Acts that are not on Spotify

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Bob Dylan got in there recently, but there are still some big (and some slightly lesser) names lacking.

The Beatles
All solo Beatles apart from Ringo
Led Zeppelin
Pink Floyd
Frank Zappa
King Crimson
Badfinger (apart from the two lesser known Warner albums)
Flower Kings


Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Saturday, 31 March 2012 01:22 (nine years ago) link

was gonna say fuckin' flyin a-heads but whoa there they are

CharlieS, Saturday, 31 March 2012 01:37 (nine years ago) link

Adding Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their 80s albums are in there, but nothing more recent.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Saturday, 31 March 2012 01:51 (nine years ago) link

I was sure Caetano Veloso and Jorge Ben were absent but now they're there! Anyway:

Popol Vuh
Ash Ra Tempel
Joanna Newsom
Curtis Mayfield

Everything on 100% Silk, Planet Mu, RVNG, Numero, Sublime Frequencies, Soul Jazz...

James Bond Jor (seandalai), Saturday, 31 March 2012 02:00 (nine years ago) link

kinks, pre-RCA years, which is pretty lol. at least that's how it was last time i checked.

tylerw, Saturday, 31 March 2012 02:01 (nine years ago) link

the entire drag city catalog

y'tulip, y'pea-brained earwig (donna rouge), Saturday, 31 March 2012 02:08 (nine years ago) link

I think that part of the Kinks catalog is out-of-print period.

timellison, Saturday, 31 March 2012 02:10 (nine years ago) link

Zoviet France

La Monte Young

The Hafler Trio


and so so many more, I continue to laugh bitterly at the starry eyed dreamers who think "everything" is available as a stream.

Flat Of NAGLs (sleeve), Saturday, 31 March 2012 02:53 (nine years ago) link

kinks pre-RCA is '71-Back, and very much in print via Sanctuary/Universal.

Mike Love Costume Jewelry on Etsy (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 31 March 2012 02:55 (nine years ago) link

Last U.S. CD releases were 1990 and they're not available as downloads on iTunes or Amazon.

timellison, Saturday, 31 March 2012 03:05 (nine years ago) link

I think Sanctuary is administering the Pye/Reprise Kinks rights in the States now. The first three albums were reissued here in the early 2000s via a partnership with BMG. Now they are hooked up with Universal, but perhaps they feel anyne who cares will pick up their imports, which are fairly well distributed here.

Mike Love Costume Jewelry on Etsy (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 31 March 2012 03:13 (nine years ago) link

You'd think that Universal would want a group as big as the Kinks on iTunes. I wonder if there are other issues.

timellison, Saturday, 31 March 2012 03:41 (nine years ago) link

Oasis, Example, Wretch 32, most Julia Holter.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 31 March 2012 12:01 (nine years ago) link

Roy Harper, except for his debut album.

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Saturday, 31 March 2012 12:48 (nine years ago) link

peter gabriel
momus (creation label era)

piscesx, Saturday, 31 March 2012 13:48 (nine years ago) link

Adele has "19" in there, but only the first two singles from "21".

As for The Kinks, "Something Else" is still lacking, but they seem to have most anything else.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Saturday, 31 March 2012 17:07 (nine years ago) link

Only three Hootie and the Blowfish songs. (Don't ask.)

Cuba Pudding, Jr. (jaymc), Saturday, 31 March 2012 17:11 (nine years ago) link

Peter Gabriel

I am using your worlds, Saturday, 31 March 2012 17:29 (nine years ago) link

sorry piscesx, missed your post!

I am using your worlds, Saturday, 31 March 2012 17:29 (nine years ago) link

There's some Popol Vuh on there, though one of the playable albums has TAKEDOWN AS PER LABEL REQUEST in the title.

JoeStork, Saturday, 31 March 2012 17:39 (nine years ago) link


Also Cosey Fanni Tutti has been pretty vocal about her dislike of Spotify. C&C and TG are in the process of being taken down altogether, I understand.

kraudive, Saturday, 31 March 2012 17:40 (nine years ago) link

As for The Kinks, "Something Else" is still lacking, but they seem to have most anything else.

― Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Saturday, March 31, 2012 10:07 AM (43 minutes ago)

Maybe in Norway!

timellison, Saturday, 31 March 2012 17:52 (nine years ago) link

Black Sabbath's studio albums with John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne.

America's Mobile, Saturday, 31 March 2012 17:57 (nine years ago) link

they are here in the uk

Algerian Goalkeeper, Saturday, 31 March 2012 18:03 (nine years ago) link

Red Hot Chili Peppers were added yesterday if you like that kind of thing.

No Rammstein sadly.

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Saturday, 14 April 2012 09:07 (nine years ago) link

I see that the new Peter Gabriel live album is available. Hopefully the rest of his work will follow soon.

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:30 (nine years ago) link


henry s, Saturday, 28 April 2012 00:00 (nine years ago) link

Sugar (and only the Warners Husker stuff.)

I didn't know before I selected Indie! (TastySounds), Saturday, 28 April 2012 12:50 (nine years ago) link

None of Def Leppard's popular albums are on there.

Moodles, Saturday, 28 April 2012 14:56 (nine years ago) link

i'm not on spotify

markers, Saturday, 28 April 2012 14:58 (nine years ago) link

only the Warners Husker stuff

No longer true!

timellison, Saturday, 28 April 2012 15:30 (nine years ago) link

That was fast.

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Saturday, 28 April 2012 15:36 (nine years ago) link

Alright, who on this board is from SST?

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 28 April 2012 21:11 (nine years ago) link

Sugar's stuff is on there, or at least it was about five days ago. I listened to Copper Blue.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 28 April 2012 21:18 (nine years ago) link

gimme some good news about Seger, guys

henry s, Saturday, 28 April 2012 23:44 (nine years ago) link

It looks like Bureau B, which did a lot of the Sky Krautrock reissues, pulled the rights in the US.

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 29 April 2012 18:32 (nine years ago) link

Sandie Shaw. oddly.

piscesx, Sunday, 29 April 2012 18:34 (nine years ago) link

three weeks pass...

King Crimson! Also, more Pink Floyd than a current live album, ffs!

There are many tribes in the Juggalo nation (Viceroy), Friday, 25 May 2012 21:42 (nine years ago) link

Mainly, there's a Jex Thoth song called "The Banishment" and its melody is almost exactly like the melody line of "Epitaph" but I couldn't cross-compare - at least not in spotify.

There are many tribes in the Juggalo nation (Viceroy), Friday, 25 May 2012 21:44 (nine years ago) link

A bunch of Peter Gabriel there now

seven league bootie (James Morrison), Monday, 28 May 2012 03:32 (nine years ago) link

Yellow Magic Orchestra

timellison, Monday, 28 May 2012 05:40 (nine years ago) link

I just looked and there were only a few odds and sods from Gabriel, certainly no albums.

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Monday, 28 May 2012 08:00 (nine years ago) link

Kinks seem to be on, plentifully (including Something Else)

Mark G, Monday, 28 May 2012 08:23 (nine years ago) link

King Crimson!

Fripp has determinedly set his face against spotify, the diary on his website has plenty of back-and-forth on this topic.

that mustardless plate (Bill A), Monday, 28 May 2012 08:30 (nine years ago) link

One album that is on there is "From Good to Great", a tutorial CD by Robt Fripp

Mark G, Monday, 28 May 2012 08:38 (nine years ago) link

No Something Else in US :(

Ian Hunter Is Learning the Game (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 28 May 2012 13:18 (nine years ago) link

Royal Trux

dmr, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 20:32 (nine years ago) link

I just looked and there were only a few odds and sods from Gabriel, certainly no albums

That's weird--I can see all of them (in Australia, anyway)

Boards of Canada
Throbbing Gristle
Severed Heads

all pretty much absent

seven league bootie (James Morrison), Monday, 11 June 2012 23:56 (nine years ago) link

Only Gabriel that's on Spotify US is that live/orchestra thing from recently.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 00:02 (nine years ago) link

very, very unfortunately there is hardly any prime-era Olivia Newton-John on Spotify: yes, her soundtrack hits are there, but apart from those there's just two of her 70s albums and 1985's Soul Kiss.

(the weird thing is that it doesn't seem to be a label thing: it's all MCA. also the stuff that *is* there)

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 23 June 2021 07:39 (six months ago) link

why is it unfortunate?

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 23 June 2021 07:58 (six months ago) link

why are you sic?

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 23 June 2021 09:15 (six months ago) link


bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 23 June 2021 10:45 (six months ago) link

beastcrawl, where are you at? I'm seeing most of the 70s albums (but not all) here in the US. Plus we've got Physical.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 23 June 2021 11:48 (six months ago) link

b*r*eastcrawl is in the Netherlands.

albums I can see:
Have You Never Been Mellow (1975)
Making A Good Thing Better (1977)
Soul Kiss (1985)

missing, along with her other pre-Grease albums, are Totally Hot (1978) and Physical (1981) (“Physical”, the song, is there as part of some random movie’s soundtrack - same goes for “Twist of Fate”).
oh, and half of the Xanadu OS is greyed out, and that includes “Magic”.
(most of her more recent albums are missing as well, but I’m not familiar with those)

there is a compilation called Gold that has all of her hits, but the relevant tracks from those albums are all greyed out here as well

a live album that was the only available source for “A Little More Love” has disappeared after I played it the other week

I’m very upset, as you can understand

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 23 June 2021 12:35 (six months ago) link

apologies for messing up your name!

That's unfortunate. It looks like all the studio albums starting in 1975 are still streaming here, including the Xanadu sdtrk, and what I assume is most or all of what's come after Soul Kiss.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 23 June 2021 13:27 (six months ago) link

BTW, Hit The Road Jack, along with a whole load of Ray Charles is now on US Spotify.

Alba, Wednesday, 23 June 2021 13:30 (six months ago) link

If you're curious, you can see which of any artist's albums are available in which countries here:

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 23 June 2021 13:32 (six months ago) link

thanx, guess I will have to move to Canada or the US then if I want to fully enjoy ONJ!

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 23 June 2021 14:08 (six months ago) link

Ugh, so much Richard & Linda Thompson unavailable in the US.

JoeStork, Wednesday, 23 June 2021 15:33 (six months ago) link

ngl i always thought it was beastcrawl too. my b.

sidebar to the main topic here: why are there multiple listings for albums sometimes? like i can get that there's a separate listings for the regular version of an album and then the deluxe edition with all the bonus material. but sometimes i'll see an album just listed twice — the only real difference is that the release year is different (usually the original release and then whenever the remaster came out, i.e. 1972 and then 2006 or something). not really a discrepancy; just mildly confusing.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Wednesday, 23 June 2021 17:32 (six months ago) link

What that leads to when you're an obsessive 'likers' like me*: you look at the tracklisting, think 'oh, I haven't liked that song', like it, then find out that you'd liked the same song on a duplicate version of the album. That wouldn't be so bad, but then if you spot this and attempt to unlike it to avoid the song appearing twice in your Liked Songs, quite often BOTH versions then disappear from your Liked Songs. It sometimes knows when the track is a duplicate, but sometimes doesn't, perhaps down to whether the bits in the song file are identical. It's a little maddening not knowing how it will behave.

I guess this is tied up with the reason you sometimes get a smattering of songs that aren't grayed out on a complication: presumably Spotify is finding them on a different release that it does have the rights to in your country, and sort of substituting them in. Which I guess is the helpful side of this policy.

*liking every track I like with a view to eventually putting everything in Liked Songs into at least one playlist. I'm very close to having sorted 5,000 songs into their respective year-of-release playlist, for example

Alba, Wednesday, 23 June 2021 17:44 (six months ago) link

also missing: 80s r&b singer O'Bryan (currently *hot* on SMASH HITS singles in the issue 14th of April 1983) - his recent(ish) comeback stuff is there, and (again) Canada and the US have a Greatest Hits album at least, but nothing more - the rest of the world is left empty-handed.

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Thursday, 24 June 2021 20:39 (six months ago) link


things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Wednesday, 30 June 2021 17:20 (six months ago) link

I think most of the Biz stuff is OOP/off streaming due to uncleared samples

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 30 June 2021 17:21 (six months ago) link

I mean, some of it is on the best of set that's on there but that is an alltime hiphop classic and it's just not there in its entirety.

Also the original version of Eric B. is President is not on there either. Unbelievble.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Wednesday, 30 June 2021 17:24 (six months ago) link

i thought the absolutely classic album portrait of cannonball by cannonball adderley wasn't there but that's because i was looking under cannonball adderley and it's listed —along with several other indisputably classic albums— under the cannonball adderley quintet. even though albums like why am i treated so bad! and mercy, mercy, mercy are credited to the same group name on their respective covers but are listed under just cannonball adderley. things that make austin irrationally angry, part ∞. grrr.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Saturday, 3 July 2021 16:37 (six months ago) link

The Smithereens: Especially For You isn't up, and all tracks from it are greyed-out on comps. However, you can access an expansive & unique band-sanctioned reissue featuring a live version of the album alongside demos and alternates--everything you could ask for bar the O.G. recordings.

A 1986 release, I imagine this might be copyright reclamation thing.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 05:16 (six months ago) link

slim pickings for claudja barry on spotify (in canada anyway)

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 17:30 (six months ago) link

no Comsat Angels.

william h (william m harris), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 19:37 (six months ago) link

Whatever the issue was with parts of the INXS catalogue apparently has been rectified, as it looks like the missing albums are back up, both on their own and in a '80-'93 box set, and Elegantly Wasted (which either was gone for a long time, if it was ever there at all) is available as well.

“Heroin” (ft. Bobby Gillespie) (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 17 July 2021 20:02 (six months ago) link

Why tf are the Biz Markie records no longer on here? I listened to them only a couple months ago

a hoy hoy, Saturday, 17 July 2021 20:08 (six months ago) link

why would you expect them to stay?

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Saturday, 17 July 2021 20:44 (six months ago) link

I was surprised the only version of "Killing an Arab" by The cure at Spotify is a live version from the Hyde Park Anniversary set. The whole Boys Don't Cry album is unavailable actually.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 18 July 2021 03:52 (six months ago) link

a) the song might be specifically not available for the same reason that the Hyde Park was a rare example of them singing that lyric in the last thirty years or so

b) that compilation was out of print from 1990 to 2000, and was made redundant* by the deluxe reissues of the studio albums in 2004 - has it ever been available as a digital release in any format / platform?

* although some guy with bennies scorned the mastering of the one exclusive track and posted a vinyl rip to ilx

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Sunday, 18 July 2021 04:13 (six months ago) link

A Globe of Frogs and Queen Elvis by Robyn Hitchcock don't appear to be on there

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Thursday, 22 July 2021 00:53 (five months ago) link

That's the albums that are missing, not the songs, which are available

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Thursday, 22 July 2021 00:56 (five months ago) link

A few Egyptians albums come up under Robyn Hitchcock solo too (it's kind of a mess), but iirc those have always been absent.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 22 July 2021 03:55 (five months ago) link

There's a bunch of Scientist albums streaming but his most classic ones aren't. There's some weird version of "Rids the World of…" out there instead of the original classic.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 22 July 2021 17:37 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Baby Girl is coming to Spotify 🙏

— Spotify (@Spotify) August 5, 2021

jaymc, Thursday, 5 August 2021 20:34 (five months ago) link

My Bloody Valentine finally on here then.

nate woolls, Thursday, 12 August 2021 06:25 (five months ago) link

Are Galliano or Pixies on yet? (at work can't check, just curious)

Diggin Holes (Ste), Thursday, 12 August 2021 08:17 (five months ago) link

Is Pixies a geographical one?

As pretty sure they've been on UK Spotify for a good while

groovypanda, Thursday, 12 August 2021 08:48 (five months ago) link

I keep getting Pixies live tracks nearly every week on my Release Radar. Galliano have 3 albums on, UK at least.

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 12 August 2021 08:57 (five months ago) link

hmm interesting, I will have another look later

Diggin Holes (Ste), Thursday, 12 August 2021 09:35 (five months ago) link

(maybe it was just Roofing Tiles that I couldn't find)

Diggin Holes (Ste), Thursday, 12 August 2021 09:36 (five months ago) link

That wasn’t on. In Pursuit…, A Joyful Noise…., and The Plot Thickens.

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 12 August 2021 10:05 (five months ago) link

Pixies are on US Spotify
They've released 17 live albums over past year?

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Thursday, 12 August 2021 13:07 (five months ago) link

A Guy Called Gerald went back to having practically nothing on it some time earlier this year (the Voodoo Ray single at least having appeared in 2019 I think)

nashwan, Thursday, 12 August 2021 14:16 (five months ago) link

yeah just got home. fucking swear pix were not on spotify when i checked about 6 months ago. nice tho.

Diggin Holes (Ste), Thursday, 12 August 2021 16:12 (five months ago) link

Today I received in my Release Radar a few chapters of a German audiobook of The Taming of the Shrew.

No Particular Place to POLL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 13 August 2021 18:17 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

the first Throwing Muses album.

― akm, Monday, April 27, 2020 7:24 AM

still not on there. limbo isn't either. unforgivable.

please don't refer to me as (Austin), Thursday, 6 January 2022 15:30 (two weeks ago) link

the weeknd's new album title dawn fm has predictably made me want to listen to p.m. dawn, and while a bunch of their albums have been added to spotify, their hit debut of the heart...: the utopian experience is still missing

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Friday, 7 January 2022 19:28 (two weeks ago) link

it's gotta be that beatles sample, right?

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Friday, 7 January 2022 20:01 (two weeks ago) link

wow looking at it now, the og 'set adrift on memory bliss' isn't even on there! that's some serious bullshit. the rest of that album is damn good too.

please don't refer to me as (Austin), Friday, 7 January 2022 20:46 (two weeks ago) link

oof the chameleons strange times isn't there anymore.

get shrunk by this funk. (Austin), Friday, 14 January 2022 01:18 (one week ago) link

Ben Frost has disappeared, except for one early album and soundtracks.

two sleeps till brooklyn (ledge), Friday, 14 January 2022 08:50 (one week ago) link

Skee Mask pulled all his music from Spotify

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 14 January 2022 14:06 (one week ago) link

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