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    Monday, September 05, 2005

    Tracks of the Week: Box

    This Mortal Coil "Song to the Siren" - Continuing last time's theme of box sets, here's a little something from the '80s. British producer and 4AD label co-founder Ivo Watts-Russell collected lush, swirling performances by a rotating cast of characters from the same label. For the most part, the instrumental tracks are originals and the vocal tracks are covers. This track is simply haunting and is a beautiful rendition of Tim Buckley's already-amazing original. Buy It.

    Wynton Marsalis "Pedro's Getaway" - I've seen a lot of Wynton Marsalis this week. He's been featured quite a bit in relief effort shows trying to raise funds for his hometown of New Orleans. I've always enjoyed his interviews, whether it's talking about New Orleans or his many appearances in Ken Burns's sprawling Jazz documentaries. This track is lifted from Disc 4 of a seven-CD box set Wynton Marsalis Septet: Live at the Village Vanguard recorded in the early '90s. Buy It. (It's a steal at $39.99!)