Souvlaki (album)

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Souvlaki
Souvlaki (album) cover.jpg
Studio album by Slowdive
Released 17 May 1993 (1993-05-17)
Recorded 1992 at:
Genre
Length 40:40
Label
Producer Slowdive
Slowdive chronology
Just for a Day
(1991)
Souvlaki
(1993)
Pygmalion
(1995)
Singles from Souvlaki
  1. "Alison"
    Released: February 1994

Souvlaki is the second studio album by the English rock band Slowdive. Recorded in 1992, it was released on 17 May 1993 in the UK and on 8 February 1994 in the US.

Widely regarded as the band's masterwork, it includes synthesiser contributions from co-producer Brian Eno on "Sing" and "Here She Comes".

Release[edit]

Souvlaki was released on 17 May 1993.

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 US 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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork 9.3/10[2]

Souvlaki has been well received by critics.

In his retrospective review, Nitsuh Abebe of Pitchfork called the album "a bit of an Essential Slowdive in itself".[2]

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

Personnel[edit]

Slowdive
Additional personnel
  • Brian Eno – keyboards and treatments on "Sing" and "Here She Comes"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rabid, Jack. "Souvlaki – Slowdive | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Abebe, Nitsuh (28 November 2005). "Slowdive: Just for a Day / Slowdive / Pygmalion | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 

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