Rain Tree Crow

Released at April 20, 1991

Release date:

April 20, 1991 


(P) 1991 Virgin Records Ltd
(C) 1991 Virgin Records Ltd / Opium (Arts) Ltd




Virgin CDV 2659


Virgin V2659, 211 380 (LP)
Virgin Records CDV 2659
Virgin Records US 0777 7 86252 2 3
Toshiba EMI Ltd (1995) VJCP-23208

The first and only album of the Japan reunion… Cindy Crawford lost a law-suit for using the track Big Wheels In Shanty Town in one of her work-out videos (see FAQ).


Computer programming: Steve Jansen
Keyboard programming: Richard Barbieri, David Sylvian
All song written by Rain Tree Crow, words by David Sylvian.
Published by Opium (Arts) Ltd/10 music Ltd.
Produced by Rain Tree Crow.
Engineered by Pat McCarthy
Additional engineering by Tim Martin

Mixed by David Sylvian & Steve Nye assisted by Al Stone at Olympic Studios, London except track 2,3,6,7,11 mixed by David Sylvian & Pat McCarthy at Eel Pie Studios, London.
Cut by Tony Cousins at the Townhouse.

Cover photography by Shinya Fujiwara.
Design by Russell Mills.
Art direction: David Sylvian & Yuka Fujii.

The Japanese boxset is a CD case, packed in black box and added is a 28 page booklet with exclusive photographs and lyrics. Amazing box!
The LP version has a printed inner sleeve. The inner picture sleeve of the regular EU version is made of thin matt paper. The UK version however uses thick glossy paper. The European vinyl uses the white Virgin logo whereas the UK version uses an image from the front of the sleeve.


David Sylvian : Hammon organ, guitars, shortwave radio, electric piano, vocals, additional percussions, bass, synthesizers
Mick Karn : Pulse bass, Wah Wah bass/saxophone, brass, pipes, bass clarinet
Steve Jansen : drums, percussion, hammond organ, ceramic drum, tambourine, moroccan clay dru, treated piano, marimba
Richard Barbieri : synthesizes, piano
Djene Doumbouya : vocals on 1
Dianka Diabate : vocals on 1
Bill Nelson : Additional guitar on 1, guitar on 8
The phantom horns : Arranged by Sylvian/Karn on 1
Phil Palmer : Slide guitar on 1, acoustic guitar on 4
Michael Brook : bass conga on 4, guitar treatments on 5, percussion on 9, treatments on 11
Brian Gascoigne : Orchestration on 4

Recorded between September 1989 and April 1990 at Miravel Studios, Le Val, France, Condulmer Studio Zerman di Mogliano, Italy; Marcus Studios London; Air Studios London; The Wool Hall Bath; Ropewalk Studio Dublin; Mega Studios Paris, France; Eel Pie Stuidos, London.

Assistants: Mohammed (Momo) Loudly/Paolo Carrer Rupert Coulson/Louise McCormick/Bruce Davis/Paul Stevens

Recording co-ordination and management: Richard Chadwick
Assisted by Natasha White on behalf of Opium (Arts) Ltd.

Special thanks to Michael Brook/Sando Franchin/Yuka Fujii/Dermot McEnvoy/Russell Mills/Enico Monte/Patrice Quef/Pete Townshend/Gary Wright/Syco Systems Ltd. (Adrian Thomas)/Wal Basses/Sabian Cymbals

The majority of the material on this album was written as a result of group improvisations. There were no pre-rehearsals; the improvisations took place in the recording studio and much of the finished work contains original elements of those initial performances.

And my hear sings of many things
in Cries and Whispers



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