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Transformed Man [Original recording remastered]

William Shatner Audio CD
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While William Shatner was working on a certain ratings-deprived television series involving intergalactic exploration, he spent his off-hours at the studio recording this gem. Combining popular songs of the era with Shakespeare and some of the trippiest "you have to hear them to believe them" arrangements ever recorded. Like Star Trek, it's cult following continued growing after it's initial run, and it has since become one of the most legendary celebrity records of all time. With the release of his new Shout! Factory album, Has Been, and his recent Emmyr-award and starring role in The Practice's high profile spin-off TV series, Boston Legal, with James Spader, interest in William Shatner has never been higher. This timely re-issue will surely be a must-have for fans both old and new for years to come.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bold, inventive, and nothing short of brilliant July 6 2006
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Let me just come right out and say it: I think William Shatner's The Transformed Man is brilliant - brilliant, I say. It's easy to make fun of this album, especially the first few times you hear Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds or Mr. Tambourine Man - hey, I once made fun of Shatner's unique interpretations of these classics myself. The fact that Shatner doesn't actually sing tends to throw one off. When I got the chance to listen to the entire album, though, I was increasingly stunned by the realization that this unique recording was absolutely blowing me away. I have written a number of humorous reviews of very bad items, so I feel compelled to say that this is not one of them. Call it a novelty album if you like, but I sincerely believe this is one of the most underappreciated works of musical genius ever recorded. Heaven help me, but I really and truly love this album.

The Transformed Man is not about Shatner trying to sing (he knows his dramatic reading style is not singing); this is a full-blown concept album of remarkable proportions. I happen to believe Shatner took this album very seriously back in 1968, and that this truly is about the music and not Shatner's ego or ersatz campiness. Shatner didn't just throw this album together; a lot of thought and work went into this. You'll notice that the first five tracks actually consist of two songs apiece. Each two-part track is meant to reflect upon a different aspect of the duality of man. Of course, you don't get this effect when some radio station cues up Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds or Mr. Tambourine Man for comedic purposes; those guys never play the first half of each track, so it's impossible for the listener to know what Shatner was actually trying to do with this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bold, inventive, and nothing short of brilliant June 1 2004
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Let me just come right out and say it: I think William Shatner's The Transformed Man is brilliant - brilliant, I say. It's easy to make fun of this album, especially the first few times you hear Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds or Mr. Tambourine Man - hey, I once made fun of Shatner's unique interpretations of these classics myself. The fact that Shatner doesn't actually sing tends to throw one off. When I got the chance to listen to the entire album, though, I was increasingly stunned by the realization that this unique recording was absolutely blowing me away. I have written a number of humorous reviews of very bad items, so I feel compelled to say that this is not one of them. Call it a novelty album if you like, but I sincerely believe this is one of the most underappreciated works of musical genius ever recorded. Heaven help me, but I really and truly love this album.
The Transformed Man is not about Shatner trying to sing (he knows his dramatic reading style is not singing); this is a full-blown concept album of remarkable proportions. I happen to believe Shatner took this album very seriously back in 1968, and that this truly is about the music and not Shatner's ego or ersatz campiness. Shatner didn't just throw this album together; a lot of thought and work went into this. You'll notice that the first five tracks actually consist of two songs apiece. Each two-part track is meant to reflect upon a different aspect of the duality of man. Of course, you don't get this effect when some radio station cues up Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds or Mr. Tambourine Man for comedic purposes; those guys never play the first half of each track, so it's impossible for the listener to know what Shatner was actually trying to do with this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 16 2014
Format:Audio CD
you don't me to tell you how awesome this CD is
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