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  • Vinyl
  • Label: ISLAND
  • ASIN: B003YW81G6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Matt Pucci VINE VOICE on 12 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Ignore the previous reviewer's comments; if - like me - you were mildly disappointed by her last studio album, 'Uh Huh Her', or are simply gagging for her to return to the live arena, 'The Peel Sessions 1991 - 2004' is an essential purchase for all fans of the artist popularly known as 'the Peej'.

As she points out in the liner notes, John Peel's opinion mattered to Harvey and, accordingly, she has handpicked a selection of tracks spanning her career, up to and including the release of the aforementioned 'Uh Huh Her', which would have certainly met with his approval. As a result, the lucky listener gets two previously rare songs ('Naked Cousin' and 'Wang Dang Doodle') alongside a plaintive, stripped-down version of 'That Was My Veil' and an impassioned, histrionic 'Snake'. In fact, every single track here is solid gold, and as an album this serves as a timely reminder of Harvey's rare talent.

My one (tiny!) gripe with this collection is its brevity, but if a more comprehensive release is to follow this has more than whet my appetite...

Matt Pucci
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By S. Lindgren VINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm writing this the day before the album itself is released, but as a great admirer of Polly Harvey's work, I've heard all the Peel tracks before, when they were first broadcast, and still have the lot on tape.

This collection spans Polly's career to the release of Uh Huh Her, and contains, as well as some old favourites, a selection of quite rare and unusual songs that were previously unavailable unless you happened to get them as a single B side. She always seemed to pull out all the stops for the dearly loved, and tragically missed John Peel, and these sessions contained some of her most explosive or subtle performances. Polly remains one of the most gifted rock artists; arguably the most, that Britain has produced in a long, long time, and this new collection is testament to that fact. Vocally she is as versatile as ever, her voice etching alternately pseudo-erotic or banshee songs about the darker side of the human psyche, shot through with deliciously black humour. Any follower of her work will want to get a copy of this, if only for Wang Dang Doodle and Naked Cousin; two non album tracks she generally kept back in the early to mid 1990s as live pieces, just as she did (with delightful irony) the title track of Uh Huh Her. Bless her. Nobody could call Polly predictable.

You also get an astonishing variety of different musical styles, from full-on guitar based rock, through theatrical, to late 1990s moody electronica and beyond toward the slightly more accessable, but no less interestion early '00 period tracks, all with a very different presentation from the albums the originals were recorded for, or alongside.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Johnson on 7 July 2011
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How I've missed this album in the last 5 years since it's release I'll never know, and it snuggles in nicely with rest of PJ's work.
PJ is wearing her heart on her sleeve at every one of her Peel Session's, as the the title of this album states it's not just from one particular session but sessions between 1994-2004, and for the passion to be felt and heard throughout that 10 year span says not only a lot about PJ's persona but how much the Late Great John Peel meant to her.
The only criticism I have is the length of the album, at only 41 mins it seems over far too quickly and does leave you gasping for more. That said, it is 41 mins of passionate, raw & inspiring music.
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By David Jeffery on 4 July 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A great collection, showcasing the extraordinary career of the magnificent PJ Harvey. Spanning the earliest to the latest, including various line ups through the years, this collection will be sure to please any PJ fan. And if you're not a fan, it isn't a bad place to start. Highly recommended.
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