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Hear Ritchie Blackmore Team Up with William Shatner to Cover "The Thrill Is Gone"

William Shatner (left) and Ritchie Blackmore
(Image credit: Cleopatra Records/Future)

Now here's a story we weren't quite expecting to write today. William Shatner has a blues album on the way, and it's absolutely packed with guitar greats. 

Set for release on October 2 via Cleopatra Records, The Blues features Shatner's take on a number of blues classics, and contains guest guitar spots from Ritchie Blackmore, Pat Travers, Albert Lee, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Sonny Landreth and many more.

You can hear Blackmore lend a bluesy helping hand to Shatner's take on the B.B. King classic, "The Thrill is Gone," below.

Aside from Blackmore's fiery leads, "The Thrill is Gone" also features Blackmore's wife and Blackmore's Night musical companion, Candice Night, on backing vocals.

You can check out the cover and full track list of The Blues below.

William Shatner's 'The Blues' cover

(Image credit: Cleopatra Records)

William Shatner - The Blues

  1. Sweet Home Chicago (feat. Brad Paisley)
  2. I Can't Quit You Baby (feat. Kirk Fletcher)
  3. Sunshine Of Your Love (feat. Sonny Landreth)
  4. The Thrill Is Gone (feat. Ritchie Blackmore)
  5. Mannish Boy (feat. Ronnie Earl)
  6. Born Under A Bad Sign (feat. Tyler Bryant)
  7. I Put A Spell On You (feat. Pat Travers)
  8. Crossroads (feat. James Burton)
  9. Smokestack Lightnin' (feat. Jeff "Skunk" Baxter)
  10. As The Years Go Passing By (feat. Arthur Adams)
  11. Let's Work Together (feat. Harvey Mandel & Canned Heat)
  12. Route 66 (feat. Steve Cropper)
  13. In Hell I'll Be In Good Company (feat. Albert Lee)
  14. Secrets Or Sins
Jackson Maxwell
Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.