For those wondering what The Crane Wife album, and upcoming box set, has to do with the fairy tale, here's a couple of excerpts from a long interview with Pitchfork, explaining the influence of the story, the importance of stories and narrative and how it was the central thread for this definitive album, which many critics hail as being The Decemberists best work:
Music folk will be interested in the whole article, which you can find HERE.
Here are the special 10th anniversary box-set details:
The Decemberists will reissue their fourth album, and major label debut, , as a five-disc vinyl set packed with B-sides and demos, and featuring essays from mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda and 's David Fricke....The set will collect the original 2006 album on two LPs, while the other three discs will feature B-sides, bonus tracks, unreleased outtakes, alternative versions and frontman Colin Meloy's solo acoustic demos. Among
those demos is a version of the three-part "The Crane Wife" together as a single song in its original sequence.An accompanying 20-page booklet will feature Miranda's essay alongside new liner notes from Fricke. The collection will also include a Blu-ray featuring the Decemberists' 2006 concert at Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club, which was filmed for NPR's second-ever webcast and had previously not been given an official release.
Decemberists' website. The band is also offering a special version pressed on marbled red vinyl, limited to 500 copies. 10th anniversary box set is available to pre-order now via theYou can read the extensive track list for the five albums HERE.
There's also a short trailer showcasing the new package and some of the artwork. Enjoy: