Tim Buckley

Song to the Siren

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Song Review by Matthew Greenwald

Written circa 1968 but not recorded in the studio until 1970, "Song to the Siren" made its debut in the last episode of the Monkees' television series the year it was written. An interesting period piece, it collects the best from Tim Buckley's psychedelic period of Goodbye and Hello and the even more eclectic and experimental Lorca from 1969. A tender love song on the surface, the recording is treated with some interesting psychedelic touches, particularly the electric guitar and the wailing background chorus. Melodically, it's one of Buckley's most loose efforts, but the lack of construction makes this song even more intriguing. Both the studio and live Monkees versions are available on Morning Glory.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Starsailor 1970 Bizarre Records / Rhino 3:20
The Best of Tim Buckley 1983 Elektra 3:28
Works in Progress 1999 Rhino 3:28
The Dream Belongs to Me: Rarities & Unreleased 1968-1973 2001 Manifesto Records 3:29
Robert Plant's Jukebox 2011
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Chrome Dreams 3:13
Latest & Greatest Singer Songwriters 2013
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Union Square Music / USM Media 3:25
Complete Albums Box 2017 Elektra / Rhino 3:28
Beautiful Boy [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2018
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Warner Bros.
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Rhino 3:20
100 Greatest Acoustic Songs
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Rhino 3:20
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100 Greatest Winter Songs
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American Classics [Rhino]
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Folk [Rhino]
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The Best Ever Acoustic
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Rhino 3:27
Winter Anthems
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Rhino 3:20
Winter Mood Acoustic
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Rhino 3:20