William Shatner has no intentions of slowing down. In his latest artist endeavor, Shatner is embracing the world of “prog rock” in “a momentous concept album focusing on such rich and timeless themes as aging, depression, love and beauty!”

William Shatner: Ponder the Mystery is the latest in a line of albums released by Shatner expressing his unique take on a variety of musical genres. Fresh from the success of the sci-fi themed covers project Seeking Major Tom, Ponder the Mystery finds the iconic actor/space adventurer with feet firmly planted on the Earth, gazing upward at the vast universe, pondering the many facets of conscious existence.

Perhaps Shatner’s most personal album to date, Ponder The Mystery is filled with observations (some profound, some humorous, always engaging) on the nature of passing time, the agony and hidden joy of aging, the depths of depression and the glorious heights found in the beauty and wonderment of life! Musically, the album is equally adventurous with a depth of composition and musicianship that matches the weightiness of the lyrical themes. The extraordinarily talented and highly respected Prog Rock producer, Billy Sherwood, paints an aural landscape around Shatner s words that enhances and coalesces the underlying story. Along the way, the duo is helped by the talents of virtuoso guitarists Steve Vai, Al Di Meola and Mick Jones as well as Rick Wakeman, The Doors Robby Krieger and country legend Vince Gill! All in all, this is an experience not to be missed, a journey that, like human existence itself, uncovers more questions than answers, expressing a mystery that can never be resolved yet remains all the more captivating because of it!

Record Label Cleopatra have provided a track-listing for the album:

1. Red Shift
2. Where It’s Gone…I Don’t Know – Mick Jones
3. Manhunt feat. Simon House
4. Ponder The Mystery feat. Steve Vai
5. So Am I feat. Al Di Meola
6. Change feat. Rick Wakeman
7. Sunset feat. Joel Vandroogenbroeck
8. Twilight feat. Edgar Winter
9. Rhythm Of The Night feat. Nik Turner
10. Imagine Things feat. Vince Gill
11. Do You See? feat. Edgar Froese
12. Deep Down feat. Robby Krieger
13. I’m Alright, I Think feat. Dave Koz
14. Where Does Time Go? feat. George Duke
15. Alive feat. Zoot Horn Rollo

Ponder the Mystery is released on October 8th in the US and Canada, one day earlier on the 7th in the UK and the 11th in Germany. You can pre-order your copy from Amazon using the links below!

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  • Josh Metcalfe

    Unless he’s been photoshopped, it looks as though the Shat is de-ageing.

    • Ponder THAT mystery.

    • hypnotoad72

      Why the gross-out word to describe William Shatner?

      And this is 2013 – photoshopping is inevitable, expected, and encouraged in our youth-oriented (culture?)

  • Daniel Shock

    “Has Been” was a great album. It’s quality was due to the involvement of Ben Folds… sadly this will not reach those heights.

    • FriendofSonic

      Indeed! Has Been was incredible– William Shatner found a way to make a perfect, relevant album that actually considers his limited talent as a singer.

  • bbock

    Jeez. He knows his fans are idiots and will buy anything he puts out.

  • vincanss

    I will give this a listen, his stuff is all tongue in cheek and sometimes witty and hilarious. He’s not exactly a ‘singer’ perse but I liken him to Bob Dylan in that regard, it’s all in the poetry of the readings. Yes. William Shatner is Bob Dylan. Err.

    In other news, still no review of Enterprise season 2 Blu ray? For shame!

  • Name

    This is a Progressive rock album with spoken word. It is Shatners serious poetry, with the music written by a very talented multi-instrumentalist Billy Sherwood. While it is unique to unite spoken word with progressive rock. It is still very good music, played by very talented musicians. I think most peoples senses have been dulled by the normal stuff they play on the radio these days. Does anyone remember the Moody Blues? They also used spoken word in some of their classic songs. I have “Has Been” – and technically “Ponder the Mystery” is better. But if all you listen to is top 40 crapola, then this album is probably not for you