The acclaimed and iconic Star Trek actor, William Shatner has unwrapped his seasonal LP Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album - a very special gift for the holiday season - from the godfather of dramatic musical interpretations, and star of stage and screen, William Shatner!
The album's first single, his version of “Silent Night”, featuring Iggy Pop, keeps with the spoken word motif of his infamous musical work, with Shatner providing the bookending narration for the Christmas classic, while Pop swoops in with his trademark baritone to deliver a sentimental, traditional of “Silent Night.”
Pop isn’t the only rocker to get his carol on on Shatner Claus, though. The actor has recruited an all-star cast including Henry Rollins (“Jingle Bells“), ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons (“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”), Yes’ Rick Wakeman, Todd Rundgren (“Winter Wonderland”), Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Judy Collins (“White Christmas”) and Brad Paisley (“Blue Christmas”) for the album. King Crimson woodwind specialist Mel Collins, former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle and the Cars guitarist Elliot Easton also appear on the album, which includes Shatner-ish spins on holiday staples like “Little Drummer Boy", "Silver Bells", and much, much more!
Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album, out NOW via Cleopatra Records, also boasts one new, original song, “One for You, One for Me.”
The album marks the actor’s second musical LP of 2018 - earlier this year, Shatner teamed with Alabama’s Jeff Cook for 'Why Not Me?', a new collection of country songs. While primarily recognized for his acting, Shatner has recorded several music albums, often collaborating with veterans of hard-rock and prog-rock. Yes bassist Billy Sherwood produced his fifth LP, 2013’s Ponder the Mystery, which also featured guest spots from Rick Wakeman, Steve Vai and the Doors’ Robby Krieger, among others.
Shatner Claus – The Christmas Album Track List
1. “Jingle Bells” (featuring Henry Rollins)
2. “Blue Christmas" (featuring Brad Paisley)
3. “Little Drummer Boy" (featuring Joe Louis Walker)
4. “Winter Wonderland" (featuring Todd Rundgren, Artimus Pyle)
5. “Twas The Night Before Christmas" (featuring Mel Collins)
6. “Run Rudolph Run" (featuring Elliot Easton)
7. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel" (featuring Rick Wakeman)
8. “Silver Bells" (featuring Ian Anderson)
9. “One for You, One For Me"
10. “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" (featuring Billy Gibbons)
11. “Silent Night" (featuring Iggy Pop)
12. “White Christmas" (featuring Judy Collins)
13. “Feliz Navidad" (featuring Dani Bander)
14. "Jingle Bells" (featuring Henry Rollins) (Punk Rock Version) (Bonus Track)