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The Decemberists to reissue The Crane Wife with unreleased music, essay from Lin-Manuel Miranda

on October 24, 2016, 3:10pm

There are loads of goodies packed within the upcoming box set reissue of The Decemberists’ classic album The Crane Wife. Most of those are standard extras that come with every re-release: demos, outtakes, alternate versions, and a concert thrown in for good measure.

But Colin Meloy and co. also have something going for them that other bands don’t: the undying love of America’s current It Boy, Lin-Manuel Miranda. The 5-LP Crane Wife reissue will feature an essay from the Hamilton creator and star on how great he thinks the 10-year-old album is.

The Crane Wife: 10th Anniversary Edition is out December 9th via Capitol Records. Five hundred limited-edition copies of the reissue will be printed on marbled red vinyl.

Check out a trailer for the box set along with the full tracklist below.

The Decemberists The Crane Wife Box Set Tracklist:

LP 1: The Original Album

01 .The Crane Wife 3
02. The Island: Come and See/The Landlord’s Daughter/You’ll Not Feel the Drowning
03. Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)
04. O Valencia!
05. The Perfect Crime #2
06. When the War Came
07. Shankill Butchers

LP 2: Original Album Plus Outtakes

01. Summers0ng
02. The Crane Wife 1 & 2
03. Sons & Daughters
04. After the Bombs
05. Culling of the Fold
06. Hurdles Even Here

LP 3: Outtakes and Alternates

01. The Perfect Crime #1 + The Day I Knew You’d Not Come Back
02. After the Bombs (Early Take)
03. Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then) (Alternate Take With Alela Diane)
04. Culling of the Fold (Alternate Take With Sean Nelson)
05. Hurdles Even Here (Full Band Take)
06. The Perfect Crime #2 (Early Take)

LP 4: Home Demos

01. The Island: Come and See/The Landlord’s Daughter/You’ll Not Feel the Drowning
02. O Valencia!
03. The Perfect Crime #2
04. Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then) (With Carson Ellis)
05. The Capp Street Girls
06. Culling of the Fold
07. Hurdles Even Here

LP 5: Home Demos

01. Shankill Butchers (Demo)
02. Summersong (Demo)
03. The Day I Knew You’d Not Come Back (Demo)
04. The Perfect Crime #1 (Demo)
05. The Crane Wife 1, 2 & 3
06. Sons & Daughters

Blu-ray: Live at the 9:30 Club, October 29, 2006

01. The Crane Wife 3
02. The Island
03. We Both Go Down Together
04. The Gymnast, High Above the Ground
05. The Perfect Crime #2
06. Shankill Butchers
07. Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect
08. O Valencia!
09. The Legionnaire’s Lament
10. 16 Military Wives
11. The Crane Wife 1 & 2
12. Sons & Daughters
13. Red Right Ankle
14. Culling of the Fold
15. I Was Meant for the Stage

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