I've deleted older posts that linked to music that is not out-of-print, so I feel like this blog is now, in some way, "legit".

Readers, please make more requests for out-of-print classical music. I love to fill requests. And, I'm still waiting for other contributors.

I hope you're all watching the comments. Some great info and commentary has been posted, along with additional download links.

La Monte Young - The Black Album

Metallica. Jay-Z. Prince. The Damned. L.S.G. The Dandy Warhols. La Monte Young. What have these artists got in common? All have recorded albums called "The Black Album"! La Monte Young's The Black Album contains two more of his 60s minimalist compositions. Thanks to christian for sending me the cover art.

I can't find any information on it at all, let alone cover art or somewhere to buy it. Maybe it doesn't exist!

The Black Album

La Monte Young - Just Stompin': Live at the Kitchen

Credited to La Monte Young and the Forever Bad Blues Band, Just Stompin' is a 1993, 2-CD composition of Young's epic minimalism, this time drawing from the blues. It is performed live by a quartet: guitar, bass, drums and synthesizer.

The album is out of print. Even the cover art image was hard to find.

Part 1
Part 2

Terry Riley - Le Secret De La Vie

Thanks to William for this recommendation. Le Secret De La Vie is a Terry Riley movie soundtrack to, as far as I can tell, Klaus Kinski's Lifespan (1974). I can't say it's an outstanding piece of music, but it may be of interest to Riley completionists who've had trouble tracking down this out-of-print rarity.

Le Secret De La Vie

Pierre Henry - Messe pour le temps présent

Pierre Henry's Messe pour le temps présentt (1967) is one of the earliest contemporary classical works to take on a rock influence. The piece sounds like "go-go" music with avantgarde instrumentation and effects. It's quite fun, actually!

Messe pour le temps présent has been released many times on vinyl and CD, but all releases are out of print. This is a vinyl rip, so the audio quality ain't the best. If somebody has a CD rip, let me know.

Messe Pour Le Temps Present

Diamanda Galas - Diamanda Galas

Be not dissuaded by the cover art! Avant-garde vocalist Diamanda Galas followed her powerful debut, Litanies of Satan, with Diamanda Galas (1984). "This recording consists of two side-long pieces, both employing electronic effects to amplify some of her unusual techniques and to multiply her voices, creating a choir-like atmosphere. "Panoptikon," named after a circular prison where all occupants could be kept under constant observation, deals with the loss of personal identity and the psychosis derived therefrom. "Tragoutha Apo to Aima Exoun Fonos" deals with murderous oppression in Greece from 1967-74, the grief and rage it engendered. Both pieces are intensely emotional but without bathos, bitter yet without a shred of self-pity." (source)

Galas is one of those exciting artists working in their own genre. Most of her early (and best) albums are out of print, but her self-titled sophmore effort is particularly tricky to track down.

Diamanda Galas

Jon Hassell - Aka Dabari Java

Jon Hassell (b. 1937) "is the visionary creator of a style of music he describes as Fourth World, a mysterious, unique hybrid of music both ancient and digital, composed and improvised, Eastern and Western.

After composition studies and university degrees in the USA, he went to Europe to study electronic and serial music with Karlheinz Stockhausen. Several years later, he returned to New York where his first recordings were made with minimalist masters LaMonte Young and Terry Riley, through whom he met the Hindustani raga master, Pandit Pran Nath, and embarked on a lifelong quest to transmute his teacher's Kirana vocal mastery into a new trumpet sound and style." (source)

Aka Dabari Java (1983) is the only major Hassell album out of print, available from the Amazon marketplace for $100.

Aka Dabari Java

Pandit Pran Nath - Ragas of Morning and Night

And now for some classical music outside the European/American tradition! Pandit Pran Nath is a master of Hindustani classical music. His ragas and music teachings were influential on La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Jon Hassell, Don Cherry, Rhys Chatham, and more.

Ragas of Morning and Night is a 1986 out-of-print CD of two 1968 ragas by Pandit Pran Nath.

Ragas of Morning and Night


I should have done this from the start. From now on, I'll only post out-of-print classical music.

It's always been my desire that Classical Connection grow into a community blog or "team blog." If any readers would like to join Classical Connection, please let me know: knowby [at] [Gmail]. You may then post your own out-of-print classical music to Classical Connection at any pace.

Any takers?

Toru Takemitsu - Film Music

Today I get to fill another request. Thanks again to confucius for his suggestion.

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) was perhaps the greatest Japanese composer of all time. His music "wed the western aesthetics of impressionism and expressionism with the eastern aesthetic of meditation and contemplation. The resulting synthesis was an elegant exploration of musical chromatism, with little or no interest for dynamics." (source)

He also wrote many excellent film scores, most famously for Akira Kurosawa. This rare, Japan-only, 6-volume box set compiles some of his best and most popular work for film and is very difficult to find.

Vol 1.
Vol 2.
Vol 3.
Vol 4.
Vol 5.
Vol 6.