PJ Harvey’s ‘Dry’ To Return On Vinyl; ‘Dry-Demos’ Collection Set For Stand-Alone Release

First release in 1992, Harvey’s landmark debut was described as “a seductive calling card that signals the arrival of an extraordinary new artist” by The Los Angeles Times.

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PJ Harvey’s seminal debut album Dry is set to return on vinyl for the first time in twenty years. It will be reissued through UMC/Island Records on 24 July.

Dry is the first release through UMC/Island and Beggars’ newly-announced comprehensive reissue campaign which will see PJ Harvey’s entire back catalogue – plus her two albums in collaboration with John Parish – released on vinyl over the next 12 months. For the first time, each of Harvey’s album demos will be available as a stand-alone album on digital and vinyl.

This catalogue 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.

PJ Harvey - Dress

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The first release, Dry, is back in print on vinyl for the first time in 20 years with the Beggars Archive/Too Pure Records reissue on 24 July. Released to worldwide critical acclaim on 30 March 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 to stardom. The Los Angeles Times’ Robert Hilburn describing the record as “… a seductive calling card that signals the arrival of an extraordinary new artist.” The NME said, “Polly dredges these sounds from the pit of her dissected soul and drags them out of her mouth with clenched fists”, while Pitchfork said, “On her debut, 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.”

Sheela-Na-Gig (Demo)

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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.

Dry – Demos is out on 24 July. Scroll down to read the full tracklist and pre-order it here.

Dry -Demos:

‘Oh my Lover’ (Demo)
‘O Stella’ (Demo)
‘Dress’ (Demo)
‘Victory’ (Demo)
‘Happy & Bleeding’ (Demo)
‘Sheela-Na-Gig’ (Demo)
‘Hair’ (Demo)
‘Joe’ (Demo)
‘Plants & Rags’ (Demo)
‘Fountain’ (Demo)
‘Water’ (Demo)

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