A Quick Tip by rbuchanan
Recorded in '68 to capitalize on Shatner's Trek fame and savaged by obtuse, humorless critics both then and now, this is the first great landmark of aural high camp. Halting and bombastic, The Shat's trademark delivery is adroitly accompanied by overwrought band, choral and orchestral arrangements as he croons, wails and sputters iconic Shakespearean dialogue, contemporaneous Dylan, Beatles and Ervin Drake covers...and more! Comparable recordings have since been voiced by Eddie Albert, Telly Savalas, Andy Griffith, Phyllis Diller, Merv Griffin and fellow Trek star Leonard Nimoy, among many others. Those most comparable of this album's 1968 peers are Rod McKuen's Lonesome Cities and Kim Fowley's psychotic Outrageous, yet Shatner possessed a nearly singular ability to parody the tacky zeitgeist of the late '60s. Absolutely nothing (not even Shatner's amusing 1977 live album or entertaining 2004 effort, Has Been) can compare to this album. Nothing.