Ponder the Mystery

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
William Shatner approaches his recording career from the perspective of an actor: he's not driven to say something but give him a good role and he'll show up at your studio. Cleopatra Records and producer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist/general mastermind Billy Sherwood -- perhaps best-known as a member of a latter-day '90s incarnation of Yes -- did come up with a good role for Shatner on 2013's Ponder the Mystery. They had him, well, ponder the mystery of life to the sound of old-fashioned prog rock, a canny move that acknowledged the advancing age of the former Captain Kirk along with his deep associations with sci-fi. Ponder the Mystery seizes upon this vein...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
William Shatner approaches his recording career from the perspective of an actor: he's not driven to say something but give him a good role and he'll show up at your studio. Cleopatra Records and producer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist/general mastermind Billy Sherwood -- perhaps best-known as a member of a latter-day '90s incarnation of Yes -- did come up with a good role for Shatner on 2013's Ponder the Mystery. They had him, well, ponder the mystery of life to the sound of old-fashioned prog rock, a canny move that acknowledged the advancing age of the former Captain Kirk along with his deep associations with sci-fi. Ponder the Mystery seizes upon this vein of Shatnerdom, nearly burying his inherent hamminess beneath the glistening gloss of analog synthesizers and some serious shredding by the likes of Steve Vai, Mick Jones, Vince Gill, Edgar Froese, and Zoot Horn Rollo. While Has Been, Shatner's 2004 collaboration with Ben Folds, played off the unintentional camp of the Transformed Man, Ponder the Mystery acknowledges the silliness but never celebrates it; there's a sincerity here -- a sincerity that was largely missing from Seeking Major Tom, his 2011 collection of covers for Cleopatra -- that brings this album closer to the Transformed Man, where it never was clear what was real and what was fake. It adds mystery to a record that's all about enigmas, and, when combined with Sherwood's clever aural interpretation of Roger Dean's album art, it makes for a record that's more enjoyable than it has any right to be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2013
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • UPC: 741157092721
  • Catalog Number: 927
  • Sales rank: 111,634

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Red Shift - William Shatner (1:30)
  2. 2 Where It's Gone...I Don't Know - William Shatner (5:29)
  3. 3 Manhunt - Simon House (2:54)
  4. 4 Ponder The Mystery - William Shatner (5:20)
  5. 5 So Am I - Al di Meola (4:15)
  6. 6 Change - William Shatner (4:11)
  7. 7 Sunset - Joel Vandroogenbroeck (4:25)
  8. 8 Twilight - Edgar Winter (1:58)
  9. 9 Rhythm Of The Night - Nik Turner (6:06)
  10. 10 Imagine Things - Vince Gill (3:44)
  11. 11 Do You See? - Edgar Froese (4:40)
  12. 12 Deep Down - Robby Krieger (4:48)
  13. 13 I'm Alright, I Think - William Shatner (4:28)
  14. 14 Where Does Time Go? - William Shatner (6:40)
  15. 15 Alive - Zoot Horn Rollo (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
William Shatner Primary Artist
Rick Wakeman Keyboards, Soloist
Mick Jones Guitar, Soloist
Steve Vai Guitar
George Duke Keyboards, Soloist
Dave Koz Saxophone
Al di Meola Guitar, Soloist
Edgar Winter Saxophone, Moog Synthesizer, Soloist
Edgar Froese Guitar, Soloist
Vince Gill Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Soloist
Simon House Violin
Zoot Horn Rollo Guitar, Soloist
Nik Turner Flute, Saxophone
Joel Vandroogenbroeck Flute
Robby Krieger Guitar, Sitar, Soloist
Technical Credits
William Shatner Composer, Lyricist
Billy Sherwood Composer, Producer, Engineer
Brian Perera Executive Producer
Cherry Hepburn Publicity
Maor Appelbaum Mastering
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