Rain Tree Crow ‎– Rain Tree Crow

Virgin ‎– V2659, Virgin ‎– V2659
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Big Wheels In Shanty Town
Arranged By [The Phantom Horns] – Sylvian*, Karn*Bass [Pulse Bass], Bass [' Wah Wah ' Bass], Brass – Mick KarnDrums, Percussion, Electric Organ [Hammond Organ] – Steve JansenElectric Organ [Hammond Organ], Guitar [Guitars], Effects [Shortwave Radio], Electric Piano, Vocals – David SylvianGuitar [Additional Guitar] – Bill NelsonHorns – The Phantom Horns*Synthesizer [Synthesizers] – Richard BarbieriVocals – Djanka Diabate, Djene Doumbouya
A2 Every Colour You Are
Bass, Saxophone ['wah Wah' Saxophone] – Mick KarnDrums, Percussion – Steve JansenGuitar [Guitars], Electric Piano, Electronics [Shortwave Radio], Effects [Treatments], Vocals – David SylvianSlide Guitar – Phil PalmerSynthesizer [Synthesizers] – Richard Barbieri
A3 Rain Tree Crow
Percussion – Steve JansenPercussion [Additional Percussion], Vocals – David SylvianPipe [Pipes] – Mick KarnSynthesizer [Synthesizers] – Richard Barbieri
A4 Red Earth (As Summertime Ends)
Acoustic Guitar – Phil PalmerBass, Tabla – Mick KarnCongas [Bass Conga] – Michael BrookDrum [Ceramic Drums], Percussion – Steve JansenOrchestrated By [Orchestration] – Brian GascoigneSlide Guitar, Synthesizer [Synthesizers], Drum [Indian Drum] – David SylvianSynthesizer [Synthesizers] – Richard Barbieri
A5 Pocket Full Of Change
Bass, Brass – Mick KarnDrums, Percussion, Organ [Additional Organ] – Steve JansenGuitar [Guitar Treatments] – Michael BrookOrgan, Guitar, Vocals – David SylvianSynthesizer [Synthesizers] – Richard Barbieri
B1 Boat's For Burning
Guitar, Vocals [Vocal] – David SylvianSynthesizer [Synthesizers] – Richard BarbieriTambourine – Steve Jansen
B2 New Moon At Red Deer Wallow
Bass Clarinet – Mick KarnDrum [Moroccan Clay Drums], Drum [Fan Drums], Percussion – Steve JansenGuitar [Guitars], Bass – David SylvianSynthesizer [Synthesizers] – Richard Barbieri
B3 Blackwater
Bass – Mick KarnDrums, Percussion – Steve JansenGuitar – Bill NelsonGuitar [Guitars], Synthesizer [Additional Synthesizer], Vocals [Vocal] – David SylvianSynthesizer [Synthesizers] – Richard Barbieri
B4 A Reassuringly Dull Sunday
Percussion – Michael BrookPercussion, Bass Clarinet – Mick KarnPercussion, Marimba – Steve JansenPercussion, Organ [Tuned Organ], Synthesizer – David SylvianSynthesizer [Synthesizers], Piano – Richard Barbieri
B5 Blackcrow Hits Shoe Shine City
Bass, Saxophone ['wah Wah' Saxophone] – Mick KarnDrums, Percussion – Steve JansenElectric Organ, Electric Piano, Effects [Treatments], Guitar [Guitars], Synthesizer [Synthesizers], Vocals – David SylvianSynthesizer [Synthesizers] – Richard Barbieri
B6 Scratchings On The Bible Belt
Bass Clarinet – Mick KarnElectronics [Treatments] – Michael BrookGuitar [Guitars], Banjo, Marimba, Harmonium – David SylvianPiano [Treated Piano], Percussion, Marimba – Steve JansenSynthesizer [Synthesizers], Noises [Water Wheel] – Richard Barbieri
B7 Cries And Whispers
Bass – Mick KarnGuitar [Guitars], Electronics [Treatments], Vocals [Vocal] – David SylvianPercussion – Steve JansenSynthesizer [Synthesizers] – Richard Barbieri

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℗ 1991 Virgin Records Ltd.
© 1991 Virgin Records Ltd./ Opium (Arts) Ltd.

Published by Opium (Arts) Ltd./ 10 Music Ltd.

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

Recorded between September 1989 and April 1990 at Miraval Studios, Le Val, France; Conduimer Studio, Zerman di Mogliano, Italy; Marcus Studios, London; Air Studios, London; The Wool Hall, Bath; Ropewalk Studio, Dublin; Mega Studios, Paris, France; Eel Pie Studios, London. Mixed at Olympic Studios, London. Tracks A3, B1, B2 & B6 mixed at Eel Pie Studios, London. Cut at The Townhouse.

The UK​ release with the inner picture sleeve made of thin matt paper. There is another UK pressing which has a different matrix #, uses the same catalogue # but slightly modified on the sleeve V2659 211 380 PM 284 and the inner picture sleeve is made of thick glossy paper. A European reissue also exists which uses the white Virgin logo branding.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 012981 265915
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5012981265915
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): V-2659-A - 11-3-91 I RAIN TREE CROW
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): V-2659-B - 11-3-91 I RAIN TREE CROW

Other Versions (5 of 36) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FJ 9910007 Rain Tree Crow Rain Tree Crow(CD, Album, Unofficial) ArsNova FJ 9910007 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
V/TCV 2569 Rain Tree Crow Rain Tree Crow(Cass, Album, TP) Virgin, The Town House V/TCV 2569 UK 1991 Sell This Version
none Rain Tree Crow Rain Tree Crow(Cass, Album, Promo) Virgin Records America, Inc. none US 1991 Sell This Version
7243 5 91026 2 7 Rain Tree Crow Rain Tree Crow(CD, Album, Copy Prot., RE, RM, Dig) Virgin 7243 5 91026 2 7 UK & Europe 2003 Sell This Version
VJCP-30087 Rain Tree Crow Rain Tree Crow(CD, Album, Ltd, Promo, Sli) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJCP-30087 Japan 1991 Sell This Version


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March 29, 2018

I think this is an amazing record. This is Japan sounding nothing like Japan, and it`s not very poppy! You have to try again... It will grow on you...


January 7, 2018
There is a snare drum beat on this record that were sampled a couple of times.