Rain Tree Crow

Infobox Album |
Name = Rain Tree Crow
Type = Album
Artist = Rain Tree Crow (Japan)


Released = March 1991
Recorded = 1991
Genre = Alternative rock
Length =
Label = Virgin
Producer =
Reviews = *Allmusic rating|4|5 [http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:k9ftxqt5ld6e link]
Last album = "Oil on Canvas" (1983)
This album = "Rain Tree Crow" (1991)
Next album =
Misc = Extra chronology 2
Artist = David Sylvian
Type = studio
Last album = ""
(1991)
This album = "Rain Tree Crow" (1991)
Next album = "The First Day"
(1993)

Rain Tree Crow was the name used by the successful English New Wave band Japan (excluding Rob Dean) when they briefly reformed for this one-off project, which would be their final album. It was the first time all four members of the band, David Sylvian, Steve Jansen, Mick Karn and Richard Barbieri, collaborated on a project since the compilation of the 1983 live album "Oil on Canvas".

The majority of the material on their eponymous album was written as a result of group improvisations (aside from 'Blackwater'). There were no pre-rehearsals and the music that emerged was a hybrid of atmospheric ambient ballads in the style of lead singer David Sylvian's contemporaneous albums and more dissonant experimental styles that sometimes echoed the work of Tom Waits and King Crimson. The album was mostly recorded at Miravel Studios, France, between September 1989 and April 1990.

All members of the band aside from Sylvian wished to retain the Japan moniker which was last used when the band split in December 1982. However, Sylvian levered increasing artistic and production control over the project (including his insistence on using the RTC name, much to the other member's bemusement and annoyance), to the point where the recording developed from a band effort into a what was essentially another Sylvian solo project, leaving the other members as mere sessioners for the front man.

Blackwater was released as the album's only cut and just missed the Top 60 in the UK singles charts in March 1991. The album itself was, in general, critically acclaimed by the music press and reached the Top 25 in the UK albums chart.

"...the album is at its best. Rain Tree Crow is not ponderous, as Japan once had pretensions to be, but it fills a darkened room nicely." -- Sue Peter, Option, 92

Track listing

The following tracklisting is for the re-mastered version of the album released in 2003. It contains an additional track not featured on the original album; called "I Drink to Forget," the song was the B-side of "Blackwater," the only single released from the album. The original album was released on 16 April, 1991 and contained tracks 1 to 12, as listed below, in precisely the same order.

# "Big Wheels in Shanty Town" – 7:08
#* David Sylvian - vocal, electric guitar, hammond organ, electric piano, shortwave radio, horn arrangement
#* Bill Nelson - electric guitar
#* Mick Karn - bass, brass, horn arrangement
#* Richard Barbieri - synthesizer
#* Djene Doumbouya - vocal
#* Djanka Djabate - vocal
#* Steve Jansen - drums, percussion, hammond organ
# "Every Colour You Are" – 4:46
#* David Sylvian - vocal, electric guitar, electric piano, shortwave radio, treatments
#* Phil Palmer - slide guitar
#* Mick Karn - bass, saxophone
#* Richard Barbieri - synthesizer
#* Steve Jansen - drums, percussion
# "Rain Tree Crow" – 2:04
#* David Sylvian - vocal, percussion
#* Mick Karn - pipes
#* Richard Barbieri - synthesizer
#* Steve Jansen - percussion
# "Red Earth (As Summertime Ends)" – 3:38
#* David Sylvian - slide guitar, keyboards, Indian drum
#* Phil Palmer - acoustic guitar
#* Michael Brook - bass conga
#* Mick Karn - bass, tabla
#* Richard Barbieri - synthesizer
#* Brian Gascoigne - orchestration
#* Steve Jansen - ceramic drums, percussion
# "Pocket Full of Change" – 6:08
#* David Sylvian - vocal, electric guitar, organ
#* Michael Brook - guitar treatments
#* Mick Karn - bass, brass
#* Richard Barbieri - synthesizer
#* Steve Jansen - drums, percussion, organ
# "Boat's for Burning" – 0:45
#* David Sylvian - vocal, electric guitar
#* Richard Barbieri - synthesizer
#* Steve Jansen - tambourine
# "New Moon at Deer Wallow" – 5:12
#* David Sylvian - electric guitar, bass
#* Mick Karn - bass clarinet
#* Richard Barbieri - synthesizer
#* Steve Jansen - Moroccan clay drum, fan drums
# "Blackwater" – 4:19
#* David Sylvian - vocal, electric guitar, keyboards
#* Bill Nelson - electric guitar
#* Mick Karn - bass
#* Richard Barbieri - synthesizer
#* Steve Jansen - drums, percussion
# "A Reassuringly Dull Sunday" – 1:22
#* David Sylvian - organ, keyboards, percussion
#* Michael Brook - percussion
#* Mick Karn - bass clarinet, percussion
#* Richard Barbieri - synthesizer, piano
#* Steve Jansen - marimba, percussion
# "Blackcrow Hits Shoe Shine City" – 5:14
#* David Sylvian - vocal, electric guitar, organ, electric piano, keyboards, treatments
#* Mick Karn - bass, saxophone
#* Richard Barbieri - synthesizer
#* Steve Jansen - drums, percussion
# "Scratchings on the Bible Belt" – 2:46
#* David Sylvian - electric guitar, banjo, marimba, harmonium
#* Michael Brook - treatments
#* Mick Karn - bass clarinet
#* Richard Barbieri - synthesizer, water wheel
#* Steve Jansen - piano, marimba, percussion
# "Cries and Whispers" – 2:31
#* David Sylvian - vocal, electric guitar, treatments
#* Mick Karn - bass
#* Richard Barbieri - synthesizer
#* Steve Jansen - percussion
# "I Drink to Forget" - 1:46
#* David Sylvian - piano, keyboards, percussion
#* Mick Karn - wine glasses
#* Richard Barbieri - synthesizers
#* Steve Jansen - wine glasses, percussion

External links

* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:qwabqj3boj6a~T0 Allmusic entry]


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