Sunday, October 21, 2007

Slowdive - Souvlaki Demos and Outtakes

As my consumption and absorption of music has gone from moderate to rabid, the number of records I find completely satisfying are outweighed by a sea of great songs on otherwise "ok" albums. However, one record my love only grows for is Slowdive's masterpiece, Souvlaki. Its importance to music (especially in the world of shoegaze/dream pop) is equal to its sonic beauty and has been the backdrop to a lot of important moments in my life over the past 7 years or so since I first heard it. These demos mark the transition period between their first album Just for a Day and what would eventually become Souvlaki.

Of these 16 demos and outtakes, only "Dagger" actually made it on to the record and varies from the final version (the album version is played on acoustic guitar instead of the more ethereal, electric version presented here). It's a shame more of these songs didn't make the final cut or see any general release as I like some of them more than some of what ended up on other Slowdive records - namely "Summer Daze," "Stars that Shine" and "I Saw the Sun." My friend Nick and I used to discuss how good a band is by how good their b-sides are and Slowdive validates that theory.

Slowdive - Souvlaki Demos and Outtakes


Poelzig said...

Can you please re-up this one?
im searching like a madman for this one!!

Stephen said...

is it no longer valid? i'll reup it when i get a chance tonight!

Stephen said...

i reuploaded this:

Poelzig said...
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Poelzig said...

Thanks a lot Man!

Anonymous said...

Ever listened to Monster Movie's Last Night Something Happened? Christian Savill started that band awhile back.

They have a lot of records that didn't hold up so well after that high school phase of mine.... but I think this one really did.

Kenny said...

Hi! Can you please re-up the Slowdive demos one more time? I would really like to have these tracks. Thanks a lot.

Stephen said...

kenny - i reposted this. enjoy.