"The Way I Feel"
Dot LP (1968)
I'd Love Making Love To You
Please Don't Try To Change My Mind
Sunny (Bobby Hebb)
Where It's At
Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell)
If I Had A Hammer (?!?!?)
Here We Go Round Again
Billy Don't Play That Banjo Anymore
It's Getting Better
Love Is Sweeter (John Hartford)
...Trekkers searching for cheap laughs can also find plenty, albeit of a more
low-key sort, in the extensive recorded works of Leonard "Spock" Nimoy.
Nimoy always feared being typecast as a pointy-eared Vulcan, so he cut a
series of albums calculated to prove that he could also be a tin-eared
Excerpt from Hollywood Hi-Fi...
All material copyright 1995-2007 by Pat Reeder & George Gimarc. All rights reserved.
This LP is out of print, but click on the
covers below to hear excerpts!
(These albums) introduce us to the "real" Leonard Nimoy: the earnest, protest singer wannabe with a
weakness for didactic pop-folk tunes and a thin, gravelly voice that sounds like Gordon Lightfoot gagging
on a catfish bone...(All his songs) are sung in a flat quaver that hovers around the right note yet seldom
alights on it...
Nimoy made three LPs for Dot, his voice never showing even the slightest improvement. All these albums
are ghastly, but our pick for the biggest hoot is his third, The Way I Feel. This time capsule of preachy,
psychedelic folkiness sports a laughable 1960s utopian cover, featuring flowers, butterflies, peace signs
and Nimoy in turtleneck and long, gold necklace. It also contains some of the worst singing in this, or any
other galaxy, particularly on his you-gotta-hear-it-to-believe-it take on "If I Had A Hammer." Halfway
through, the backup singers start humming "America The Beautiful," as Nimoy boldly declares, "Well, I
have a hammer! Its the Hammer...of JUSTICE!"
Good thing we didn't have a hammer when we played it...
This LP is not currently available on CD, but about half the tracks (including "If I Had
A Hammer," hooray!) were added to some tracks from Nimoy's second Dot LP, Two
Sides of Leonard Nimoy (1968) to create the Import CD, Highly Illogical (right). It
combines Nimoy's cloying folkie material, such as "The Ballad of Bigbo Baggins," with
some Spock novelties, including the title track that is familiar to any Dr. Demento listener.