The album is named "Has Been". It was co-written, produced and arranged by Ben Folds. And I'm not kidding, this album will knock you sideways.

    The oddest thing about listening to this record is the fact that I actually found myself "rewinding" tracks, to not only hear certain parts, yet entire songs again. Take the opening song "Common People". For one thing, it rocks. Then out of nowhere, Joe Jackson's voice comes in, taking this very funny song (about some rich tart wanting to "slum-it" with the less privileged) to yet another level.

    The lyrics are mostly written by Shatner himself (including a frighteningly personal tale regarding his wife's drowning and his failure to save her). Remarkable words about awkward relationships and situations that a 73 year old guy still has not adjusted to, joined with inspired music provided by Folds.

    Included is an absolutely hilarious gospel tune (you guessed it, with a backing choir) called "You'll Have Time" whose basic premise is "Yup, Yer Gonna Die" given to a charming and enlightening effect.

    Yeah, I'm keenly aware of what an odd thing this is to recommend as a listening experience to people. I can only offer this: If you are of the adventurous sort, one who digs going off of the well beaten path and wishes to seek out the truly different and inspired, perhaps you may wish to pick up and enjoy this album.

    As a teaser (that does little justice toward the total breath of the record), here is the opening tune, performed with Joe Jackson.

    William Shatner Common People (4:39)
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    You'll Have Time-William Shatner (5:13)


    That's Me Trying-William Shatner, Aimee Mann and Ben Folds- (3:53)


    Has Been-William Shatner (2:18)
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    So I take it he doesn't cover "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" on this one?




    I actually owned the original William Shatner Sings album. It wasn't -- in any way, shape, or form -- as you described this one. It was good for a laugh, though.

    Anything with Joe Jackson on it can't be all bad.
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    Common People was great!

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    Shatner is a one of a kind phenomenon. He seems to be able to do whatever he wants... and does.

    Dare I say that the dude is HIP!

    I love ya Bill, great body of work. But I can never forgive you for Star Trek V.

    Thanks Chef, good stuff.

    Something about that Shatner/Folds makes me want to put Neil Young's Living With War on shuffle with a Jerry Lee CD.

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    I wish I had his money...........

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    i gotta pick this up!

    I thought this thread was going to be about the record he put out back in the seventies/early eighties...where he did covers of Tambourine Man and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    i gotta pick this up!

    I thought this thread was going to be about the record he put out back in the seventies/early eighties...where he did covers of Tambourine Man and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds!
    broken, I believe you are referring to "The Transformed Man", which was released in 1968. Tracks from this album were paired up with other dubious "celebrity" musical interpretations (including Leonard Nimoy memorably tackling "If I Had A Hammer", from his "The Touch Of Leonard Nimoy" album in 1969) on a Rhino Records compilation called "Golden Throats: The Great Celebrity Sing Off" released in 1988.



    All of the above are excruciatingly God-awful to listen to. Paraphrasing Lewis Black: "Thank Christ I had a fork to jab in my asshole to take my mind off of the pain".

    By the way, I somehow forgot to mention the riotous ranting duet with Henry Rollins on "I Can't Get Behind That", which in and of itself is worth the cost of admission for "Has Been".
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    broken, I believe you are referring to "The Transformed Man", which was released in 1968. Tracks from this album were paired up with other dubious "celebrity" musical interpretations (including Leonard Nimoy memorably tackling "If I Had A Hammer", from his "The Touch Of Leonard Nimoy" album in 1969) on a Rhino Records compilation called "Golden Throats: The Great Celebrity Sing Off" released in 1988.



    All of the above are excruciatingly God-awful to listen to. Paraphrasing Lewis Black: "Thank Christ I had a fork to jab in my asshole to take my mind off of the pain".

    By the way, I somehow forgot to mention the riotous ranting duet with Henry Rollins on "I Can't Get Behind That", which in and of itself is worth the cost of admission for "Has Been".
    1968...for some reason I was thinking it came out in 76 or something...oh well...that's the release I was talking about...it left me speechless when I heard it. It's...well...something special. We'll just leave it at that.

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    Brad Paisley wrote, sang and played the wonderful guitar solo on this tune.

    'Real" William Shatner and Brad Paisley


    "It Hasn't Happened Yet"-William Shatner (3:56)


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    An interesting duet and exchange of ideas/principles between Bill Shatner and Henry Rollins, featuring Matt Chamberlain on drums and Adrian Belew on noise guitar.


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    The Transformed Man was good too. I like Theme from Cyrano and his Sinatra cover.

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    The studio version of "It Hasn't Happened Yet".



    Number 47 turned me on to this neat mash-up of the Saturday Morning Star Trek cartoon and the lead song off of Has Been. A vocal duet with the great Joe Jackson, along with a touching moment between Kirk and Spock at the end.

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    Huh...This stuff is shockingly listenable. I likey... Thanks chef.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus H Christ View Post
    Huh...This stuff is shockingly listenable. I likey... Thanks chef.
    Indeed. "I can't get behind that" was great. Henry Rollins and Shatner is an inspired pairing.

    Is there anything Shatner can't do?

 

 

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