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Seeking Major Tom Box set
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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
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did not know what to expect and was very pleased with the performance of familiar songs. The musicians made it first class.Published 25 days ago by bowgieman
Holy Shatner! If you enjoy some of his other spoken word albums, then you will enjoy this one. He covers a number of very well known songs with a space theme. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MDJ
I love Shatner so I'm biased. It's not as good as Has Been, but it's still fun.Published 7 months ago by Rebecca
This CD puts a smile on my face. Shatner shifts the emphasis in some songs and, in doing so, illuminates a different message in the lyrics. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Fogbert Tamyet