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COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Sepheryn/Ray Of Light’

The song, “Sepheryn”, was originally recorded by Curtiss Maldoon in 1971

Folk duo Curtiss Maldoon – Dave Curtiss and Clive Maldoon – wrote and recorded the song “Sepheryn” for their self-titled debut album in 1971 although the track was not released as a single. The album performed poorly and the duo would reinvent themselves as ‘Maldoon’ in 1973 for the follow up. They split soon after with Maldoon passing away in 1978.

“Sepheryn” was adapted and recorded in most part by Madonna for her 1998 album “Ray Of Light“, from which she took the title from the line in the chorus “quicker than a ray of light”. She co-produced the song with British producer William Orbit and released it as the second single in May, whereupon it became a huge global hit peaking at No.2 in the UK and No.5 in America, as well as topping the charts in six countries.

But which version is the best? CURTISS MALDOON’s original or MADONNA’s cover?

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