Souvlaki (partially found rejected Slowdive album tracks; 1991-1992)

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Souvlaki album art.

Status: Partially Found

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 and harsh negative reception at the time of release, being retrospectively hailed as one of the greatest albums in the shoegaze genre.[1]


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.[2] 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.[3]


Out of the rumored 40 recorded tracks, only 16 have surfaced on various bootleg releases, which get sparsely distributed by fans. Despite fans' efforts to search 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. Unfortunately, it seems an official release of these tracks isn't likely, as Sony holds all the rights to the Souvlaki demos. [4]

In 2016, two of the unreleased songs "Let's Go Away" and "One Hundred Times" were found and uploaded to Soundcloud by the user "Souvlakiss."

On July 10th, 2021, one of the songs "Sleep" had an unauthorized release on Spotify. It has since been removed, as the band themselves didn't approve of the release.[5]

Confirmed Songs


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Song Title Availability
Bleed Found
Hide Your Eyes Found
It's Not For You Found
Joy Found
Joy (Studio/Extended) Found
Silver Screen Found
Silver Screen (Courtyard Demo) Found
Gang Bang Lost
Alabama Moon / "Drunken nonsense" Found
I Can't Remember Found
Chris Song #1 Lost
Starman/Stars Found
Song #1 Found
Final Day / Let's Go Away Found
Been in Love Before / One Hundred Times Found
It's Not the Future Lost
Jazz Odyssey Lost
Whales On Land Lost
AB Found
Proggers Lost
Summer Day Found
Summer Day 2 Lost
Sleep Found
Shove 'em Lost
Jones Bayes Lost
Opus Lost
Dagger (Electric) Found
Boyz Lost
Lady Hanging Lost
Sweaty Scrotum Lost
Tina Williams Lost
I Thought I Saw / Untitled No. 2 Found
When Abby Calls Lost