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Hear William Shatner’s Cover of ‘The Thrill Is Gone’ With Ritchie Blackmore

Shatner’s upcoming The Blues also features guests spots by Brad Paisley, Pat Travers and Steve Cropper

William Shatner has tackled everything from prog rock to country to Christmas music during his long career as a recording artist, and on his upcoming LP he’s broadening out yet again into the blues.

Titled simply The Blues, the album (due October 2nd) features guest spots from Brad Paisley (“Sweet Home Chicago”), Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (“Smokestack Lightnin’”), Steve Cropper (“Route 66”) and Pat Travers (“I Put a Spell on You”). Wednesday, Shatner is out with “The Thrill Is Gone,” featuring Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore on guitar and his wife, musician Candice Night, on background vocals.

Shatner’s musical career dates back to 1968’s The Transformed Man, which was released when the original Star Trek series was still on the air. It features surreal takes on Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” and the Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” that helped earn it a cult following and placement on several lists of the worst albums of all time.

He followed it up with 1977’s William Shatner Live, which was recorded at his one-man show. He didn’t seriously return to music until 2004’s Has Been, which was produced by Ben Folds and contains a rendition of Pulp’s “Common People” that many fans enjoyed unironically, even Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker.