I confess, I was completely, and happily, surprised by this book.
As most Star Trek fans know, both William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy recorded a number of record albums when Original Series fame was still hot on their heels. Some made it into those embarrassing, but bestselling, “Golden Throats” collections, others turned into collectibles.
And Leonard Nimoy fans know that he was an artist in more than his acting: he was a photographer, a film director, a memoirist, and a poet. And, yes, a singer… more or less. So Darlene Lacey and Joe Lacey took it upon themselves to document his recording career, and created a book, The Musical Touch of Leonard Nimoy (with the title referencing his 1969 album, The Touch of Leonard Nimoy) to collect everything they learned.
They did a great job.
It’s visual, it’s fact-filled, it contexts, and it covers everything. It’s also fun. Filled with photos of Nimoy, of the products sold in his name, of 1960s artifacts, and even reviews of his live performances, it’s an all-encompassing encyclopedia of his work as a singer. Readers will get detailed information on all of his recordings along with eye-catching photos that include promotional posters, newspaper ads, and the vinyl itself as well as all the covers.
Within the book’s beautifully-styled pages are liner notes, track lists, and photos galore, but before you get caught up on those you’ll appreciate the deep dive that kicks it off, explaining Nimoy’s motivation for making these albums and painting a picture of what his life, and fame, was like at the time.
There’s also a page that analyzes his five albums in terms of whether they were more Spockish than Nimoyish:
As much as it’s an in-depth look at Nimoy’s recording career, it’s also a time capsule of sorts. There’s a section on funny buttons, which were a popular fad in the 1960s and bore slogans like “Down with report cards” and “Happiness is a happening.”
Best of all, it’s written with great affection by true fans who appreciated the man’s artistry and dedication, and want to celebrate every aspect of his career.
The Musical Touch of Leonard Nimoy is available now
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