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William Shatner: Captain of the Starship

When William Shatner's career was on the skids.

By now everyone's heard about William Shatner's The Transformed Man -- that infamous 60's recording where he sings Mr. Tambourine Man and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds -- but check out this other Shatner LP, an ultra-rare two-record set recorded live in 1978. It's a recording of an appearance at some kind of a Star Trek convention just before the first Star Trek movie came out (probably the lowest point in Shatner's career). Half of it consists of Shatner answering questions from the audience (where was the bathroom on the Enterprise?) and recalling inane stories from his career. On the other half, he performs dramatic poetry interpretations, including "Earthbound", "The Flight of Man" and a reading from H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds".

On the artwork for Transformed Man, Shatner appeared as Captain Kirk, in his full starfleet uniform. Here, however, licensing restrictions prevented Imperial House records from using any actual Trek material. Notice how Shatner is the captain of the "Starship", not the "Enterprise", and how his shirt, while similar to the one he wore on TV, lacks the official Star Trek insignia. If you look closely you might also notice that the space rifle he's wielding is actually an upside-down camera tripod -- talk about your low-budget photo shoots!

William Shatner: Captain of the Starship
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The Flight Of Man (Real Audio) And the Captains... and the Admirals... and even the Vulcans...

See Also: Sebastian Cabot, Actor

Your Comments:

DJ Napp (el_nappo@yahoo.com) says:
I promised to post the "liner notes" from my copy of this album... two years ago. so here they are finally (sorry if some typos -- this is going to take a ridiculous amount of time to type even if I rush it):

"It is the first time the man has come out, alone to confront his legend.
And the legend has come out to confront him.
The audience, six years old and yet unborn when the ENTERPRISE flew -- the rerun generation.
They came, college students -- and college professors. Pre-schoolers -- and Ph.D's., Doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers. Truck drivers, dockworkers, drill sergeants. Both sexes. All ages. Every shade of difference, every degree of diversity. Feeling no genereation gap at all.
What is becoming increasingly clear is that the legendary Kirk is finding a place in the history of heroes which is unique, one-of-a-kind, unprecedented.
and the rerun generation is growing up never having known a world in which there was not at least one example of a hero who was profoundly open, willing to be real to himself and others.
On stage now the man who broke that trail a decade ago has gone on, WHERE-NO-MAN... The dramatic performance speaks of the flying, and *is* the flying. Shakespeare, Cyrano de Bergerac, Galileo on the need for the freedom of man's mind. Some of the rerun generation may not understand the words fully. It doesn't matter. Their eyes never leave his face.
He shifts from the dramatic performance. He loves to let the audience reach out to him with questions, with a love which would register on the Richter scale. Now he is fast, funny, light, loving, with anecdotes from the STAR TREK years and now.
Shatner has said, 'They're not the screamers. They're the people who say *thank you*. They remember something I did many years ago. I've grown from a boy to a man on television in front of everybody. And now here they are, turning out in torrential rains to say *thank you.* And I am -- moved to tears, many times.'
The response was so tremendous that there will be other tours, other albums. The man will go out to greet the legend again -- and undoubtedly astonish it yet again." (07-28-2005)

Pardon Me While I Rock You says:
Looks like the captain of the starship aint goin' down without a FIGHT, by the looks of that friggin' TRIPLE barrel Deneb V rifle/plasma/dung gun he's holdin'. In the words of Charleton Heston, "FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!" (05-06-2005)

Kirk Hammy says:
relax mr. shatner...we're calling 911 for an acting coach. breathe deeply now... (05-04-2005)

SHATNERSSHADOW (shatnersshadow@aol.com) says:
THIS BEAUTIFUL MAN CALLED WILLIAM SHATNER IS THE MOST SEXIEST BABE TO EVER WALK THIS UNIVERSE. HES SECOND TO NONE AND ANYONE WHO DOESNT LOVE HIM AS I DO MUST DIE. BILL IF YOU READ THIS I WORSHIP YOU 24/7 AND I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU, OH AND I FANCY THE PANTS OFF YOU. YOURE THE BEST ACTOR EVER AND THE BEST WRITER AND THE BEST EVERYTHING. LOVE YOU BIG GUY.XXX youre hot stuff (05-04-2005)

Velmar Pewee Hale Johnson (poet@crockettnet.com) says:
I loved it, listening to, Bill, read this was like listening to angels as they are breathing gently the in Heavens. Bill's voice is truly a siren song, luring me into peace, and taking my mind, and ears beyond all the stars, and space of both Heaven, and earth. (04-22-2005)

hannibal (hanniballecturer@gmail.com) says:
jesus christ, I know Spinal Tap has amps that can go to 11, but I don't think shatner has a level lower than 11.

As for the cover, holding up a tripod on an album cover has to be the stupidest activity ever captured on film. (04-01-2005)

lexi (BWGW2400@aol.com) says:
I think that the new star trek isin't as good as the old ones. I enjoyed the old ones a lot better than the new. (03-01-2005)

CHONGO (JHYOUNG2010@HOTMAIL.COM) says:
He Won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a miniseries or TV movie last night...his characterization of Denny Crane on Boston legal is one of the most distinctive on TV today.

He could easily top it off with a GRAMMY for his album Hasbeen in the Spoken Word category.

As I posted back in September, this is HIS year. (01-17-2005)

Tommy (Relikrtr12@yahoo.com) says:
HE SUCKED AS AN ACTOR ! AND HE SUCKED AS A SINGER ! WHAT CAN HE DO RIGHT ? (01-01-2005)

michaela (michaelayugi007) says:
shatner is my idol,he makes everything so real!when I see him in anything,I go into it,just like if it were real (12-24-2004)

H Turd Ferguson says:
And I think it's gonna be a long, long time. (rocket man) (11-25-2004)

William Shatner fan (mtownshend@beeb.net) says:
Does anyone know where I might be able to get hold of Shatner's amazing version of "How to handle a woman"? (11-22-2004)

Peanut Head says:
Ok dere, Mad Dr. Matt....bye da way...I lik you posts cuz ya not stoopid like sum offda udder peeps...

I WILL buy da Bull Shitner CD, cuz ya say it is gud...but WHAT ABOUT JAMMY OSMENDT??? HE is da bomb, Dr. Matt....HONEST...

I will play both da JAMMY and da SHAT ner side together wid my lava lamp...I will also git nekkid and spark a spliffy an letcha know wha happens.....gud party!

KAy den, Dr Matt....you iss a cool guy...so is Frank Larosa too....dis iss a fun site cept fer da dumb peeps (dey know who dey are)...always a good re.....whazzatt MOmmy?..(I haveta go now...bye) (11-17-2004)

Mad Dr. Matt (magob@aol.com) says:
I bought William Shatner's new record "Has Been" as a lark - essentially to laugh at (kinda like we're doing here with the "Transformed Man") - but let me tell ya something - IT'S GREAT! Bill has more balls the a room full of your average Alt-rockers. He is totally UNAFRAID to go the most sensitive places in his life and lay them bare! Somebody ought to pin a medal on this guy! He is supported on the CD by Ben Folds, Henry Rollins, Adrian Belew, Joe Jackson and a cast of thousands. Go out - right now - to your favorite independently-operated, locally-owned record store and buy SEVERAL copies of "HAS BEEN" and give them away to people on the street! I MEAN IT! IT'S THAT GOOD!!! (11-16-2004)

kunta (mugu@com) says:
keeeeeeeeeeeeeep offfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff (11-15-2004)

KERRY & EDWARDS IN '04! says:
KERRY & EDWARDS IN '04! (10-28-2004)

Joli (purplevioletsquishies@comcast.net) says:
William Shatner actually did his own take on the lullaby Wynken, Blynken & Nod along with the Doobie Brothers who did their take & Donovan who did his take & others who I've forgotten the names of. Where is the man & his music? (10-14-2004)

CHONGO says:
The new Wm Shatner album is due for release on Oct 5. WFMU (WFMU.org) has played one track, his cover of Pulp's "Common People", and it is AWESOME. Can't wait to hear the rest of it.

Consider that he has an album coming out (Has Been), has a new TV show this Fall (Boston Legal), is up for an EMMY for his role in The Practice, and this may be HIS year. (09-15-2004)

bent4toons says:
Ah, maybe this photo was taken shortly after Shatner bludgeoned Bob Crane to death.

A camera Tripod can be a rather deadly weapon.

If the investigators of his wife's untimely drowning a few years back had known of this record cover, they might have questioned Bill more thoroughly! (08-30-2004)

Charles Johnson (charles_johnson94@yahoo.com) says:
I was born in 1966 and I grew up in frount of the tv and watched star trek all my life and I am a verry big fan of william shatner and would like to say he's been a big role model for me.
I never could make it to any conventions or aford it but it dint stop me buying the movies or models and I would like to have met him just once but thats a drean not real life.
I grew up in in a small town in california and now I live in arkansas and still am a great fan and always will.
thank you for all that you do for the challenged children .
this is a small sample of what I think of him...thanks for the chance to do this (08-19-2004)






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