The vinyl reissue of PJ Harvey’s entire back catalogue continues this summer with RID OF ME and 4-TRACK DEMOS out August 21 on UMC / Island.
Just a year after the acclaimed release of debut album DRY (1992), Harvey returned with her second studio album RID OF ME in May 1993. Produced by Steve Albini it featured the singles ‘50ft Queenie’ and ‘Man-Size’. RID OF ME charted at number 3 in the UK.
4-TRACK DEMOS – released in October of the same year – is a collection of demos written and recorded at Harvey’s home throughout 1991 and 1992. Self-produced, it presents the songs in a simple first incarnation on a record of “depth, range and conceptual completeness” (Rolling Stone).
Taken together, these two releases made for an astonishing major label debut on Island Records in 1993, a body of work which has lost none of its urgent potency. This period also firmly established Harvey’s creative relationship with photographer and director Maria Mochnacz who shot the artwork for both records and also directed the videos for ‘50 ft. Queenie’ and ‘Man-Size.’
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“…PJ Harvey’s searing and monumental album from 1993.” – Pitchfork
“…a raw album of frazzled nerves and frayed neuroses…” – The Guardian
“A tough listen then, even at its comparative prettiest, but an essential one that demands your attention from beginning to end.” – BBC
“This is an album of defiance – harrowing and brilliant.” – Record Collector