CD Live in Italy [Cranes] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 889838),
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Live in Italy [Cranes] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Cloudless
    2. Fragile
    3. Future Song
    4. Submarine
    5. Flute Song
    6. Sunrise
    7. Everywhere
    8. Jewel
    9. Far Away
    10. Adrift
    11. Paris and Rome
    12. E.G. Shining
    13. Shining Road
    14. Adoration
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 617

  • Credits

    Cranes: Ali Shaw (vocals, guitar); Paul Smith (guitar, keyboards); Jim Shaw (guitar); Ben Baxter (bass); John Callender (drums).
    Recorded live in Italy, 2002.
    Personnel: Alison Shaw (vocals, guitar); Paul Smith (guitar, keyboards); Jim Shaw (guitar); Jon Callender (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Jim Shaw .
    Recording information: Ancona Amsterdam, Vienna, Austria (10/2002); Pordenone, Rome, Italy (10/2002); Portsmouth, Rhode Island (10/2002).
    Photographers: Oliver Blankenheim; Marco Maas; Mike Dare; Marco Calderisi; Jamie Dare; Cuahatemoc Keer; Lyse Tranzeat.
    Combining two minor releases -- a live album and a remix EP -- Live in Italy & Submarine is a value-for-money purchase for fans that more casual listeners can bypass without terribly much regret. Cranes' ability to re-create their studio sound live is quite impressive for a band whose sonic attributes (besides Alison Shaw's startlingly wispy babytalk vocals) sound on record like they're the results of much Cocteau Twins-style effects and processing, but that unfortunately means that when one gets right down to it, Live in Italy is basically a live album that's more or less indistinguishable from the studio records. Submarine is a nine-track remix EP with four mixes each of the two singles from Cranes' comeback album Future Songs, "Submarine" and "Don't Wake Me Up," along with one mellow down-tempo version of "Driving in the Sun" from the same album. The mixes vary only slightly in mood and arrangement, and the collection as a whole is strictly for completists. ~ Stewart Mason

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (9/03, p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Cranes continue their single-minded, 13-year-long quest for those resolutely uncommercial, abstractly beautiful and inexplicably affecting chords, patterns and sighs they do so splendidly..."
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