Souvlaki (album)

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Souvlaki
Studio album by Slowdive
Released 17 May 1993 (1993-05-17)
Recorded 1992 at Protocol Studios in London; Courtyard Studios in Sutton Courtenay; The White House Studios in Weston-super-Mare
Genre Dream pop, shoegazing
Length 40:40
57:02 (US release)
Label Creation, SBK/EMI
Producer Slowdive
Slowdive chronology
Just for a Day
(1991)
Souvlaki
(1993)
Pygmalion
(1995)
Singles from Souvlaki
  1. "Alison"
    Released: February 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media 9.3/10 link
Ultimate Guitar Archive 9.3/10 link

Souvlaki is the second studio album by the English dream pop/shoegazing band Slowdive. It was released on 17 May 1993 in the UK and on 8 February 1994 in the US. Widely regarded as the band's best album, it includes synthesizer contributions from co-producer Brian Eno on "Sing" and "Here She Comes". The album's US release includes the previously unreleased cover of "Some Velvet Morning" (written by Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra in 1967) and three tracks from the band's 1993 5 EP, comprising the four U.S. release bonus tracks. A two-disc remastered re-issue of the album was released in 2005 by Castle Music, a subsidiary label of Sanctuary Records.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Neil Halstead, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Alison"     3:51
2. "Machine Gun"     4:28
3. "40 Days"     3:16
4. "Sing"   Brian Eno, Slowdive 4:51
5. "Here She Comes"     2:19
6. "Souvlaki Space Station"   Halstead, Slowdive 5:58
7. "When the Sun Hits"     4:47
8. "Altogether"     3:42
9. "Melon Yellow"     3:55
10. "Dagger"     3:33
Total length:
40:40
Bonus tracks for US release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Some Velvet Morning"   Lee Hazlewood, Nancy Sinatra 3:23
12. "Good Day Sunshine"     5:08
13. "Missing You"     4:15
14. "Country Rain"   Halstead, Rachel Goswell 3:33
Total length:
57:02
2005 Castle Records reissue bonus disc
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Some Velvet Morning"   Hazlewood, Sinatra 3:22
2. "So Tired"     4:03
3. "Moussaka Chaos"   Chaplin, Goswell, Halstead 6:24
4. "In Mind"     3:45
5. "Good Day Sunshine"     5:08
6. "Missing You"     4:15
7. "Country Rain"   Halstead, Goswell 3:34
8. "In Mind (Bandulu Mix)"     8:06
9. "In Mind (Reload Mix)"     10:26
Total length:
49:03

Personnel[edit]

2005 Castle Records reissue credits[edit]

From the liner notes of the 2005 re-release of the album:

  • Sleeve notes by Ian Watson
  • Project co-ordinator was Steve Hammonds
  • Compiled by Steve Hammonds
  • Sleeve design by Becky Stewart
  • Remastered by Townhouse
  • Produced by Chris Hufford

The disc sleeve covering the first disc mistakenly lists the song "40 Days" as "Days".