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Souvlaki

SlowdiveAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 8, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000DR7P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,729 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Alison
2. Machine Gun
3. 40 Days
4. Sing
5. Here She Comes
6. Souvlaki Space Station
7. When The Sun Hits
8. Altogether
9. Melon Yellow
10. Dagger
11. Some Velvet Morning
12. Good Day Sunshine
13. Missing You
14. Country Rain

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95 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeeeet... April 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Slowdive are, for me, the band that most defines, and are the best representative of, the genre "shoegazer." The name "shoegazer" was originally a derogatory term (like "impressionism" for that French school of late-19th-century painters, interestingly) coined by some snotty British music journalist to apply to a crop of bands such as Ride, Lush, and My Bloody Valentine, that appeared in the early 90's and whose sound was defined by dense layers of guitar textures and that tended to effect a distinctly introverted stage presence. Actually, most people are not familiar with the term or the music: you certainly won't hear any "shoegaze" on hit radio.
While in the main, shoegaze music tended to be melodic as well as loud and textured, part of what set Slowdive apart is how much more both sweetly melodic and densely layered their music was compared with their contemporaries. They hit their stride with Souvlaki, their second full-length LP, and made the most sonically ravishing and unforgettable album of their ilk. An important part of their sound and unique charm is the male/female unison vocals of singers/guitarists Neil Nalstead and Rachel Goswell, which sounds like it could have been lifted from some sixties folk/pop outfit, only... it's not. It fits in beautifully with the expanses of sound and color wash that fill out this music, though. It all soars and lifts magnificently. There's a good dynamic range between the songs, too, from the yearning, searching "Alison," delicate reverbed-guitar picking of "Here She Comes Now," overwhelming wall-of-sound tsunami of "Souvlaki Space Station," and haunting, faraway, acoustic "Dagger"; the album never gets samey or washed-out as is the distinct danger with this kind of music. Fully-realized and a complete and satisfying experience, Slowdive's _Souvlaki_ is a real treasure.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Lost Gem February 11, 2004
By Paul H.
Format:Audio CD
Souvlaki is a pretty incredible album, and it certainly contains some of the most beautiful guitar sounds set to tape. Had this record not fallen victim to the usual label nonsense back in the day thanks in part to SBK records (their U.S. label), it might have garnered some more attention. But unfortunately, My Bloody Valentine's classic Loveless overshadowed many great shoegazer records of the day, including this one. Yes, Loveless is the epitome of the "shoegazer" trend, easily the best record the movement produced. But Souvlaki is a very close second, focusing on creating a lusher soundscape than Loveless' onslaught of white noise. Mixing the dreamy guitar patterns of MBV with the ethereal ambience of the Cocteau Twins, Slowdive were brilliant in their creation of surreal soundscapes. "Alison" deservedly gets attention as a brilliant pop single, but "When The Sun Hits," "40 Days," and the Eno-touched "Sing" are all not to be overlooked. The strangely-titled "Souvlaki Space Station" is another highlight, a brilliant mixture of white noise, delay, layering, and instrument manipulation creating a perfect soundscape that nobody's really been able to duplicate. This record is a must for anybody who worships Loveless.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great album, great remaster, great extras March 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Sanctuary Records have been busy lately, remastering old classic albums and making concerted efforts to bring past glories to new audiences. As someone who was around when Slowdive first started releasing music, I can say that "Souvlaki" is a fantastic all-around package with a thoughtful remaster and a smattering of b-sides and remixes. With such a careful remaster of "Souvlaki", it isn't difficult to hear how timeless their music was. "Days" and "Souvlaki Space Station" still sound as beautiful as they ever did and "In Mind", included on the second disc, reminds us of how well they could depart from their own signature sound and explore electronic worlds with ease. Also included are the original remixes of "In Mind" from Bandulu and Reload (Mark Pritchard of Global Communication). Having all been on Creation Records at the time, one gets a feeling of family respect with these remixes and there is a tender and genuine understanding of the material evident within the interpretations. These remixes are worth the price of admission alone, taking an already gorgeous experiment and leading it down an ever-winding digital road, awash with lush beats and ambient textures. All of the recent Slowdive remasters are worthy of purchase but if you buy only one, make it "Souvlaki"!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gazer Heaven with Abrupt Cacaphony August 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was tempted to give the album, a huge lush affair with the dreamy kind of music Shoe Gazers have learned to expect, only four stars. Why? Because a few delicious wispy pieces are interrupted, inexplicably, by pieces that are grating and noisy and don't contribute to the album's ethereal, intoxicated mood but jar the listener out of his or her half-sleep. However, I still have to give this album five stars because only two songs are stinkers. It's hard to find an album with eleven strong songs, full of aching, dripping melancholy. If you like Slowdive, you will surely enjoy Silver Screen's single "All I Have" and the Cocteau Twins most gazing masterpiece Victorialand. You will also be pleased with a song by Bent titled "A Ribbon for My Hair." And finally, you will be blissed out by "Spiders and Flies" by Mercury Rev.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars it's just a dream
Souvlaki space station is the song i think of when the name Slowdive comes into my mind....full of colors and the best guitar sound
Published 9 days ago by Xplayo
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cosmic sound and I'm surprised they are not more ...
I bought this as a cassette tape over twenty years ago. To me the music and lyrics were very meaningful. Great cosmic sound and I'm surprised they are not more well known.
Published 10 days ago by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars A shoegaze clasic. Slowdive is included with My Bloody ...
A shoegaze clasic. Slowdive is included with My Bloody Valentine and Ride in the three headed shoegaze monster that dominated the genre until Nirvana destroyed it. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Nathaniel FitzGerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item arrived as described.
Published 1 month ago by evelineXXX
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to see them live!
Gorgeous
Published 1 month ago by Zach Schneittman
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Remaster
Classic shoegaze album, faithfully reissued on 180 gram vinyl. Music on Vinyl consistently does a good job of taking sincere care with the titles they release. Read more
Published 4 months ago by timothyn
4.0 out of 5 stars A little Psychedelic, a little Shoegaze... a lot good.
It's not my favorite album, but in a sea of music, it stands out as one I'll listen to again. Some similarity to Fleeting Joys and My Bloody Valentine, but they are distinctive. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Aaron Safronoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing Pumpkins Will Get Their Revenge
What can I say about this album? For one; I think it is equal if not better than "Loveless" by My Bloody Valentine. The music is incredibly rich and texturalized. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jose Daniel Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album; great reissue
This review is for the Music on Vinyl vinyl reissue. I'm going to skip the music review because we all know how good this one is. Read more
Published 12 months ago by bw1174
5.0 out of 5 stars An album that should be in everyone's home
Like Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works 85-92, this album should be in every house. Some of the most inspiring and original tunes that i have ever heard, all the way through the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by kyle kozlowski
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