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    Various - Too Pure - The Peel Sessions album cover

    VariousToo Pure - The Peel Sessions

    Label:Strange Fruit – SFR CD 119
    CD, Compilation
    Style:Alternative Rock, Lo-Fi, Indie Rock


    1Th' Faith HealersCoffee Commercial Couples4:40
    2Th' Faith HealersBobby Kopper3:30
    3Th' Faith HealersJesus Freak3:20
    4StereolabSuper - Electric4:45
    7StereolabDifficult Fourth Title4:40
    8PJ HarveyOh My Lover3:45
    9PJ HarveyVictory3:25
    10PJ HarveySheela - Na - Gig3:15
    11PJ HarveyWater4:25

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    Th' Faith Healers session recorded 24th March 1991.
    Stereolab session recorded 30th July 1991.
    P.J. Harvey session recorded 29th October 1991.

    Barcode and Other Identifiers

    • Barcode (Scanned): 5017644211940
    • Barcode (Text): 5 017644 211940
    • Matrix / Runout (mirrored): DISCTRONICS S SFRCD 119 01

    Other Versions (4)

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    Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
    Too Pure - The Peel Sessions (CD, Compilation)Dutch East India TradingDEI8121-2US1992
    New Submission
    Too Pure - The Peel Sessions (10", 33 ⅓ RPM, Compilation, Limited Edition, Numbered)Strange FruitSFRLP 119UK1992
    New Submission
    Too Pure - The Peel Sessions (10", 33 ⅓ RPM, Compilation, White Label)Strange FruitSFR LP 119UK1992
    New Submission
    Too Pure - The Peel Sessions (CD, Compilation)Strange FruitSFR CD 119UKUnknown


    • Smith.'s avatar
      Belting little 10" of early Peel material from these Too Pure label mates who share more than just the same stable, namely the art of doing a lot with not that much. Th' Faith Healers are the noisiest troop of the bunch and their tracks here are fairly lopsided thrashing affairs ('Jesus Freak' in particular), typifying their early about-to-implode 'Camden Lurch' sound, as opposed to the more hypnotic motorik lo-fi repetitions that they perfected on their two (equally noisy) later LPs. Perhaps not the best introduction to the band, then, but plenty of fun. 'Coffee Commercial Couples' is a personal favourite, brimming with a manic energy that drives the track forward as the vocals veer between some sort of faux sitcom ad-libs and a rare, shrieking lead vocal turn from guitarist Tom Cullinan.

      Joe Dilworth pulls double duty here, drumming for both Th' Faith Healers and Stereolab, who showcase tracks from their first 3 releases. All four songs are great understated pieces of melodically pleasing art school indie pop that incorporate a kind of droning, minimalist Kraut-ish influence while wearing their influences lightly, with 'Difficult Fourth Title' (later re-named 'Contact') the pick of the bunch - from a languid beginning that builds into a three-chord tour de force, it drips with lush vocal harmonies and a vague sense of longing.

      PJ Harvey rounds things off with four cuts from debut LP 'Dry'. Superficially, the versions here aren't so different to those on the album, but if anything that bears testament to how masterfully performed these stripped back and dynamic (if occasionally melodramatic) tracks are. The bass tone has an especially satisfying dry clang, the drums are punchy and show technical flourishes without being fussy or treading on toes, and Harvey herself is unimpeachable on guitar and vocals, making these renditions eminently listenable, if not exactly essential for casual fans. Closer 'Water' is a great example of the powerful contrasts of the band's early material, simultaneously sparse with its opening three-note guitar line yet artful in its pressing 5/4 onwards march; the delicately intoned opening word reprised with raucous power at the cathartic, cleansing finale.