Slowdive 'Souvlaki' (lost album tracks; 1990s)

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Souvlaki album art.

Status: Lost

Souvlaki is the second album by British shoegazing band Slowdive. It is often considered the band's best work and is a staple of the shoegazing movement. The album is also infamous for its troubled, dramatic production.

Production started after a tour supporting the band's first album, Just For A Day. Creation Records flubbed the album's promotion and blamed the band themselves, demanding that their next album be "full of hits". After a run-in with a toy train taking up the recording space (which another shoegazing band, Spiritualized, left behind as a joke), the band had an unproductive recording session. They then returned to England where they recorded a reported 40 tracks, of which the band was proud. After allowing Alan McGee, the head of Creation Records to listen to the tracks he loudly declared "They're all shit!", causing the now frustrated band to have to go back and record the tracks that would become Souvlaki.

Out of the 40 recorded, only 23 have surfaced on a bootleg that gets sparsely distributed by fans. Seeing as how Creation Records has a very strict holding policy on tracks, the rest probably will never see release. Despite the efforts of fans desperately searching for the tracks, the tracks remain missing. Even Slowdive co-founder Neil Halstead has stated that he doesn't have the master tapes and is hoping that the material gets released sometime in the future.