Souvlaki (partially found rejected Slowdive album tracks; 1991-1992)
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.
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 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. 
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.
- Lead singer, Rachel Goswell, stating Sony holds the rights to Slowdive's old demos. Retrieved 04 Dec '22
- Rachel confirming the Spotify release of "Sleep" was unauthorized. Retrieved 04 Dec '22
|Hide Your Eyes||Found|
|It's Not For You||Found|
|Silver Screen (Courtyard Demo)||Found|
|Alabama Moon / "Drunken nonsense"||Found|
|I Can't Remember||Found|
|Chris Song #1||Lost|
|Final Day / Let's Go Away||Found|
|Been in Love Before / One Hundred Times||Found|
|It's Not the Future||Lost|
|Whales On Land||Lost|
|Summer Day 2||Lost|
|I Thought I Saw / Untitled No. 2||Found|
|When Abby Calls||Lost|