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4-Track Demos [Vinyl] [Import]

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“Take me back to England
& the grey, damp filthiness of ages
fog rolling down behind the mountains
& on the graveyards, and dead sea-captains.”
PJ Harvey, The Last Living Rose

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  • Vinyl (May 26, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B000007VUP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,609 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rid of Me
2. Legs
3. Reeling [#]
4. Snake
5. Hook
6. 50ft Queenie
7. Driving [#]
8. Ecstasy
9. Hardly Wait [#]
10. Rub 'Til It Bleeds
11. Easy [#]
12. M-Bike [#]
13. Yuri-G
14. Goodnight [#]

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180 gram vinyl pressing. Universal. 2009.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By D. Mok
Format:Audio CD
Without producer Steve Albini and her band (drummer Robert Ellis and bassist Stephen Vaughan), PJ Harvey's music is stripped to its barest essence. Rid of Me was as raw as they came, but 4-Track Demos goes farther, leaving Harvey with only her guitar and voice. And thus was corrected one weakness about Rid of Me -- the vocals had been mixed back, obscured by clouds of effects (Albini has an alleged hatred for the human voice). Here on 4-Track Demos, Harvey's vocal work is right in your face, and what she lost in the gut punch of the excellent Vaughan/Ellis backbeat, she gained in expressive clarity and emotional impact. This is a rare glimpse into the making of a masterpiece, almost like Bruce Springsteen's Tracks boxed set. Sometimes what an artist gives up (or employs) en route to completing an album is just as fascinating as the finished product itself. In the case of Rid of Me and 4-Track Demos, the two are intrinsically linked, and make for essential Harvey listening whether separately or jointly.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I open up and you call me "devils gateway"! February 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one raw album. Lyrically, vocally and instrumentally. It's also PJs best record as far as revealing that she has a sense of humor. On her other records, that humor is often difficult to see, even though it's there. It just takes time to notice it. Here, the humor is quite evident, all the while the music is still shaking your fillings and stomach content by it's stark, powerful and raw directness.
One thing I've admired about PJ Harvey is her willingness to sound bad. That is, not always singing in a pretty or melodious voice. Sometimes her voice is used as an instrument of discordance. Wailing, shreiking, moaning, you name it, PJ does it.. and there is a lot of it on display here. It can be quite alarming if your listening tastes are a little more sedate. Certainly unlike most of what has been heard on the radio or MTV over the last 20 years. But if you are a Diamanda Galas fan? no sweat. Nothing will surprise you here! Of course, when PJ Harvey wants to she can sing with the sirens, but with this record, her prettiest singing is left elsewhere.

This record contains many songs that ended up on the 'Rid Of Me' of me record. Some people prefer this record to that one as PJ's vocals are more "there" here, as opposed to the studio 'ROM' record, which lowers the vocals a bit in relation to the instruments. On balance, I prefer the studio 'ROM' a little more, as there is a little more filler on this 4-Track Demo record. Still, lots of great stuff here, and a must for any major fan. For everyone else, unless my description appeals to you, I would suggest this be the last PJ record you explore. Check out some of her other ones first.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Polly Jean in the raw... June 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This collection of stripped-down demos is PJ Harvey's best record. Certainly not for everyone, but if you love Polly Jean for her more hard-edged, noisy, raw work, you'll be well pleased with "4-Track Demos." The versions here of tracks from "Rid of Me" are excellent, some (like "Rub 'Til it Bleeds") are better than the studio tracks.
But I must say, the otherwise-unrealeased songs are even better...the raunchiness of "Reeling," the laid-back tension of "Driving"... "M-Bike" is a favorite, about competing with a boyfriend's motorcycle for attention. It would be funny if it wasn't delivered with such passion and anger -- such is Polly's power. The dirge-like "Goodnight" reminds me a bit of Mazzy Star (or is it the other way around?), and took a little growing on me, but is also an excellent track.
In short, if you like PJ Harvey, this record is essential. I would also argue this is a good introduction to her. "4-Track Demos" captures Polly Jean's essence and, if you can swallow it, gives you an idea of the talent and intensity of this artist.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Harvey's "Demos" Are Easily Album Worthy October 4, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
PJ Harvey originally released these demos due to the negative response she received from "Rid of Me." The critics, you'll recall, were complaining that Albini had buried her vocals in a tinny mix and that Harvey herself had failed to build on the promise of "Dry". Harvey said, "No, the songs stand up" and indeed the critics embraced this release as the TRUE second Harvey album... But we now know that's a bunch of malarky. "Rid Of Me" has vindicated itself over the years, and "4Track Demos" has become, in effect, the THIRD PJ Harvey album. Why?
Because these aren't just rough versions of "Rid of Me" songs... They exist in their own right. Listen to the viola on "Hook", or the speed added to "Rid of Me". Mostly, listen for what was left OFF of "Rid of Me", songs like "Driving" and "Hardly Wait" are vintage Harvey. And "Easy" and "Reeling" (with its great "Robert DeNiro sit on my face" lyric and "Take me to the moon" refrain) are simply two of her best songs. But guess what, because Harvey put them all together, everybody wins! Now we get a "Rid of Me" with the full band suspension AND the more intimate, bluesy "4 Track Demos". In fact the most curious thing about "Demos" is how MUCH Harvey's production sounds like Albini's. Indeed, the vocals are, in anything, even more restrained here. But it doesn't matter, this is a neat little package great for any Harvey fan. Probably not for newcomers, but a great one all the same. Here's to hoping we eventually get to hear more "Demos".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I got this vinyl
PJ Harvey is one of my top 5 favorite artists. If you like her album "Rid of Me," then you will love this. Read more
Published 8 months ago by krans
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw and Rare
You can download some things online, but PJ Harvey's 4 Track demo's is her in RAW RAW form. I loved old PJ when she was more gritty, angry, and some what psychotic. Read more
Published on September 28, 2010 by Dream Of Diamonds
3.0 out of 5 stars PJ Harvey - 4-Track Demos
This is a difficult, but overall rewarding record. It is a ferocious album, sometimes frightening. It is sandwiched between the utterly fierce "Rid of Me" and the diabolic "To... Read more
Published on November 25, 2008 by tautietis
4.0 out of 5 stars A Few Gems as Few that are better on later releases
Its a 4 track demo, so the fact that some songs are early versions of things later improved upon isn't much of a surprise. Read more
Published on June 3, 2007 by Peter Kahn
4.0 out of 5 stars Ready for some close-up?
If you like "Rid of Me", then buy this CD! Although I like the polish of her final product, these demos really give you insight into her true vocal power. Read more
Published on April 27, 2006 by Gary Wise
5.0 out of 5 stars Yours Truly
These days, with everyone knowing everything there is too know about music and the musicians who make it, I have given up on trying to classify anything, or on claiming to know... Read more
Published on April 9, 2006 by C. D. Cloyd
3.0 out of 5 stars Rid of Me demos
Personally I'm a fan of Steve Albini's production on Rid of Me. Even though the album didn't quite reach the heights of Dry, which I still consider her best album. Read more
Published on January 8, 2006 by Gift
5.0 out of 5 stars 4-track wonders
Over the last decade, PJ Harvey has had some amazing albums. However, each one was different from the one before it, and in my opinion were not as good as the albums before them. Read more
Published on May 27, 2005 by Howard L. Frankel
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the tracks absent on rid of me
Wow, this album is really excellent. I have owned rid of me (and all of PJ's other albums) for the better part of a year now and because I love her music so much I decided to buy... Read more
Published on March 1, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Stripping the words down to its Soul
...ok so after picking up raw,gritty Rid of Me, I moved on with the 4-Track Demos that were released years after the release of Rid of Me. Read more
Published on July 24, 2004 by Michael Toscano
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