The Crane Wife is the fourth album by The Decemberists, released in 2006. It was produced by Tucker Martine and Chris Walla, and is the band's first album on the Capitol Records label. The album was inspired by a Japanese folk tale, and centers on two song cycles, The Crane Wife and The Island, the latter inspired by William Shakespeare's The Tempest. National Public Radio listeners voted The Crane Wife the best album of 2006.
The album cover was designed by the Portland artist Carson Ellis, Colin Meloy's wife, who has created artwork for each of the band's albums.
Label: Capitol Records C1 0946 3 53984 1 0
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Style: Folk Rock, Indie Rock
A1 The Crane Wife 3
A2 The Island: Come And See - The Landlord's Daughter - You'll Not Feel The Drowning
B1 Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)
B2 O Valencia!
B3 The Perfect Crime #2
C1 When The War Came
C2 Shankill Butchers
D1 The Crane Wife 1 & 2
D2 Sons & Daughters