The Peel Sessions 1991–2004

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The Peel Sessions 1991–2004
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Compilation album by PJ Harvey
Released 23 October 2006 (2006-10-23)
Recorded 29 October 1991 (1991-10-29)–16 December 2004 (2004-12-16) at Maida Vale Studios in London and Peel Acres in Great Finborough, United Kingdom
Genre Alternative rock
Length 41:46
Label Island
Producer Mike Robinson, Alison Howe, Simon Askew, Andy Rogers
PJ Harvey chronology
Uh Huh Her
The Peel Sessions 1991–2004
White Chalk

The Peel Sessions 1991–2004 is a compilation album by English alternative rock musician PJ Harvey, released on 23 October 2006 on Island Records.


The Peel Sessions 1991–2004 was released on 23 October 2006 in the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada and the United States on Island Records. The album was pressed on CD and LP. John Peel died two years prior to the album's release and Harvey included a tribute message in the album's liner notes that read: "More than I would ever care to admit for fear of embarrassment to both sides, but I sought his approval always. It mattered. Every Peel Session I did, I did for him. It is with much love that I chose these songs, in his memory. A way of saying 'Thank You', once more. Thank You, John."[1]

The album charted in two countries upon its release. It peaked at number 121 in the UK Albums Chart and number 46 in Ultratop's Belgian Albums Chart in Flanders.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The Austin Chronicle 3/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound 9/10[5]
Mojo 2/5 stars[2]
NME 9/10[6]
Pitchfork Media 7.9/10[7]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[9]
Stylus Magazine B+[10]
Uncut 4/5 stars[11]

Upon its release, The Peel Sessions 1991–2004 received largely positive critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 77, based on 12 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[2] Allmusic reviewer Heather Phares awarded the album four of out five stars and said the album "feels like a thank you and goodbye to a longtime friend" adding "as good as PJ Harvey's albums are, her concerts are even more striking, and her rapport with Peel just adds to the intimacy and intensity of these songs."[3] Drowned in Sound stated that it "serves as a most welcome and convincing re-reminder of exactly how good PJ Harvey is; it's a record which has simple enjoyment merit as well as being of sound development/obsessive collectors item interest" in its 9/10 review.[5] Matthew Murphy of Pitchfork Media rated the album 7.9/10 and described it as "a vibrant living record whose nervy, protean spirit pushes it miles beyond mere alt-rock radio nostalgia" further adding "that none of these performances ever feels like a throwaway, and each veritably ripples with spontaneous, one-take-only passion."[7] Stylus Magazine's Kevin Pearson gave the album a B+ rating saying that "the body of work represented gives both fans and first-timers something to salivate over" but also noted that "several sessions have been overlooked entirely."[10] Uncut and NME also gave the album positive reviews—four out of five stars and 9/10, respectively—with Uncut summarising the album as "stark, often stunning."[11]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by PJ Harvey unless otherwise noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Session date Length
1. "Oh My Lover" (originally on Dry)   29 October 1991 3:54
2. "Victory" (originally on Dry)   29 October 1991 3:33
3. "Sheela-Na-Gig" (originally on Dry)   29 October 1991 3:23
4. "Water" (originally on Dry)   29 October 1991 4:30
5. "Naked Cousin" (originally on The Crow: City of Angels soundtrack)   2 March 1993 4:09
6. "Wang Dang Doodle" (originally on "Man-Size" single) Willie Dixon 2 March 1993 3:19
7. "Losing Ground" (originally on "That Was My Veil" single) Rainer Ptacek 5 September 1996 2:59
8. "Snake" (originally on Rid of Me)   5 September 1996 1:56
9. "That Was My Veil" (originally on Dance Hall at Louse Point) Harvey, John Parish 5 September 1996 3:06
10. "This Wicked Tongue" (originally on Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea)   10 November 2000 3:46
11. "Beautiful Feeling" (originally on Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea)   10 November 2000 3:54
12. "You Come Through" (originally on Uh Huh Her)   16 December 2004 3:17
Total length: 41:46


All personnel credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[1]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
Belgian Albums Chart (Vl)[12] 46
UK Albums Chart[13] 121


  1. ^ a b The Peel Sessions 1991–2004 (CD). PJ Harvey. Island Records. 2006. 1709884. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Peel Sessions 1991–2004 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Phares, Heather. The Peel Sessions 1991–2004 – PJ Harvey at AllMusic. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  4. ^ Schroeder, Audra (15 December 2006). "Review: PJ Harvey (The Peel Sessions 1991-2004)". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Holliy (6 November 2006). "PJ Harvey – The Peel Sessions 1991–2004 / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "NME – Reviews – PJ Harvey: The Peel Sessions 1991–2004". NME (21 October 2006): 35. 2006. 
  7. ^ a b Murphy, Matthew (14 November 2006). "PJ Harvey: The Peel Sessions: 1991–2004 | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: PJ Harvey". Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "PJ Harvey: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Pearson, Kevin (10 January 2007). "PJ Harvey – The Peel Sessions 1991 – 2004 – Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "PJ Harvey Peel Sessions review". Uncut (December 2006): 121. 2006. 
  12. ^ " – PJ Harvey – The Peel Sessions: 1991–2004". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Chart Log UK: H & Claire–Hysterix". Chart Log UK. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 

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