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:

IzmirBill says:
Uhhhh...I'm a photographerand that IS a tripod...... (05-13-2003)

Mo Gripp says:
No wonder he gets so many sexy green women! (05-06-2003)

Robot From Lost In Space says:
Christ, is this crap bad. Actors like Shatner give cheezy Sci Fi TV shows a bad name. Dr Smith could've kicked this fool's ass. (05-05-2003)

Chekov says:
Zis musik... Eet herrtz meh earz, Kip-tin!!

AAIIEEEEEE!!!! (05-05-2003)

William Shatner says:
I have boldly gone where no man has gone before (05-03-2003)

Sir Droopy Drawers says:
Is it me? Or do I sense a joke from Uranus here? (04-08-2003)

William Shatner says:
You are all going to die for your impetuosity (04-06-2003)

William Shatner says:
I am so proud of this record, and your criticism only bounces off this space captains armor. I truly am the Captain of the Starship. (04-06-2003)

Sir Droopy Drawers says:
Greetings to All,
I just returned from France. Quite frankly, they can keep it. Those damn french, brag that they DON'T fart, but rather, (as they put it), TOOT! Well TOOT This! Drop this record over Iraq and watch Saddam either surrender or commit suicide, or BOTH! This is a crazy, mixed up world we all live in. Beam me up, Scotty! The french could do their part by "tooting" downwind towards Iraq! Pfffffffff. Please excuse me, as my asylum awaits for me. (04-06-2003)

Khan Noonien Singh says:
Captain Kirk! Your insightful glare and pitiful haircut are useless against my superior intellect and flowing mane. And my space gun is much bigger too! (03-29-2003)

jason says:
speaks for itself...shatner needs no commentary to be hilarious...on the other hand, the song where spock is talking about "you are a child of the universe" is very touching and spiritual. (03-26-2003)

ozo ( says:
pls keep of (03-26-2003)

Dr Leonard McCoy says:
DAMMIT, JIM! Youre the ONLY one getting laid! (02-12-2003)

William Shatner says:
That was not a tripod! It was an actual space gun! Never insult me, William Shatner. (02-11-2003)

will says:
thats a tripod (01-20-2003)

sing all you want captain,you only come this way once. (01-18-2003)

T'Pau says:
Kroykah! (01-17-2003)

Spock & JZ says:
Spock: Captain, Please leave singing for beings with vocal talents. *controlled sweat drop* Your singing is illogical.

JZ (Spock's wife): like ME! Captain, please stop singing, Spock & I can sing, YOU can't. *has a tomato to throw* Don't make me use this (01-17-2003)

rockitfish says:
Im going as fast as I can........ (01-14-2003)

The Twonk (Nah) says:
It's music Jim - but not as we know it. (01-12-2003)

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