Shat­ner boldly goes into world of hol­i­day mu­sic

Star-Telegram (Sunday) - - Local & Texas -

Who’d have guessed more than 50 years ago when ac­tor Wil­liam Shat­ner brought Capt. James T. Kirk so vividly to life and helped es­tab­lish “Star Trek” into a cul­tural touch­stone, that the show’s fa­mous “fi­nal fron­tier” might turn out to be … Christ­mas mu­sic?

The vet­eran ac­tor, 87, has just re­leased an al­bum of Yuletide clas­sics: “Shat­ner Claus – The Christ­mas Al­bum,” for which he’s joined by a galaxy of pop, rock, coun­try and other stars of con­tem­po­rary mu­sic. Pro­top­unk rocker Iggy Pop, folk-pop queen Judy Collins, coun­try singer-song­writer-gui­tarist Brad Pais­ley, Jethro Tull flutist Ian An­der­son, prog-rock key­board wiz Rick Wake­man and ZZ Top guitar hero Billy Gib­bons are among the baker’s dozen guest col­lab­o­ra­tors.

“Ev­ery song – good or bad – has my in­ter­pre­ta­tion with the de­sire to bend it a lit­tle, or ful­fill more fully its orig­i­nal de­sire,” Shat­ner said.

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