Seeking Major Tom

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Seeking Major Tom
Studio album by William Shatner
Released October 11, 2011
Recorded 2011
Genre Rock, spoken word
Length 95:13
Label Cleopatra Records
Producer Adam Hamilton
William Shatner chronology
Exodus: An Oratorio in Three Parts
(2007)
Seeking Major Tom
(2011)
Ponder the Mystery
(2013)

Seeking Major Tom is the third studio album by William Shatner. It was released October 11, 2011 in the US by Cleopatra Records.[1] The album features many noted musicians, including Sheryl Crow, John Wetton, Patrick Moraz, Ritchie Blackmore, Alan Parsons, Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, Nick Valensi, Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Chris Adler, Steve Howe, Michael Schenker, Dave Davies, Johnny Winter, Brad Paisley, Bootsy Collins, Carmine Appice, Ian Paice, and Toots.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Most tracks on the album are covers of space-themed songs.

  1. Major Tom (Coming Home) (Peter Schilling)
  2. Space Oddity (David Bowie)
  3. In a Little While (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr.)
  4. Space Cowboy (Steve Miller, Ben Sidran)
  5. Space Truckin' (Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice)
  6. Rocket Man (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) (previously performed by Shatner in 1978)
  7. She Blinded Me with Science (Thomas Dolby, Jo Kerr)
  8. Walking on the Moon (Sting)
  9. Spirit in the Sky (Norman Greenbaum)
  10. Bohemian Rhapsody (Freddie Mercury)
  11. Silver Machine (Robert Calvert, Dave Brock)
  12. Mrs. Major Tom (Kirby Ian Andersen, Sheryl Crow)
  13. Empty Glass (The Tea Party)
  14. Lost in the Stars (Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson)
  15. Learning to Fly (David Gilmour, Anthony Moore, Bob Ezrin, Jon Carin)
  16. Mr. Spaceman (Roger McGuinn)
  17. Twilight Zone (George Kooymans)
  18. Struggle (William Shatner, Adam Hamilton)
  19. Iron Man (Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward)
  20. Planet Earth (Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, Nigel John Taylor, Roger Andrew Taylor, Andy Taylor)

Release[edit]

Shatner released a music video for his version of "Bohemian Rhapsody". The New Zealand Herald labeled the video as "typically bizarre".[3][4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
The Tune (3.8/5)[6]
Consequence of Sound 3/5 stars[7]

The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart in America and #147 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Announcing the Song Line Up for Bill Shatner's Upcoming Album "Searching for Major Tom"". William Shatner's official site. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Lynch, Joseph. "William Shatner reveals track list of his space-themed album and surprise guest stars -- Bootsy Collins and Brad Paisley are just the beginning". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "William Shatner covers Bohemian Rhapsody". The New Zealand Herald. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Cruz, Gilbert (2011-10-20). "William Shatner’s Floating Head Sings ‘Bohemian Rhapsody." | Entertainment | TIME.com". Entertainment.time.com. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  5. ^ Collar, Matt. "Seeking Major Tom". Allmusic.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ Kasko, Jordy (October 14, 2011). "Review: William Shatner – Seeking Major Tom". The Tune. 
  7. ^ Mojica, Frank (October 31, 2011). "Album Review: William Shatner – Searching for Major Tom". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Music SoundScan Charts". Jam.canoe.ca. 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2011-12-07.