P.J. Harvey / Dry demos on vinyl & CD

Vinyl and CD editions issued as standalone album

PJ Harvey‘s demos for her 1992 debut album Dry will be issued for the first time as a standalone album in July.

Initial quantities of both the CD and vinyl versions of Dry came with a bonus disc of demos and it is those 11 tracks that are being made available here, for the first time in almost 30 years.

CD version of Dry – Demos

The album is newly artworked to reflect the ‘demos’ nature of this edition of Dry and uses previously unseen photos by Maria Mochnacz. The vinyl is black and comes with CD quality (16 bit / 44.1kHz) WAV file downloads. It was cut by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering under the guidance of producer Head.

Good to see the label not only ensure that this is released on CD too, but do a decent job of it. As can be seen above, it comes as gatefold card wallet with printed inner sleeve for the CD itself. This is the start of a new reissue campaign from UMC/Island and Beggars which will see all PJ Harvey’s albums reissued and on each occasion the demos will be issued on vinyl and CD!

Dry – Demos will be released on 24 July 2020 via UMC/Island. A remastered version of the actual studio album Dry is also being reissued on vinyl on the same day (but not CD).


Side A

  1. Oh My Lover (Demo)
  2. O Stella (Demo)
  3. Dress (Demo)
  4. Victory (Demo)
  5. Happy And Bleeding (Demo)

Side B

  1. Sheela-Na-Gig (Demo)
  2. Hair (Demo)
  3. Joe (Demo)
  4. Plants And Rags (Demo)
  5. Fountain (Demo)
  6. Water (Demo)


  1. Oh My Lover (Demo)
  2. O Stella (Demo)
  3. Dress (Demo)
  4. Victory (Demo)
  5. Happy And Bleeding (Demo)
  6. Sheela-Na-Gig (Demo)
  7. Hair (Demo)
  8. Joe (Demo)
  9. Plants And Rags (Demo)
  10. Fountain (Demo)
  11. Water (Demo)

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Here’s hoping for an all analog vinyl reissue of Rid of Me, like the original lp release! It probably won’t happen, but stranger things have happened.


Townsend now have a rid of me issue 21 August is this remastered or original, will it be widely available or limited?

Renae VanDuyn

I am beyond excited. This is by far my most favorite work. Big influence on me. So much rawness. O Stella = Epic.


Wish there was a box set option as well for all of her albums and demos.


I’m hesitant to buy now considering this is a reissue campaign. They might issue a complete demos or something like that, with bonuses.


Yes!! A CD! At a normal price! Wonders will never cease…


I cannot wait for a LP of Is This Desire, from 1998.


I admit I don’t understand the need for some female singers to show themselves nude on the front of their albums.


Do you hold David Bowie to the same standard, or isit ok for a man to appear topless on five of his most commercially successful albums?

Jonathan Shapiro

I’ve always loved how Michael Stipe censored his chest in the video for R.E.M.’s “Pop Song ‘89”. A nipple is a nipple…

joel ivins

all nudity, all the time…there is nothing wrong with it…guess the 3 1/2 years spent in berlin in the army broadened my horizons…lolol

Peter Jost

Yes, it is a different if a man or a woman is topless (by the way even the dog-penis on Bowies lp was censored). I guess when I touch a female breast it’s sexual harassment. Vice versa, nothing happens. I have problems with todays feminism. If someone like Jo Biden touches the shoulder of a woman they scream sexual harassment and #me too. And then they show their breasts on lp-covers.

Nick Love

How about as men we control our base impulses, allow women to do what they want with respect to their own bodies, and try not to make them feel threatened? It all seems so simple and easy yet a lot of men act like it’s so confusing and hard to not invade people’s space.
By the way to whoever commenting about grabbing a breast, I’m a man and I would certainly consider it has harassment if someone I didn’t know or didn’t have permission grabbed my nipple, I don’t know where you’re living that that would be normal and okay but I think I’d like to vacation elsewhere.


I know it’s 2020, but I understand it perfectly.

Oscar Cosulich

I prefer to see a pair of nipples than guns and skulls


90s feminist art statement We’re hardly talking Page 3 are we?

Tom from FIN

Oh dear,Shane. How petty bourgeois can commenting about rock / counter-culture music be? Harvey is an indie artist to start with. LOL

Mark stuart

Could do with a few more doing it.


Incredibly excited that there is a reissue campaign for her catalogue but disappointed this doesn’t include the original albums on CD. I’ll definitely purchase the demo discs but it’s a real head scratcher as to why I can’t be buying a two disc deluxe.


Tbf – the original CD of Dry sounds fantastic. They won’t be improved via a remaster, and can be had for little money. So this release is a smart move, imo

John McCann'

Off topic but did anyone watch that great film on the boomtown rats on Saturday?

Andy Page

I actually bought the CD on the day of release, wanting the one with the demos. Although the CD states DEMONSTRATION DISC and has the catalogue number CDD10, it doesn’t contain the demos. I was gutted and of course couldn’t exchange it as there were none left!

John Bollenberg

the correct catalogue number for the first edition with demo’s is PURE CDD010 whilst yours ommits a “0”. Mine also has a green round sticker on the front of the jewel case saying “Includes extra LP ‘demonstration’ No 0747 and then has the Too Pure logo beneath

Mark Turrell

Luckily i still have my Too Pure double vinyl from back in the day. I’ve got the ‘rid of me’ demos, so i’ll pick up some of the later ones as and when they come out.


A fine debut. I’m not always interested in demos, but I’ve gone for this.

Jonathan Shapiro

Polly Jean desperately needs a b-side collection on vinyl, too. Truly some of her best work ever-just check out “Memphis”. That could’ve been a significant hit


This is great news since I always preferred 4-Track Demos to Rid Of Me. I still think Steve Albini was a poor choice. The Demos record is much, much better.


All that inspires me is that the sales representatives supposed to sell the works of artists in general are not merchants in the strict sense of the term. Come on, which guy would let sleep for 30 years or not fight to reissue recordings like these? To believe that they don’t want the prosperity of the companies which employ them. Do they ?

Alan Blevin

My understanding is that Polly Jean has always been fiercely opposed to what she considered the nostalgia of reissues and compilations.Her label has been wanting to do them forever but she has always said no.
Eventually she seems to have changed her mind.I agree it is a bit of a head scratcher that there is not a 2 disc option of the remastered original album and Demos but at least people can’t complain they were forced to rebuy stuff they already had to get Demos.
The press release said they are doing reissues of all her albums including the John Parish collaborations in the next 12 months.It implied that there would be a “bonus disc” with each one.

Matthew James

I’m a little befuddled by this campaign so far: the demos for Dry are only available as a separate release, and although there is a vinyl remaster of Dry there will be no CD of it. Odd. The announcement also makes a point to say that hi-res downloads come with the vinyl version of Dry Demos, but what about the Dry album proper? I’m not sure if I should buy anything now or wait for a possible box set or other bundle. I’m grateful for the rerelease of the Dry Demos, and seemingly more demos will be made available in the future, but why frame it as a vinyl catalog campaign?

Anthony James

Beggars did the first two Stereolab album reissues – including Peng! – remastered as per the Duophonic ones that followed but only issued on vinyl with no download option.

Maybe it’s just their ‘thing’…


Do you know if the Dry vinyl itself also comes with the CD quality download?


Oh well, thanks for replying Paul.


This is the same case with the Doors Fog’s edition… first, you buy an exclusive ultra edition, and later, the cd comes up as a single edition…

I bought “Dry [The Demonstration LP, Numbered]” double cd, the second is this wich will be released…

as always… biz are biz

Gary Fowles

The original CD had the demos on the same disc, not as a seperate disc for what it’s worth. I sold mine recently, which is a really luck bit of timing.

Ed Naylor

I had the original LP of Dry with the free disc of demos but had to sell it for a tenner during a fallow period in the 90s. Cheapest copy on Discogs now is 200 quid. Never played it mind you….

David Mcintyre

I really liked this album when it first appeared, more than the second album, rid of me. I’ll definitely give this a bash. Thanks


The album is already pretty raw I just don’t care that much about demo albums. Happy to see the vinyl being released but disappointed to see no CD deluxe reissues.


I have Dry/Demonstration on both vinyl and CD. I hope they release the remaster of Dry on CD as well.

Rare Glam

Ordered the smart looking walleted CD edition of these demos, thanks for the heads up Paul. Just to clarify; are you saying all her albums proper are going to be reissued over the coming months but only on vinyl whilst each of those will have demo discs on both CD and vinyl released at the same time?

I’ll buy all the CD demos discs but would love to see her original albums released as a CD box set sometime, I’ve no room for LPs now.


Producer, “Head”? What a name, were his parents mad?

Jonathan Shapiro

It’s Howard Bullivant’s nickname. She’s also worked with Flood.

Hey, Hollywood has allowed directors named Kaos and Director X to handle big-budget films


This is great news. I believe they are also reissuing Dry on 180g black vinyl on the same day. I’m hoping this might see the start of a PJ Harvey reissue campaign as her albums are mostly pricey to buy on vinyl from the secondhand market. Deluxe versions on CD wouldn’t go amiss.


All albums will be reissued with standalone demo albums over the next 12 months


According to the press release, her entire back catalogue will be reissued over the next 12 months, including album demos.