The Decemberists Announce The Crane Wife Reissue to Include Essay by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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For the tenth anniversary of The Decemberists’ 2006 album The Crane Wife, the band is reissuing it in a five-LP box set, due out on Dec. 9.

The original album will take up the first two LPs of the set, and the other three will be filled with rare b-sides, bonus tracks and previously unreleased material. Also included in the box set is a Blu-Ray from a 2006 concert at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., originally filmed for NPR.

A 20-page booklet is also included, with liner notes by rock writer David Fricke and an essay by none other than Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is a huge fan of the band.

500 limited-edition copies of the reissue will be pressed on marbled red vinyl. You can pre-order it here. See the trailer for the reissue below, and the tracklist below that.

The Crane Wife Reissue Tracklist:

LP 1: The Original Album
01 The Crane Wife 3
02 The Island: Come and See/The Landlord’s Daughter/You’ll Not Feel the Drowning
03 Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)
04 O Valencia!
05 The Perfect Crime #2
06 When the War Came
07 Shankill Butchers

LP 2: Original Album Plus Outtakes
01 Summersong
02 The Crane Wife 1 & 2
03 Sons & Daughters
04 After the Bombs
05 Culling of the Fold
06 Hurdles Even Here

LP 3: Outtakes and Alternates
01 The Perfect Crime #1 + The Day I Knew You’d Not Come Back
02 After the Bombs (Early Take)
03 Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then) (Alternate Take With Alela Diane)
04 Culling of the Fold (Alternate Take With Sean Nelson)
05 Hurdles Even Here (Full Band Take)
06 The Perfect Crime #2 (Early Take)

LP 4: Home Demos
01 The Island: Come and See/The Landlord’s Daughter/You’ll Not Feel the Drowning
02 O Valencia!
03 The Perfect Crime #2
04 Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then) (With Carson Ellis)
05 The Capp Street Girls
06 Culling of the Fold
07 Hurdles Even Here

LP 5: Home Demos
01 Shankill Butchers (Demo)
02 Summersong (Demo)
03 The Day I Knew You’d Not Come Back (Demo)
04 The Perfect Crime #1 (Demo)
05 The Crane Wife 1, 2 & 3
06 Sons & Daughters

Blu-ray: Live at the 9:30 Club, October 29, 2006
01 The Crane Wife 3
02 The Island
03 We Both Go Down Together
04 The Gymnast, High Above the Ground
05 The Perfect Crime #2
06 Shankill Butchers
07 Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect
08 O Valencia!
09 The Legionnaire’s Lament
10 16 Military Wives
11 The Crane Wife 1 & 2
12 Sons & Daughters
13 Red Right Ankle
14 Culling of the Fold
15 I Was Meant for the Stage

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