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Loved - 30th Anniversary Edition

    Loved is the third album by the British band Cranes, released in 1994. Siblings Alison and Jim Shaw formed the band back in 1989. They recorded several successful albums, including the 1991 Wings Of Joy and 1994 Loved. Loved combines elements of alternative rock, shoegaze, dream-pop, and darkwave. Their gothic elements made a return, while they retained the feeling of their previous album Forever. It was another artistic experience, with nicely orchestrated and constructed songs.

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    Shining Road
    Pale Blue Sky
    Rêverie
    Lilies
    Are You Gone?

    Side B
    Loved
    Beautiful Friend
    Bewildered
    Come This Far
    Paris And Rome
    In The Night (Hidden Track)

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    Fuse - 2024 Reissue

      Whilst the release of 1989's ‘Self-Non-Self’ EP represented an introduction to the band for many (John Peel among them) Cranes had quietly made their debut with the release of the ‘Fuse’ cassette in 1986 on local Portsmouth label Bite Back!

      Infamous among hardcore fans, the recordings have been largely unavailable since release (‘Fuse’ made an appearance as a bonus track in later years) with the original tape changing hands on-line at a premium.

      Remastered at Abbey Road and with the addition of the previously unreleased ‘New Liberty’ (a song originally slated for inclusion on ‘Self-Non-Self’) this release will be the first time the music has been widely available since its initial release.

      ‘Fuse’ is the 2nd release from the band’s archive following the recent release of their ‘BBC Peel Sessions’ and prefaces the promise of new music to come.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      Pillow Panther
      Fuse (Original Version)
      Valentine
      Gas-Ring

      Side B
      1. Things That I Like
      2. Wrench
      3. Fracture
      4. New Liberty

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      Forever - 30th Anniversary Edition

        Forever, originally released in 1993, continues the trend of Crane's previous albums, revolving largely around Alison Shaw's distinctive vocals. The album contains elements of shoegaze, dream pop and gothic rock, and features the singles "Adrift" and "Jewel".

        The album starts with hypnotizing acoustic guitar chords on the first track "Everywhere". Songs like "Cloudless", "And Ever" and "Far Away" show the band taking an extremely minimalist approach to their songwriting with sometimes nothing more than a piano accompanying Alison's voice. The songs "Adrift" and "Clear" are heavy post-punk rockers and "Jewel" is one of the brightest and most colorful songs that Cranes have ever produced.

        "Jewel" ended up being an underground hit in the U.K. and U.S., thanks to a somewhat transformed remix courtesy of longtime Cranes fan Robert Smith (Forever takes its name from a The Cure rarity of the same title) and Forever turned out to be a favorite amongst fans and critics. It's a lost treasure of early 90s dream pop, delivering unique and mesmerizingly beautiful music. The hidden track "Shine Like Stars" is included on the LP.

        TRACK LISTING

        Side A
        1. Everywhere
        2. Cloudless
        3. Jewel
        4. Far Away
        5. Adrift

        Side B
        1. Clear
        2. Sun And Sky
        3. And Ever
        4. Golden
        5. Rainbows
        6. Shine Like Star (Hidden Track)

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        John Peel Sessions 1989-1990

          The first in a series of archival releases from Cranes, the band’s John Peel Sessions are collected for the first time.

          Formed in mid-1980’s Portsmouth by the brother & sister duo of Jim Shaw (drummer, keyboardist, guitarist, programmer) & Alison Shaw (vocalist, guitarist, bassist), Cranes first appeared in 1986 with Fuse, a self-released & now highly sought-after cassette of demos.

          Their debut album ‘Self-Non-Self’ followed in 1989, catching the attention of legendary DJ John Peel, who invited them to record two sessions for his show in 1989 & 1990, the second seeing Mark Francombe (guitarist, keyboardist, bassist) & Matt Cope (guitarist) join ranks to form the line-up who would go on to record multiple albums for Dedicated including the much-loved album, ‘Forever’, which enjoys it’s 30th anniversary this year.

          Cranes are releasing John Peel Sessions (1989-1990) on their own Dadaphonic label. The first in a series of archival releases, this compilation features original artwork by fêted 4AD & v23 sleeve designer Chris Bigg (Pixies, Cocteau Twins, The Breeders).

          John Peel Sessions (1989-1990) will be available on black vinyl and as a highly-limited Dinked Archive Edition pressed on silver vinyl with an exclusive 12”x12” print of alternate artwork and Obi Strip.


          TRACK LISTING

          Side A
          E.G. Shining
          Focus Breathe
          Starblood
          Til Tomorrow
          Side B
          Da Da 331
          Give
          Inescapable


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