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Novelty single time! William Shatner's been back into the recording booth and come out with these covers of Steve Miller's 'Space Cowboy' (featuring Miller and Brad Paisley) and Norman Greenbaum's 'Spirit in the Sky' backed by Peter Frampton. It's pretty obvious what's going to happen really. A nicely produced, upbeat chug through the '70s hits with Shatner doing his dramatic readings over the to ...

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Space Cowboy by William Shatner
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5/10 Mike Staff review, 28 August 2014

Novelty single time! William Shatner's been back into the recording booth and come out with these covers of Steve Miller's 'Space Cowboy' (featuring Miller and Brad Paisley) and Norman Greenbaum's 'Spirit in the Sky' backed by Peter Frampton.

It's pretty obvious what's going to happen really. A nicely produced, upbeat chug through the '70s hits with Shatner doing his dramatic readings over the top. 'Space Cowboy' consequently sounds like an even more middle-of-the-road Hold Steady until there's some very enjoyable guitar acrobatics and then Paisley and Miller take over the vocals for a bit before we get some more rapping from Shatner at the end. It's reasonably entertaining but at over six minutes the joke has long since worn off by the time it's plodded to its conclusion.

Overleaf he does the same thing to 'Spirit In The Sky', draining all momentum from the track with his dramatic reading despite some spirited handclaps and backing vocals, although classic shredder Frampton's boogie guitar heroics are pretty fun and shouldn't have been so tastefully under-used. I mean this single was never going to win points for being tasteful anyway was it? Predictable novelty fare but curio-hunters and sci-fi completists will no doubt snap up this short run of 500 regardless.


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