William Shatner, 82, has made his mark as an actor most notably as "Star Trek's" Captain Kirk on TV and in the movies. Never one to rest on his laurels Bill is getting ready to release his first music album in years, a progressive-rock, spoken word set entitled "Ponder the Mystery". What to expect?

First of all, there will be a number of guest artists including Vince Gill. Other artists contributing include Rick Wakeman from the rock group Yes and Robbie Krieger of The Doors. As for the music itself here is a description from Bill's website.

This partnership of Shatner and Bill Sherwood (producer) has created a vast and expansive artistic landscape for Shatner’s amazing gift of poetry while Sherwood composed the musical backdrop. The record is conceptual in nature: following a man in despair through the setting sun, twilight and finally darkness, and in the process, regains his joy of life.

via William Shatner Announces New Album and Mini-Tour | William Shatner.

No music clips have been released yet but here is a sample of Shatner's earlier work from the album "The Transformed Man". The song, "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" was voted "Worst Beatles Song Cover Ever" by the readers of Rolling Stone.

It's a safe bet the new release will be an improvement.


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