The Residents Not Available on LP + Download
Featuring Seven Minutes of Material Originally Edited Out!
Not Available was not meant to be released. It was an attempt to take German avant-guardist N. Senada's Theory of Obscurity to its logical conclusion. Senada maintained that an artist does his or her best work in isolation, free froms the influence of an audience. If the artist is modifying his or her ideas to suit the tastes of the audience the work is being corrupted. This album was not to be released until the band themselves had forgotten completely about its existence, so that there would be no potential audience to influence its development.
The idea worked well - the music in Not Available, a mini-opera made up of four "acts" with an epilogue, is excellent and very distinctive. The eventual publication of Not Available came about as the result of a problem with the band. In 1978, The Residents were working on Eskimo, a much-touted major release. However, after a disagreement with The Cryptic Corporation, the band disappeared to England with the Eskimo master tapes.
Needing something to release, the Cryptics pulled "some old tapes" off the shelves and released them as Not Available, complete with ads in the UK music press announcing "Now It Can Be Sold." The Residents weren't bothered much by this deviation from their plan, however, since the 1978 decision by someone else to release the album couldn't affect the philosophical conditions under which it was recorded in 1974. This special extended version also includes seven minutes of material originally edited out!
"When listening to this album, one realizes that its obscurity remains fully intact. The music is full of many rich and varied themes. Its juxtaposition of the sad, the beautiful, and the unusual, creates deep emotional currents that with proper navigation will lead you to interesting places. There is an innocence about this album that lays aside all pretense and bears open their soul." - Uncle Willie's Highly Opinionated Guide To The Residents
The Residents Not Available Track Listing:
1. Part One: Edweena
2. Part Two: The Making of a Soul
3. Part Three: Ship's A Goin' Down
4. Part Four: Never Known Questions