March 10, 2011 – 8:34 am

If you’re not rocking your bod like a diva, or an ex-Mouseketeer, you’re not in the spotlight.

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Let England Shake Live 2011 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Admiralspalast, Berlin, Germany; February 21, 2011. Excellent audience stereo recording by vortex242.

“…[If], in the past, Harvey has been guilty of making records one admires for their bloody-mindedness rather than enjoys for their songs, she’s also proved herself capable of turning on the melodic charm at will.” - Alexis Petridis, The Guardian.

I’ll take that advice with a mug of salt. I think Ms Harvey’s latest is more portions of Captain Beefheart than “melodic charm”. Netters will already have downloaded her live webcast from Paris at La Maroquinerie on February 14 for a free look at the current show. You’ll be scratching your head trying to figure which of the tunes are hummable.

Her talent is as conjurer. To create something new with each album. Let England Shake is supposedly her most pointed album about England, politics, war in distant lands, imperialism and such other non-pop topics. Just like one of her heroes, the enigmatic artist known as Captain Beefheart, another fellow traveller who never wrote a pop song. Probably never could even if his life depended on it.

What the world needs now is not another bloody pop song but a lot of money to help the poor, the dispossessed, the homeless, the sick and the naked. When you listen to PJ Harvey recounting the songs from Let England Shake, there’s a lot of space from track to track to keep all the above in mind.

So to follow taper vortex242’s command to “spread this on other trackers but don’t forget to support the artist by buying the official releases and going to their shows!”, we are sharing this wonderful recording.
- The Little Chicken

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 01. Let England Shake* (7.5MB)
Track 02. The Words That Maketh Murder* (6.8MB)
Track 03. All And Everyone* (11.4MB)
Track 04. The Big Guns Called Me Back Again (5.8MB)
Track 05. Written On The Forehead* (7.4MB)
Track 06. In The Dark Places* (5.8MB)
Track 07. The Devil (7.0MB)
Track 08. The River (8.0MB)
Track 09. The Sky Lit Up (5.1MB)
Track 10. The Glorious Land* (7.0MB)

Disc 2
Track 11. The Last Living Rose* (5.0MB)
Track 12. England* (5.3MB)
Track 13. Bitter Branches* (4.6MB)
Track 14. Down By The Water (5.4MB)
Track 15. C’mon Billy (5.4MB)
Track 16. Hanging In The Wire* (5.1MB)
Track 17. On Battleship Hill* (7.5MB)
Track 18. Big Exit (7.0MB)
Track 19. The Colour Of The Earth* (8.6MB)
Track 20. band introduction (1.8MB)
Track 21. Meet Ze Monsta (7.4MB)
Track 22. Angelene (6.7MB)
Track 23. Silence (6.7MB)

Approx. 93 mins, *all the songs from Let England Shake.

Polly Jean Harvey - vocals, autoharp, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
John Parish - vocals, mellotron, national steel guitar, guitar, percussion
Mick Harvey - keyboards, bass, vocals
Jean-Marc Butty - drums, percussion, vocals

Recording Info:
recorded by Vortex242
OKM IIr > A3 > EDIROL R-09HR (48/24) > USB > WAV > Adobe Audition 3 (EQing, 44.1/16) > CDwave (tracking) > FLAC frontend (level 6, verify, with align on sector boundaries) > Tracker

Let England Shake is PJ Harvey’s eighth. It’s another mind-numbing experience. Buy it here.

  1. 2 Responses to “SHAKEY PJ”

  2. Thanks. Always enjoy your stuff.

    By Will B on Mar 10, 2011

  3. Thank you for this recent PJ Harvey live set. It goes quite well with her new record, “Let England
    Shake” which I am finding new things to enjoy with
    each listen.

    By Dennis on Mar 11, 2011

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