Category Archives: Live Shows

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 […]

Tape Archive #15: Live at Gino in Stockholm on 17 October 1993

This is another recording from their October 1993 tour supporting Cranes. Unlike the other extant recordings from this tour, the sound quality is not that great. The audience seemed disinterested in the band, which Rachel noticed at the start (and commented on). However, they still put on a great show. This had been a somewhat […]

Tape Archive #13: Live at Café Q in Gävle on 9 February 1992

Not many bands play in Gävle, Sweden. Slowdive have yet to return since their one and only visit on 9 February 1992, but at least we have a recording of their performance that day. This recording is special because it captures a very vocal female fan expressing her adoration before many songs (her favourites appear […]

Tape Archive #11: Eternal live at Cartoon’s in Reading in 1990

This recording is something special indeed, as it captures the first and only gig played by Christian Savill’s pre-Slowdive band Eternal (described in detail here).  You can also occasionally hear Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell chatting near the cassette recorder in the audience. I still haven’t been able to find anyone who knows the month or day […]

Tape Archive #10: Live at Röhre in Stuttgart on 24 October 1993

The recording below is another superb DAT audience recording from their October 1993 tour, similar to Tape Archives #9 and #2. Once again we find added delay effects on Simon’s drums (as mentioned in Tape Archive #9) on Melon Yellow (beginning at 25:35), making it one of the most compelling live performances of this song. However, […]

Tape Archive #9: Live at The Loft in Berlin on 22 October 1993

Slowdive’s October 1993 shows, in support of the Cranes, all had the same eight-song setlist that curiously lacked their popular Souvlaki songs Alison and 40 days, as well as any material exclusive to Just For A Day. Interestingly, in some of these shows there were some very cool delay effects added to the drums in […]

Tape Archive #8: Live at the CSUF Pub in Fullerton, CA on 12 April 1994

1994 saw the departure of Simon Scott and the arrival of Ian McCutcheon on drums. The most apparent difference is that Ian’s drumming was much simpler and slower than Simon’s, and this made many of their previously energetic live songs sound more lethargic in their 1994 shows. Souvlaki Space Station, for example, was not nearly […]

Tape Archive #7: Live at Cabaret Metro in Chicago on 21 August 1993

Soundboard recordings are ideal for high fidelity captures of live performances, but there is a sterility to them that lacks the human touch of many audience recordings. Some of the most enjoyable live recordings to listen to are not those with the best sound quality but rather the ones that thrust you into the audience […]