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Song to the Siren [Import]

Robert PlantAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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On his Nonesuch debut, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, singer/songwriter Robert Plant bookends an album of brilliantly realized original material with two versions of the haunting bluegrass tune “Little Maggie,” popularized in the mid-’40s by the Stanley Brothers. In the Stanley Brothers’ hands, the song is mournful yet stoic as the narrator vows to leave for ... Read more in Amazon's Robert Plant Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 10, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal International
  • ASIN: B00006OYKX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Song to the Artist December 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
prologue: buy Dreamland. the following comments about Plant are true for the whole fine album.
There are now quite a few covers of this greatly loved song by Tim Buckley. Dozens of songwriters treat it as a musical icon. Song to the Siren is arguably the purest expression of the yearning for and exile from oceanic bliss that was a central theme for the extraordinary singer. There are steadily increasing numbers of of new and re-releases of Buckley's studio and live recordings. The renaissance began more than a dozen years after his 1975 death, spurred on both by the tragic success of his late son, Jeff , a brilliant memoir by friend and lead guitarist Lee Underwood, and a few buried live coals of devotion from those who always loved his music. Still, there are many who discovered "Siren" from the version by This Mortal Coil, featured in a popular horror flick, and many who have never gone to the source (TB).
A cover of a great song is a great challenge, and love is not enough. Few people have ever had the vocal chops or naked passion that Buckley could bring to a song, nor the artistry; as a consequence, most of the covers of Siren that I have heard are simply not very good, no matter the sincerity they might convey. So what can one expect from an aging Robert Plant?
Surprise! I've always been a huge Zeppelin fan, not just for the joy of their power and aura, or the over-the-top musicianship of the members. Plant's yowl has been foully imitated and expanded by numerous rock singers; no one got the point. Plant balanced posturing with a love of the mystical, the untouchable, and a great deal of his singing conveyed a grasping ecstasy and richness of emotion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transformative December 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
buy Dreamland, it's what I did anyway.
That said, Plant takes a beautifully tragic icon and transforms it into something that is almost - maybe forget the "almost" - hopeful. Rather than the pathos that I hear in the Tim Buckley original, here is Plant and he cant help but be (gently) seductive. Somehow, I am left feeling better about the whole thing. (thus the 5 stars)
The music itself is stunningly beautiful, evocative of the ocean, like being on warm ocean tides, I really didnt want it to stop.
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