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What Does The Spock Say? - The Music of Leonard Nimoy

Updated on July 6, 2016

Star Trek's Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock

Sadly William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy never recorded an album of duets.
Sadly William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy never recorded an album of duets. | Source

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As I wrote in a previous article, back in my late teens I discovered a life changing CD entitled Spaced Out! A Unique Collection Of Songs By Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner.

As mentioned I was more impacted by the songs of William Shatner. That being said, I need to acknowledge that Nimoy's music is not without merit. First off, at the time of the CD release (1997), Nimoy was far more prolific than Shatner. He released 5 studio albums, as opposed to Shatner who only had one studio album up to that point. Also as opposed to Shatner much of his material was recorded in the Mr. Spock persona. That gave his recordings a wide appeal to the Trekkies. Right now we are going to look at a 5 Leonard Nimoy songs that he recorded. 4 of them are Star Trek/Spock related. The other isn't, but I felt it was worth a mention.

A Visit to a Sad Planet

"A Visit to a Sad Planet" is from Nimoy's 1967 debut album, Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space. Most of the songs on the album possess a lighthearted and cheesy quirkiness. This song which closes the album is actually quite chilling. Nimoy, taking on the Spock persona discusses the sad demise of Earth. Spock discovers the last living human on the planet. Even though the musical arrangement definitely sounds dated, the narrative still remains poignant.

Leonard Nimoy - A Visit to a Sad Planet (Video)

Highly Illogical

"Highly Illogical" is from the 1968 album Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy. Side one of the album were songs recorded in the Spock's Vulcan persona. Side 2 was non Spock/Star Trek material. Instead of the spoken word material of Spock, Nimoy was singing gentle folk songs.

"Highly Illogical", as the title would logically suggests, was recorded in the Spock persona. This recording is a spoken word analysis on human behavior from the Vulcan perspective. Spock's final conclusion is that just about every aspect of human behavior is "highly illogical".

Leonard Nimoy - Highly Illogical (Video)

Spock Thoughts

"Spock Thoughts" is also from the album Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy. With "Spock Thoughts" Nimoy was actually reciting a 1927 poem "Desiderata" (Latin: "desired things"), composed by American poet Max Ehrmann.

The spiritual philosophy of Ehrmann's poem was well suited to Spock's Vulcan philosophy. There is a simple logic to the lines of the poem. The only thing that would of made it more Vulcan if it was to conclude with "live long and prosper".

Leonard Nimoy - Spock Thoughts (Video)

J. R. R. Tolkien

Leonard Nimoy's novelty hit "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" was inspired by Tolkien's The Hobbit.
Leonard Nimoy's novelty hit "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" was inspired by Tolkien's The Hobbit. | Source

The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins

This song is from the second side (the non Spock side) of Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy. Even though it is non Star Trek/Spock related, I thought it deserved a mention, because this novelty tune became a big cult hit.

"The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" tells the tale of Bilbo Baggins of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit fame. The song periodically receives a bit of a revival every time a new Lord of the Rings movie is released.

In a 2013 Audi commercial, Nimoy sings a snippet of the tune. Nimoy's modern day Spock counterpart, Zachary Quinto also appears in the commercial.

Zachary Quinto also has a background in musical theater. With that in mind, it wouldn't be all that illogical for Quinto to follow in Nimoy's musical footsteps and record a couple of albums.

Leonard Nimoy - The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins (Video)

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Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto who plays Spock in the Star Trek reboot, also as a musical theater background. So, it would only be logical that he would also release an album.
Zachary Quinto who plays Spock in the Star Trek reboot, also as a musical theater background. So, it would only be logical that he would also release an album. | Source

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Maiden Wine

"Maiden Wine" is from the 1969 album The Touch of Leonard Nimoy. Leonard Nimoy composed the song as well.

Starting with his third album (1968's The Way I Feel) Nimoy abandoned the Mr. Spock persona with his musical recordings. That being said, this song still has a Star Trek connection. It was sung by Spock on the November 22nd, 1968 episode of Star Trek (Episode 10, Season 3) Plato's Stepchildren. Spock was forced to sing because of the telekinetic abilities of the Platonians.

The episode Plato's Stepchildren was also noteworthy for the then controversial kiss between Captain Kirk and Lt. Uhura. It was the first interracial kiss to be televised on US television. Nichelle Nichols who played Uhura also happened to release a couple of spaced theme albums back in the late 60s.

Leonard Nimoy - Maiden Wine (Video)

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Leonard Nimoy's Selected Discography

Album
Released Date
Notes
Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space
June 1967/October 10, 1995
1995 reissue includes Side one of Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy
Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy
1968
Side One recorded as Mr. Spock
The Way I Feel
1968
 
The Touch of Leonard Nimoy
June 1969
 
The New World of Leonard Nimoy
June 1970
 
Space Odyssey
1972
Compilation
Outer Space/Inner Mind
1974
Compilation
Highly Illogical
1993
Compilation
Spaced Out! A Unique Collection Of Songs By Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner
1997
Canadian compilation, released in the UK as Spaced Out: The Very Best of Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner

© 2014 CJ Baker

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    • spartucusjones profile imageAUTHOR

      CJ Baker 

      2 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Thanks Nell for the read! The dueling Spocks commercial is pretty brilliant.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      2 years ago from England

      LOL! well who knew? love the sketch between the two Spocks and golf! I never knew he could sing, well sort of! great hub!

    • spartucusjones profile imageAUTHOR

      CJ Baker 

      3 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Glad that you enjoyed. Star Trek has touched all aspects of popular culture including music. Thanks Kim, for the kind words.

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      Kim Milai 

      3 years ago

      Terrific! Thanks for reminding me about this Star Trek genre. These songs catch my ear and tickle my funny bone!

    • spartucusjones profile imageAUTHOR

      CJ Baker 

      4 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Fascinating, indeed! Thanks Teaches for the kind words. Live long and prosper.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I believe this is my favorite post of yours. As a trek fan, it was a joy to read. I didn't know Nimoy could sing. Fascinating!

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