Rain Tree Crow (Japanese boxed version)

Released at March 21, 1991

Release date:

March 21, 1991 


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






Virgin Records Japan VJCP-30087

Japanese version, boxed in beautiful black case with, besides the regular booklet, a 28 page bonus booklet featuring exclusive photographs and lyrics. Amazing box!


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.

There were two releases for VJCP-30087. This is a Limited Edition release. It is a standard CD jewel case inside a black outer slipcase box with ‘Rain Tree Crow’ stenciled on it (same font/ format as actual CD cover lettering). An Obi is wrapped around the slipcase. CD contains 12 page booklet listing credits & slightly larger 28 page full color booklet containing song lyrics (in both Japanese and English), photos, drawings, and liner notes (in Japanese). Made in Japan by ‘Virgin Japan Ltd’ (p) 1991.

The other edition comes in a standard CD Jewel Case with a colourful Green/ Blue Obi.

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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