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4-Track Demos
     

4-Track Demos

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by PJ Harvey
 
Since Steve Albini gave Rid of Me such an uncompromisingly noisy finish, it may have made sense for Polly Harvey to release her original demos, augmented by several unreleased songs, six months later as an album. After all, the initial British pressings of Dry came with a bonus disc of her demos. Still, the official,

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Since Steve Albini gave Rid of Me such an uncompromisingly noisy finish, it may have made sense for Polly Harvey to release her original demos, augmented by several unreleased songs, six months later as an album. After all, the initial British pressings of Dry came with a bonus disc of her demos. Still, the official, independent release of 4-Track Demos suggests that Harvey wanted to give these songs another chance for listeners who found Rid of Me too abrasive. Even for those who enjoyed Rid of Me, 4-Track Demos is a revelatory experience, since it arguably captures the raw emotion of the songs better the official record. A handful of songs from the record aren't repeated in demo form -- namely "Missed," "Man-Size," "Highway 61 Revisited," "Dry," and "Me-Jane" -- but they're replaced by the previously unreleased "Reeling," "Driving," "Hardly Wait," "Easy," "M-Bike," and "Goodnight," most of which are easily the equal of the songs that were actually released, and that's what makes 4-Track Demos necessary for every Harvey fan, not just collectors.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/1993
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0731451845024
catalogNumber:
5003016
Rank:
15600

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Performance Credits

PJ Harvey   Primary Artist,Vocals

Technical Credits

PJ Harvey   Engineer

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4-Track Demos 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Polly's voice and guitar backed by some drums...what more could you ask for. The only song I would have liked to have seen on 4-tracks that wasn't included from Rid of Me is Highway 61 Revisited. Flawless album that makes Rid of Me look very overproduced.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago