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Hear William Shatner Sing “Silent Night” With Iggy Pop

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 12: Actor William Shatner speaks during the opening of the new Rocket Lab factory on October 12, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The new building includes a new Mission Control Centre, which will oversee launches from Rocket Lab's Mahia Peninsula launchpad and chief executive Peter Beck says 16 flights are planned for next year. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Something sure to make shepherds quake: spoken word enthusiast William Shatner is releasing a Christmas album on Friday. Today we receive a second preview in the form of a “Silent Night” cover featuring Iggy Pop. In contrast to the album’s cacophonous, up-tempo take on “Jingle Bells” with Henry Rollins, Shatner’s version of this ancient Austrian carol offers a prototypically gentle arrangement of piano and strings. Iggy Pop sings the hook.

The album, entitled Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album, will be Shatner’s second LP of the year, following Why Not Me?, his country collab with Alabama’s Jeff Cook. The new 14-track project also roped in Todd RundgrenJudy Collins, and more; other selections include “Silver Bells” with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, “Blue Christmas” with Brad Paisley, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” with Rick Wakeman of Yes, and “Feliz Navidad” with Dani Bender. Iggy Pop last released July’s Teatime Dub Encounters, a joint EP with Underworld.

Listen to William Shatner’s “Silent Night” below.