Cover vs. Original

Song to the Siren


David Lynch's favourite vocal ever; while Buckley is one of the greatest singer/songwriters of the 70's Elizabeth Fraser's (Cocteau Twins) vocal is hair-raising. Restrained fluid instrumentation make it magic and timeless.

- Andrew Macklin, Cape Town, South Africa, 27.01.2006


This Mortal Coil
1983

vs.

Tim Buckley
1970

CD-Cover: This Mortal Coil - It'll End in Tears 62.8 % 37.2 % CD-Cover: Tim Buckley - Morning Glory
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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This Mortal Coil 742 Votes Tim Buckley

Comments about Song to the Siren:

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Buckley's pure versions, both live and studio ( which I prefer) worked it all out, and set the standard for imitators. What real gains were made by versions such as Liz Taylor's? Indeed, to me, she sounded like she had a blocked nose, bouncing too many of the notes off her upper palate, perhaps negatively influenced by that blurred intonation which has ruined too many singers since Mariah Carey stuffed a towel in her mouth. George Michael is just a try-hard choir boy, and his needy spirit deflates any attempt at normal passion in this song. Tim, you and son Jeff had a gift, it flowed and made us weep: the others recognised that, and merely rode on the frothy wash from your great wave of talent
- ChrisT wilkie, Manapouri, New Zealand, 22.01.2010
Buckley's pure versions, both live and studio ( which I prefer)version worked it all out, and set the standard for imitators. What real gains were made by versions such as Liz Taylor's? Indeed, to me, she soundded like she had a blocked nose, bouncing too many of the notes off her upper palate, perhaps negatively influenced by that blured intonation which has ruined too many singers since Mariah Carey stuffed a towel in her mouth. George Michael is just a try-hard choir boy, and his needy spirit deflates any attempt at normal passion in this song. Tim, you and son Jeff had a gift, it flowed and made us weep: the others recognised that, and merely rode on the frothy wash from your great wave of talent
- ChrisT wilkie, Manapouri, New Zealand, 22.01.2010
I think we would all find it more interesting if you compared Tim's 1968 version of Song To The Siren - you can find it on The Dream Belongs To Me and Works In Progress - it's far more 'normal' than the Starsailor version, and you folks would no doubt find it far easier to assimilate. Tee Hee. Then see how the voting goes. Liz Fraser, good as she is, sounds like most people who cover TB's Songs - amateurish
and shallow, especially when compared to the original. Just my opinion, folks. Oh, and I do like The Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil, but they ain't in the same league as TB. Cheers.
- G Heys, Harpenden, England, 07.11.2008
Liz Fraser makes my heart skip a beat.
- Joe, Seattle, United States, 15.10.2008
OK, here we have a true dilemma. Both versions are amazing... wait, excuse me, both versions are sublime.

This Mortal Coil actually reinterprets the song from a new perspective, wraps it in silvery clouds that bring a different kind of shimmer and depth. On the other hand, the original is stark, desperate, the sound of waves of dreams lapping against the psyche..

I won't say who I voted for but I will say that Liz Fraser and Tim Buckley are surely two of the greatest voices of the late 20th century.
- Mucho Moss, San Narcisco, United States, 15.05.2008
Everyone should own This Mortal Coil's Filigree and Shadow
- Shrinertim, Omaha, United States, 09.03.2008
Nothing beats the original, but This Mortal COil's version is not something to forget very easy....Elizabeth Frazier sings it in a spine chilling divine way......celestial, now even mythical, without a doubt. Pure respect.
- Syphonaptera, Planet Earth, Other, 07.02.2008
Liz Fraser and Lisa Gerrard are my favorites. What great voices, and what great songs!
- Matti, Hamburg, Germany, 16.11.2007
Ive never even heard this song but Tim is Jeff Buckleys father so he gets my vote!!!
- taza, griffith, Australia, 13.09.2007
every single time i hear this song ,i get goosebumps.what a voice by elisabeth fraser
- martin, halstenbek, Germany, 23.06.2007
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