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1991-2004: Peel Sessions Best of, Live


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 31 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Live
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000J3DEII
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,010 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Oh My Lover
2. Victory
3. Sheela-Na-Gig
4. Water
5. Naked Cousin
6. Wang Dang Doodle
7. Losing Ground
8. Snake
9. That Was My Veil
10. This Wicked Tongue
11. Beautiful Feeling
12. You Come Through

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PJ Harvey is always best when she keeps the production raw and sparse, and on the Peel sessions all we get is drums and guitars, sometimes just guitars. The selection is a mix of album cuts and b-sides. The sound on this cd is sparkling. The PJ Harvey cd Dry needs a remastering job, to punch up the sound, so its a great treat that 4 songs from that album are on this set, they never sounded better. Oh My Lover,Victory, Sheela- Na- Gig, and Water. Beautiful Feeling from Stories From The City, is another stand out track, her singing here is haunting. Naked Cousin, Wang Dang Doodle,Snake, and This Wicked Tongue show the men how to rock. This is a perfect cd, in a setting that is just right for PJ Harvey, i only hope she will release more of her Peel recordings.
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Amazon.com: 9 reviews
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
In All Her Glory Jan. 1 2007
By Peter Baklava - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The waif with the mouth that roars, P.J. Harvey is both the thinking person's feminist, and a smash-mouth rock and roller. In my book, that makes her one of the most exhilarating performers on the planet.

This cd nicely recaps P.J.'s career, with tracks from her debut, "Dry"and most of her projects since then, with the exception of "To Bring You My Love" and "Is This Desire?". All songs were drawn from performances produced by John Peel for the BBC, which gives them a slightly different luster, and a rock solid punch.

P.J.'s songs can be described as little expressionist dramas writ large in black and white, and wonderful balancing acts of dynamics and minimalist sound. She sometimes combines huge shards of grunge rock with absurdist lyrics. Check out "Naked Cousin" , an off-the-wall ditty that paints a picture of a Bacchanalian madman running through the fields in abandon. Sounds weird? Well, it ROCKS like crazy. Her Rainer Ptacek cover, "Losing Ground" is another delight, matching switchblade edginess with Captain Beefheart dissonance. The best track from "Dance Hall at Louse Point"--"That Was My Veil" , is here, along with the prettiest song from "Stories From the City..."("Beautiful Feeling") . The album closes with "You Come Through" done beautifully and sincerely as a tribute to the late John Peel.

This cd is sure to please longtime P.J. fans, and it's a good sampler for the uninitiated.

Five stars.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Quite good Nov. 12 2006
By Lovblad - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you like PJ Harvey, this is quite an essential collection of sessions she did with the late John Peel between 1991 and 2004.The Cd is very simlpy packaged with a hand-written note by PJ Harvey on the inside that is quite nice as a tribute to the man Peel.Musically it is also quite exceptional. The spound quality is of course very good with that slightly rough quality that all these radio session records have. There is also that typical live-in the studio feel that has a little bit of everything to it and PJ Harvey' s style is quite suited to it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
simply a wonderful collaboration Dec 7 2007
By Frederick E. Hawkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Among my Polly Jean CD's this one stands out as a quintessential expression of her long collaboration with drummer Rob Ellis. The key for me, is to listen to his terrific timing and how pj's guitar and voice fits against his framework. Ellis has over the years become my favorite drummer; here's why.

As for the collection, and songs therein, these are as terse and honest as her live performances. As you listen, you can place the songs in the context of her major releases -- here's Rid of Me, here's Is This Desire? and so on.

I like this one a lot.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Where are my two faves? Sept. 27 2008
By Bree Strange - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although all of these tracks are terrific, my two favorite PJ Harvey/John Peel tracks were NOT included! Where are "Claudine (My Inflatable One)" and "Primed and Ticking?" Those are two of her best songs ever, and I was extremely disappointed to find them missing. Definitely detracts from what could have been a perfect (and more complete) collection. Now I'm waiting for the sequel!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
From Then To Now. Nov. 16 2006
By Carl Thomson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Fantastic collection of songs from her back catalogue. You can get all the sessions through trawling the web, but this distills all the songs in a nice neat package. If you enjoy her, you'll enjoy this. A great tribute for PJ Harvey and John Peel.

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