This Mortal Coil ‎– Song To The Siren

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Cat# Artist Title  (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TDS 225, BAD 310 This Mortal Coil Sixteen Days - Gathering Dust(12", EP) 4AD, 4AD TDS 225, BAD 310 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
BAD 310 This Mortal Coil Sixteen Days - Gathering Dust(12", Single) 4AD BAD 310 UK 1983 Sell This Version
BAD 310, 08-022896-20 This Mortal Coil Sixteen Days - Gathering Dust(12") 4AD, 4AD BAD 310, 08-022896-20 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
519405 This Mortal Coil Sixteen Days - Gathering Dust(12") 4AD, Edisom 519405 Portugal 1983 Sell This Version
BAD 310 This Mortal Coil Sixteen Days - Gathering Dust (12", TP) 4AD BAD 310 UK & France 1983 Sell This Version
VIC-146, B-20.374 This Mortal Coil Sixteen Days / Song To The Siren(12", Maxi, Promo) Victoria, Victoria VIC-146, B-20.374 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
B-20.374 This Mortal Coil Sixteen Days / Song To The Siren(12", Maxi) Victoria B-20.374 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
AD 310 This Mortal Coil Song To The Siren(7", Single) 4AD AD 310 UK 1983 Sell This Version
POW 0187 This Mortal Coil Song To The Siren(7", Single) 4AD POW 0187 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
106 123, 106 123-100 This Mortal Coil Song To The Siren(7", Single) Virgin, Virgin, 4AD, 4AD, Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet 106 123, 106 123-100 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
104318 This Mortal Coil Song To The Siren(7") RCA Limited Australia and New Zealand 104318 Australia & New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
AD 310 This Mortal Coil Song To The Siren(7", Single) 4AD AD 310 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
AD 310 This Mortal Coil Song To The Siren(7", Single, Promo) 4AD, Virgin AD 310 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
AD 310 This Mortal Coil Song To The Siren(7", Single) 4AD AD 310 Ireland 1983 Sell This Version
SA 1024 This Mortal Coil Song To The Siren(7", Single, Promo) Virgin, 4AD SA 1024 France 1984 Sell This Version
AD 310 This Mortal Coil Song To The Siren(7", Single) 4AD, Virgin AD 310 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
601 142 This Mortal Coil Song To The Siren / Sixteen Days(12", Single) Virgin, 4AD 601 142 Europe 1983 Sell This Version

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maxal

maxal

September 22, 2018
referencing Sixteen Days / Song To The Siren, 12", Maxi, B-20.374
Sixteen Seconds is best heard in its full glory on the 12". Gordon Sharpe and Elizabeth playing with their voices and having the time of their lives is one of the many peaks of the 4AD pinnacles.

The 12" then gives Song to the Siren a solid, weighty, space of 12" vinyl to be etched, preserved amd played in the best possible way.

I love, this single: cover, B-side and all. But thinking about it, it is funny Song to the Siren wasn't re-released. The cover of a dark house at night is soooooo Gothic (fine as far as I am concerned). This could have been so much more main stream if it had a white cover and beautiful photograph of some dandelion fluff floating in the air of an endless summer day. 4AD always resisted that sort of thing . . .
maxal

maxal

September 22, 2018
referencing Song To The Siren, 7", Single, AD 310
Lucifer Sam I half agree with you. The A side is easy to love.

The B side of Sixteen Days is just as easy to love - a fiery contrast to the A side (and that's the whole point). Quirky and energetic it is such a powerful antidote (?). This is a 'duet'; between Elizabeth and her friend Gordon Sharpe - no finer couple in my opinion. The 12" version at its full length is the best. The early Eighties for 4AD were stunningly innovative. I'd pick Sixteen Seconds as being a kind of emblematic herald for the full canon of 4AD, There is something ominous in its sound which promises the unexpected.
Lucifer_Sam

Lucifer_Sam

November 29, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Song To The Siren, 7", Single, 106 123, 106 123-100

What a wonderful, spheric version of this Tim Buckley song. Could anyone even sing it better than Tim? Yes. This Mortail Coil lifts this song to an even higher level than the original. A real siren song!
Unfortunately the b-side doesn't fit at all to this beauty of song.