Song not found (A guide to unstreamable music)

As everyone knows, you can’t put together an “80s Canuck Classics” playlist without including at least Gino Vanelli track. But lo, when I went to search for the obvious choice (Wild Horses), I found the only version available was subpar re-recording from the 00s. The rest of Gino’s catalogue seems to be there-- but “Wild Horses” (the version you want) is unstreamable.

What are some other tracks you love that aren’t streamable on a major platform? Bonus points available for attaching the song, and explaining why it’s unavailable.

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One more example: Ray (beautiful man voice) Lamontagne’s album “Till the Sun Turns Black” is unstreamable on spotify. Which means that in the spot where “empty” should be is empty.

The entire album Boardface by Gotye is unavailable on Spotify.

The album was licensed to Creative Vibes up until 2008 when the company closed. The Gotye line is now licensed to Samples ‘n’ Seconds Records which allows his other two albums on streaming services but I am not sure why Boardface was excluded. Perhaps it was the multiple singers associated with the album apart from Wally himself? Great album, though. Thankfully CDs were printed so it’s still out there and available.

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When I was building my catalogue of music, I had a LOT of trouble finding Canadian music from the 70’s and 80’s. Gino Vanelli was a toughie and it took me years to get Edward Bear and Michel Pagliaro. I hadn’t heard these songs in decades and only thought of them while going through hit charts of Canadian music in the 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s. And then try to find matching album art!

I couldn’t have done it without Wikipedia, to which I donate a bit of money every year now.

Shane D

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Tool appears to be a famous example of this. You currently cannot find any of their stuff on Spotify, yet, you can listen to Puscifer, another one of Maynard James Keenan’s projects on Spotify (Or any streaming website). From the limited research I did looking into this, it’s speculated. MJK appears to dislike having Tool on streaming websites alltogether. It appears to be an artistic choice, but I don’t know why his other works are on Spotify.

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Another one that kills me is Those Dancing Days.

Both albums were on Spotify for years but suddenly dropped off last year. It was excuse to get lossless copies, I suppose.

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This is another fun one to sink your teeth into. I don’t prescribe to the idea that “Tool really meant it to be played in this order, man,” but the guy who did this did a damn good job with it. If you follow the SoundCloud link, there’s a WAV download for offline listening:

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