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Peel Sessions 1991-2004 Live, Best of

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 31 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Live
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000J3DEII
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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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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Harvey joins a list of artists, including Pulp, House of Love and Siouxsie and the Banshees, whose Peel Sessions will be released for the first time during a month of commemorative events to mark the second anniversary of the inspirational broadcaster's death.The twelve tracks, chosen by Polly Harvey herself, span her career - from early versions of the songs on debut album Dry (1992) to her seventh album Uh Huh Her, released in 2004. Harvey recorded many sessions with John Peel over the years. 'John loved the sessions and was thrilled to have Polly record so many for his show. He considered her a wonderful artist and they were great friends. It's fantastic that they're coming out on CD. I think he'd be very proud.' Louise Kattenhorn - Producer, The John Peel Show. Universal. 2006.


PJ Harvey does her best work naked. For all the tantalizing changes in direction over the past 15 years, it was the British songwriter's barebones debut, Rid of Me (and its raw companion piece, 4-Track Demos), that made the greatest impression. These recordings from the late John Peel's celebrated BBC Radio show see her returning time and again to her basic blues roots, offering delightfully bruised takes on both early classics like "Sheela-Na-Gig," from her first performance on the show, through "You Come Through," a track that was recorded at a tribute shortly after Peel's passing. Along the way, there are plenty of rarities, stylistic diversions, and traces of dark humor to make Harvey fans wish the package could have been twice as long. --Aidin Vaziri

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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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Brilliant album. Has the staying power of time and is on constantly in the music rotation, and never gets passed by. The world needs more of this.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb91d4a74) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
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HASH(0xa68a1ccc) out of 5 stars 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
HASH(0xa6893d98) out of 5 stars 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
HASH(0xa6893e04) out of 5 stars 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
HASH(0xa6d8fd80) out of 5 stars 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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa67658f4) out of 5 stars Great addition for PJ fan. Jan. 9 2007
By JASON TERVO - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While most of the songs on the disc are available on PJ's back catalog, this collection gives you a nice sample of live developement of her work. The standouts for me were the somewhat rare tracks like "Naked Cousin" and "That Was My Veil." Not to mention a really cool version of Willie Dixon's "Wang Dang Doodle." Most of these songs should be well known to devoted fans but for you newbies, it's a good selection of her art and poetry. Always great!