The Transformed Man, an “it has to be heard to be believed” recording by the irrepressible, incomparable actor William Shatner, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.00.
Recorded during the original run of Shatner’s appearance as Captain James T. Kirk on NBC-TV’s Star Trek (in 1968) and certainly during a time when the way Shatner is perceived now (a legendary sci-fi maven and colorful larger than life figure) was still in its infancy stages, The Transformed Man has all that fun, pretentious, spoken word in a musical sense Shatner became famous for. Not holding anything back, and presented with a vocal swagger and patter that he’s as famous for as anything else in his illustrious career, The Transformed Man is a must for any fan of Shatner and his television and theatrical and literary musings.
Taking on Shakespeare with “Hamlet” which goes into “It Was A Very Good Year” (popularized by Frank Sinatra) and other literary classic passages like the “Theme From Cyrano” coupled bizarrely with The Byrds’ “Hey Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and the “highlight” of the record, which has to be the strangest, most twisted Beatles cover version ever with his rendition of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” (Picture yourself”¦in a BOAT”¦on A RIVER!), Shatner pulls no punches. In fact, he’s really just lightly tapping at air here with his knuckles, but what makes the record work is knowing that he’s having a good time, and in essence, he expects you to also. These “songs” are almost played out like soliloquies actually, to orchestrated music right out of the bombastic recorded by studio hacks 100 Classical Records for $29.99 Time-Life used to hawk on television.
The Transformed Man: A lark, or a serious attempt at spoken word musicality? You be the judge. Whichever response you come up with, the record and Shatner “boldly goes where no man has gone before.”
Browse over 2000 albums on sale this month for only $5 each!
1. King Henry The Fifth/Elegy For The Brave
2. Theme From Cyrano/Mr. Tamborine Man
3. Hamlet/It Was A Very Good Year
4. Romeo And Juliet/How Insensitive (Insensatez)
5. Spleen/Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
6. The Transformed Man
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