P J Harvey* ‎– Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea

Island Records ‎– ILPS 8099, Island Records ‎– 548 144-1
Vinyl, LP, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Big Exit
Drums, Harmonium – Mick HarveyHarpsichord, Tambourine – Rob EllisVocals, Bass, Guitar – P J Harvey*
A2 Good Fortune
Bass – Mick HarveyDrums, Electric Piano, Synthesizer – Rob EllisVocals, Guitar – P J Harvey*
A3 A Place Called Home
Bass, Percussion – Mick HarveyPiano, Drums – Rob EllisVocals, Guitar, Keyboards – P J Harvey*
A4 One Line
Backing Vocals, Keyboards – Thom YorkeDrums, Bass, Accordion – Mick HarveyVibraphone [Vibes] – Rob EllisVocals, Guitar – P J Harvey*
A5 Beautiful Feeling
Vocals – Thom YorkeVocals, Guitar – P J Harvey*
A6 The Whores Hustle And The Hustlers Whore
Bass – Mick HarveyDrums – Rob EllisVocals, Guitar, Maracas – P J Harvey*
B1 This Mess We're In
Bass, Keyboards – Mick HarveyPiano, Drums – Rob EllisVocals – Thom YorkeVocals, Guitar – P J Harvey*
B2 You Said Something
Bass – Mick HarveyDrums, Tambourine – Rob EllisVocals, Guitar, Keyboards – P J Harvey*
B3 Kamikaze
Bass, Keyboards – Mick HarveyDrums – Rob EllisVocals, Guitar – P J Harvey*
B4 This Is Love
Bass, Keyboards – Mick HarveyDrums, Tambourine – Rob EllisVocals, Guitar, Keyboards – P J Harvey*
B5 Horses In My Dreams
Bass, Backing Vocals – Mick HarveyPiano, Drums, Backing Vocals – Rob EllisVocals, Guitar – P J Harvey*
B6 We Float
Bass, Organ, Backing Vocals – Mick HarveyDrums, Keyboards ['gamalan'], Bells, Piano, Backing Vocals – Rob EllisVocals, Piano, Djembe, E-Bow – P J Harvey*

Companies, etc.



Contains an inner sleeve holding the LP and an insert with lyrics and track credits.

Recorded at Great Linford Manor - March/April 2000.
Additional recording on 4-track in New York and Dorset.
Mixed at The Fallout Shelter May 2000 except 'We Float' recorded and mixed at The Press House Studio and The Fallout Shelter - March 2000.
Mastered at Masterdisk Studios, New York.

℗2000 Universal Island Records Ltd. ©2000 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company. The copyright in this sound recording and artwork is owned by Universal Island Records Ltd. Made in the EU.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 31454 81441 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched): ILPS+8099+A FSV
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched): ILPS+8099+B FSV
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped): Ⓜ
  • Rights Society: BIEM / mcps
  • Label Code: LC 00407


Reviews Show All 14 Reviews

Add Review



December 8, 2018
How the fuck have they not repressed this album? the demand is there....


September 29, 2018
I have a VG+ copy of the original press vinyl and - to be perfectly frank - I feel it underwhelms sonically. Rather narrow soundstage, limited dynamics. Compared to the CD I do not feel the current prices are worth it.

I also wonder why this record remains out of print, when the vast majority of Polly Jean's catalogue remains available on pretty decent pressings?


August 29, 2018
So, if each copy of the original print that was listed would go quickly, I could see how they would fetch ever higher prices, testing the limits for what people are willing to pay. But. Since slowly, over time, more and more copies seem to surface in various outlets, it seems perverse that the asked price keeps climbing and fewer, yet fewer copies actually sell. That is what, market logic in reverse? Most really rare records are so expensive because they are so hard - or even impossible - to find, but just like this one there are a handful of titles where this logic for some reason does not seem to apply. What does that tell you? Well.. as for me, following the set out course, I'll refuse to buy the original vinyl Stories until at least 20 copies are listed here and the asked price reaches €1.000. Go figure :D


June 21, 2018
Although the price is somewhat prohibitive, I have managed to get a copy of the original press and the sound quality is superb. If you love this LP it is worth saving up for, believe me.


March 27, 2018

i like to scroll through photos of the vinyl every now and then to make up for the fact that i will most likely never own a copy of this essential album. maybe if i hit the lotto one day or island finally puts out a repress, sigh.


June 28, 2016
edited over 2 years ago

Polly's most commercial album. Her best album maybe...Sound on vinyl (official) is also fantastic. Cd's sound also is very good. This means that the sound production/mixing & mastering managed by professional ears & hands. Another must - have 90's release.


December 14, 2013
I have this on vinyl, and all of the specs match, but I'm not convinced it's legit. The cover feels kind of glossy, unlike most of my other records. Anyone have a way to tell if the copy I have is a bootleg?


May 20, 2013

PJ Harvey, this, apparently, delicate yet powerful creature evokes a strength in all of us daring the world to go to hell if that's what you want. On this album, she's low-key, minor key and it rests a sadness over the project on the bare "This mess were in." where she and Thom Yorke does it to perfection.
We recognize the expression that we have come to know as Polly Jean's where she with small means, whispers and sometimes intimate monologues enthrall the listener. The songs that stand out and show her rock vein are the short but intense "Kamikaze" and the drawling progressive "This is love."
Her popularity in the alternative circuits makes her vinyl releases can be both difficult and costly to get your dirty hands on, unless you have contacts in the creddy crowd.