Leonard Nimoy was an icon. Although his career as an actor will surely never be forgotten, I’d like to take a moment to revisit his career in music.
In 1966, Mr. Nimoy released his first album with Dot Records: Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space. The album, largely spoken word, featured Nimoy in the persona of Spock with musical accompaniment. However, over time, Nimoy’s albums gradually shifted away from the character of Spock, and began to focus more on Nimoy himself and songs that reflect his views of love and the human condition. 1968’s Two Sides Of Leonard Nimoy featured Nimoy as Spock on the A-side, and as himself on the B-side. Also In 1968, he released The Way I feel, his first album with no direct references to the character Spock. The album was a selection of folk song covers, and a couple of original spoken word tracks. In 1969 he received his first solo writers credit on the song “Maiden Wine”, which appeared on the album A Touch of Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy would later sing the song as Spock in the Star Trek Episode “Plato’s Stepchildren.”
In it’s entirety, Nimoy’s recording career saw the release of 5 studio albums, and 4 compilations – the last of which was released in 1997. Rather than remembering Leonard Nimoy’s music career through the written word, let’s remember it the way he intended us to experience it – by listening.
I’ve linked his studio albums, mostly streaming, below for you to explore.
As a final tribute:
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