PJ Harvey’s second album Rid of Me (1993) and the subsequent 4-Track Demos from the same year will be available from 21 August, following the reissuing of her debut album Dry (1992) next month.
The release is part of the artist’s repressing of her entire back catalogue which will take place in this year and next.
Rid of Me was Harvey’s debut release with Island Records in May 1993 which cemented her long lasting collaboration with Rob Ellis in the years that followed.
The album became an instant hit reaching No3 in the UK Charts that year, introducing Harvey on the guitar and violin, Steve Vaughan on the bass and Ellis on the drums and percussion.
The production of Rid of Me came from legendary producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Bush, Pixies, Fugazi), who worked with Harvey right before he went on to produce In Utero.
4-Track Demos was released in October of the same year via Island records and received stellar reviews. The Demos are collection that was written and recorded at Harvey’s home in 1991 and 1992. It includes early versions of songs that were later included in Rid of Me such as the self-titled track, as well as unreleased material.
The two releases also established another long-lasting collaboration, the one between Harvey and photographer Maria Mochnacz, who shot the artwork for both records and directed singles ’50ft Queenie’ and ‘Man Size’.