BEAM ME UP, SANTA

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SINCE HIS FIRST al­bum, The Trans­formed Man, dropped in 1968, Wil­liam Shat­ner’s brand of spo­ken word mu­sic has in­spired ev­ery­thing from par­ody to praise to the ques­tion, “Is this some kind of a joke?” Fifty years later, that’s the ques­tion that hangs like mistle­toe over Shat­ner Claus, the 87-year-old’s first foray into Christ­mas mu­sic. Be­cause what’s mer­rier than a half-spo­ken, half-shouted ren­di­tion of “Jin­gle Bells”? The al­bum does fea­ture an eclec­tic ar­ray of duet part­ners, in­clud­ing Henry Rollins, Judy Collins and Iggy Pop, along with an orig­i­nal tune, so lis­ten­ers can de­cide whether Shat­ner be­longs on the naughty or nice list for this one.

Rock le­gend Eric Clap­ton, 73, also chan­nels the spirit of the sea­son with his first-ever Christ­mas al­bum, Happy Xmas, of­fer­ing a bluestinged take on hol­i­day stan­dards while pen­ning his own carol, “For Love on Christ­mas Day.” —MC

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