Captain Kirk goes back to space!.
Announcing the Song Line Up for Bill Shatner’s Upcoming Album “Searching for Major Tom”

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Stark Trek hero William Shatner who played the iconic captain Kirk in the defining sixties TV series has announced a new album, “Searching for Major Tom”. The album which craftily has a space them to it is made up of songs sung by Shatner with an outer space subject matter. ~Initially this was reported to have been his ‘metal album’ but he seems to have branched out from the original concept.

Shatner, whose other forays into singing have made him a cult hero over the years, is happy to report that the album due out later in 2011 on the Cleopatra Records label will have the following songs which feature a fascinating crew of musicians helping him out…

Space Trucking originally by Deep Purple

Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice has performed the drum part. Johnny Winter is on guest guitar. She Blinded Me With Science originally by Thomas Dolby – Bootsy Collins is on as the guest bassist. Patrick Moraz (ex Yes and Moody Blues) is guesting on keyboards/synth.

In a Little While originally by U2

Manuel Gottsching from Ash Ra Tempel has added guitar.
Empty Glass originally by The Tea Party – Michael Schenker (UFO/Scorpions) has added guest guitar.
Lost in the Stars as done by Frank Sinatra – Jazz legend Ernie Watts is on guest saxophone.

Twilight Zone originally by Golden Earring
Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule/Allman Brothers) is on guest guitar.
Space Cowboy originally by Steve Miller – Country artist Brad Paisley has added guitar and vocals.
Rocket Man originally by Elton John – Guitarist Steve Hillage (ex Gong member and current member of techno rock duo System 7) has added guest guitar

Space Oddity originally by David Bowie
Ritchie Blackmore (ex-Deep Purple) has added guest guitar. Alan Parsons is adding guest keyboards.
Spirit in the Sky originally by Norman Greenbaum – Peter Frampton has played guitar on this track.

Bohemian Rhapsody originally by Queen
John Wetton from Asia has played bass and done a vocal.
Silver Machine originally by Hawkwind – Wayne Kramer from the MC5 is adding guitar and Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart) is adding a guest drum part.

Major Tom originally by Peter Shilling
Nick Valensi, the guitarist from the Strokes has added guest guitar to this this track. Also Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, black label society) and Mike Inez (Alice In Chains)have contributed to this track.
Learning to Fly originally by Pink Floyd – Edgar Froese from Tangerine Dream has played guitar and keyboards on this track.

Mr. Spaceman originally by The Byrds
Dave Davies from the Kinks has added guest guitar on this track.
Iron Man originally by Black Sabbath – Zakk Wylde (ex Ozzy guitarist) played guitar and did a vocal on this track.

Planet Earth originally by Duran Duran
Steve Howe, guitarist with Yes, played guitar on this track.

Walking on the Moon originally by The Police
Toots of Toots & the Maytals has added a guest vocal.
Mrs. Major Tom – female singer to add a track -To be announced

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  1. I don’t care what anyone says, I love “Hasbeen”. Every song makes me smile, particularly “I can’t get behind that” with Rollins, and the sad one about his wife.

    The Shat is old wobbly wiggy genius.

  2. My attention has also been drawn to this… be very afraid…



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