Enterprise Blues BandBy Jacqueline Bundy
Posted at August 12, 2005 - 10:07 PM GMT
Title: Enterprise Blues Band
Release Date: July 2005
The Enterprise Blues Band began as the brainchild of Star Trek veteran Vaughn Armstrong. Then Armstrong persuaded fellow Trek vets Casey Biggs, Steve Rankin, Richard Herd and Ronald B. Moore, along with his old friend actor William Jones to join him, and the music became a collaborative effort. After a year of writing, rehearsing and recording the groups self-titled debut CD, Enterprise Blues Band, a collection of seven original songs is now available.
The band's sound can't be easily pigeon holed. With lyrics and music by Vaughn Armstrong and arrangements by Casey Biggs and Steve Rankin their songs are an eclectic and exuberant mix of folk, jug band and blues sounds.
The opening track "Enterprise Blues" sets the tone as Armstrong, who sings the lead vocals on all the tracks with back up from Biggs, Rankin, Herd and Jones, exhorts the powers that be to "Gimme a forehead and put me back on TV".
"Trekkie Deckie" had me feeling as if I was on vacation in Hawaii but my personal favorite among the seven songs offered is "Red Shirt Boogie Blues", a song whose lyrics can't help but put a smile on your face.
Other songs in the collection include "Traveling Through Space", "Star Trek Woman Jones", "Enterprising On" and "Get Me To The Holodeck".
All the songs on the CD pay homage to Star Trek in a lighthearted way that may be a bit irreverent but it's all in good fun. The band really shines in the harmonies, but what jumps out at you most as you listen is how much fun the band has playing together and that translates into an amusing and thoroughly enjoyable toe-tapping listening experience.
Enterprise Blues Band can now be ordered through the bands web site at EBluesBand.com
Jacqueline Bundy reviews Star Trek books for the Trek Nation, writes monthly columns for the TrekWeb newsletter and the Star Trek Galactic News, and hosts the Yahoo Star Trek Books Group weekly chat.