Thursday, April 06, 2006

The Best Song Ever?

Everyone of us music fans had recorded on tape, or just imagined, a compilation of his favourite songs ever. I think we all agree that these compilations can change with the changing of our mood, but there are some artists and some songs that are just essential, unavoidable. Tim Buckley is one of these artists and Song To The Siren is his best song to me. This version of the song, in particular. Song To The Siren had been first recorded in 1971 on the album Starsailor, a work on which his music get close to avant-garde and free-jazz. On 1967 Tim had already performed the song on the Monkees' TV show, accompanied on his 12 strings guitar only. This bare, simple version exalts even more the touching beauty of the melody, of his amazing voice, and the poetry of the lyrics.
An absolutely unmissable clip, if you are not moved by this it means you have a cold stone instead of a heart!

Tim Buckley - Song To The Siren (1967)

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I have to say that is a little frustrating to see how such a small amount of people connecting and downloading from this site remember to leave a comment. Many comments report problems in downloading. I am sorry if the process is a little complicated, this is just because, since the beginning, I have always had to defend my blog from leechers and trolls. I have no problems in trying to offer some "technical assistance", but I would also like to know more of your opinions about the videos. The purpose of making a blog is interaction, share a passion with some people out there. Otherwise I think I'll soon end up feeling a lack of motivations...

Bye

Mirco

37 Comments:

Blogger Marquês Van Prög said...

You are doing a great job, sharing all this videos with us. :)

Please i like to see videos from Camel band.

4/06/2006 3:56 PM  
Blogger dunwich said...

I should thank you for your dedication and your patience. Your blog is really a wonderful SERVICE for those who love music (evry kind of it). Keep on and be shure that many others have your same passion. You're doin' a labour of love, not else...
Thank you very much for the 'Siren'. Tim is one of my best muse.

M.

4/06/2006 3:59 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Many thanks to both of you.
I have no Camel's videos, but I think I will find some...

4/06/2006 4:13 PM  
Anonymous sim said...

thank you for all the great music videos.
they are greatly appreciated

4/06/2006 6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are right...this version is much more soulful than the album version. viva tim and jeff buckley...

4/06/2006 8:11 PM  
Blogger this farming man said...

This is definitely in my top 10 favorite songs of all time.

This Mortal Coil's version (with Elizabeth Fraser on vocals) is also amazing.

Keep up the good work!

4/06/2006 8:21 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

I know that version, it's good, also because they didn't try to imitate Tim, which would be impossible...
I also remember nice covers of Syd Barrett and Big Star...

Thanks and see you soon

4/06/2006 9:24 PM  
Anonymous c said...

Please keep on exposing your video archive to us!
I discovered those 'Rapidshare-Blogs' just a few weeks ago and since then discovered so much amazing music like never before in my life - f.e. Gal Costa and other Tropicalia
( on f.e. http://azfad.blogspot.com/
http://www.pasttensemusic.blogspot.com/
http://musicadobem.blogspot.com/
http://ratorecordsblog.blogspot.com/ )

To see the videos of her and Os Mutantes on this site after being ravished by the albums was unbelievable!
Thank you!

4/07/2006 12:39 AM  
Anonymous Peter5555 said...

Great clip, and surprisingly high quality. I've been really enjoying seeing your 1960s videos - many thanks, and please keep going!

I'd particularly like to see any folk-rock flavoured clips, such as early Fairport Convention. The Fotheringay clip you posted, for example, was excellent.

4/07/2006 12:43 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Peter, have you seen also the Pentangle's clip and the Incredible String Band's one...?

That's true "c", so many blogs offering good stuff, there is almost not enough time to listen and watch everything...

Bye ;-)

4/07/2006 1:19 AM  
Anonymous 123 said...

" ... have you seen also the Pentangle's clip and the Incredible String Band's one...? "


I did , and I enjoyed them . Please if you have , post video of Heron and Williamson doing Mercy I cry City , I think on Julie Felix Show 1969 .

I have also sent you an email on your email address posted in your blog profile , did you get that ? I have couple of ISB videos from Woodstock , I'll send them to ya if ya don't have them . Keep up the good work . Cheers .

4/07/2006 8:30 AM  
Blogger Greggy D said...

Great clip! It's a shame he is miming, but I guess that was common in those years, even with slow acoustic numbers, where it would be easier to spot. However the large scale, high quality AVI clip make up for it, and we get to see Buckley perform at I guess would have been his peak. Beautiful and haunting. Thanks :)

4/07/2006 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes!!
I still remember the first time seeing/hearing Tim Buckley on The Monkees. "Song to the Siren" is among the most beautiful songs ever. And THIS SOLO VERSION being the definitive version in my opinion.
I was learning guitar in those days (the late 80's) and had the video of this on my vcr. I kept watching this over and over trying to learn the chords and fingering positions.
It took a while since I was a beginner then but I did finally learn the song.
I still play "Song to the Siren" from time to time and it never ever gets tiring.

I created an instrumental arrangement of this song for 6 string guitar which I really like. I kept it very close to Tim's original version.
thanks for the clip...
walt

4/07/2006 4:29 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Nice to see that this wonderful clip is having success...

Oi Greggy...do you think he is miming?! It looks like a live performance, Son To The Siren had not even been published yet in '67...

4/07/2006 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

MANY thanks for your great site! You have found things that I never even knew existed...and with you all the way on 'Song To The Siren', wonderful song....

4/10/2006 6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks thanks thanks!!!
keep the vibe alive.

cheers,

LD

4/11/2006 6:14 AM  
Anonymous scodav said...

Hi,
Sorry I've never commented - I've downloaded and enjoyed many clips here! Always enjoy your detailed notes and comments as well. Thanks for your efforts!

scodav

4/11/2006 6:58 AM  
Blogger Billy Watson said...

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4/16/2006 5:42 PM  
Blogger Billy Watson said...

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4/16/2006 5:47 PM  
Blogger Billy Watson said...

Brillian post and blog.

To hear Elvis doint this song goto

http://bringmetheheads.blogspot.com/

And the archive you are looking for is

2005_11_27_bringmetheheads_archive.html

Its a good cover version and excellent blog.

4/16/2006 5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing to see this wonderful footage after so many years. Thanks so much for sharing. I was first turned on to Tim Buckley through "I Must Have Been Blind," on Zapped (an interesting hodge-podge of artists on the bizarre/straight lable, some produced by Zappa). Many years later I caught Jeff Buckley solo at Uncommon Grounds in Chicago. Like father, like son: such talent.

4/17/2006 4:16 AM  
Anonymous Bill B. said...

Yo-
Thank you so much for the Tim Buckley vid--I'd never seen him perform, and only knew him from his recordings.
What a rare treat.

4/22/2006 8:09 PM  
Blogger MoogPower said...

WoW thank you...lookin' forward to seeing this. I'm a BiG Tim Buckley fan & I'd be hard pressed to choose just one song as is best, but this is certainly among the top group.

Ciao.

5/02/2006 6:20 AM  
Anonymous yst said...

empty file =(

5/03/2006 12:09 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

The file is not empty...open it and read it, it'll tell you what to do...

5/03/2006 1:59 PM  
Anonymous Zebble said...

Thank you!! Amazing quality considering the time. Very moving, no cold stone here.

5/07/2006 6:57 AM  
Anonymous ocirne said...

Avevo già visto questo clip dal mulo, secondo me è migliore della versione del disco...

5/09/2006 2:09 PM  
Anonymous ocirne said...

carmel !!! aaaaaaaaargh

5/09/2006 2:12 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Carmel??
By the way, I'm very happy to see that this is one of the most successful post on this blog!

5/11/2006 3:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful song - kind of bittersweet. thanks for letting us see it!

5/18/2006 6:18 PM  
Blogger voodoopip said...

A beautiful song indeed - and a great way to learn the chords =8)

6/01/2006 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

unfortunetly the clip has been deleted. i was late...

10/19/2006 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Jon said...

There is this site, www.rankopedia.com, they have a ranking about the "Best song ever". I have voted for Bohemian Rhapsody but the leader is Stairway to Heaven.

1/02/2007 9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was late too....
Is there any chance to re-upload this video?!! PLEASE!
I'm just DYING to have it!
Love from Russia:)))

1/23/2007 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been looking for this clip for a while and I couldn't find it, exept this site. But it's deleted indeed... :(
Re-upload it, please...please!

7/29/2007 10:40 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

This site is dead, an official Tim Bickley's DVD has been released...

7/29/2007 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have just discovered this blog
looks great to me.
cheers

10/20/2007 7:06 AM  

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