P J Harvey* ‎– Is This Desire?

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Island Records ‎– ILPS 8076, Island Records ‎– 524 563-1
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A1 Angelene
Arranged By – Mick Harvey
A2 The Sky Lit Up
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Andy ToddProducer [Additional Production], Mixed By [Additional Mixes] – Marius De VriesProgrammed By [Programming] – Marius De Vries, Pete Davis, Steve Sidelnyk
A3 The Wind
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Andy ToddProducer [Additional Production], Mixed By [Additional Mixes] – Marius De VriesProgrammed By [Programming] – Marius De Vries, Pete Davis, Steve SidelnykWritten-By [Portions Of 'Planet Of The Apes'] – J. Goldsmith*
A4 My Beautiful Leah
A5 A Perfect Day Elise
A6 Catherine
B1 Electric Light
B2 The Garden
Arranged By – Rob Ellis
B3 Joy
B4 The River
Trumpet – Terry Edwards
B5 No Girl So Sweet
Violin – Richard Hunt
B6 Is This Desire?

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Comes with an inner sleeve with lyrics and credits.

Hot Head Music Ltd./EMI Music Publishing Ltd. except track A3 Hot Head Music Ltd./EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Cop (BMI)
'The Wind' contains portions of 'Planet Of The Apes' Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 731452456311
  • Label Code: LC 0407
  • Other (Distribution Code): PY 281
  • Rights Society: BIEM/MCPS
  • Matrix / Runout: (A): MPO ILPS 8076 A^ MANDY THE EXCHANGE
  • Matrix / Runout: (B): MPO ILPS 8076 B^ MANDY THE EXCHANGE
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 30) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
314-524 563-4 PJ Harvey Is This Desire?(Cass, Album) Island Records 314-524 563-4 US 1998 Sell This Version
ICT 8076, 524 563-4 PJ Harvey Is This Desire?(Cass, Album) Island Records, Island Records ICT 8076, 524 563-4 Russia 1998 Sell This Version
314-524 563-2 PJ Harvey Is This Desire?(CD, Album) Island Records 314-524 563-2 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
PHCR 1877 P J Harvey* Is This Desire?(CD, Album) Island Records PHCR 1877 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
314-524 607-2 PJ Harvey Is This Desire?(2xCD, Album) Island Records 314-524 607-2 US 1998 Sell This Version

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Storungz

Storungz

September 15, 2018
I was looking for a very large rez version of this cover and kept finding versions where heavy sharpening was applied to her face, making it look like she has lizard skin. Remembering from oh so long ago that the images were a bit blurry, I thought I would pop over here to see, thinking perhaps Paolo Roversi shot the cover—his exquisite work is known for that out-of-focus effect—but it turns out "Images (All) - PJ Harvey"
Pleasantly surprised!! PJ is ALL TALENT!
PeterHanes

PeterHanes

March 29, 2018
Some copies of this LP and a few other rare ones on the PJ Harvey webstore today
JATPL

JATPL

December 5, 2017
edited 11 months ago
I find the pressing flaw with this album is actually part of its charm. I know that sounds like a massive concession because I would never want an album with a pressing flaw but it's such a sonically shifting album from track to track there is something exciting about resetting the skate on the turntable and wondering if the needle will hit the groove in a certain way which will allow it to play through. Sometimes it does and sometimes it does not. I KNOW it sounds corny but I feel I have a special relationship with this album in particular, because of the flaw. It is demanding, like the album itself. It commands your attention and you have to have a relationship with it in order to "get" through it. You can't just play it passively and I love it for that, however unintentional. Stupid maybe, but the flaw doesn't stop me enjoying it. I would not buy a repress for anything because of this.
dickie034

dickie034

August 21, 2017
Bought it the week of release, returned to shop for replacement twice and all three copies had the same issue. Bought another copy recently and was told it played fine however it didn't and had a refund. So yes, it was a pressing fault. Therefore Island records need to re-press this please!! If your copy plays ok , keep it and treasure it, it's worth a fortune!!
Schlafmaus

Schlafmaus

February 23, 2017
Yeah, I agree, same problem: needle sticks in the middle of "no girl so sweet" and sometimes in the middle of "the river".
morepies

morepies

August 7, 2016
Bought my copy on the week of release, and it played fine throughout for years before it began to stick in the middle of "no girl so sweet". Probably a combination of faulty pressing and violent groove modulation at that point which causes the needle to "jump". I've found that cheaper spherical stylii tracking a bit heavier can help overcome this issue, in addition to easing off the anti-skating on the tonearm.
a-parasite

a-parasite

October 17, 2015
ah, what? reissue please...
rev.robert

rev.robert

April 7, 2015

haven't played this album in a long time, and lo and behold, there's the stylus sticking near the middle of "no girl so sweet". oh well.
jermainejagger

jermainejagger

February 7, 2015
how is there no official(or unofficial)repress of this yet:\ such a great album...it definitely needs one so more people can (affordably)own it on vinyl.
hans_gruber

hans_gruber

December 7, 2011

I've spoken to a few people on different forums. All have had the same problem. some are worse than others. I've noticed that if you lighten the tracking weight of your stylus, it will play. bit annoying but chance are, if you want an original pressing of this album (and it's pretty scarce) you'll have to settle for this flaw.