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  • Vinyl (October 11, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • ASIN: B005IY3DES
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Major Tom (Coming Home) feat. Nick Valensi 5:18
2. Space Oddity feat. Ritchie Blackmore & Candice Night 4:54
3. In A Little While feat. Lyle Lovett 3:51
4. Space Cowboy feat. Brad Paisley & Steve Miller 5:25
5. Space Truckin' feat. Ian Paice & Johnny Winter 5:08
6. Rocket Man feat. Steve Hillage 4:39
Disc: 2
1. She Blinded Me With Science feat. Bootsy Collins & Patrick Moraz 5:50
2. Walking On The Moon feat. Toots Hibbert 2:52
3. Spirit In The Sky feat. Peter Frampton 4:24
4. Bohemian Rhapsody feat. John Wetton 5:40
5. Silver Machine feat. Wayne Kramer & Carmine Appice 4:45
6. Mrs. Major Tom feat. Sheryl Crow 5:47
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Disc: 3
1. Lost In The Stars feat. Ernie Watts 3:43
2. Learning To Fly feat. Edgar Froese 4:43
3. Mr. Spaceman feat. Dave Davies 2:14
4. Twilight Zone feat. Warren Haynes 7:24
5. Struggle 4:12
6. Iron Man feat. Zakk Wylde & Mike Inez 6:32
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LP1 SIDE A
1. Major Tom (Coming Home) feat. Nick Valensi 5:18
2. Space Oddity feat. Ritchie Blackmore & Candice Night 4:54
3. In A Little While feat. Lyle Lovett 3:51

LP1 SIDE B
1. Space Cowboy feat. Brad Paisley & Steve Miller 5:25
2. Space Truckin feat. Ian Paice & Johnny Winter 5:08
3. Rocket Man feat. Steve Hillage 4:39

LP2 SIDE A
1. She Blinded Me With Science feat. Bootsy Collins & Patrick Moraz 5:50
2. Walking On The Moon feat. Toots Hibbert 2:52
3. Spirit In The Sky feat. Peter Frampton 4:24
4. Bohemian Rhapsody feat. John Wetton 5:40

LP2 SIDE B
1. Silver Machine feat. Wayne Kramer & Carmine Appice 4:45
2. Mrs. Major Tom feat. Sheryl Crow 5:47
3. Empty Glass feat. Michael Schenker 3:14

LP3 SIDE A
1. Lost In The Stars feat. Ernie Watts 3:43
2. Learning To Fly feat. Edgar Froese 4:43
3. Mr. Spaceman feat. Dave Davies 2:14
4. Twilight Zone feat. Warren Haynes 7:24

LP3 SIDE B
1. Struggle 4:12
2. Iron Man feat. Zakk Wylde & Mike Inez 6:32
3. Planet Earth feat. Steve Howe 4:51

Review

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 favorite 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 favorites 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! --Cleopatra Records

Customer Reviews

Shatner is still a great performer and producer of great art forms.
JudyCacco
Still, I am a HUGE fan of William Shatner, and whilst this offering misses the mark slightly, I do hope it's not the last from Shatner.
Pete
Fans of Shatner, different takes on the familiar, a good laugh, or all three, will find much to like about this album.
Old T.B.

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Old T.B. on October 11, 2011
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William Shatner has released his third album, a concept album using many well-known songs unified by a `space' theme. No, it is not a great work of art. And, no, it will probably not garner the acclaim of his last album, 2004's remarkable Has Been. With that said, Seeking Major Tom is full of fun moments, Shatner-style.

Musically, Shatner surrounds himself with some true heavyweights. The selection of guitarists alone is impressive, including Zakk Wylde, Ritchie Blackmore, Johnny Winter, Wayne Kramer, and Dave Davies, to name a few. The playing is never less than solid; at times, it is inspired.

Through the proceedings, Shatner does what he does best: portray William Shatner. He talks, ruminates, and emotes his way through the tracks, and even takes a stab at singing on Black Sabbath's "Iron Man." When it works, it is quite fun. When it doesn't, it can be a head-scratching-and-shaking experience.

Ultimately, Seeking Major Tom is a fun listen; however, at its length of over ninety minutes, it could definitely have been shortened with no detrimental effect to the listening experience or the intended `concept.' The album becomes rather tedious after an hour.

What is good, though, is great. Highlights include "Space Cowboy," which lets Shatner show off his swagger, and a funky, hilarious run through "She Blinded Me with Science;" "Rocket Man," while not as dementedly inspired as his 1978 take on the song (see YouTube), is still quite welcome. And, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a perfect vehicle for the over-the-top, histrionic force that is William Shatner.

Has Been was, mostly, the words of Shatner set to music; Seeking Major Tom is the work of others set to Shatner, and it doesn't work as well. Fans of Shatner, different takes on the familiar, a good laugh, or all three, will find much to like about this album.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. Kaley on October 13, 2011
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First the negative: This CD was put together around several top musicians' schedules. It shows since some songs' music sounds like karaoke music. This is minimal though since most sound really good.

Now the positive: The whole concept is outstanding and one must keep that in mind while listening to really appreciate it. WS didn't write the tunes- just put them together to make a story, and that's how it should be taken in. Some tracks stand out individually, like Space Oddity and Rocket Man among others. Like his last effort, one can find both scathing wit and heartfelt sentiment all from the classic Shatnerry delivery. As a concept, it was threaded nicely throughout from excerps from the first two songs.

Although not as good as Has Been, which is a different beast, it's well worth a purchase for fans. I respect Wiliam Shatner for trying something different instead of falling back on and riding past accomplishments (Has Been)!

Thanks, William Shatner, for being yourself- you are a rarity!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Wes Vodka on October 12, 2011
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Honestly, I was not sure what to make of this album at first. It is so weird! But, I find that it's growing on me after a few go rounds. Shatner must have had a blast making it, he got to work with so many talented musicians! There is such abundant joy here, I definitely recommend "Seeking Major Tom"
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Johhny Guitar on October 11, 2011
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this album is shatner genius!!!! shatner once again reminds us of why we love him so much. he seems to have so much fun with this space themed concept record from the start. amazing guest appearances, truly a cast of an amazing cross section of whos who in music. if you love shatner you should love this album period. pure shatner genius!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chip Palmer on October 11, 2011
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I remember William Shatner's first album from the 60's. Not a big fan, but I go back a few years. Still this is a very pleasant surprise. Tons of awesome guest stars which gives this album a very polished quality. Shantner is not a singer, but he is totally engaged with is tongue-in-cheek delivery. This is a fun, campy, and sometimes sentimental, project.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Salmon on October 27, 2011
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Anyone considering buying this latest offering from William Shatner should realize that his "singing" is an acquired taste. Hunt up some samples or listen to a few tracks online to see if this is for you. That said, if you "get" what Shatner and company are up to here, then you are in for a real treat!

Seeking Major Tom is not as good as Has Been. I want to make that clear right off. Has Been is a classic album, one of the best I've ever heard (check out my review if you don't believe me), containing a cover or two but mostly original, thought-provoking, enjoyable material you won't soon forget.

Seeking Major Tom is a collection of covers -- brilliant, inspired covers, but covers nonetheless. As much as I enjoyed the double set, this fact did cost the album a star in my rating. Case in point, I find the lone original song, Struggle, to be the best of the 20 offerings here.

The album is no slouch though. Boasting an array of high-calibre talent, including Sheryl Crow, Ritchie Blackmore, Lyle Lovett, Peter Frampton, Steve Miller, Ernie Watts, Dave Davies and others, there is a wealth of musical talent.

The concept is simple: songs about Major Tom or exploring what he may have gone through while lost in space and the album is a feast for the ears when listened to in its entirety. This is due to the eclectic array of songs from Space Oddity (of course) to Space Truckin' (a standout), Shatner's immortal Rocket Man (subdued here but still captivating),She Blinded Me With Science (a hoot), Walkin' On The Moon, Spirit In The Sky (another standout), Lost In The Stars (excellent), Mr.
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