Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass - Jim Shaw
Guitar - Matt Cope
Guitar, Keyboards - Mark Francombe
Vocals, Bass - Alison Shaw
Producer - Cranes
2007 UK issue 17-track CD album - Originally released in 1993 on Dedicated Records, Cranes continued their pioneering form with this self produced offering; this first-time reissue of this unsung classic features 7 Bonus Recordings bringing together for the first time, all the tracks from all the various limited edition versions of the original release, including 'Shine Like Stars', 'Slide', 'Trumpet Song' and a remix of 'Jewel' by Robert Smith.
Based in Portsmouth, England, the Cranes initially drew clear inspiration from the Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine. The band was formed in 1985 by sister/brother team Alison Shaw (vocals/bass) and Jim Shaw (drums), who comprise the principal songwriting unit. As children they would listen to New Order, Nick Cave and the Young Gods, which became an approximation of their later sound (though they ferociously objected to the "gothic' tag they earned in their early days).
After five years of introspection, writing and perfecting songs for themselves, and contributions to a vast number of various artist compilations, the Shaws picked up support from BBC disc jockey John Peel with 1989"s mini-album, Self-Non-Self, which featured recent recruits Mark Francombe (guitar) and Matt Cope (bass).
They signed to RCA Records subsidiary Dedicated in July 1990, attracting further plaudits for Wings Of Joy, described variously as "foetal, minimalist, metallic and funereal'. The Cranes" 1993 full-length Forever found the band picking up world tour support slots with an admiring Cure,