Category Archives: Live Shows

Video Archive #6: Live at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver 19-May-1992

This is another video recording from their May 1992 tour of the USA. They opened for Ride on this date. This video was taped by the same person who taped their May 18th gig. The video quality is fairly good, but there are some tracking problems/glitches (particularly in the early songs), due to the age […]

Video Archive #5: Live at the VK Club, Brussels 11-December-1991

The picture in this video is a bit grainy due to generational degradation, but it has some good close-up shots of the band members and it even includes some backstage footage of the band after the gig in the last 20 seconds. This video is notable for great performances of Ballad of Sister Sue, Morningrise […]

Video Archive #4: Live at Rock City, Nottingham 5-March-1991

This is the earliest extant video recording of Slowdive playing live that I am aware of. At the time of this gig Slowdive had only released two EPs, with a total of six published songs to their name. It shows a somewhat different band from later years: more reserved, with less movement on stage. We […]

Video Archive #3: Live at the Town & Country Club, London, 6 July 1991

This is one of the earlier Slowdive video recordings. We get a good sense of the lively, receptive crowds in London at the time. The video is centered on Rachel for nearly the entire gig, and other than a few moments when Christian pops into view, she is pretty much all we see. Unfortunately there […]

Video Archive #2: Live at Harpo’s, Victoria, BC 18-May-1992

This video recording is second generation from the master tape, which was shot with the permission of the band. It has some nice close-ups on all members of the band, though the lighting in the club was quite dim, therefore at times it is difficult to see what is going on. The audio is fairly […]

Tape Archive #18: Live at Birmingham University on 1 March 1991

This is one of the better sounding audience recordings from Slowdive’s early days, with rich bass and clear vocals. There’s some crowd chatter and a bit of tape hiss in the quiet parts, but it is not too bad (this tape is second generation from the cassette master).

Tape Archive #17: Live at Logo in Hamburg on 21 October 1993

This is another high quality recording from their October 1993 tour. This gig is noteworthy for a wonderful version of Melon Yellow as well as the infamous version of Morningrise introduced as Dolly Rocker by Rachel (as documented earlier here). This is a digital transfer of a DAT clone from the DAT master (@32khz/12-bit).

Tape Archive #16: Live at the Kantine in Köln on 12 October 1993

Archiving Slowdive’s October 1993 tour continues with this excellent recording of their gig in Köln, Germany on the 12th. Another fine performance by the band only slightly marred by some feedback during the first half of Machine Gun and a false start on Souvlaki Space Station. This is a digital transfer of a DAT clone […]