Newswire: The Decemberists reissuing The Crane Wife with Lin-Manuel Miranda essay

From Pitchfork comes news that The Decemberists’ The Crane Wife (one of this publication’s favorite albums of 2006, back in the day) will be getting a super-deluxe vinyl and Blu-ray box set reissue for its 10th anniversary. The album represented an ambitious turning point for the Portland-based indie rock band: it contained some of their most eclectic material (e.g. their prog suite “The Island”), but also found them trying production and instrumentation that was closer to what was then the mainstream of alt-rock. Its follow-up, The Hazards Of Love, would become the first Decemberists album to chart, paving the way for the unexpected commercial success of The King Is Dead.

The Crane Wife box set (due, appropriately enough, in December) will consist of 5 LPs: two for the album and three for B-sides, outtakes, and home demos, such as alternate versions of the Laura Veirs duet “Yankee Bayonet …

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