Why is Aaliyah Music not on iTunes

Many of the pop giants who have refused to stream in recent years have given in: Adele, Coldplay, Die Ärzte - we can now find them all on Spotify and Co. But if you illuminate the edges, you will sometimes encounter sensitive gaps. A - by no means complete - list of recommended albums that are missing from Spotify.

Editor's recommendation

Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk (1970)

The debut that has become silent. A shame, because the roots of the later large-scale plants are clearly recognizable, even if the electronics are still used very carefully.

Motorbass - Pansoul (1996)

French house starts here. Without the duo, consisting of Philippe Zdar (later Cassius) and Étienne de Crécy (later jack-of-all-trades in all Parisian alleys), Air, Daft Punk or Phoenix would probably have sounded different.

Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance (1978)

There is quite a bit of music by Pere Ubu on Spotify - but what is missing are all of the studio albums up to 1988. For example, the debut, which shows the band as harsh masters of post-punk, which industrial and avant-garde taste more than just taste.

Brian Auger - This Is Brian Auger (1974)

You can put together a beautiful early anthology from the organ master through various “Greatest Hits” - but the dance floor hit “Tiger” is missing - if you want to own it, you will have to buy this album.

Bow Wow Wow - See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy (1981)

The album with the somewhat bulky title stocks some of the most interesting sounds of the early eighties: Percussive world music meets exalted vocals meets wave structures. If you're lucky, you'll find it in the root box.

Antony & The Johnsons - Antony & The Johnsons (2000)

The breakthrough came in 2005 with I AM A BIRD NOW. But the DNA of his sound can already be found here: an androgynous choir boy who becomes a ghost, a withdrawn, carefully staged sound between chamber pop and jazz. Quite wonderful!

Einstürzende Neubauten - Collapse (1981)

In retrospect it is totally logical that the work of one of the most important German bands begins with such a dissonant radicalism: songs like “Negativ No” are still wilder in their screeching, hissing, and associative content than most of what is today runs under the avant-garde label.

Nina Hagen Band - Nina Hagen Band (1978)

The eclecticism of Hagen's debut, who had recently moved from the GDR to the FRG, is not always easy to listen to - but precisely for that reason it is an enormously important record: traces of German punk can be found as well as those of NDW, pop and reggae are touched on, and all Die Hagen sings it more explicitly than anyone else on a major production before.

Elastica - Elastica (1995)

Britpop? Oh, the band around Justine Frischman's debut is much more than that: songs like “Stutter” sparked a force - despite or because, depending on your point of view - of the generous service at the Buzzocks buffet at the time, which only came back six years later from the Strokes was achieved.

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica (1969)

The captain's voice is steep. Frank Zappa helps out as a producer. Confused, cacophonic, enormously influential for punk and avant-garde.

Tool - Ænima (1996)

The other records are also missing: The alternative metallers, as one of the last big bands, completely refuse the streaming thing. A new album will be released soon - wait and see if it stays that way.

Andreas Dorau - New! (1994)

"The phone says you"! "Stoned Faces Don't Lie"! What hits these are! Unfortunately only available on CD. Dear Andreas Dorau, please press again!

Dr. Dre - The Chronic (1992)

That Dr. Dre is not on Spotify, is explained with one term: Tidal. At least that's where he parked his album COMPTON. The great debut of the West Coast rapper is missing here and there.

Joanna Newsom - YS (2006)

The songs stretch up to 17 minutes, Van Dyke Parks produces. Steve Albini sits at the mixer. The result: an enraptured ride that can be described as progressive folk.

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