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Seeking Major Tom (Vinyl)

William Shatner LP Record
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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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Shatner entered strange new worlds on Star Trek and on one of the all-time cult-classic albums, 1968's The Transformed Man . Now, he merges those two galaxies-outer space and music-as he aims his iconic "speak-sing" delivery at a host of rock classics and other space-themed songs. The guest list alone will make this one of the most talked-about releases of the year (Sheryl Crow, Ritchie Blackmore, Lyle Lovett, Steve Miller, Peter Frampton, members of the Strokes, Kinks, Yes, Deep Purple, MC5 and more), but it's Bill who's at the center of this universe, putting his own warped (warp-speed?) spin on Major Tom; Space Oddity; Space Cowboy; Space Truckin'; She Blinded Me with Science; Spirit in the Sky; Iron Man; Twilight Zone , and more on 2 CDs or three vinyl LPs!

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Shat's in fine form! June 21 2013
Format:Audio CD|Amazon Verified Purchase
Heard the "Space Truckin" cover and had to own this. Many amazing covers on this two disk set. It is a bit self indulgent, but that's what he's known for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Concept Album! Oct. 27 2011
By Andrew Salmon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shatner pulled it off! Nov. 23 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is my first William Shatner CD and I loved it. He ties all the songs together with small snippets of his theme song that has the most haunting background music and singers. I smiled everytime I realized what song he was singing(sorry,talking). The bad part is I liked it so much that I purchased his first CD. "The Transformed Man" was a big letdown. Anyone who finds William Shatner funny will enjoy "Seeking Major Tom".
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment Nov. 21 2011
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I begin by stating "I am a BIG fan of William Shatner". I continue by saying that his previous album ("Has Been") was a triumph - for him and the others involved in it, including the music, the lyrics and the delivery, ALL of which were original, surprising, touching and - just plain excellent. I conclude by admitting that I am actually hugely disappointed in his album "Seeking Major Tom", from all the aspects just mentioned. I sincerely regret that this is so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Has Been, but Not Bad, Either. Oct. 11 2011
By Old T.B. - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying Oct. 13 2011
By D. Kaley - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well...this is different Oct. 12 2011
By Wes Vodka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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"
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars genius!! Oct. 11 2011
By Johhny Guitar - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This years surprise! Oct. 11 2011
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Format:Audio CD
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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