UMe/Island and Beggars today announce
a comprehensive reissue campaign which will see PJ Harvey’s entire back
catalog – plus her two albums in collaboration with John Parish –
released on vinyl over the next 12 months. For the first time, each of
PJ Harvey’s album demos will be available as a stand-alone album on
digital and vinyl.
This catalog project will celebrate every aspect of Harvey’s recording
career and afford a comprehensive and exciting look at the evolution of
one of the most singular and extraordinary artists of modern times.
The first release is DRY, Harvey’s seminal debut album back in print on
vinyl for the first time in 20 years with the Beggars Archive/Too Pure
Records reissue on July 24. Released to worldwide critical acclaim on
March 30, 1992, it was recorded at The Ice House in Yeovil and features
the singles “Dress” and “Sheela-Na-Gig.” DRY saw PJ Harvey burst onto the global stage to begin her unique path.
July 24 also sees the release of the 11 track DRY- Demos, previously released with DRY almost 30 years ago, and now available for the first time as a stand-alone vinyl/CD/digital release.
“Polly dredges these sounds from the pit of her dissected soul and drags them out of her mouth with clenched fists.” – NME (DRY review,1992)
“On her debut [DRY], Polly Jean Harvey matched Patti Smith’s incandescence with Bessie Smith’s lasciviousness, outplayed everyone on the British indie circuit, and became an instant star.” – PITCHFORK
“[DRY] ….an uncompromising work of exhilarating, cauterizing beauty.” –ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY