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The Trill Is Gone

Here’s something that you don’t hear every day — cover of a blues standard performed by William Shatner and Ritchie Blackmore.

Apparently this is from Shatner’s upcoming album of blues covers The Blues. The whole thing can be preordered through the label or bandcamp.

Thanks to Mike Whiteley for this little gem.

38 Comments to “The Trill Is Gone”:

  1. 1
    Steve Clowes says:

    Thank God i don’t hear it every day

  2. 2
    Frank David King says:

    Who keeps paying this guy to record albums??

  3. 3
    Felix Gauloises says:

    Frank David King shatner is cool you dont have to buy it. Anyway this song is ways better than wooosh😉

  4. 4
    Andrea Limonta says:

    Felix Gauloises no… BB King is ashamed by this… Shit… If not for Blackmore it would be… A total one shit. And Ritchie is playing… Bad.. I expected more from him for a blues even now he got serious problems to her left hand

  5. 5
    Kim Peters says:

    I need a bucket.

  6. 6
    Gabriel says:

    You ruined my day………….

  7. 7
    Hans says:

    Well … sorry but: …. brrrrrrrrrrr …… No offence intended … I hope at least they had fun …

  8. 8
    Michael Quinlan says:

    Please no

  9. 9
    Gabriel Dalmas says:

    You ruined my day…

  10. 10
    Gabriel Dalmas says:

    Felix Gauloises jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaajj!….. wait…………….JAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAJAJ!!

  11. 11
    Rajaseudun Rampe says:

    Ritchie sounds good. Relaxed and playful.

  12. 12
    Michael Mansell says:

    Give shatner triangle and make it an instrumental album and It would be great… At least there is an attempt toward the melody with this song… Blackmore – blues-electric guitar.

  13. 13
    John Nash says:

    This is really bad. Can we hear it with the vocals subtracted.

  14. 14
    Pieter van der Velde Wzn says:

    The vocals are not quite up to scratch, but I will always love the sound of Ritchie’s guitar.

  15. 15
    Dave says:

    Kind of like how I feel about AC/DC…everything was great till someone started singing…

  16. 16
    Adel Faragalla says:

    My wife will get the extended version of this song. I hope she gets the message.

  17. 17
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Hey Captain Kirk, Enough is enough with this foray into muzak! The record I bought with Steve Howe aboard was quickly sent to a bud of mine who promptly gasped himself!

    Beam me up Scotty, there’s bedlam down here!!


  18. 18
    Dave Hodgkinson says:

    I was going to say they caught Ricardo on a good day. But yes, delete the Shat. And a white LA dude singing the blues is obscene. Although he is Canajun so I can forgive that.

  19. 19
    uwe hornung says:

    Sigh. There is a reason why BB King never played Captain Kirk on Star Trek. Such restraint obviously doesn’t work both ways.

    Blackmore’s playing is actually quite apt and tasteful for the song. He’s an underrated blues player.

  20. 20
    Robert Daems says:

    I think Shatner should stick to acting… he’s ruining Ritchies blues

  21. 21
    Robert Leitner says:

    Nope… to both, sorry!

  22. 22
    MacGregor says:

    Thanks for posting this classic Blackmore guitar ditty, nice to hear. Being critical of Shatner’s ‘vocal’, some people should keep it in perspective a little. He doesn’t allude to being a vocalist as such, it is all an enjoyment journey, a bit of fun me thinks, just like Christopher Lee when he did those ‘metal’ songs & albums a while ago. Why not?
    Beam me up Scotty. Cheers.

  23. 23
    Gennaro Manganella says:

    What’s that? 😡 Why Ritchie, why?

  24. 24
    rik_uk says:

    Bit of fun but a shame Ritchie wasn’t allowed to really let rip, just plodded along :/

  25. 25
    Robin says:

    People complaining about Shatner’s vocals, it’s called spoken word. Nice subtle playing by Ritchie.

    Shatner’s version of “Space Oddity” with Ritchie on “Seeking Major Tom” is quite brilliant.

  26. 26
    KC1961 says:

    Absolutely dreadful!

  27. 27
    Buttockss says:

    Ritchie played on his Space Oddisy album…….and shatner covered space truckin.

  28. 28
    Jon Santos says:

    How Blackmore got roped into doing this leaves me perplexed. Blackmore’s playing is up to snuff but Shatner’s vocals are that of where no man has gone before & never should have.

  29. 29
    mike whiteley says:

    @28 Jon- Ritchie probably did this for a case of Canadian beer. It may have taken him 10-15 minutes.
    I doubt there was any rope involved. 😉

  30. 30
    -MP- says:

    Ritchie’s playing is horrible in these days, actually it has been miserable for years. There’s dozens of players everyday in any music shop playing this kind of childish, easy licks. Maybe Ritchie were one of the best in his prime but it was 45 years ago.

  31. 31
    Uwe Hornung says:

    File this under “Blackmore – the practical joker”. Shatner’s musical forays are a subject of cult appreciation, but in my ears they tend to overstay their novelty welcome with WARP-speed.

  32. 32
    WillemPurplefan says:

    Two years ago in Berlin I’ve seen Ritchie with Rainbow: lot’s of beer and some magical guitar-moments.
    Now 2020 I must say “Indeed the thrill is completely gone”. The master is getting (very) lazy. Come on Ritchie, make one more good record with rock and blues tunes. On the recent Rainbow remakes Black Sheep and the remake of BN song The Storm, there was some good guitar-work.
    But this is No Thrill at all.

  33. 33
    BreisHeim says:

    I like it, but I guess I’m not afraid to say so.

  34. 34
    Dr. Bob says:

    It was great until Bill started vocaling.

  35. 35
    James Gemmell says:

    Miserable? Blackmore sounds great; best new blues-rock music from him in decades. Shatner’s a ham, but it’s done somewhat tongue-in-cheek.

  36. 36
    rock voorne says:

    A bit of fun.

    I m still awaiting that series of albums he promised to do one day.

    1. Full of Weis Heim instrumentals
    2. A instrumental blues album

    I suppose he was just pulling my leg again…..

  37. 37
    stoffer says:

    who would buy this shit?

  38. 38
    Eduberto Palitroke says:

    War of the wigs.

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