December 7, 2004: William Shatner LP Reissued

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William Shatner LPIt’s pretty common for entertainers that excel in one realm to try their hand in another. In many cases, they’re good at both (David Bowie) or simply very successful at it (1960’s TV heartthrob Bobby Sherman’s string of hit singles). When they’re two for two… Ka-ching! (See Justin Timberlake and Jennifer Lopez.)

But there are times when someone in the know should speak up and shout “Bad idea!” before the project gets too far.

Such was the case when William Shatner, who was starring as Captain Kirk on TV’s Star Trek, recorded The Transformed Man for Decca Records, a spoken word album in 1968 of poetry set to hip music of the day including “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.”

On this day in 2004, Geffen Records reissued the album, long out-of-print. Two years later, one magazine ranked it the 45th worst album ever!

(Star Trek, by the way, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The TV series premiered on September 8, 1966.)

Click on the video; we dare you to try and finish it!

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