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British broadcaster John Peel died on October 25, 2004 after several decades of promoting the cutting edge of new music on his BBC radio program. Recording a ‘Peel Session’ was a rite of passage for any emerging young band and when an unknown PJ Harvey walked into his studio on October 29,1991, she had yet to release her debut album Dry. The four cuts featured here from those sessions prove she was already in full possession of the charisma and drive that would characterize her work. It would have been of greater archival interest if all her Peel Sessions were collected, but as a collection of select highlights there is a high level of consistency here: her wigged-out, shrieking cover of Willie Dixon’s “Wang Dang Doodle” from 1993, the shuffling tension of 1991’s “Sheela-Na-Gig” and the moody dynamic clang of 2000’s “Beautiful Feeling,” where her album’s production niceties are ditched in favor of her live band’s raw scrape. The collection is capped with a bare, emotionally-pained version of “You Come Through” as performed at the December 16, 2004 John Peel Tribute Concert.

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Another Great Peel Session

Listen to Polly Jean recorded at her finest . Yet another quality collection of tracks released from the legendary BBC Peel Sessions.


Fitting tribute to a wonderful man.

classic polly

my favorite peel sessions of all time so much energy and passion back when polly had ideas and tunes


Born: 09 October 1969 in Yeovil, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

During the alternative rock explosion, several female singer/songwriters rose to prominence, but few have proved as distinctive or as widely praised as Polly Jean Harvey. Over the course of her career, Harvey established herself as one of the most individual and influential songwriters of her era, exploring themes of sex, love, and religion with unnerving honesty, dark humor, and a twisted theatricality. At the outset, she led the trio PJ Harvey, which delivered her stark songs with bruisingly powerful,...
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