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William Shatner - Shatner Claus LP

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Williams Shatner has assembled a truly eclectic roster of vanguards, icons and misfits for a holiday album (his first) unlike any that have come before it. The legend of stage, screen and spoken word has taken 13 holiday classics and turned them on their head, joined by the likes of Henry Rollins, Iggy Pop, Brad Paisley, Judy Collins, Billy Gibbons, Rick Wakeman, Todd Rundgren and more. Shatner Claus gets into the holiday spirit from the very first notes. A sweeping set of strings introduces "Jingle Bells," but the song quickly becomes amplified as William and Henry Rollins trade lyrical duties over an increasingly rambunctious beat. Next comes a grooving honky-tonk rendition of "Blue Christmas" with Brad Paisley. As the album unfurls it weaves through jazz, blues, rockabilly, bossa nova and beyond, balancing joyful and sentimental moments with blazing rock n' roll, and big guitar solos from the likes of Billy Gibbons and Todd RungdrenOther highlights include a memorable duet with Iggy Pop on "Silent Night," and a tremendous presentation of keyboards courtesy of Rick Wakeman on "O Come O Come Emanuel." 

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