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 first 25 tracks he declared to the band "I see you got no songs, 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 around 20 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]

On January 8th 2023, YouTube Channel Stained Glass Stories did an Interview with Slowdive guitarist Christian Savill about the songs. He said that "Hide Your Eyes" and "I Saw the Sun" were pretty close to being on the record because Ed Buller, who mixed all the songs on Souvlaki, doing mixing on them, confirming the existence of a second version of the song "Summer Day", and also mentioned a song called "When Abby Calls" which has never seen the light of day.[6]

Confirmed Songs

Song Title Availability
AB Found
Alabama Moon Partially Found
Ambient Nightmare Lost
Ball Sack Lost
Been in Love Before / One Hundred Times Found
Bleed Found
C Sharp Song / Instrumental (Take One) Found
Chris Song #1 Lost
Dagger (Electric) Found
Final Day / Let's Go Away Found
Gang Bang Lost
Hide Your Eyes Found
Hide Your Eyes (Version 2) Found
I Can't Remember Found
It's Not For You Found
It's Not For You (Drum Machine Demo) Partially Found
It's Not the Future Lost
Jazz Odyssey / Jazzers Partially Found
Jones Bayes Lost
Joy Found
Joy (Drum Machine Demo) Found
Joy (Studio/Extended Version) Found
Lady Hanging Lost
Opus (Needs Vox) Lost
Proggers Lost
Shove 'em Lost
Silver Screen Found
Silver Screen (Courtyard Demo) Found
Simon Song Lost
Sleep Found
Song 1 Found
Song 1 (Drum Machine Demo) Lost
Song 2 / "I Thought I Saw" Found
Song 3 / "Stars Are Shining" Found
Song 4 Lost
Song 7 / "I Saw the Sun" Partially Found
Summer Day Found
Summer Day 2 Lost
Starman Lost
Sweaty Scrotum Lost
Tina Williams Lost
Whales on Land Lost
When Abby Calls Lost


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