Not Available (album)

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Not Available
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Studio album by The Residents
Released October 1978
Recorded 1974
Genre Experimental rock
Length 35:21 (Original LP)
42:26 (2011 Reissue)
Label Ralph
The Residents chronology
Duck Stab!
(1978)Duck Stab!1978
Not Available
Duck Stab/Buster & Glen
(1978)Duck Stab/Buster & Glen1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Not Available is an album by The Residents. It was originally recorded as a follow-up to 1974's Meet the Residents. However, following the Theory of Obscurity, it was immediately locked away in a bank vault with no plans to issue it until the members of the band had completely forgotten about its existence. It did surface in 1978 due to continued delays on the Eskimo album and the Cryptic Corporation's desire to have some sort of Residents release,[2] as the re-release of the single "Satisfaction" the same year had garnered some attention in Europe. The album itself is a dense concept album featuring a more musical and cohesive approach than that found on most Residents albums from the 1970s.


In 1978, the "official" word was that The Residents had stated that Not Available could never be released. The group claimed that they had recorded the album in secrecy as a way of exercising their "theory of obscurity" to its fullest, and, in strict accordance with the theory, the work could never be released until its creators no longer recalled its existence. However, the reissued album's liner notes state that the album was an exercise in group therapy, and the Residents didn't want to release it because they felt it was too personally revealing.

In October 2010, The Residents' Ralph Records announced that a special extended version of Not Available would be released on vinyl and CD in January 2011.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Part One: Edweena" 9:29
2. "Part Two: The Making of a Soul" 9:59
3. "Part Three: Ship's A'Going Down" 6:34
4. "Part Four: Never Known Questions" 7:00
5. "Epilogue" 2:21
Total length: 35:21

The 1987 CD reissue features the tracks The Residents recorded for their collaboration with Renaldo and the Loaf, Title In Limbo.

  1. "Intro: Version"
  2. "The Shoe Salesman"
  3. "Crashing"
  4. "Monkey and Bunny"
  5. "Mahogany Wood"
  6. "The Sailor Song"

The 2011 CD/LP reissue omits the 1987 bonus tracks, but extends "Edweena", "Ship's a'Going Down", and "Never Known Questions" by a combined seven minutes:

No. Title Length
1. "Part One: Edweena" 10:55
2. "Part Two: The Making of a Soul" 10:03
3. "Part Three: Ship's A'Going Down" 10:10
4. "Part Four: Never Known Questions" 8:54
5. "Epilogue" 2:21
Total length: 42:26


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ [1] Archived April 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2012-03-03. 

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