->''"And she asked if I wanted to release it on CD and, um, I said no. Just because it was never intended to be a big thing.… Also, because I wanted to drive up the price of cassettes to $3,000."''
-->-- '''Music/DaveGrohl''' [[http://timeoutchicago.com/music-nightlife/14873935/dave-grohl-of-foo-fighters-extended-interview-lollapalooza-2011 on]] ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocketwatch_(album) Pocketwatch]]''


* Whenever a musician learns that his or her work is reproduced or sampled without permission, the musician, or his record label, will probably sue the offending artist for copyright infringement. Often, the presiding judge would rule in the original artist's favor and issue a recall on any records containing the infringing work in question. The record would be reissued with the samples removed. This is the case with many hip hop or any other sample-based albums released after 1991 (works produced in the United States and released before the 1991 Grand Upright v. Warner lawsuit such as ''Paul's Boutique'' by the Music/BeastieBoys remain in stores unscathed).
* Often times, whenever an artist releases an EP and then a full-length album after that, the EP is removed from circulation. The full-length album usually features some songs from the EP but everything else on the EP is not featured on the album, which means when the EP is removed from circulation, the songs on the EP that are unavailable elsewhere go away as well. This has happened with Music/ImagineDragons, Icona Pop, Youngblood Hawke, The Mowgli's, Atlas Genius and Of Monsters & Men, to name a few.
* Normally, whenever a classical composer revises any work, usually an opera or ballet, into its "definitive" form, the "original" work is eventually replaced. Examples include ''La gioconda'' by Amilcare Ponchielli, ''Halka'' by Stanisław Moniuszko, ''Prodaná nevěsta'' by Bedřich Smetana and the 1899 version of ''Sleeping Beauty''.
* Most 90s bands who were signed to major labels, only to get dropped after one album, do not have their albums available for digital download anywhere. Your best bet is to buy a used copy for less than a dollar, or if it's really rare, well into the hundreds.
* Most [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition 'limited edition']] albums with demo, remix, or bonus songs could fall into this category if they have a small run. This also applies to vendor-specific or event-specific bonus tracks (e.g., bonus tracks available only on copies sold at Target, Best Buy, etc.).
* Foreign albums can be impossible to obtain outside of their source country in physical format. If they are available, they can get ludicrously expensive, as are many Japanese albums in the United States.
* As a rule, the albums of most small labels, indie bands, and genres that have a small audience will have a very limited production run, making it very difficult to impossible to obtain them.
* Albums subjected to the LoudnessWar when remastered generally become cases of this, as the louder version supplants the original as the most commonly (or only) commercially available version. Generally a listener's only workarounds will be paying for a used copy of an old release or piracy.
* Albums made by indigenous artists invariably fall into this as they are typically self-released and have a very limited run due to the very small audience for them.
* Fan club exclusive music tends to fall into this trope, as it's usually made in limited quantities and fans being fans, don't tend to want to give them up.
* Vinyl collectors often find this to be a massive annoyance. There's several factors that can make an album difficult to obtain on vinyl.
** First off is the obvious small-print run. When an album was released by a small-time artist that only released a limited number of copies, you can bet fans will scour as many resources they can just to find anyone who has a copy.
** Modern albums are usually not that difficult to get on vinyl... provided they were released before the resurgence of their popularity in the early to mid 2000s. If you're looking for an album during the height of CD popularity (circa 1992 to 2003) when vinyl was considered a dead medium, you'd be lucky if you can get a copy of an album if it even got a vinyl pressing to begin with. Sellers are aware of this and will often sell these records for nearly quadruple (or more) of the price that they originally purchased them for. Even worse is when buyers on Discogs find a gem for real cheap just to find that it may not even be fully playable based off of the item description.
** Older albums aren't much better. Buyers will find that many famous albums will get ample re-issues, but the downside is that they sometimes have remastered, sometimes inferior mixes. This leaves original pressings of albums by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and many others fetching prices of upwards of 30 dollars when in good condition, regardless of how common they are in the market.
** Sometimes an album that never got a vinyl release will finally get one... only for it to be a limited edition that will never again become available.

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* Music/{{Jellyfish}}'s song "Ignorance is Bliss" has been relatively easy to find since its inclusion on their 2006 best-of album ''The Best'' hits compilation, but the version on that album is not the mix that was originally released on the ''White Knuckle Scoring'' compilation released by Nintendo in 1991.
* Music/TheNeighbourhood's ''I'm Sorry...'' EP was one of the few exceptions to the EP removal rule (see above), being re-released without the songs "Female Robbery" and "[[SignatureSong Sweater Weather]]".
* You won't find Music/LinkinPark's ''Hybrid Theory EP'' in a store. Except for maybe a limited amount in their fan club's online store. They number so few, however, that they sell out again within a week of release and it again returns to unobtainable status. Even worse is the ''Xero'' demo tape. The same applies to a lesser extent to LP's other ''ten'' fan club releases (of varying quality ).
* Music/{{Lostprophets}}' albums ''The Fake Sound of Progress'' and ''The Betrayed'' are long out-of-print in North America, the UK, and Germany, and are no longer available on digital music services such as Spotify. The music video for "Somedays" will never see the light of day after lead singer Ian Watkins was arrested.
* Most of Music/{{Evanescence}}'s "first" album (actually a demo tape) is nearly impossible to get hold of, driving die-hard fans crazy as they try to get hold of such rareties as "Even In Death". Copies DO exist, but even those are hard to find.
* Many of the songs from Shiny Toy Guns frontmen Jeremy Dawson and Chad Petree's Slyder project, famous due to the SongAssociation, are only legally available on vinyl.
* Music/TheBirthdayMassacre's first release was two demo CD's. This was when they were Imagica. Less than 200 copies ever existed (and that's the number of both CD's put together) and they were handed out to fans at shows. The songs from these CD's can be found online if you know where to look, but good luck getting your hands on one of the CD's.
* Music/KillHannah, anything before ''For Never and Ever''. Obviously their songs (every last one of them) can be found on Youtube, but if you want to be able to listen to any on demand, that's trickier.
** However, they also try to ''avert'' this, as every year Mat Devine ''hand-makes 100 copies'' of ''American Jetset'', at the very least. ''Here are the Young Moderns'', on the other hand...
** And yet, with 50% of their music being difficult to find, fans ''still'' manage to know every goddamn song they'll play at a concert. Even "Welcome to Chicago", an obscure little promo single from 2000, and "Hummingbirds the Size of Bullets" from ''1996.''
* You kind of have to resort to this if you really want to hear The Music/FlamingLips' ''Zaireeka'' and don't have four CD players to play the four discs at once. While there are stereo remixes of "Riding to Work in the Year 2025 (Your Invisible Now)" and "Thirty-Five Thousand Feet of Despair" released as B-sides to the "Waiting For A Superman" single, the band have refused to put out a single disc version because it wouldn't sound right. There ''are'' still plans to release a DVD surround sound version of the album though. Until then, well, suffice it to say that there are fan-made stereo mixes of varying quality out there.
* Most {{Shoegazing}} bands suffered this after the end of the fad. With the exception of Music/MyBloodyValentine, Music/CatherineWheel, Music/{{Ride}} and Music/{{Slowdive}}, many of the bands' albums went out of print. This wouldn't be so bad if the CultClassic status of the craze didn't raise new interest in this music. While some bands like Music/{{Lush}} eventually got their albums reissued, and others are relatively easy to find in used record stores (i.e. Music/KitchensOfDistinction, Music/TheBooRadleys), some other artists (i.e. Lilys, Moose, Majesty Crush) are damn near impossible to find without paying an arm and a leg. Sometimes even ''when'' the recording is available via audio cassette or CD, it's in terrible condition and isn't even worth paying so much for.
** Even Music/MyBloodyValentine themselves invoke this trope with their early discography and [=EPs=].
** Music/{{Ride}}'s self-released EP ''Coming Up for Air'' (consisting entirely of {{improvisation}}) had only 1000 copies made.
** Music/PaleSaints are another heavily affected band by this trope. 4AD mismanaged the promotion for their albums, and they went out of print ''quickly''. Their albums are hard enough to get a hold of and don't even get started with the availability of their [=EPs=]. The worst part is that these guys had a lot of skill and were often critically acclaimed.
** Captured Tracks' sub-label, The Shoegazing Archives is trying to make this a non-issue. American band, Medicine's album, ''Shot Forth Self Living'' was a notorious gem that fetched high prices in it's original printing. It's been reissued by the Archives with expanded tracks and a bonus disc. Also of note is Arizonan band, Half-String whose several [=EPs=] have been difficult to find but now ''Maps For Sleep'', a compilation of all tracks from their EP's, has been issued. In this case, however, it's increased the demand for Half-String's one album ''A Fascination With Heights'' was has not seen a reissue and whose price has only increased since the issuing of ''Maps For Sleep''. The Archives plans to move up to lesser-unknown shoegazing acts as the sub-label continues to stir up excitement.
** Music/{{Slowdive}} has ''I Saw the Sun'', a large number of tracks that have never made albums. The quality of these tracks vary(some are professional, others sound like demos), but include interesting songs such as an electric version of "Dagger" from ''Souvlaki''. Downloadable, but not purchasable in any known form.
* Music/ModestMouse have several [=EPs=] from the mid to late 90s that are almost completely impossible to find. They're rarely available for download, had extremely limited print runs, and theories go that even Isaac Brock ''himself'' doesn't have the master tapes of said recordings (some of which were even recorded on an answering machine).
* Mark Kozelek has several examples:
** Even though all of the Red House Painters albums have seen re-release on vinyl, the same cannot be said about his latter project, Music/SunKilMoon, which nearly all the releases pre-''Benji'' fetching hundreds of dollars even in poor condition.
** The music video for "Summer Dress" was also seldom seen before the days of Website/YouTube, to the point where many doubted to it even existing. The version you can now see on Website/YouTube, however, has subpar audio quality.
** There are a lot of demo tapes of the band that contain one-shot songs that would never be recorded again. If you can find any of these tapes, consider yourself lucky. Many of them sell for cheap, the sellers often unaware of their true value.
** The early RHP demos from before the well-known 1991-92 demos are considered mostly lost. What remains are 2 or 3 songs that were featured on a rare 1988 interview that didn't surface on the internet until around November 2012. While there are a few tastes given by Kozelek alone on acoustic guitar, it is likely that we will probably never know what those songs sound like with a full band, or if there are possibly ''more'' songs missing.
** ''Nearly every single solo release'' by the guy tends to fall into this trope. Seriously, check out his Discogs page [[https://www.discogs.com/artist/264250-Mark-Kozelek and see how many of his release aren't limited editions!]]
* Music/{{Space}}'s lost third album, ''Love You More Than Football'', and other tracks recorded around that period. Although fans got their hands on bootlegged discs, the album was never officially released.
* Music/{{Garbage}} have plenty of B-sides, and even considered a compilation of them. Unfortunately, the masters are owned by two labels that were sold, and thus [[http://www.gearslutz.com/board/q-butch-vig/400428-absolutegarbage-remasters.html no one even knows where they are]]. Besides the singles themselves, the only choice to hear them is Website/YouTube or bootleg compilations.
** The analog masters for their debut album were also lost for a time, with the singles that appear on their ''Absolute Garbage'' compilation being painstakingly remastered from a backup safety DAT recording. The masters were relocated in time for the album's 2015 reissue - The deluxe edition of said reissue included seven b-sides from the album, plus two less rare songs that nevertheless weren't previously available on proper Garbage albums [[note]]"#1 Crush" from the ''Romeo + Juliet'' soundtrack and also available on the GreatestHitsAlbum ''Absolute Garbage'', and "Kick My Ass", a Vic Chestnutt cover from the tribute album ''Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation''[[/note]]
* Music/MindlessSelfIndulgence has a lot of work out of print and no longer officially sold, especially things from their early days- the only way to acquire them is eBay or similar sites. An example was ''Tight'', their first album. Many songs on it were unavailable anywhere else, but it had a short run- copies online sometimes sold for hundreds of dollars. The album was finally rereleased as ''Tighter'' in 2011.
* ''One and a Half'' by Music/{{Train}} is an EP that was released in small quantities to begin with back in 1999. It's still the only way to get several of their songs. Any copies are generally swiped up on eBay the second they appear. It appeared on Grooveshark for a long time until the website was shut down.
* As shown on the page quote, in 1992 a small label called Simple Machines issued a tape called ''Pocketwatch'', by Late! - who was actually Music/DaveGrohl [[IAmTheBand on all instruments]] with a PunnyName ("because I’m an idiot and I thought it would be funny to say to everybody, 'Sorry, we’re Late!’"). As Music/{{Nirvana}} grew in popularity, the label became flooded with orders and the master cassettes started to deteriorate. Grohl also refused a request for a CD conversion to keep up with demand. Thus Simple Machines had to discontinue their project of music on cassettes... and ''Pocketwatch'' receives many bootlegs and highly priced auctions.
* Music/{{James}}'s ''One Man Clapping'' was self-produced in a limited run to raise money (it beat doing medical experiments); copies have been known to change hands on [=eBay=] for triple figures.
* Music/TheDivineComedy's first album, ''Fanfare for the Comic Muse'', was amateurish JanglePop that significantly differed from their later material. The album was deleted as OldShame, and Neil Hannon would be happier if it never saw the light of day again.
* LSD And The Search For God was a 2000s Californian Music/{{Shoegazing}} act who achieved a small cult following outside of their homeland. However, as time went on, and the shoegazing fad became more and more popular, they became more well-known. This wouldn't be a problem had they not broken up in 2009 (though they reunited in 2013 to no new releases) and only had a limited print issue of their 2006 EP. Fast-foward to 2014 and suddenly the price of their EP has skyrocketed to about 600 dollars on average, often getting swiped up pretty quickly. They apparently had some other prints (some vinyl exclusive) that have never surfaced since their (even smaller) print runs.
* Music/MyVitriol released a documentary on a limited print to their fan club. Though 10 minutes of the documentary can be viewed on Website/YouTube, the full form hasn't seen the light of day even on the internet. Physical copies are literally impossible to get a hold of, seeing as how nobody wants to put it up for sale (it's an excellently made documentary). It's a shame because judging from the Website/YouTube clip it offered a full explanation as to why it's taken them so long to make a follow-up to their debut album. The reason why only 10 minutes are available for viewing on Website/YouTube is because My Vitriol's record company threatened legal action if the band didn't pull the documentary out of circulation. The 10 minutes are all of the documentary that can be shown without facing said legal action.
* Music/NoDoubt's "Looking Hot" video featured the band members dressed up as cowboys and Indians (no, not [[CowboysAndIndians that one]]). Due to complaints about the portrayals of the Indians, it was immediately pulled after '''one day'''. The video (although difficult to find) is still available through filesharing networks.
* Music/RedHotChiliPeppers' ''Music/{{Californication}}'' is almost universally agreed to have been one of the worst casualties of the LoudnessWar; even the vinyl version did not escape its easily audible clipping issues. However, there is an "unmastered" version making the rounds on the internet that does not have the clipping issues; this is an example comparable to ''Death Magnetic'', above, where the album can essentially only be truly appreciated through piracy. (It's probably not a coincidence that they were both Rick Rubin productions).
* Music/MyChemicalRomance's first album, ''I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love'', went out of print when Eyeball Records closed down, and copies are quite pricey.
* Although nearly every Music/{{Coldplay}} song can be easily found on iTunes, the one release that has yet to see any kind of rerelease and is possibly ''even rarer'' than Safety (which is rare as shit to begin with) is their promo cassette "Ode to Deodorant" which was made way back in 1997 and contains both the title track "Ode to Deodorant" and an alternate version of "Brothers and Sisters". Neither of these two songs have been rereleased, although they might be available for viewing on YouTube.
* Music/{{Pavement}}'s debut EP "Slay Tracks: 1933-1969" is looong out of print and is limited to 1000 self-released 7" records. Copies can fetch upwards of $300. Thankfully, every song on the EP is available on their compilation ''Westing (By Musket and Sextent)''.
* Nearly everything by Not Drowning, Waving that isn't called ''Circus'' tends to fall into this trope given the band wasn't exactly very marketable with their [[GenreBusting genre defying]] music and distinctly original sound.
** Some songs that were on the initial vinyl release were left out in the transition to CD. In particular is ''It Slowly Goes'', which was originally on the vinyl of ''Cold And The Crackle'' and has erroneously been left out of all subsequent rereleases. This also happened with some of the songs from ''Another Pond'' which seemed to get a new track listing with every rerelease until it was fixed with the 2007 rerelease... Until ''that'' version became this trope (see below).
*** Also, in regards to the transition, some songs had to be rerecorded since the masters were deteriorating. Such was the case for ''The Little Desert'' whose subsequent rereleases used alternate versions of Blackfish Creek and Empty Trees and Buildings. If you want to listen to the original versions, you'll have to track down the original vinyl, which fall into the indie rule of having small releases, so uh... Good luck!
** Their early singles were only available on 7" vinyl and are hard to find, making them hard to listen to. In particular is the ''Hunting For Nuggets" single which is the only way to listen to "Away".
*** ''Triple'' subverted in the case of ''Moving Around'' which was for the longest time out of print ("Happy As Can Be" was rereleased on David Bridie and John Phillips ''Projects'' although that too is difficult to track down and was an alternate version to boot). Finally in 2007, all tracks from ''Moving Around'' were rereleased with other rarities on the second CD release of ''Another Pond''... Until that version quickly feel into this trope... Until it was rereleased on iTunes for a scant $14!
** "The Kiap Song" single (not the vinyl promo version) contains a few songs that haven't been rereleased and is quite difficult to find.
** Supposedly, according to the David Bridie fansite [[http://www.followthegeography.com/ndw_disco.html Follow The Geography]], there was a pre-release version of ''Tabaran'' on cassette that was exclusively released in Papua New Guinea that has alternate track listings, alternate song titles and a bonus track that hasn't been rereleased on any other releases. Good luck ever finding a copy though, as it's incredibly rare.
** Thankfully averted with their rarest releases. The soundtrack to "Hammers Over The Anvil" (simply titled "Hammers") and '''especially''' "Live At The Butchers Picnic" (which is rumoured to only a release of '''50 copies''') were digitally rereleased on bandcamp. Although you can try and track down the physical releases, you'll need the patience of a saint just waiting for a copy to turn up...
* The last album released by Australian band ''Goanna'' appropriately called ''Spirit Returns'' [[note]] Sprit Returns is (probably) a CallBack to Goanna's first album Spirit Of Place [[/note]] was released waaaaay after their previous releases (''Sprit Returns'' came out in 1998 and their previous album ''Oceania'' came out in ''1985'') due to the fact that ''Goanna'' had disbanded due to Shane Howard's disillusionment and subsequent focusing on a solo career that eventually eclipsed his involvement with ''Goanna''. As such, their brief reunion to record one last album didn't garner a lot of attention then and the album has not been rereleased since. Consequently, the album is ''incredibly'' rare, with used copies easily commanding $100+!
* Music/{{Morrissey}}'s 2014 album ''World Peace is None of Your Business'' was pulled from sale after three weeks following a disagreement between the famously opinionated singer and his record label at the time. The album was removed from all digital sales and streaming sites at the same time. While copies of the album aren't impossible to find, it hasn't been re-printed from its original worldwide run. Morrissey promised fans that he'd find a new home for it before the end of 2014, but that didn't happen. By the time Morrissey released his next album, 2017's ''Low in High School'', a re-release of ''World Peace'' had yet to materialize.

* [[Series/{{Roundhouse}} Benny]] [[ChristianRock Hester]]'s debut album, ''"[[SelfTitledAlbum Benny]]"'' was a 1972 album recorded on the obscure Vegas Music International label with members of Music/ElvisPresley's "TCB Band". However, shortly before the album was released, a fire broke out that destroyed the United Recording studio and the finished masters; with only a handful of copies surviving the fire (and thus being sold for quite a few pretty pennies whenever they turn up on sites such as eBay). The music is available on most download and streaming services sourced from Benny's own copy of the vinyl LP.
* Much of the early catalog of [=DeGarmo=] & Key is very rare on CD and a lot of the surviving copies of the music on CD have disc rot rendering the discs unplayable due to poor manufacturing by Discovery Systems. Vinyl and cassettes are more common in used record stores and online than playable copies of the albums on CD. The titles that have the most disc rot include "Straight On," " No Turning Back-Live," and [[SelfTitledAlbum "D&K"]]'s original CD pressing, although there are copies of "Communication," "Mission of Mercy," and "Commander Sozo and the Charge of the Light Brigade" that have disc rot. The same situation applies with a lot of early Christian music on CD. Much of the out of print on CD music if it had been digitally mastered is available on iTunes, Amazon, etc. as downloads and at Mardel.com on CD as CD-R on Demand which are not as in demand as the pressed CD's of the albums.

* ''Aureliano in Palmira'' by Music/GioachinoRossini is one of his least performed operas. Amazon has ''some'' recordings, but good luck if you want to see it on the stage.
* ''Zaira'' failed miserably at its premiere in Parma, and it is seldom heard among Vincenzo Bellini's works, even on Amazon, where several recordings exist in small numbers. Now because he salvaged the score for ''I Capuletti ed i Montecchi''...
* ''Buondelmonte'', the opera staged instead of ''Maria Stuarda'' thanks to ExecutiveMeddling, is widely considered the OldShame of its composer, Gaetano Donizetti. There are only a few offerings of it on Amazon (even then, they're very rare and none have the full opera), and the only available score is the composer's manuscript.
* The output of Ferenc Erkel is quite difficult to find outside of Hungary. Most albums of his works, vocal and instrumental, fetch prices beginning at $8.99 on Amazon but generally fall in excess of $20.
* Ditto the works of Stanisław Moniuszko beyond Poland. The minimum an album of his works will cost on Amazon is $9.99 but most of them are also over $20.
* Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart's three "incomplete" operas and his "comedy with music" ''have'' seen CD releases, but only ''Zaide'' and ''Der Schauspieldirektor'' (the mostly spoken comedy above) have CD's in large numbers on Amazon, albeit mostly of highlights. ''Lo sposo deluso'' and ''L'oca del Cairo'', however, aren't so lucky, as the former has only six results and the latter only four.

* {{Invoked}}, Music/MitchBenn wrote "The Hardest Song in the World to Find" about this trope. The reasons for the song's scarcity include flexidiscs made from a rare kind of self-destructing plastic.
* The first four albums by Music/DaYoopers were all released only on cassette, and were taken out of print in the early 2000s. While ''For Diehards Only'' and ''Diehards II'' compile most of the songs, these are missing many of the interstitial skits, and the songs from the band's debut album ''Yoopanese'' were at least partially re-recorded for the former. (For instance, "Smeltin' USA" still has [[ThePeteBest Jim Pennell's]] lead vocal but new instrumentation.)
** There's also their 1997 video compilation ''It's About Time, Eh!'', which went out of print ages ago. It contains the otherwise-unreleased song "Camp Go for Beer" and a re-recording of their late-80s song "Diarrhea" which later resurfaced on their website and on the album ''Songs for Fart Lovers''.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic is an exception to the EP rule (said EP being 2009's ''Internet Leaks''), as all five songs on it also appear on ''Alpocalypse''. However, his unreleased songs (such as "Snack all Night" and "Chicken Pot Pie") will probably never see the light of day.
** His ''other'' EP, 1982's ''Another One Rides the Bus'', is another exception to the EP rule, but it's still nearly impossible to find due to having been distributed by Al himself on his own short-lived label (Placebo Records, which he formed solely to distribute the EP) using funds borrowed from his mentor, Barry "Dr. Demento" Hansen. All five songs can be found on his 1983 self-titled debut, but the only song that wasn't rerecorded was "Another One Rides the Bus", meaning that the original versions of the four other tracks on the EP are incredibly hard to come by (the EP version of "Happy Birthday" was later released on the greatest hits box set ''Permanent Record: Al in the Box'' and a few scattered compilation albums).
** His 1996 concert/documentary "There's No Going Home" (originally aired on the Disney Channel) has also never officially seen release. The CD of "Running With Scissors" includes 14 minutes of it as a cd-rom extra, but no home media release as of yet.

* Music/GarthBrooks:
** "Friends in Low Places" has a third verse that he often sang in concert (basically a more brash rewrite of the second verse). A recording from a concert at Reunion Arena in Dallas made it to VHS in 1992, and later got shipped as a 45. It wasn't until 1998 that most fans got the third verse on the ''Double Live'' discs, albeit in a version where the entire crowd sings said verse by themselves. To be fair, it says a lot when half a million people are singing a verse by heart that they've probably only ever heard from previous concerts and/or an obscure VHS.
** He sent two versions of his 1998 single "It's Your Song" to radio. One was the live recording from the easily-found ''Double Live'', and the other was a studio version that is now much harder to find.
* After Music/AlisonKraussAndUnionStation's 1995 cover of Music/KeithWhitley's "When You Say Nothing At All" became a dark-horse hit, a Milwaukee DJ created a "duet" by splicing the two recordings together. While never officially released, this remix got airplay across the country, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3mptQi9k-A can be found]] on Website/YouTube.
* There was a trend in the mid-1990s of making "dance mixes" of country songs to capitalize on the line dance craze, usually by amping up the rhythm section and adding a "breakdown" near the end. Many of these mixes were given little to no physical release, although you might still hear them on radio now and then.
* David Lee Murphy's 2004 album ''Tryin' to Get There'' quickly went out of print, as the label (Audium) went out of business less than a year later. This then became a double example when he put out remixes of lead single "Loco" as part an iTunes exclusive called ''The Loco Tapes''. There is no trace of these remixes online ''anywhere'', so anyone who downloaded ''The Loco Tapes'' better hang onto their [=MP3=] files. (''Radio/AmericanCountryCountdown'' is known to have played one of the remixes at least once.)
* Some country artists since the TurnOfTheMillennium have released acoustic versions of songs. These are very often given a digital-only release, available only through copies of the albums sold at certain stores, or used only in the music video.
* Music/{{Lonestar}} has a couple examples:
** Before their debut album came out, they self-released a live extended play. While two of the songs ("Heartbroke Every Day" and "When Cowboys Didn't Dance") were later re-recorded for their debut album in 1995, the other four songs are entirely unaccounted for anywhere.
** Their 2001 hit "Tell Her" was [[RearrangeTheSong completely re-recorded for the radio edit]], but this version was never commercially available anywhere. Even their GreatestHitsAlbum has the album version, despite having the radio edit of "No News" and a radio-exclusive remix of "I'm Already There" with snippets of phone calls to and from soldiers.
* Music/HankWilliamsIII recorded a [[CountryMusic Country]] [[HeavyMetal Metal]] album called ''This Ain't Country''. His former label, Curb Records, didn't feel it was fit for release...until he left the label. Then they released it without his permission under the title ''Hillbilly Joker''. Williams responded by telling his fans: "Don’t buy it, but get it some other way and burn the hell out of it and give it to everyone".
* For some reason, Music/KeithUrban's ''Greatest Hits: 19 Kids'' isn't on iTunes. This means that the only version of "You Look Good in My Shirt" commercially available is the original recording from 2002's ''Golden Road'', and not the re-recorded single version that appeared on ''19 Kids'' six years later. And ''this'' is hampered by the fact that ''19 Kids'' is actually a re-issue of the more widely available ''Greatest Hits: 18 Kids'' with "Shirt" tacked on.
* This can also occur if a single gets released but never put on an album due to ExecutiveMeddling or radio rejecting the singles. For instance, Steve Holy released five singles between late 2002-late 2005, and none of those five appeared on albums. The first two, "I'm Not Breakin'" and "Rock-a-Bye Heart" (which also had a video), were not legally available online as they predate iTunes Store, but the other three ("Put Your Best Dress On", "Go Home" and "It's My Time (Waste It If I Want To)") are. Finally averted in 2016 with "I'm Not Breakin'", which was put on a compilation album called ''Best of Steve Holy''.
* 4 Runner's second album was never released due to corporate restructuring, leaving its lead single "That Was Him (This Is Now)" in limbo despite the song making the charts. The only way to find the song is by tracking down the very hard to find 45 of it.
* Likewise, Rodney Atkins made his debut in 1997 with "In a Heartbeat", which went nowhere. It took him 5 years to put out a follow-up (and two more to get a full album). In that timespan, "In a Heartbeat" became almost impossible to find, except for the occasional CD copy on Amazon. (It's also been put on YouTube.)
* 1990s singer Lionel Cartwright quit before he could release a fourth album for MCA Records. Two of the singles ("Be My Angel" and "Standing on the Promises") made the charts. The former has at least two copies of the video floating around on Website/YouTube, but the latter was not put on that site until much later. Your other option is to buy the hard-to-find 45s of either. "Be My Angel" goes double, since around the same time, co-writer Dan Seals cut it as the B-side to his very obscure single "Mason Dixon Line" and never put his version on a full album. Cartwright's version later appeared on an MCA compilation titled ''Untamed and True'', but [[NoExportForYou it was only released in Canada]].
* In the wake of the "Macarena" craze, a group called the [=GrooveGrass=] Boyz put out a country version of the song, which was only ever released as a single through a small, short-lived indie label. Your best bet nowadays? Amazon or [=YouTube=], again.
* In early 2004, Sonya Isaacs made top 40 on the country charts with "No Regrets Yet". Even though her first album was released despite failing to produce a top 40 hit, "No Regrets Yet" wasn't enough to get her second, ''Pictures of Me'', out (In fact, Lyric Street Records dropped her afterward.) "No Regrets Yet" was never put on iTunes, and one of the only circulating copies is on [=YouTube=].
* By comparison, another female singer named Ryan Tyler released two singles for Creator/AristaRecords in early 2004: "Run, Run, Run" and "The Last Thing She Said", both of which ''are'' on iTunes despite Tyler never releasing an album.
* On the other hand, songwriter Brett James put out two singles for Creator/AristaRecords in 2001-2002: "After All" and "Chasin' Amy". Neither is on iTunes, and "After All" is nowhere to be found except a single Website/MySpace page.
* Also from late 2003, BNA Records put out "Texas Plates" by Kellie Coffey. It made #24, and the album was delayed. After a cover of Luther Vandross' "Dance with My Father" fell short of Top 40, she exited the label with the second album canned. The song never made it to iTunes at the time. The music video is on Website/YouTube, but with very low sound quality and an audio hiccup at one point. She has since put it on iTunes, but in re-recorded form.
* Amy Dalley put out singles for Curb Records between 2003 and 2007. Even though three of them ("Love's Got an Attitude", "Men Don't Change", and "I Would Cry") made the mid-20s on the country charts — which nearly any other label would consider reasonable enough for a debut single — Curb Records never put out her album.
* Jon Randall had two unreleased albums in a row: ''Great Day to Be Alive'' in 1996, and ''Cold Coffee Morning'' a year later. The latter had two chart singles, and the former later had its title track CoveredUp by Music/TravisTritt, whose version went to #2 in 2001. There is at least one copy of ''Cold Coffee Morning'' circulating for $100, and both of its singles ("She Don't Believe in Fairy Tales" and the title track) can easily be found on [=YouTube=].
* John Berry had two albums in a row of unreleased material: ''Crazy for the Girl'' had its lead-off single "The Stone" pulled after only a few weeks due to Berry suffering vocal cord issues that left him unable to finish the album, and ''Better Than a Biscuit'', which already had "Over My Shoulder" and the title track on the charts, was pulled because Berry left the label. "Over My Shoulder" at least has a video circulating, but the other two seem to be unaccounted for on the Internet.
* In 2003, Scotty Emerick released a duet with Music/TobyKeith called "I Can't Take You Anywhere", which Keith himself had also recorded. It was to be included on Emerick's debut album for Creator/DreamWorksRecords, but the album was never released. However, iTunes released a digital-exclusive EP containing that song and a couple others.
* Right after it was released, Music/JasonAldean's "Take a Little Ride" had the line "Grab a little Shiner Bock" replaced with "Grab a couple Rocky tops" because he had just signed an advertising contract with Coors (whose beer cans feature outlines of the Rocky Mountains on them). You might find the odd station playing the "Shiner Bock" version, but most online outlets have only the "Rocky tops" version.
* Another single from an unreleased album: "The World Needs a Drink" by Terri Clark. The song, co-written by a then-unknown Music/EricChurch, was slated to be on an album titled ''Honky Tonk Songs''. The album was {{Re Tool}}ed as ''Life Goes On'', with "The World Needs a Drink" MIA. However, it later appeared on Mercury's ''20th Century Masters'' series. And after that, Clark had "Dirty Girl" and "In My Next Life" from the album ''My Next Life'', which would've been released on BNA Records in 2007, but she was dropped from the label instead.
* A weird example is a rare 1996 country single, "Remember When" by Ray Vega. The corresponding album was never released, but it ''did'' appear on a sampler CD put out by Maxwell House coffee called ''Taste of Country''. Good luck finding ''that'', though, especially since it shares its name with a country music review site.
* Despite being one of the hottest and most prolific country music groups of all time, Music/BrooksAndDunn has at least one: "Sunday Money", a tribute to Creator/DaleEarnhardt. It was originally performed at a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0LT3ugdXB4 1993 awards banquet]], and later released (with one verse removed) on a promotional disc sold at Mobil stations in 1998.
* CountryMusic parodist Music/CledusTJudd has a few:
** His 1996 Christmas single "Grandpa Got Runned Over by a John Deere" was backed by a parody of Music/TimMcGraw's "I Like It, I Love It" called "I Hate It, So Shove It", written about the O.J. Simpson trials. This parody never appeared on an album, and outside a single magazine column, there is almost no evidence that it even exists.
** In 1999, he put out a parody of Creator/BazLuhrmann's "Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen" titled "Everybody's Free (To Get Sunburned)". It was never put on an album, so the single has become hard to find.
** The two extended plays he released in 2003, ''A Six Pack of Judd'' and ''The Original Dixie Hick'', quickly became hard to find as they both had limited runs. The former was also put out by Monument Records right before their country music division closed.
** Four later songs — "Illegals" (2007), "Tiger by the Tail (The Tale of Tiger Woods)" (2009 parody of Music/BuckOwens' "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail"), "Redneck Christmas" (2010 duet with Deborah Allen), and "Luke Bryan" (2014 parody of "Blurred Lines" featuring Colt Ford) — were also never put on an album. The latter three all circulate on Website/YouTube in some form, but there is no trace of "Illegals" anywhere, even though it made the charts.
* Much of Music/RonnieMilsap's material was out of print for a long time, meaning that even hit singles such as "Prisoner of the Highway" or "Button Off My Shirt" were not available on outlets such as iTunes. This was finally averted in late 2014 when ''all'' of his Creator/RCARecords albums were reprinted in a box set.
* OneHitWonder Heartland released three singles between 2007-09: "Once a Woman Gets a Hold of Your Heart", "Slow Down", and "Mustache". The first of the three charted, but none were released to iTunes. Of the three, only "Mustache" can be found anywhere, albeit in the form of a music video.
* Another one-hit wonder with a single that does not circulate anywhere: after reuniting in 2011, The Lost Trailers released "Underdog" and "American Beauty". Both made top 40 on the country charts, but neither circulates in any known form other than a music video.
* When Music/ClintBlack's Equity Music Group went under in 2008, a lot of material from its roster disappeared:
** Survived: Black's two studio albums for the label (''Spend My Time'' and ''Drinkin' Songs & Other Logic''), Music/LittleBigTown's ''The Road to Here'', Carolyn Dawn Johnson's ''Love & Negotiation''[[note]]likely due to it being partnered with Angeline Entertainment[[/note]], Kevin Fowler's ''Loose, Loud & Crazy''
** Released but out of print: Black's ''Long Cool EP'' (which included the single "The Strong One"), Laura Bryna's ''Trying to Be Me''; Carolina Rain's ''Weather the Storm'' and a few non-album singles ("Let's Get It On", "American Radio", "Weight of the World"), Music/MarkWills' non-album single "Hank"
** Never released: Shannon Lawson's ''Big Yee-Haw'' (whose two charting singles, "Smokin' Grass" and "Just Like a Redneck" are equally impossible to find)
** [[TakeAThirdOption Dropped without releasing anything]]: Blake Wise (he later released three singles on Broken Bow Records, which are only available on iTunes)
** [[NetworkToTheRescue Distributed later on by another label]]: Mark Wills' "Take It All Out on Me" and "Days of Thunder", which later appeared on the 2010 album ''Familiar Stranger''; Little Big Town's ''A Place to Land'' (re-released by Creator/CapitolRecords in 2009 with a few bonus tracks)
* Music/TheOakRidgeBoys' 1991 album ''Unstoppable'' went out of print so long ago that Shazam doesn't recognize lead single "Lucky Moon" despite it being a Top 10 hit.
* Clint Daniels also had this happen twice: his 1998 debut album for Creator/AristaRecords was canned despite its singles "A Fool's Progress" and "When I Grow Up" making the charts, due to Arista Nashville undergoing a restructuring. Despite this, a few promo copies exist. He later moved to Creator/EpicRecords where he put out "The Letter (Almost Home)", which also failed to produce an album. Daniels ultimately switched to songwriting, where he has been more successful.
* It's not clear if Michael White's debut album ''Familiar Ground'' ever saw physical release or not, as no reviews of it were ever written, and all circulating copies appear to be promo copies (as indicated by having a notch in the CD jewel case). Lead single "Professional Fool" made it to #32 on the country charts, and Creator/WarnerBrosRecords' Vevo channel has an official upload of the music video. He also supposedly had a lead single to what would have been a second album, "Country Conscience", but only a 45 seems to exist of it, and it did not chart. White has also been more successful as a songwriter.
* Similarly to the Equity example, the abrupt closure of Category 5 Records in 2007 after only a year in business seems to have taken with it nearly everything the label released in its short life. A few individual singles remain on iTunes: "Direct Connect" by Craig Hand, "Tennessee Girl" by Sammy Kershaw, "I Love Women My Mama Can't Stand" by Jerrod Niemann. Three other singles -- "Wake Up Dancin'" by Odiss Kohn, "All Kinds of Beautiful" by Shauna Feagan, and "The One That Got Away" by Jerrod Niemann -- [[MissingEpisode do not appear to have ever been released]]. Curb Records grabbed Donovan Chapman's intended Category 5 album for digital-only release based on the strength of lead single "House Like That", but the other three full albums that ''did'' get released by Category 5 (''God's Country'' by Music/GeorgeJones [in association with Jones's personal label, Bandit Records], ''Honky Tonk Boots'' by Sammy Kershaw [from which "Tennessee Girl" was the lead single], and ''The Storm'' by Travis Tritt) are all out of print. Tritt later reacquired the rights to ''The Storm'' in 2013 and re-released it with some bonus material, but it still hasn't found its way to iTunes.
* Another example from Music/ClintBlack: while between labels in 2003, he released a UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror-themed song called "Iraq and Roll", which was exclusively available as a download from his website. Although a few radio stations spun it, it quickly vanished, and the only traces of it online are karaoke versions and lyric databases.
* In 2007, Music/CarrieUnderwood performed a cover of The Pretenders' "I'll Stand by You" on the ''Series/AmericanIdol'' charity special ''Idol Gives Back''. The song was only available for a short period on iTunes, with all singles sales donated to charity. Due to strong sales, the song got all the way to #6 on the Hot 100 before it was withdrawn, and it has not been legally available anywhere since.

* Laserdance's two ''Orchestra'' albums, which were compilations of B-sides and early non-album singles previously only available on vinyl, have so far not been digitally rereleased, and ''Volume 2'' is especially rare, due to its limited printing. There's also the B-sides "Galactica" (from the ''Laserdance '88'') and "Fall of the Wall" (from ''Megamix Vol 3'').

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* [[ScrewedByTheLawyers Copyright and streaming rights issues]] forced Drum Corps International to discontinue its Fan Network, which had Finals archives dating back to 1974. Also, their DCI Store was reduced to selling only existing inventory of its Finals recordings, resulting in most seasons being sold out. If you’re looking for those old DCI performances (especially prior to 2010), you’ll either have to know someone who has already purchased the recordings, look for them on sale on the internet (and have plenty of money ready when you do), or go on YouTube (before the videos get pulled).
* Also, video for the 1981 DCI Finals was never officially recorded; the only officially recorded 1981 performances are from the DCI Midwest Championships. Audio recordings were released of the Finals performances, however.
* Non-finalist corps suffer even more from this, as most of them never saw official video recordings, and audio recordings are very hard to find.
* This trope especially applies to shows that change music during mid-season (only shows from Finals week see official release). Examples include 1976 Madison Scouts ("{{Film/Shaft}}", “Pick Up the Pieces”) and 1980 Santa Clara Vanguard ([[Music/DukeEllington “Caravan”]]).
* Looking for video footage of the last couple of minutes of the 2011 Madison Scouts “A New York Morning” show, when they performed [[Music/JayZ “Empire State of Mind”]]? You’ll have to get that from fan recordings. [[ScrewedByTheLawyers Due to music rights issues]], DCI has blacked out the video portion of that show from all official recordings.
* Copyright issues have also resulted in whole portions of recent shows being muted or excised altogether. Notable examples include portions of the Cadets’ 2012 [[ChristmasEpisode “12.25”]] show; the K-Pop portion of the Blue Devils’ 2015 “Ink” show; “Macrotus” from the Cavaliers’ 2015 “Game On” show; and the title song from the Boston Crusaders' 2017 "Wicked Games" show.
* Drum Corps Associates did not officially release videos of its Finals performances until 2000. Most videos prior to then either come from local television broadcasts or fan recordings. And like DCI, there is no more Fan Network, and more than a little luck is needed to find Finals videos.

* The self-titled album by world music/electronic duo Deep Forest, which featured such tracks as "Hunting" and "Sweet Lullaby". The issue? They did get clearance for samples of a particular musicologist's recordings of indigenous music... but not for ''all'' the samples that they used. It did, however, get an UpdatedRerelease, ''World Mix''.
* Music/DaftPunk's first EP, ''The New Wave'', is out of print and can only be found through torrenting or vinyl editions on eBay.
* Ultrafine (a band reminiscient of Music/{{Portishead}}) released an excellent EP called Ran in 2008, but it and all other releases are unavailable on Amazon or anywhere else, their Website/MySpace [[http://www.myspace.com/ultrafinenyc is dead]], and they're not on Discogs or Wikipedia; the song of the same name shows up on Pandora, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpkHJVfkoJY a live performance of "Nustra"]] on YouTube from 2007 and [[http://vimeo.com/1946998 a video of "offset"]] from 2008 are all that remain.
* The discography of Music/TheKLF (aka The JAMS) was [[OldShame intentionally pulled out of print]] by the band in the early 1990s, who also burnt much of the money they made from them. The problem is not so much getting hold of the [=CDs=] (they sold many copies), it is the fact that their UK [=CDs=] were prone to bronzing, meaning that they could become unplayable after a number of years. Pressings from Europe, the US and Australia did not do this and so have become very sought after by UK fans. Vinyl is not prone to this problem, but being heavily played by [=DJs=] at the time means it is more likely to suffer from crackles. Luckily, their whole discography has been available illegally for quite some time.
* Music/{{BT}}'s first two albums, ''Ima'' and ''ESCM'', and the singles from them, as well as his greatest hits compilation ''10 Years in the Life'', have yet to be rereleased digitally (or at all), due to legal conflicts between record companies or something like that.
** The Coolaid mix of "Quark" was originally only released on the DJ-only vinyl promo, and wasn't publicly released until ''10 Years in the Life'' in 2002, and even then only as part of the nonstop-mixed second CD. That's better than the other promo vinyl remixes, which were never commercially released at all.
** The ''Extended Movement'' EP, which includes unmixed versions of the otherwise [[RegionalBonus UK-exclusive]] tracks "The Hip-Hop Phenomenon" and "Fibonacci Sequence", had a very limited distribution run via college campuses in 2000.
* Dune's 2000 single "Heaven" was never officially released [[ScrewedByTheLawyers due to a lawsuit]] over UsefulNotes/{{plagiarism}} of A7's "Piece of Heaven", which also completely blocked the release of the ''Reunion'' album that it was supposed to be on. The single was leaked onto [=P2P=] networks, though.
* Chicane's ''Easy To Assemble'' album never got a commercial release due to it being leaked and distributed on filesharing networks beforehand. DigitalPiracyIsEvil.
* Music/{{Kraftwerk}}'s nearly-forgotten first three albums were never rereleased on CD except as unauthorized bootlegs.
* Music/JeanMichelJarre only produced one copy of his ''Music for Supermarkets'' album, then destroyed the master tapes. It was bootlegged via low-quality tapings of the mid-wave radio broadcast. Jarre actually encouraged the listeners to do that. Bootlegging is also the only way to obtain recordings of his concerts in full length. ''Jarre in China'' is the sole exception, and it was released in full length because thousands of fans requested it by e-mail.
* The electronica label Platipus Records went out of business, thus all their digital releases have been delisted, eg Union Jack's ''Pylon Pigs'' album. Your only options now are to buy used or pirate.
* So far, only one of Xorcist's albums, ''Insects and Angels'', has been digitally rereleased. Most of their discography used to be available for free legal download, but has since been deleted.
* "Piledriver" by Amoebassassin (alias of Paul Oakenfold) was only released (unmixed) on vinyl, and [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup the master tapes have been lost/destroyed]], so no chance of a digital rereleased.
* The full unmixed version of "Dude in the Moon" by Dastrix (a short version was featured in ''VideoGames/NeedForSpeed: High Stakes'') was only released on vinyl, and the record label went under long ago. Same for many of Mike Koglin's other early projects, eg The Argonauts.
* "Promise Me" by Sandi Castillo & The Force, only released as a very limited promo back in 1992.
* The original version of Music/{{Underworld}}'s "Born Slippy" has never been re-released, probably because [[MorePopularSpinoff its B-side]] "Born [=Slippy.NUXX=]" outshined it.
* The original 1992 full-vocal version of The Nightcrawlers' "Push the Feeling On" has never been reissued, mainly because MK's dub remixes were much more popular. You can still find the single on Amazon for reasonable prices.
* ''Wax Trip'' by DJ Inx/Dark House Project, and many other singles and albums published by the long-defunct Sm:)e Communications,such as Peter Vriends's ''Quadripart Project: Emotional Travelogue'' and Blue Amazon's ''The Javelin''. Good luck finding a used copy of ''Wax Trip'' and ripping it (or a CD-R bootleg), as it was only released as a vinyl as far as I know.
** Speaking of Blue Amazon's ''Javelin'' album, the most widely available version does not include "Trip To Heaven", which was only available on either the rare original unmixed UK edition or the two-disc LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition.
* The Empirion songs "The Pain", "What You Are Now", and "Big Time", featured in ''VideoGame/TestDrive 6'', appear to have been created exclusively for the game, and are unavailable elsewhere. At least you can rip them from the disc (I think), if you can find it.
* Eurobeat label Delta's ''Eurobeat Masters'' albums were delisted from iTunes and Junodownload due to legal conflicts with Avex Trax (the publishers of Super Eurobeat). They are still being circulated in CD form if you know where to look, although they may be [[CrackIsCheaper a tad pricey]]. Or you can skirt the law and search for them on filesharing services. They're still available for download on Amazon's MP3 service, however. Probably not for long though.
* Music/{{Orbital}}'s ''Radiccio'' EP (including the original "Halcyon") and the 28 minute version of "The Box" (released as a rare single and on a rather limited edition of ''In Sides''), along with a LOT of single tracks, remain very hard to find, and the bonus tracks from the vinyl and cassette editions of their first album have also never reappeared in any form.
* Both of Vincent de Moor's albums are out-of-print and unlikely to ever be reissued. ''Moor'' starts at $32 on Amazon.com,, while ''Orion City'' fetches at least $50.
* Motiv 8's single [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6vDWWg1-qQ "Continuum"]] was never released except as a DJ-only white label vinyl. Several attempts were made to license it for commercial release, but failed (other than one remix featured on the ''Remixland'' compilation). Thus, the only way to obtain it is through methods of questionable legality. A similar fate befell "More than a Feeling", an even rarer promo-only single.
* There was a trance remix of ''Vangelis''' "Pulstar" by an artist calling himself Majestic 12 (perhaps an actual member of that secret society?) in 1999, that was only released on a few limited DJ compilations, although according to [[http://www.discogs.com/artist/Majestic+12+%2814%29 Discogs]], they are easy to track down and buy. It's also available as an Amazon MP3 download, though only in radio edit form.
* This is more or less the only way to obtain Music/{{Autechre}}'s ''Quaristice Versions'', a bonus disc included with the [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition ultra-rare limited edition]] of ''Quaristice'', which sold out on pre-order. Even more inaccessible is the [[NoExportForYou iTunes Japan-exclusive]] companion EP.
* Music/TheCrystallineEffect's second EP was originally called ''Do Not Open''. Pete gave several copies to some friends, and someone leaked their copy. As a result, half the songs on the EP were permanently scrapped and they had to pull some tracks off their second album, then called ''Hypothermia'', and make new songs for ''Hypothermia''. The result: ''Do Not Open'' was renamed ''Hypothermia'', ''Hypothermia'' was renamed ''Identity'', and there's about half an EP that only exists on the Internet.
* Swedish act Chong Lee was technically only supposed to have one song released, "You Wanna Fight", on various dance compilations. An album called "Same Same But Different" was recorded, but not licensed for release and the project was abandoned... until somehow, a single copy of the album surfaced on a Chinese auction site a decade later, much to the surprise of producers Robin Rex and Anders Nyman, since they didn't even have copies anymore.
* Cherri is similar to Chong Lee in that she was a Swedish act, produced by Robin Rex and Anders Nyman, who had songs on compilations (in this case, "Come and Get Your Love" and "All I Wanna Say"), recorded an album, and then vanished before the album was ever released. Again, not even the producers have the songs anymore. Almost the whole album has been leaked by [=DJs=] with promotional copies, but the leaked track for the album's version of the song "Heart" is incomplete - the only full version of "Heart" floating around is the version from the single release, which is also rare but at least got an official disc at some point.
* The various iterations of Binary Finary's ''1998'' single had a number of different B-sides, including "About Time", "Anthemic", and "Cryogen". None have been rereleased, and most are only available on vinyl.
* The rare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwEGZayOARE original 1995 release]] of Ayla's self-titled single also included a couple B-sides, namely [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TimQIwmVOBQ "Ambience"]] and DJ Tandu & Fact's pre-Ayla collaboration [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLdIacRhOmE "Stoy Joe"]], which are unlikely to ever be rereleased. The 1997 follow-up single ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYrGvifW-RU Atlantis]]'' did eventually get a digital release, but not including the "Orbiter" and "Launch" mixes from the vinyl edition. Likewise, the first edition of ''Nirwana'' had the track "Celine", which was replaced by "Angelfalls" on subsequent reissues, and has not been seen since. "Ayla (DJ Tandu Remix)" has also mysteriously not had a downloadable release, and on the iTunes edition of ''Nirwana'', it has been re-replaced by the radio edit of the original 1995 mix.
* Vicious Pink's 1986 self-titled album did finally get a CD re-release in 2012, [[NoExportForYou but only in the UK]], and it suffered from LoudnessWar remastering. It also did not include the ultra-rare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K34LlUvzkNI English Extended Version]] of "C-c-can't You See"?, only the radio edit, remix, 7" dub and French Extended versions.
* ''Musicdisk'', the 2004 professional album by Purple Motion of the Future Crew {{demoscene}} group, has long since gone out of print, so the only way to obtain it is through Bittorrent or other filesharing services, or as an expensive used copy if that is possible.
* The full 15-minute version of Music/AphexTwin & Chris Cunningham's "Flex" video. Warning: NSFW.
* While a lot of Music/{{Enya}}'s music videos can be found on YouTube, owning them on DVD is almost out of the question. A release ''was'' made in 2001, but only in Europe, South Africa, and Asia. The few that pop up are usually region-locked so people in the US can't even play them. Worse still are the fake copies that pop up on Discogs that demand a pretty penny. Your only hope of owning ''some'' of the videos is through a prestigious VHS titled ''Moonshadows'' released in the 90s that commands a high price if it's in good condition. There was an even-rarer Laser Disc print of it that featured rare special features of the singer. Even rarer than ''that'' is the V-CD of ''Shepard Moons'' released in Taiwan. Then there's the deluxe version of ''The Best Of Enya'' which included a bonus DVD that featured most (but not all) of the featured videos from the 2001 release. Also missing are the special features from the DVD and Laser Disc releases (which feature some of the rare interviews with her).
* Both albums of the trance artist Cellsite System, ''Between Frequencies''(1999) and ''Mind Into Matter''(2001), were only released through the long out of business Ibogaine Music and Management label. If you're lucky, you just might run across a copy in a used records store, as no online distributors appear to carry them.
* In Death It Ends' ''Gnosis'' was released exclusively via pre-order for 48 hours from March 14 to March 16, 2016, and the band has stated that they have no plans to rerelease it in downloadable form. Likewise, the free digital single ''Obsculta'' was only available for two days in April 2016.
* Freaky Chakra's first two albums, ''Lowdown Motivator'' and ''Freaky Chakra vs. Single Cell Orchestra'', have not been reissued on iTunes or other digital music services. Mint copies of the former fetch $176 on Amazon, the latter $81.78.
* Transa's 2003 double album ''Chronology'' includes most of their prior discography, but a number of singles and b-sides, such as "Interphase", "Enervate", "Carla's Theme", and "Astro Dawn", didn't make the cut. ''Chronology'' itself has fallen victim to this trope in recent years, and goes for EUR 66.95 ($73.76) on eBay.
* All of German darkwave group Illusion of Light's discography was self-released, mostly on CD-R, and their website no longer exists, the domain having been taken over by a Norwegian fashion site, so their albums are nearly impossible to obtain by legal means.

* Devil Doll, an experimental rock band. Most of their songs were released in small quantities, so finding even one is extremely rare.
* Wild Man Fischer's debut album, "An Evening With Wild Man Fischer" is one of the earliest OutsiderMusic albums and by far his most popular album. That said, after its release in 1968 it was not rereleased on LP or CD for over 40 years. The reason for this is that the album's producer, Music/FrankZappa, had a falling out with Fischer after the mentally insane musician threw a bottle at Zappa's infant daughter. Luckily he missed, but this angered Zappa so much that he ordered Fischer to get out and vowed to never re-release the album again. From that moment on Fischer basically became an UnPerson to Zappa. He never referred to him again in public and never gave singles from the album airplay whenever he was a guest DJ during radio shows. Fischer arguably made things worse by claiming that Zappa had exploited him and blamed him for the fact that this album didn't become a commercial bestseller. Zappa died in 1993, Fischer in 2011, with "An Evening With Wild Man Fischer" still unavailable. Bootlegs and old copies however are treasured cult objects.
** The album finally received an official CD release (sourced from a vinyl copy) in 2016, after Zappa's wife Gail passed away.
* Music/CaptainBeefheart's ''Music/LickMyDecalsOffBaby'', despite its critical acclaim, remains out of print due to rights issues, with copies, both official and unofficial, fetching high prices. It's been rereleased on vinyl for the true collectors / audiophiles among us - still not much of a consolation for those who just want a simple CD copy, as the only CD release of the album is from '89 and long out of print, regularly fetching prices of over a hundred dollars. It was eventually made available on iTunes. Not coincidentally, this was shortly after Zappa manager Herb Cohen's death - Cohen allegedly holding the master tapes to ransom for unpaid debts. Although if you want a lossless copy, it would still have to be CD sourced. In 2014 it ''finally'' became available on CD again, yet as part of a box set called "Sun Zoom Spark", which also forces you to pay for "The Spotlight Kid" and "Clear Spot" again if you had already purchased those. Bonus CD however is a disc with outtakes.
* Music/MrBungle, on stage, performed energetic, mostly cheesy, covers of several songs. The covers included pop ballads such as "Nothing Compares 2U," punk rock standards, the VideoGame/SuperMarioBros theme, 80s pop tunes, and, in the midst of their feud with the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers, a mean-spirited mock-medley of RHCP hits. The Mr. Bungle covers have been bootlegged and highly downloaded through programs such as Napster back in the day.
* Disco Inferno released a series of 5 [=EPs=] in the early 90s that are popularly referred to (and bootlegged as) a set but are unlikely to see official release as such due to the [=EPs=] being released on several labels.
* Adrian Legg's pre-Relativity records releases: ''Technopicker'', ''Lost For Words'', ''All Round Gigster'', and ''Fretmelt''

* Leo Kottke's ''Circle 'Round the Sun'' and ''12-String Blues''. This may just be one album, or one is a live version of the other. In either case, it is/they are rare.
* When Music/BobDylan left Creator/ColumbiaRecords in the early 70s for Asylum Records, Columbia released an album cleverly called ''Dylan'' of some of the less-usable outtakes (they range from listenable to unexceptional to downright awful). This move was partially motivated by profit and partially by revenge. A few years later, Dylan went back to Columbia and the album has largely been buried, never released on CD in the USA outside the ''Complete Album Collection'' box set (though it did receive a brief CD reissue in Europe and apparently can now be purchased through iTunes).
* Fans of British FolkMusic are massively pissed off that practically all material recorded in the 1970s on the significant Leader/Trailer labels has never been released on CD or online. This is because the owner of the rights refused to licence them to anybody or rerelease the material himself, for unclear reasons despite much demand. He died in 2013, leading to hopes that at least some of it might finally be reissued.
* Music/TimHardin was a pretty obscure folk singer-songwriter who continuously trapped himself in heroin addictions until his untimely death in 1980, right before he was about to make a comeback artistically. His albums weren't really well-known as is when he was alive. Since his death, however, he has been heavily VindicatedByHistory due to him having written many late folk staples that have been covered by numerous artists (Music/RodStewart, Music/{{Carpenters}}, Music/RedHousePainters, etc.). For some strange reason, likely due to the fractured rights issues with his albums (the less reasons stated, the better), his albums are extremely hard to get a hold of if you don't have 50 dollars in your pocket. With the exception of a CD print of his first two self titled albums, CD printings are incredibly hard to get a hold of, with original vinyl printings somehow being even rarer. This makes him one of the few artists who appeared at Woodstock who hasn't had heavy reissues.
* Anaïs Mitchell's first album, ''The Song They Sang When Rome Fell'', is completely impossible to find outside of pirating it. Officially, it doesn't even exist; her website's discography section doesn't acknowledge it as ever having happened.
* Gregory Alan Isakov's debut album ''Rust Coloured Stones'' remains very difficult to track down as it released in small quantities and any copies that do turn up tend to be swiped up very quickly (often in excess of $100). To add salt to the wounds, it's the only one of his albums that isn't on iTunes, so good luck ever listening to it.
** In the same vein, getting a physical copy of his second album ''Songs For October'' is an uphill struggle too (at least that is available on iTunes though).
*** Hell, getting a physical copy of ''any'' of his albums isn't easy (especially on vinyl), since he's a pretty low-key artist.
* One of the very first releases by MumfordAndSons was an EP called "Love Your Ground" which was never commercially released and is very limited in quantities (especially the 10" vinyl). Any copies that do surface tend to command $200+ (and again, even more for the vinyl). Thankfully, most of the songs were rereleased for "Sigh No More" and the rest can be viewed on YouTube.
** Another early release is the "Lend Me Your Eyes" EP which is perhaps even rarer than "Love Your Ground" and can get even more pricey ($400+).

* When Slowdance Records, and independent record label, went under in 2008, so did most of its catalogue.
* Most small-label or independent artist albums, especially if the record label has gone bust. For that matter, lots of artists even on major labels whose work seriously predated the digital age — mostly just the second- and third-tier artists, but still.
* The Spinto Band had a long string of self-released albums before signing to Bar/None records in 2005 and becoming more well-known. At the time you could buy most of these releases from mp3.com, but now they're just floating around the internet. If you do seek the earlier albums out, be forewarned that EarlyInstallmentWeirdness abounds for the most part.
* A lot of early AugieMarch singles and EP s can be difficult to track down owing to the bands obscurity at the time. Mind you, when they do show up, they don't tend to be very expensive, rarely going above $20.
* Rocketship's ''A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness'' is considered one of the quintessential albums of twee pop. While it is available on most digital music stores, CD and vinyl copies fetch a ''very'' pretty penny.
* Incredibly obscure band "Hertzsprung Gap" only have one officially released album called "Peninsulas You Thought Were Islands" and a small handful of singles. Good luck ever finding any copies though.
* Are you a fan of My Friend The Chocolate Cake and want to hear the live version of ''John Cain Avenue'' or ''Yandoit''? You'll have to track down the bonus disc edition of ''Brood'' and that's no easy task.
* Before Music/NeutralMilkHotel, Jeff Mangum was part of a short-lived band called "Synthetic Flying Machine" whose only official release was a cassette called "Heaven is For Kids". The cassette is incredibly rare and remains a sought-after item for diehard Mangum fans.
* The Australian Indie Rock band "Winterbourne" have currently released 2 [=EPs=] that can be found without too much hassle. What you might not know is that before them, they were a street band whose first real release was a self released EP called "Hometown" that is extremely difficult to get a hold of now. A few songs on it were included for the ''All But The Sun'' EP, but other tracks like "Hometown" and "Smiling" are very difficult to listen to now.
* Literally days after releasing their second album ''Pageant'', queercore duo [=PWR BTTM=] were hit with allegations of sexual assault and abuse. The controversy [[OvershadowedByControversy grew so big]] that their record label Polyvinyl [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor dropped them like a hot potato]], deleted ''Pageant'' from distribution, and pulled their music from every streaming retailer, while offering refunds and donating all of the album's proceeds to anti-rape charities. If you want to hear their music, you'll have to find it via torrents or buy their [=CDs=], which are growing more expensive due to them being both fairly recent and almost immediately going out of print.
* Canadian indie pop artist Jana Jana's sole album, ''Typical Girl'', was only self-released through her website, www.janajana.com, which has long since shut down.
* Most of the work from Music/MarsArgo has been deleted due to the messy break up between the two. Only three videos remain on their original youtube channel, and most of their songs are missing from their bandcamp. A quick YouTube search can find you (most) of their old stuff.

* Anything by the {{industrial}} group Flowerpot Men (not to be confused with the 60's pop group). None of their records were released in CD format, and the record labels are long gone.
* Music/{{KMFDM}}'s first album ''Opium'' suffered from this trope for almost two decades, as its initial release was limited to a run of 200 cassettes, and the master tapes were lost for a long time (and nearly [[MissingEpisode destroyed]] by a house fire).
* ''Up Off The Floor'' by God Lives Underwater is another album that's actually said to have better sound quality as a bootleg. The album was a MissingEpisode from 2000 - when it finally saw release 4 years later on Megaforce Records, mp3 compression artifacts were present, which are absent from bootleg versions that were sourced from promos. In addition, two songs from the sessions are notably absent: "Choir Boy" and a cover of Film/DavidBowie's "Fame" - "Fame" had been previously released on the soundtrack to the film ''15 Minutes'' though.
* In a similar case to KMFDM's ''Opium'', Music/FrontLineAssembly's debut ''Nerve War'' was only self-released as a promo cassette in 1986, and unlike the former, has yet to see a legitimate rerelease in any form.
* One particular song from Music/{{Rammstein}}'s ''Live aus Berlin'' performance was censored out: ''Buck dich'' which was...rather controversial, to say the least. (Yes, this is the song where the [[{{Fanservice}} keyboardist crawls around in bondage gear]] [[HoYay and the singer pretends to sodomize him]].) Only early VHS releases of Live aus Berlin included Buck dich, later releases and the DVD skip right over that song, so the best bet to finding that song is scouring Website/YouTube, if the copyright guardians haven't taken it down.
* Music/NineInchNails' release ''Closure'' was released on VHS, and a DVD version was planned, with extra content, but scrapped. So what did Trent do? He leaked it onto the internet himself. It is still available if you know where to look.
** Ditto the 20 minute short film based on the songs from the "Broken" EP. There's still some debate as to whether or not it was ever intended for official release (mostly due to the {{Gorn}} content), but after over a decade of bootlegs, Reznor went ahead and leaked it himself.
** Likewise, the full version of the very NSFW music video for "Sin" (that is due to sexual content, not violence) was banned from MTV and most public venues when it was released in 1990 (even though it's rumored that it was shown in some dance clubs during the early 90s). Unlike the ''Happiness in Slavery'' video (which was also banned from MTV), most people didn't even know it existed, and it was never leaked. In 1997, a partial version, consisting of roughly the second half of the video was released on the ''Closure'' video set, and in 2001, the full version was viewable for the first time on the TVT Records website. It has since been deleted, but is now available on [=YouTube=], where it somehow isn't even age-restricted.
* Music/SkinnyPuppy's "Worlock" video, due to its extreme {{Gorn}} content and laundry list of copyright violations (it's a compilation of scenes and moments that were banned or censored from horror films, released in protest of censorship), was completely banned from TV and commercial distribution, thus bootlegging is the only way to see it.

* In the early 80's, prominent producer Fred Catero founded his own label, Catero Records, that specialized in excellent jazz artists and projects that were not as commercially viable as big-label artists. It didn't last long, and the majority of the label's releases were never heard from again (an exception being Cyrille Verdeaux's "Messenger of the Son"), including never getting CD releases.

* In one of the most JustForFun/{{egregious}} examples of this in music history, all of the albums that Music/{{Megadeth}} have recorded from ''Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?'' through ''Risk'' have been officially out of print since 2004. In their place are [[GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion remix/re-record hybrids]] where certain tracks are replaced with completely new performances by musicians who have never set foot in the studios they were recorded in, as well as a 2004 Dave Mustaine singing over tracks he originally recorded at varying periods of his life. If you want to hear to hear those albums as they were recorded at the time of their creation with the musicians that they are credited to and released to the public, your only choice is to find them used. The fact that they share the same album art and are consistently tagged as the real thing makes it even worse.
** Also, when it comes to their cover of "These Boots", it gets even worse. Lee Hazlewood objected to the cover (which replaced certain lyrics), so later pressings of "Killing Is My Business" had the song removed. It was restored on the 2002 reissue/remix, but all the "replacement" lyrics were bleeped out. Your only chance to get the original version is to find an original pressing (which is getting rare).
** MD .45 were a short-lived Dave Mustaine side-project whose already out-of-print album ''The Craving'' received similar treatment as part of the 2004 remaster sessions: Original singer [[{{Music/Fear}} Lee Ving]]'s vocal and harmonica parts were replaced with new vocals and guitar leads by Mustaine. According to Mustaine, this was because the vocals and harmonica were missing from the multi-tracks, but he also saw it as an opportunity to introduce the material to Megadeth fans.
* This happened to Music/{{Metallica}}'s album ''Death Magnetic'', once fans discovered that the ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' DLC version actually sounded [[LoudnessWar significantly better than the album version.]] Given that Metallica has publicly declared that they are not re-releasing it, off go the fans to Bit Torrent.
** The album finally got an officially sanctioned remaster in 2015 (the iTunes version)/2016 (in FLAC through the official site). It's significantly more dynamic than the previous officially available of the album, although not as dynamic as most of the Guitar Hero remixes, but will probably reduce fans' reliance on this trope regardless.
* A particularly egregious example among Music/IronMaiden fans is finding the music used as intro music on the ''Maiden England Tour'' (2012-2014). The song is AudioNetwork's "Rising Mercury", which was notably also used in the trailer for the French horror film ''The Monk'', and it can be bought through their website but is hard to find through file sharing networks and even isn't on iTunes or on any physical releases either.
* Music/{{Pantera}}'s first four albums will probably never be reprinted ever again, for [[OldShame various reasons]].
* Patareni, one of the earliest {{Grindcore}} bands known, had a huge album discography, none of which ever really got widely reprinted. Several discography CD's were released in 2004, but they were also in low print and sell for a pricey penny whenever they pop up in online stores.
* Music/OzzyOsbourne's ''The Ultimate Sin'' hasn't been reissued since 1995, due to legal issues with one of his songwriters over the album. It's not terribly difficult to find compared to some of the other examples, but finding a fresh copy may get a bit pricey.
* Music/BodyCount's "Cop Killer" became their best-known song due to massive controversy about its lyrical content, but said controversy also forced them to pull their SelfTitledAlbum out of print and quickly re-release it with a replacement song (a remix of Ice-T's solo track "Freedom Of Speech", appropriately enough). At the time, they were giving out "Cop Killer" itself as a free standalone single, and a live version was later included on their 2005 album ''Live In LA'', but the original studio recording has yet to be officially re-released.
* Technical Death Metal Fans will forever scorn the day Music/{{Gorguts}} decided to release ''Obscura'' on an extremely limited run. After its acclaim and success, the band ''never'' rereleased it on CD. In 2012, the band surprised everyone when they decided to reissue the album... ''on vinyl''. There aren't any rights issues, issues with the label, or even the band themselves, they just like the idea of one of their works being considered a ml treasure. Copies from the album's printing cost anywhere from 73 dollars for a semi-damaged copy all the way up to 500 or 600-ish dollars for one in good condition. Your best bet is to look in really run-down record stores where many metal fans have found the album in a discount bin, the vendors usually unaware of the album's rarity and value. It is also available on iTunes, though only in 256 bit-rate. This is one of those albums where in order to really appreciate its complexity, you have to be able to hear it in either FLAC or 320.
** It finally got re-released on CD through Century Media/Season of Mist in 2015, and metal fans the world over rejoiced.
* Obscure but critically acclaimed technical thrash metal band Aspid released one album before dissolving. Extravasation, originally issued in 1992, received no fanfare (possibly due to being from Russia, in Russian, near the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union) until it was re-issued in 2007. However, the 2007 version is slightly sped up, leading the original tracks to be damned near nonexistent.
* While limited releases are pretty much to be expected in BlackMetal, Portland, OR's Hail have taken this trope to its extreme with their extremely limited CD-R pressings. Most of them have only 30 copies printed. Their first album, ''Crimson Madrigal'', had a [[SarcasmMode much larger]] 93. Pretty much their only release that hasn't fallen victim to this trope, in fact, is ''Frozen Grave'', which was given a much larger vinyl pressing (of several hundred copies, and with a nearly seventeen-minute bonus track) by label Pesanta Urfolk.
* Music/{{Stratovarius}} tends to release multiple bonus songs for each of their albums that are often only obtainable in limited runs. Although this was alleviated with their release of ''Intermission'', their later bonus songs are difficult to find, especially in the US. ''Nemesis'' has a Japanese only release and ''Elements'' has releases only available in France and Japan, making single bonus tracks very expensive. The [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition special edition]] tracks are even harder to find. ''Elysium'', for instance, has three bonus tracks that were only available on a record single in the special edition and they have not received a digital release.

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* Real Life's debut album ''Heartland'' which includes the original version of "Send Me an Angel", has never seen a CD reissue, [[NoExportForYou except as a very limited run in their homeland of Australia]]. It is, however, available on major MP3 stores. There's also the rare extended promo edition of "Send Me an Angel", which has an awesome piano break not heard in the short version.
* All of the Art of Noise's albums between 1985 and 1998 are astonishingly rare, as their record company went bust and all of the albums are deleted. Don't even get into the B-sides and single edits... a compilation has released about eleven songs out of three albums and their singles' B-sides, and it's the only commercial release there is; there's a torrent going around with an almost complete discography, and their first/last company ZTT have released practically everything they have, to the point of releasing a four disc compilation of studio off-cuts, but that's your lot. Rumour has it that the mastertapes for the albums have been lost.
** This one's been partially rescued! A re-release of the band's second album (and first album under China Records) is scheduled for May 2017, and it includes all B-sides and out-takes from that period.
* Music/DonnaSummer's 1981 album, ''I'm a Rainbow'', was a deliberate effort to shed her 1970s disco diva image. However, her label, Geffen Records, was unhappy with the result, and the album in its entirety would not be released for another 15 years, despite the circulation of bootleg copies of the album. A small number of the tracks also appeared on film soundtracks during the 1980s. This would also be her last collaboration with famed composer-producer Music/GiorgioMoroder.
* Music/PeterSchilling is known in the United States mostly for his single "Major Tom (Coming Home)", but good luck in finding copies of his albums ''Things to Come'' and ''Error in the System'', both of which are loaded with spaced-out themes and weren't released on CD.
* The track "Don't Worry" from Music/TheB52s album ''Whammy!'' was a ShoutOut to a Music/YokoOno track of the same name, and the group credited Ono in the liner notes. Ono didn't see it as such and threatened to sue; the B-52's changed it in subsequent pressings to a re-recording of a track from their first album. Only those who had the first pressings of ''Whammy!'' have the original song.
* Music/DexysMidnightRunners had three albums released in their original formation years. ''Searching for Young Soul Brothers'' and ''Too-Rye-Aye'' are regularly reissued and listened to by fans. Their final album, ''Don't Stand Me Down'', however, was a commercial and critical failure, and has thus failed to have any successful print runs on CD. Throughout the 80s and 90s, nobody seemed to really care. However, as the band quickly got VindicatedByHistory, people heard some of the songs on YouTube and were drooling over how great the album really sounded. The album runs for about $119 minimum on Amazon and that just seems to be for the Vinyl version. The [=CDs=] are somehow even ''more'' expensive despite them being more recent. Critical opinion of the album has vastly improved, with it now being named one of the band's shining moments. (The album is now available on iTunes, though the bonus tracks found on some reissues are absent.)
* The only way to legally obtain the extended version of New Wave band B-movie's best known song, 'Nowhere Girl', is by tracking down the 'Nowhere Girl' EP, which hasn't been reprinted since the 1980s. The short version ''can'' be found on the soundtrack to the film ''200 Cigarettes'', and re-recordings of the song are on iTunes.
* Until a few years ago, the concert film ''Urgh! A Music War'', featuring performances by the likes of Music/OingoBoingo, Music/ThePolice, and Music/TheDeadKennedys was unavailable for purchase on any digital media, due to rights issues. Currently, there is an official DVD release, of sorts - Warner Archive has an online shop where it's selling an un-remastered, un-restored version as a download or burned-on-demand DVD-R, with the original trailer as the only extra.
* Music/OingoBoingo's farewell concert, titled just ''Farewell'', is out of print. Before that, there was a VHS and DVD put out. The DVD usually goes for more than $100 used. The album is still available on iTunes and Amazon MP3, but physical copies have also been taken out of circulation too.

* ''Xaman'', the second LP by UK cult noise-rock group Skullflower, is a particularly JustForFun/{{egregious}} example of this. Not only is the album almost certainly never going to be released due to clashes over mixing between principles Stefan Jaworzyn and Matthew Bower, but the CD version suffers from a defect known as "disc rot", rendering possibly all such copies unplayable by this date. This leaves only the original vinyl album in official circulation, but even this is fairly rare, expensive, and missing several songs. To add insult to injury, it is generally agreed among fans that ''Xaman'' is Skullflower's best album, not to mention one of their most accessible releases. Hence, the release ''only'' survives in full via file-sharing.
** ''Xaman'', and three other early Skullflower albums, were finally re-released in 2013 as part of the "Kino" series.
* The Japanese noise-rock/psychedelic rock band Music/LesRallizesDenudes are possibly the ultimate example of this trope, as they have never officially released any material. All the available releases are bootlegs, though it's rumoured that band leader Takashi Mizutani is secretly behind and/or has approved some of them. However, since Mizutani also takes ReclusiveArtist to extremes (owing in part to a hijacking incident in which a former band member was involved; it's not even currently known whether Mizutani is still alive), it will likely never be known for certain. The band barely even recorded anything in the studio after TheSixties, apart from one brief attempt in 1980, owing to some unpleasant experiences the band had in its few abortive attempts at making a studio recording (the band was particularly dissatisfied with the sound quality of the recordings).

* Many of Gian-Carlo Menotti's operas, including ''Maria Golovin'', ''Labyrinth'', and ''Goya'', were shown on TV perhaps once, and never re-released. ''Labyrinth'' has yet to have any other recording, and all that exists of ''Maria Golovin'' is an LP record released by [[Creator/RCARecords RCA Victor]]. Though there was a CD recording of ''Goya''. Likewise, the original radio broadcast of ''The Old Maid and the Thief'' has yet to be re-released.

* A notable exception to the EP removal phenomenon is Music/{{Lorde}}. Due to her popularity, her debut EP ''The Love Club'' was simply re-released with a cover of Music/TheReplacements' "Swingin' Party" replacing "[[SignatureSong Royals]]". Eventually, all the tracks from ''The Love Club'' were added to the "Extended" reissue of ''Pure Heroine''.
* Bootleg-swapping was once a vital part of community building in the Music/{{ABBA}} fandom, largely because of the sizeable amount of material that remains unreleased. Most of it is from the post-Visitors sessions, like the Chess demos and "Just Like That" (which has gathered hype like a rolling snowball due to its unreleased status). This declined sharply after Universal Music sued ABBAMAIL — the biggest ABBA fan site/organization — for selling unreleased material as a fundraising measure. This fatally crippled the group and its founders, leading to the site's demise a short time later. [[SarcasmMode Yeah, that'll learn 'em.]]
* "No Goodbyes", an alternate version of "I Want It That Way" by the Music/BackstreetBoys, was never commercially released (although it was widely circulated via [=P2P=]).
* Ditto for "Pure Intuition", the English version of Music/{{Shakira}}'s "Las de las Intuicion".
* Before they signed with Hopeless (and graduated from high school), Music/AllTimeLow had two releases on a regional imprint: ''The Three Words to Remember in Dealing with the End,'' an EP; and ''The Party Scene,'' a full-length. There were only a thousand legal physical copies made of both [=CDs=]. Five of the songs on the latter were re-recorded on ''Put Up or Shut Up'' ("Break Out! Break Out!", "The Girl's a Straight-Up Hustler", "The Party Scene", "Running from Lions", and "Lullabies"), but the rest have been out of print for years and are almost never played live, so the only way to hear them is to track down an MP3 download somewhere. In fact, ATL's Alex Gaskarth apparently has the only known physical copy of the former, which suggests that he himself leaked it. "The Party Scene" is ''incredibly'' easy to find on the internet for free or for a cheap price, despite there being no legal way to obtain it.
* There is one known copy of the album ''Around the World'' by Swedish bubblegum band Cosmo4 in existence, in the hands of a music blog owner who reviewed the album. Not even the members of the band have any idea how on Earth he got it, nor do they have copies of the tracks. The record label announced the album's release back in 2007, [[ScheduleSlip constantly delayed it until December 2009]], [[{{Vaporware}} and its supposed December 2009 release date came and went without another word]]. The songs "Peek-a-Boo", "What's Your Name", "Mexico", and "Adios Amigos" are fairly easy to acquire due to receiving official single releases. Other songs are harder to come by, but they're out there if you look hard enough - they're mostly available on Thai bootleg compilations. Two songs, however, "I Think We're Alone Now" and "What's Not to Like", remain non-existent.
* ''Sinatra Jobim'', the second collaboration between Music/FrankSinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim, produced only a vinyl test pressing and 3,500 8-track tapes. When the release was cancelled (due to Sinatra having second doubts about the album's sales potential), Warner Bros. issued a recall to retailers. At least five tapes escaped the recall and are still out there, but [[http://www.8trackheaven.com/archive/sinatra.html they're ridiculously expensive]]. However, 7 of the 10 tracks were included on ''Sinatra & Company'' the next year and the complete track order of ''Sinatra Jobim'' was reproduced on 2010's ''Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings'' as tracks 11 through 20.
* Music/TheBeachBoys' ''Summer In Paradise'' may be one of the most hated albums of all time, but it is also one of the most sought after CD's in existence. Having sold a reported less than 10,000 copies upon release (and forcing their publisher to go out of business), the album was actually fairly quickly pulled off the shelves. It's said that there are less than 1,000 copies in circulation, though you could probably easily find them in a thrift shop by accident.
* In 2001, Music/KatyPerry (under her birth name, Katy Hudson) released a self-titled contemporary Christian album. The record label went out of business and only about 100 copies were sold. The album is not currently available through any legal means, and copies sold on the secondary market sell for several hundreds of dollars.
* In 2016, MandyJiroux made a song called "Insane" that was heavily derivative from the Melonhead single "No Rain," but not a formal cover. Following a complicated and unique lawsuit centering around what exactly Melonhead had or hadn't authorized Jiroux to do, the song was ultimately ordered by the court to be purged from everything, and is now largely impossible to find anywhere online.
* While the 2010 box set ''Music/MichaelJackson's Vision'' claimed to have collected all of Music/MichaelJackson's music videos on DVD, there were some notable omissions:
** The biggest one was the ShortFilm ''[[Film/MichaelJacksonsGhosts Ghosts]]'' (1997) -- only VHS and Video CD releases exist, and those didn't even make it to North America (the best one could do was tape it from Creator/{{MTV}} or Creator/VH1 over 2001-02). The DVD box set ''does'' include the condensed version used to promote its title song.
** Two videos made for songs he did with The Jacksons, "Torture" (1984) and "2300 Jackson Street" (1989). Granted, he didn't appear on screen in the former (a waxwork of him served as a stand-in instead).
** "Whatzupwitu", a 1993 Creator/EddieMurphy song he made an appearance on. This may or may not have to do with the fact that a 1999 MTV special voted it the third worst music video of all time (and [[{{Narm}} not without good reason]]).
** ''Music/HistoryPastPresentAndFutureBookI'' had a remix that was made into a music video. Again, Jackson did not personally appear in it -- clips from past music videos were used instead. You can watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7Olc0-Ouog here]].
*** Back in 1993, "Who Is It" got the same treatment in North America to promote an MTV "make your own video for this song" contest, while overseas viewers got an actual video directed by David Fincher. The Fincher version is the only one that's appeared on compilations.
** Also, while the original music video for "Blood on the Dance Floor" was included, a remix was included instead of the original song.
** And that's not even going into the myriad of unreleased songs that have circulated online via leaks; [[https://lostmediawiki.com/Michael_Jackson_(partially_found_unpublished_songs_from_American_musician;_1974-2009) this article]] from the Wiki/LostMediaWiki has a pretty thorough list of the unreleased tracks that we know exist, specifically marking the ones that have and haven't been either leaked or officially released posthumously.
* Creator/{{Madonna}}:
** 2009's ''Celebration'' DVD set features most of her music videos, but it doesn't include any of the videos (plural) for 1983's "Holiday", either due to OldShame or simply relegating them to CanonDiscontinuity. The three versions varied wildly in quality, and are nearly unknown even by diehard fans. The first is a PerformanceVideo where Madonna and her two backup dancers perform beside a pool backed by a miniature waterfall. The second is the same as the first, except overlaid with garish special effects. The third (and most likely well-known) is another performance video that takes place in a studio, where Madonna and her dancers perform in front of a man dressed in pajamas and watching them. Confusing things further is that the live performance in the ''Truth or Dare'' documentary was referred to as the "official" music video, but doesn't appear on the ''Celebration'' collection (instead, the "music video" is her performance from ''Series/TopOfThePops'' in 1983). According to [[http://blogcritics.org/interview-curtis-hudson-lisa-stevens-songwriters/ this interview]] with the song's composers, Warner Brothers never officially produced a music video for it, leaving the status of the (likely unsolicited) three videos in a weird limbo.
** The extended music video for "Lucky Star" (which repeats the chorus several times and has much more footage of Madonna writhing around) hasn't been officially released since its inclusion on a promo video in 1984. Copies pop up on Youtube every so often.
** The alternate U.S. music video of "True Blue" was the result of a contest winner during Creator/{{MTV}}'s "Make My Video" contest in 1984, but was never officially released on any VHS or DVD.
* ''Songlines'', the music video compilation film by Music/{{Alphaville}}, had a limited theatrical run in Germany, and hasn't seen an official release since its original VHS and laserdisc printings in 1989. Unfortunately, copies are nearly impossible to find secondhand, and versions on Youtube are either low quality, watermarked, or both.

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* Music/PinkFloyd's ''Masters of Rock'' went out of print before the transition to CD, and many of the songs on it are original singles that were only ever released individually, or on ''Masters of Rock''. However, being a compilation, all songs from the album are available on other Music/PinkFloyd releases. The reason its collectable and demands high prices from Pink Floyd completists is because it includes a rare radio edit of the song "It Would Be So Nice" and alternate mixes of the songs "Julia Dream" and "Apples and Oranges".
** "Scream Thy Last Scream" and "Vegetable Man" are two Pink Floyd songs that have never been officially released and only appear in bootlegs. They are notable due to being the last songs completed with Syd Barrett. Barrett was already [[CreatorBreakdown off the deep end]] at that time, and the surviving members of the band feel that those recordings poignantly illustrate his drug-induced insanity.
** ''The Early Singles'' released as part of the ''Shine On'' box set remains the only way to hear some of their early B-sides on CD and can fetch a mean price, usually in excess of $50.
** The band's early rarities were released in November 2016 in a box set called ''The Early Years'', which features the first official releases of several tracks and in higher quality than they've ever been offered before. The problem: The set is [[CrackIsCheaper a whopping $550]].
* Music/SoundHorizon's early albums were published as {{doujin}} works and therefore only had a very limited run. While all of the [=CDs=] are available for illegal download online, physical copies sell for hundreds of bucks on Yahoo! Auctions Japan, and they will probably never get an official reprint.
* Surprisingly for a band as commercially successful as Music/{{Yes}}, their 1994 studio album ''Talk'' is very scarce, having only been printed once before its distributor Victory Music went bankrupt, and once again in 2002 when Eagle Rock acquired the rights. Every other Yes album is a click away on sites like Amazon, but ''Talk'' requires finding a used copy at inflated prices.
* When Music/{{Genesis}}' albums were remastered in 2008 and 2009, they became subject to LoudnessWar issues which, while not as severe as those on some other reissues of classic rock releases, nonetheless sucked a large amount of dynamic range out of the music (which, as any Genesis fan will tell you, was a large part of what made their music so interesting). Unfortunately, these versions have displaced the earlier, more dynamic versions as the most commonly available versions of the albums, making the band's work fall into this trope.

* Music/TheGratefulDead is very likely the TropeCodifier for music. They have an official live discography numbering in the hundreds of releases, but they are the most thoroughly documented live band in the history of recorded music, with literally thousands of shows recorded in soundboard quality. Tape trading among the fan base (Deadheads) is so prevalent that one of the band’s shows, the May 8, 1977, performance at Cornell University's Barton Hall, was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry before it had even been officially released (it was ultimately given an official release for its 40th anniversary). The widespread tape trading resulted in several other shows gaining an almost legendary mystique, and has very likely contributed to demand for those performances and boosted the band’s sales as a result. Indeed, some writers have credited Deadheads’ tape trading as being equally responsible for the band’s revival in commercial fortunes during the late ’80s as their hit “Touch of Grey” was, since the boom in tape trading occurred around the same time; in all likelihood, the two factors had a symbiotic effect.

* Music/BadReligion's second album ''Into the Unknown'' will most likely never make it to CD, although this is actually a deliberate case of CanonDiscontinuity on the part of the band themselves (see its entry in OldShame for details on why). That said, it has been reissued on vinyl... but is only available as part of the box set ''30 Years of Bad Religion'', which features records of all 15 studio albums the band had released up to 2010.
* Amen's ''Join or Die'' (also known as ''Buy American'' on some releases), the album that Virgin Records refused to release, was later released by the band's own label, but only for about 2000 or so copies. None of the songs on the album have been released ever again (except a couple on a live album) and even the band themselves said that fans who didn't have it were better off getting it through "other means" than waiting for a reissue.
* Rocket from the Tombs were a proto-punk band that formed in 1974 in Cleveland, Ohio and broke up a year later without getting much attention or getting a record out. Later, bootlegs of live shows and rehearsals started attracting a bit of a cult fandom, particularly because the band spun off into the better known acts Music/PereUbu and The Dead Boys (both bands recorded their own versions of Rocket from the Tombs songs). There was finally an official release in 2002 when indie label Fire Fidelity issued ''The Day the Earth Met the Rocket from the Tombs'', collecting material from said bootlegs into a 70 minute CD. Said CD didn't have great sound quality, but it helped bring about more interest in the material: Enough so that the band reunited the next year, with Television guitarist Richard Lloyd replacing the late Peter Laughner, and finally released their first proper album ''Rocket Redux'', featuring new studio versions of their 70's material.
* The Screamers were one of the earliest punk groups to prominently use synthesizers, they got some notable press coverage and sold out shows in their native Los Angeles while they were together, and they have been cited as an influence by bands like Music/DeadKennedys. They also never officially released any recordings in their six years of existence: They planned on making their first "album" a series of music videos (though this idea was decided on years before MTV was around), but broke up before this could be finished. Target Video officially released a dvd of a live performance from 1978, but otherwise one has to resort to bootlegged concerts or rehearsal tapes to hear them.
* SkaPunk group Downfall's only album ''Ready for Action'' is a MissingEpisode that, [[http://larrylivermore.com/?p=2550 for complicated reasons]], will likely never see official release. Although the band were extremely short-lived, they're notable for bridging two more well-known bands: They were formed by Tim Armstrong, Matt Freeman, and Pat Mello shortly after the dissolution of cult favorite SkaPunk band Operation Ivy, and Armstrong and Freeman would soon move on to form {{Music/Rancid}}. A poor quality version of the album eventually started circulating online - a reportedly much better remix by [[Music/BadReligion Brett Gurewitz]], for a scrapped release on Epitaph Records, exists but has yet to leak. Their only officially released output is limited to appearances on punk compilations, and only the songs "North Berkley" and "My City" were ever released on CD. There's also a bootleg of one of their few concerts [[note]]they only ever played live together three times[[/note]], notable for including a few original songs that were left off the album as well as a cover of Op Ivy's "I Got No".
* ''Let Them Eat Jellybeans!'' was a 1981 HardcorePunk compilation issued by [[Music/DeadKennedys Jello Biafra's]] Alternative Tentacles label notable for featuring songs from Music/DeadKennedys, Music/BadBrains, Music/BlackFlag, and others. It was only ever issued on LP, and is likely to never be available digitally or on CD except for in bootleg form - according to the Alternative Tentacles official site, Music/BlackFlag won't give permission to use their music, another unnamed band featured on the compilation had a "falling out" with Jello, and Jello has declined to reissue it with two missing songs. Most of the songs featured on the compilation are otherwise available in some form; However, the version of Music/BlackFlag's "Police Story" is an otherwise unreleased version with Dez Cadena on vocals [[note]]as opposed to the ''Damaged'' version with Music/HenryRollins or the ''Everything Went Black'' version with Ron Reyes[[/note]], and Music/DeadKennedys' "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" is also a different recording than either the single version or the version heard on ''In God We Trust, Inc''.

* As mentioned below, many old-school rap releases tend to get hit by this trope hard, due to the legal issues that emerge from [[SampledUp sampling other records]], the tendency for late 70s/early '80s rappers to perform live more than record, getting [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed by the label]], and more.
* Music/{{Eminem}} has quite a few of these, often related to his early work. Generally speaking, if it is an Eminem release before 1998, it will fall under this trope.
** Eminem's 1996 debut album ''Infinite'' was this trope twice. It was practically impossible to obtain legally, due to a very limited release in the Detroit area before he got famous. For a ''very'' brief time in 2009, ''Infinite'' was legally released as a free download on Music/FiftyCent's website. It has since been taken down, and Eminem is unlikely to re-release it, due to it him publicly referring to it as OldShame.
** The ''Slim Shady EP'', which saw the emergence of Eminem's "Slim Shady" alter-ego and helped him get signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath label, has never been rereleased since its 1998 release. Some of the tracks eventually became part of the ''Slim Shady LP'', but the majority of the album has not been rereleased.
** The ''Straight from the Lab EP'' is this if you don't live in Europe. Originally a seven track bootleg mixtape, nine other tracks, from varying sources, were thrown on for a European release by Universal Music in late 2003. While a few of the tracks got official releases as ''Encore'' bonus tracks("Love You More" or "We As Americans") or as part of ''D12 World'' ("Come On In" was retitled "Six In The Morning"), most of them are only available through downloading.
** Many of Eminem's early guest appearances are practically impossible to find these days, including "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YasO5-hnIkU that underground shit [he] did with Skam]]".
* Music/RunDMC's "It's Tricky" was briefly pulled from circulation in 2005 due to copyright infringement from sampling The Knack's "My Sharona". It was quickly back in print, however.
* Pharoahe Monch's 1999 album ''Internal Affairs'' is a particularly gear-grinding example - widely regarded as a classic, highly accessible, and far and away Monch's most successful solo record, but has been out of print since 1999 because of disputes with his label and sampling issues.
* Hip-Hop collective {{Music/OFWGKTA}} have an absolutely massive discography (one fan has counted over 500 songs), but new fans will have to resort to torrents to get over half of it - so many of their albums have been taken down from their original upload sites (anything uploaded on [=LimeLinx=], for example), as well as many unofficial mixtapes and collections not having an official upload in the first place means the tapes must be circulated.
* The Music/BeastieBoys' first single was a song called "Rock Hard" that was based on an obvious Music/{{ACDC}} sample repeated throughout the song. AC/DC denied the Beasties permission to include the song on their greatest-hits CD and as a result, the song, which was one of the greatest Beastie Boys songs, can only be attainable through original copies or bootlegs.
* You may know that Shaquille O'Neal has released several rap albums. ''Shaquille O'Neal Presents His Superfriends, Vol. 1'' was going to be one of them, originally scheduled for a 2001 release which never materialized, and Shaq's rap career never continued. An AllMusic reviewer [[http://www.allmusic.com/album/shaquille-oneal-presents-his-superfriends-vol-1-mw0000974534 somehow got a hold of the album]], but only a few singles remain of this album. While Shaq is often SoBadItsGood on the mic, the album also had guest verses from other rappers such as Music/{{Common}}, [[Music/TheRoots Black Thought]], and Nate Dogg. Two singles ("In the Sun" and "Make It Hot") and a video ("Connected") are all that remains of this project, and they were never given anything other than a promotional release.
* Several artists have had songs (but not the albums they were released on) get relegated to CanonDiscontinuity.
** Music/SnoopDogg's ''Doggystyle'' is a beloved West Coast classic and is very easy to obtain - unless you're looking for the original 1993 release which had "Gz Up, Hoez Down", which was removed from all subsequent pressings due to sample clearance issues. Unlike some of Snoop's other shelved songs, this one hasn't been rereleased in some form.
** Similarly, most fans of Music/{{Nas}} have never heard "Braveheart Party" from his ''Stillmatic'' album, because it was ExiledFromContinuity in 2002 at the request of Mary J. Blige, who sang the hook for the track. Like the ''Doggystyle'' example above, "Braveheart Party" can only be heard on the original 2001 pressing. The song is somewhat of a BigLippedAlligatorMoment both thematically and in terms of quality on ''Stillmatic'', though, so this case didn't cause as much fan backlash.
* Much of Nujabes' music is out of print in the United States. If you intend to order a Nujabes album on Amazon, be willing to pay at least $50.
** Some of the attempts at digitally releasing Nujabes' music outside of Japan have often run into this, usually due to legal disputes between Hydeout Productions and the foreign partner. Albums such as ''Metaphorical Music'' have been released on iTunes and then removed extremely quickly, due to [[https://medium.com/indie-music-listeners/digi-crates-records-the-jun-nujabes-seba-scam-cd7b78d9a721 sketchy business on the part of foreign partner]].
* Music/SnoopDogg's debut tape, a 1991 release entitled "Over the Counter" has never been found in full.
* Due to the fact that much of it consisted of extremely amateur, low-fidelity recordings, the Music/InsaneClownPosse has neglected to re-release a majority of their Inner City Posse catalog, save the more professional "Bassment Cuts" album and "Dog Beats" EP. One of the other albums ("Intelligence and Violence") only circulates in bootleg form, while others ("Enter The Ghetto Zone", the "Ghetto Territory" EP, and an alleged album called "Bass-Ment!" that even their autobiography fails to mention) have never emerged. Likewise, the two homemade singles recorded as the JJ Boyz, "Party at the Top of the Hill" and a prototype "Southwest Song," may not even exist anymore.
* Many, many early Hip-Hop acts have essentially been lost to the mists of time, being groups that did not actually record music, instead simply playing live shows. Thus, we know that (for example) Darryl C & The Crash Crew were fairly popular at one point, but we have very little of their music.
* If it wasn't for Website/YouTube a lot of old school hip-hop videos (and old skool vids in general) would have been lost into the ether. There isn't a Creator/VH1 Classic for urban music videos. There was BETJ but they only played a few token old skool vids -- same with Centric. Even then HipHop was ''persona non grata.'' But Website/YouTube was a great source for old school urban music vids....Excluding the whole WMG thing of course.
* The original version of [[Music/{{JayZ}} Jay Z]]'s "Wishing on a Star" was only released on the UK version of ''Vol. 1...In My Lifetime''. Although various re-releases have included remixes, the song itself fits this trope for the rest of the world.

* King Avriel, in response to a fan's Tumblr question about a downloadable version of the teaser version of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0PCaU6t8Kw Freedom]]'', encouraged people to watch it on YouTube to increase her exposure, but also gave express permission to "totally DL it illegally so you can bump it in your headphones".
* After Music/{{Aaliyah}}'s tragic death in a plane crash in 2001, her albums except for her first one are near impossible to obtain legally except through illegal downloads, or as used [=CDs=]. This is because her uncle and head of her record label, Blackground Records, controls the rights to her music except for her first album. After she died, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork he subsequently just let her music go out of print and refuses to release or allow online access to it]]. Unfortunately, as a side effect from her death, he has refused to release ''any'' music at all on the label after Timbaland's 2009 release of ''Shock Value II'', stranding its artists and producers in DevelopmentHell, forcing them to sue him to release them from their contracts (''especially'' Music/JoJo; it took her 10 years to be able to fully release a new album).

* Most of Music/BobSeger's albums prior to 1975 are out of print and may never be released again as long as Seger is still alive, because Seger has made [[OldShame his displeasure to those albums]] well-known. A select handful of those albums, including his debut LP ''Ramblin' Gamblin Man'', ''Smokin' O.P[='=]s'' and ''Mongrel'' have seen limited distribution on CD (and consequently, making those as rare as the original vinyl issues) in the early 90's, but are not as widely available as his post-mid-late 70's career. This means that the original studio version of "Turn the Page" (included in the out-of-print ''Back in '72'') and his anti-Vietnam anthem "2 + 2 = ?" have become valuable rarities. Seger was one of the last major music stars to release his back catalog to streaming, and even then ''Ramblin' Gamblin' Man'' was his only pre-1975 album to make its way to Spotify and Apple while ''Smokin' O.P[='=]s'' is back in print as a remastered CD reissue.
* Music/PeterGabriel, in the early 1980s, recorded versions of ''Melt'' and ''Security'' with all of the songs sung in German. Some fans prefer the German albums over the widely-released English-language versions. While the German-language version of ''Melt'' is mainly a straight re-dub of the vocals, the German version of ''Security'' has some other differences: The songs are presented in a slightly different order, certain songs are give a noticeable [[TheNotRemix "not-remix"]], one song was re-recorded to include an exclusive coda and some tracks run either longer or shorter than their English language counterparts.
* The Desert Storm remix of Music/{{Styx}}'s "Show Me the Way" has never been released on any format, nor has it been heard on the radio since March, 1991.
** There are countless "DJ-only" remixes that don't get released to the public.
** The reason why this version hasn't been released is because Styx themselves hate it. The remix was done without their permission and they didn't like that the song was being used to state a political message. Eventually, they had the remix pulled from stations.
** Another Styx example: Even though they occasionally perform the song "A Criminal Mind" live with their new lead singer, Lawrence Gowan (who originally recorded it during his solo career back in the 80s), none of their albums contains a cover of the track. The ONLY WAY to hear Styx and Gowan singing "A Criminal Mind" is to head over to YouTube or check certain concert [=DVDs=]... and most of the YouTube clips were filmed with cellphones, so the audio quality isn't all that great anyways. Oh, and the DVD versions ALWAYS use the shortened version of the song to fit it in the 5-minute mark rather than its actual length (7:02).
* Almost all of Music/TheBeatles' music is available on CD, but although a couple of songs from their 1962 Decca session were included on the ''Music/TheBeatlesAnthology 1'' set, others such as "Love of the Loved" are still only available on bootlegs. After 1991, most of the American Capitol Beatles albums went out of print. The ones issued in 1963 & 1964 got reissued in a limited edition boxset, which is likely out of print by now. Because of lack of demand, the others weren't. The latter were rescued by the official Beatles Capitol Box Set.
** ''Film/LetItBe'' is an especially annoying case. It was last legally released in 1991 (VHS and laserdisc). If it is released again, it will likely not be the same edit as was first aired in theaters. And, geniuses that Apple Corps are, they released the remix tie-in to the film, ''Let It Be... Naked'', teased us to think the film would be coming out shortly, but didn't actually release it! (It was available for some time on Netflix, though.)
* ''[[Music/{{Squeeze 1973}} Squeeze]]'', an album by the Music/VelvetUnderground (InNameOnly), has never been issued on CD and likely never will. The only way of attaining the album is through vinyl copies or bootlegs.
** A rather large number of songs the band wrote were only performed live. Some of this circulated for years as bootlegs before finally being released officially, some of it is still available only as bootlegs, and some [[MissingEpisode has apparently never been recorded]]. (The band's longest song, "Sweet Sister Ray", which runs for over thirty-eight minutes, falls into both the latter categories; it is available only as a bootleg, and it is not available as a complete performance, since the song "Sister Ray", to which it is an intro, was not captured in its entirety during the sole known recording of "Sweet Sister Ray".)
* There was one album covering an interview between Music/PaulMcCartney and ''Magazine/RollingStone'' magazine, released in 1980. It was recalled the day after it was issued for copyright reasons.
** ''The Concert for Kampuchea'', organised by Paul and released late 1979-early 1980, is out of print these days. It doesn't help that this is a charity concert album that failed in its cause. (Kampuchea was where Cambodia is.)
** The Music/{{Wings}} concert film ''Rockshow'' is considerably harder to find than ''Wings Over America'', the live album for that tour. Paul is officially remastering and re-releasing both the ''Wings Over America'' album and a DVD of ''Rockshow'' [[http://www.paulmccartney.com/news-blogs/news/27499-wings-over-america-to-be-reissued-in-may in May 2013]].
* The original 1982 master recording of Buckner & Garcia's ''Pac-Man Fever'' is owned by Sony, who has no plans to re-release it on CD. Thus, the version that's currently circulating is a re-recording that was made for K-Tel, those infamous purveyors of "re-recorded by the original artist" [=CDs=].
* Music/DavidBowie examples:
** "Too Dizzy" was deleted from all reissues of 1987's ''Never Let Me Down''. Bowie historian Nicholas Pegg theorizes in ''The Complete David Bowie'' that it's OldShame for Bowie because of its lyrics. It's supposed to be a {{Silly Love Song|s}}, but the lyrical monologue by a man to a reluctant woman who already has a lover carries the UnfortunateImplications that he's a stalker willing to physically harm her to get what he wants.
** ''Toy'', which featured re-recorded versions of some very early singles, was never officially released due to copyright issues, but leaked online in 2011 and can only be obtained through file-sharing sites.
** While most of Music/DavidBowie's music videos have been legitimately released on one format or another, there are exceptions:
*** ''All'' the videos he made as part of the HardRock group Tin Machine over 1989–91 were left off of his compilation programs. The good news is that EMI uploaded videos and clips from the multi-song featurette promoting the group's first album to Website/YouTube's [=VEVO=] service; the bad news is that they didn't release the second album, so they couldn't do the same with its videos. There's also a concert video, ''Oy Vey, Baby -- Tin Machine Live at the Docks'', that was only made available on VHS.
*** "China Girl", "Loving the Alien", and "Day-In Day-Out" all suffered censorship cuts to varying degrees. The only way to find the original versions of them is to track down their initial (or, in the case of "Loving the Alien", first two) appearances on VHS.
*** Due to being [[Main/VideoFullOfFilmClips videos full of film clips]] in which he doesn't appear onscreen, and the films themselves warranting only VanillaEdition treatment on DVD, "This Is Not America" (''Film/TheFalconAndTheSnowman'') and "Real Film/CoolWorld" are stuck in limbo.
*** There is an alternate version of the "Fame '90" video that has a substantial number of different clips -- some of which are from ''Film/PrettyWoman'', as the song appeared on its soundtrack as well as his 1990 GreatestHitsAlbum ''Changesbowie''. Created for Creator/VH1, this edit does not appear on compilations but has turned up on [=VH1=] Classic.
* ''Live Yardbirds: Featuring Jimmy Page'' was recorded by Music/TheYardbirds in 1968, but the band didn't like it, and broke up soon after. Creator/EpicRecords released it (with some strange crowd sound effect overdubs) in 1971 to capitalize on Jimmy Page's recent success with Music/LedZeppelin. Page successfully sought legal injunctions against the album, taking it out of print and making it the rarest Yardbirds album ''ever''. It only saw one limited release on CD in 2000, which sold out almost immediately.
* ''Forty Licks'', the most comprehensive GreatestHitsAlbum by Music/TheRollingStones, has been out of print since 2008 due to rights issues. Though a more comprehensive one, ''GRRR!'' came out in 2012, and even included one of the four new songs from ''Forty Licks''.
* ''Buckingham Nicks'', the album Lindsey Buckingham and Music/StevieNicks made in 1973 prior to joining Music/FleetwoodMac two years later, has never had a legit CD release and likely never will.
* Music/TheDoors' two albums minus Jim Morrison, ''Other Voices'' and ''Full Circle'', have never been legitimately released on CD except in Russia and probably never will. The only way for people to obtain either one is through [=iTunes=], but [[FanonDiscontinuity neither the fans]] [[CanonDiscontinuity nor the band]] would care any less about them. Update: These 2 albums have been reissued in 2015 as a 2 CD set.
* For those of you who want songs from Los Bravos but are disappointed to find compilations with only one, maybe two, of their songs (mostly "Black Is Black"), your best bet is to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, [=iTunes=], etc. Full albums of their songs are almost exclusive to their native Spain.
* Due to being from Czechoslovakia, the only way for the Western world to hear the Matadors in the 1960's was through radio stations in East Berlin. Finding their music is still rare even on Amazon.
* The Idle Race, a late '60s band that once had a young [[Music/ElectricLightOrchestra Jeff Lynne]], has had little success even to this day. Even a "Best of" compilation fetches a minimum of $15 on Amazon.
* The Scottish band Marmalade definitely counts. Yes, it's hard to get anything of theirs on Amazon under $15.00.
* Now that the band has relegated it to CanonDiscontinuity, ''Music/VanHalen III'' will probably never see the light of day again.
* Released posthumously in 1986 to little fanfare, ''Menlove Ave.'' has never seen a CD release and probably never will, making it the rarest Music/JohnLennon album on the market.
* Music/TheCult released a box set called "Rare Cult" (not to be confused with Best Of Rare Cult, which was a collection of B-Sides) which was a 6 CD set that contained outtakes, demos, alternate mixes and the (at the time) unreleased album "Peace". A lot of stuff from the boxset hasn't been rereleased and can only be obtained here. As a result, it tends to demand a hefty price, usually upwards of $350.
** There was also another version of Rare Cult containing a bonus CD with alternate mixes of some of their songs that is even rarer.
*** ''Even rarer'' still is The Demo Sessions box set, which contained several unreleased demo versions of their songs. It was limited to 3000 copies and could only be bought through Beggars Banquet's online shop. As such, it is a highly prized rarity amongst Cult fans and can cost upwards of $500!
* After Spotify took their songs down for an unknown reason, Critical Zone seemingly went extinct.

* ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule'', ''Film/JoeVersusTheVolcano'', and ''Film/TheApple'' have soundtracks that are only available via bootleg nowadays.
* Music/TwoStepsFromHell, X-Ray Dog, Audiomachine, Epic Score, Immediate Music and other trailer music production companies do not make their music available to the general public. A lot of the general public are fans of this type of music. Do the math.
** Ditto for Extreme Music, producers of "Sweet World", ie the Geico Robot Song; several other songs featured in ''VideoGame/InTheGroove''; quite a few songs from AdBumpers on Creator/AdultSwim; that whistling tune from the infamous Enzyte commercial...
** Music/TwoStepsFromHell have caved a little and released 2 commercial albums containing some of their most popular work. Additionally, Thomas Bergersen, one of the two composers for the company, released a public album under his own name.
** Another well-known backing music from commercials that has never seen official release: the fiddle background music on Tom Bodett's "We'll leave the light on for you" radio ads for Motel 6.
* Similar to the above example, Canadian TV network Space (rough Canadian equivalent of Syfy) has been known to make trailers using obscure music. The US version of ''Series/{{Being Human|US}}'' is a good example; in 2012–13, the advert for said show was so popular due to its use of a very sexy R&B/chill/jazz tune that contains the lyrics "''What happens tonight, it's alright, it's okay/Because we're never ever gonna see the cold hard light of day''", but nobody has found it yet. The 2013–14 version was also popular due to its use of a trip-hop song with eerie keyboards and the line "''I don't wanna lie/I'm not like everyone''", which can be found on iTunes and is called "My Condition" off the compilation ''Velvet Ears Fifteen''. That commercial was also replaced with a new one using a blues-rock song, and that one hasn't been found.
** Their advert for {{TV/Salem}} features a metal song that nobody has been able to find yet.
* Soundtracks in general; they're released usually a short time during and after the release of its corresponding work; and then disappear for good. If the medium isn't a game where you can extract sound files, hope that you can find the music on Website/YouTube.
* Most film scores on CD are like this, due to getting limited print runs on boutique labels such as Varese Sarabande and Intrada. One of the rarest soundtrack albums ever is the Creator/VareseSarabande CD Club issue of Music/BasilPoledouris's ''Cherry 2000'', which tended to go as high as $1,000 in auctions. Poledouris himself didn't even have a copy, he gave his to Creator/JohnWaters (who loved the score and got Poledouris to score a pair of films for him). Prometheus later released the score in a pairing with Poledouris's ''No Man's Land'', so such costs are no longer a factor.
* The networks producing ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' miniseries never released the show's epic music score, no matter how badly its fans begged for it. And boy, did they beg! The best fans can do is to rip the sound off the [=DVDs=] or searched on-line. There are files to be found, but there are always some inevitable background noises. Sigh.
* The All Sounds of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Final Fantasy I]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII II]] soundtrack originally included four DummiedOut songs from Final Fantasy II (Battle Scene 3, Dungeon (Reused as The Magic House in Final Fantasy VI), Airship Theme and Shop Theme), and the only release with these four songs is it's [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] 1st release in 1989.
* The Muppets' tie-in albums have been hard to come by for many years.
** ''Muppet Hits: Take 2'', a 1994 compilation CD of songs from ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' (itself compiled from two vinyl releases from TheSeventies), is near-impossible to find for some reason. Like most of the Muppet [=CDs=] Sony Wonder released in the early '90s, all of which are now very difficult to find, it is available in torrent form but the [[DigitalDestruction sound quality is horrible and sounds more like a 99-cent computer microphone stuck up to the CD player than an actual CD rip]]. The few used copies go for upwards of $300. Occasionally it seems that cheaper copies pop up -- but be careful; chances are it's a 3-track promo CD. The first ''Muppet Hits'' CD isn't exactly easy to find either but it's nowhere as difficult to find as its sequel.
** There's '''never''' been a CD release of ''The Muppets Take Manhattan'' soundtrack. And in the decades since its aforementioned Sony Wonder release, ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'''s soundtrack has been MIA. (Averted with ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'', which finally saw a re-release of its soundtrack in 2013.)
* The live-action commercial for ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' uses a musical cue that has never appeared on any official album related to any of Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s properties, and has a string-based orchestral melody that progresses from a soft ballad to a rock-infused final verse. Most fans have created their own versions of the track via recording software, and a remixed/remade version was made available as "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dv75IVBPKI What's Past Is Prologue]]" (a nod to one of the lines said in the trailer) by Theophany on the ''Harmony of a Hunter'' tribute CD, no official version has ever been made available, and track is only available for internal use according to Nintendo's PR division.
* In general, music videos that were tie-ins to movies can be tricky to track down, especially if they fall under the trope VideoFullOfFilmClips. If the DVD release of the movie doesn't include the related videos (inevitable if it's a VanillaEdition), a fan's best hope is to track down video compilations of the artists who performed them -- provided the artists warranted such compilations to begin with -- and hope that rights issues to the clips didn't keep them off ''those''.
* Do you prefer the foreign-language versions of the ''VideoGame/RhythmHeaven'' vocal tracks? Tough luck, because due to Nintendo only releasing ''Rhythm Heaven'' soundtracks in Japan and only including the Japanese-language tracks, the non-Japanese versions have yet to see an official release of any kind. For this same reason, they will also never receive extended versions.
* The music video for the ''Music/MakeItSweet'' version of [=MilkCan=]'s "GOT TO MOVE! (Millennium Girl)" was originally released on Gamespot. However, the page that initially hosted the video is now a dead link, and the only copy of the video can be found in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=0&v=qiVPeMwzQTE a low-quality upload]] on YouTube.
* At least a third of ''VideoGame/{{Descent}} 3'''s music was not included on the OST, although Jerry "Autopilot" Berlongieri released a few such songs as MP3's; sadly, most sites carrying the files are long since defunct. Worse are the completely unreleased songs that have to be pieced together from the game's VariableMix audio files.
* ''VideoGame/OriAndTheBlindForest'' has a ton of music that didn't get released on its OST, although most of it was eventually made available on the free Additional Soundtrack via BandCamp, including the much sought after "Swallow's Nest", "Thornfelt Swamp Ram Battle", "Misty Woods Cleared", "Lava Fields", and "Mount Horu Puzzle Rooms" tracks.
* Lisa Lougheed's ''Evergreen Nights'', the soundtrack album to ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'', was only ever released on vinyl and cassette. It appeared on Grooveshark...and then disappeared from the internet once the website was shut down. There are also several songs from the show, including the original Stephen Lunt version of "Run With Us", that have never been released to the public at all.
* ''VideoGame/PN03'' never had an official OST release, and the one widely available soundtrack rip is missing the Mission 9 EscapeSequence music, which is [[WastedSong difficult to hear in-game]] due to the blaring RedAlert klaxons.
* The semi-official OST to ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' was lost forever as a download once Megaupload was [[ScrewedByTheLawyers shut down]], and can only be listened to on YouTube in rather low quality.
* For some reason, most of David Bridie's soundtracks have been rereleased on his bandcamp site ''except'' for his award winning soundtrack to the 1999 film "In a Savage Land". If you want to listen to it, you'll have to track down the out-of-print cd. Not only is it rare, but also pricey, typically going for $50+.
* ''VideoGame/ChildOfLight'''s OST does not include the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqqWvxCvTk8 Serpent boss]] theme, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdxbd6FspiU Cynbel Sea mook encounter]] theme, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNPbTNYjb_Y Capilli Village]] theme, or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yud4_1LhCL4 cave]] theme, and for some reason omits the [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic awesome]] OminousLatinChanting from "Metal Gleamed in the Twilight" and "Hymn Of Light".
* The English version of the ending credits theme to ''VideoGame/StellaDeusTheGateOfEternity'' is impossible to find on its own without the game itself, even on the Internet.
* The score to the live action version of ''Film/GhostInTheShell'', by Clint Mansell, was offered up for pre-order on numerous music websites and download services, but then suddenly canceled by distributor Lakeshore Records after the release date of March 2017. Fans reached out to Paramount, Lakeshore Records, and Clint Mansell, but none returned a sufficient answer (if any answer) for its cancellation. It could be tied to the film's poor performance, but some suspect it is an issue with legal clearance. In spite of their silence, fans took to the internet and created a petition for its release. Co-Composer Lorne Balfe has told fans it might get a release if there was enough demand for it on social media, and actor Pilou Asbæk told fans he'd speak with the film's director about it, but even after the Blu-Ray release of the film, the film score is still absent. A bootleg rip from the Blu-Ray with dialogue channels removed exist on the internet, as well as single track snippets used to promote the film and score on various websites, but there is still no word on an official release.
* The controversial [[OminousLatinChanting Ominous Arabic Chanting]] in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'''s Fire Temple theme, which was removed from the game's later editions, is also absent from the OST version of the song, which fades out before reaching the chanting part.
* ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'''s Soundtrack was planned to be released, but for lack of popularity, the CD was stopped in pre-orders. Nowadays, the soundtrack is wanted by many fans, but only a short version of the theme song "Look-a-Like" was ever released.

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* Almost all of the bands signed to Creator/ExtasyRecords in the first round (1986-1992), including even some material (media interviews, some live shows that were never released officially, commercial appearances, and various ephemera) from the early eras of the breakout successes Music/XJapan, Music/LunaSea, and Glay.
** X Japan, Luna Sea, and Glay at least have most of their discographies with at least some versions of their songs and performances available for sale (though without piracy, you will find very large holes in each - specifically alternate versions, songs that were written by Music/TaijiSawada for X Japan, and the like will generally ''not'' be there). D'erlanger and Music/TokyoYankees have even less in print/available legally outside of Japan but there is some. Ex-Ans or Der Zibet, for example? If you don't live in Japan and like going through old shops, you have to pirate.
** Material related to the bands has also been deleted from Youtube due to both copyright trolling and news stations on which interviews were broadcast complaining. It's to the point that if you want to preserve the history of Visual Kei or the works of any of the early bands that didn't hit extreme popularity, piracy is a must.

* Good luck finding any of Freddy Wexler's music to buy/download, besides ''one freaking song.'' Some hardcore fans have put up YT videos of some songs (obviously not for download; if you're going to ask them, good luck getting a response), but the quality is...well, it's Youtube. There ''were'' songs on his Myspace, some on his [[http://www.purevolume.com/freddy Purevolume,]] and some that nobody seems to have heard of, save a lucky few. Plus, some of his songs that are on multiple sites are actually separate versions.
** For example, "Dance" on his KiddKraddick-supported website (which is long dead) sounds completely different from his Myspace version...which is now missing.
** For comparison: both BackseatGoodbye and FreddyWexler have been around since 2004, made roughly the same amount of music (assumedly), both unsigned/indie, and Backseat Goodbye has over 100 songs on iTunes (and 50 on Purevolume, a lot of which can be downloaded for free) while Freddy has ''one'' on iTunes and ''four'' on Purevolume (''none'' of which can be downloaded for free).
*** Not to mention that Wexler's gone by 4 different band names in 6 years (yes, ALL the same band), while [[BackseatGoodbye BG]] has had its one band name, plus a side band or two.
* Most early FilkSong tapes, such as those released by Off Centaur Productions in the 1980s, are unlikely to ever be issued again. Rights are again the problem, with many of the publishers, composers, or performers hard to locate. Further problems are from songs based on properties owned by third parties (Franchise/StarWars, Franchise/StarTrek, etc). At the time the tapes flew under the radar, but the rights owners might cause problems with any attempted rerelease.
* Vinyl, tape, and CD singles; there are many, ''many'' that never made it to proper compilation releases, although some of them are the difference of a few seconds, and others are rather questionable mixes. (Some specific examples that come to mind would be the ''Spanish'' version of "Hey Mickey!" on the alternate vinyl 12'' single, or "European Queen" and "African Queen" by Billy Ocean.) There's an enterprising fellow online who owns a lot of these releases from the 80's on vinyl and is dedicated to making high quality rips of them to share; other than that, your best bet may be eBay.
* The second Music/TwentyOnePilots album, ''Regional at Best'', released in 2011, is next-to-impossible to get your hands on legally. Several songs on it (among them "Car Radio," "Ode to Sleep," and "Holding On To You") were rerecorded and rereleased two years later on ''Vessel'', and the band was signed to a major label right after the album was released. Unless you want to fork over a ton of money on an auction site like eBay, you'll have to rip the songs from YouTube.
* Most [[Main/{{Doujinshi}} doujin music]] without digital releases/re-release suffers from this trope once the print run ends, which is very small. That is if the releases are not event-only releases. It certainly does not help that most of them are unavailable outside Japan. In fact, searching for digitally pirated copies, Youtube uploads or some obscure streams will result in failure anyway if no one ever uploads them.
* There is a HUGE number of post-punk bands from the 70s-80s that are incredibly obscure. Most of the bands from the era did what they want and disappeared afterwards. These were known only in local circles, were signed to a small label and released albums with an extremely limited pressing. Nowadays you have labels that reprint this material, such as Dark Entries and Minimal Wave, but, again, they tend to choose a limited run, so it's almost pointless. A few kind hearts share these songs - often hidden gems.

** A good example of a lost album is "Space Museum" by Solid Space. That one was a cassette from 1982, and the band was comprised of two guys who have since gone on to do other things. Their music was full of references about Doctor Who. After more than 25 years, they finally got the recognition they deserved.
** There is also a song by the band You Peghead You from Australia, extremely unknown since they only played a single concert. Music/CrystalCastles sampled that on "She Fell Off", and one of the theories is that Ethan Kath downloaded an MP3 on a music blog many years ago, as there is no info available on the Internet about You Peghead You except for one site about Aussie post-punk.
** There were also a lot of strange, experimental Japanese artists who made music in that time period. The general audience doesn't know anything about them, but those who are in the scene put the songs up for download somewhere. The legendary label Vanity Records has a catalogue of sought-after records that are sold for upwards of $500.