The Residents ‎– Not Available

Ralph Records ‎– RR1174
Vinyl, LP, Album, Mispress, Purple Labels


A1 Part One: Edweena
A2 Part Two: The Making Of A Soul
B1 Part Three: Ship's A' Going Down
B2 Part Four: Never Known Questions
B3 Epilogue

Companies, etc.



First pressing with purple labels (5,000 copies), which suffered from an audible blemish on side B during "Ship's A' Going Down". Most of these records were recalled and destroyed. However, several hundred copies are still in existence.

Reprocessed by Ralph Records.
Liner photo from "Vileness Fats."
© 1978, The Cryptic Corporation
Ralph Records, 444 Grove Street,
San Francisco, CA 94102

"This record was recorded in 1974."

"This record is issued at the discretion of Ralph Records and The Cryptic Corp. The characters and events portrayed are fictional and do not represent either The Residents or other persons, living or dead."

© ℗ 1978 The Cryptic Corp.

Not Available was not meant to be released. This album was not released until The Residents themselves had forgotten completely about its existence in 1978.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, hand-etched runout): RR1174A Re1 LK [⊏◯⊐ stamp]
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, hand-etched runout): RR1174B Re1 LK [⊏◯⊐ stamp]
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 21) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HYCA-2022 The Residents Not Available(CD, Album, RE, RM, Car) Birdsong, Hayabusa Landings HYCA-2022 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
TORSO CD 414 The Residents Not Available(CD, Album, RE) Torso TORSO CD 414 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
RR1174 The Residents Not Available(LP, Album, RE, 4th) Ralph Records RR1174 US 1983 Sell This Version
LP 034 The Residents Not Available(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Euro Ralph LP 034 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
ESD 81232 The Residents Not Available(CD, Album, RE, RM) East Side Digital ESD 81232 US 1997 Sell This Version


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April 6, 2017
Sums up residents, clever, musically adventurous but somehow at times unmemorable but then out of nowhere they produce a combination that makes your ears spark and your eyes prick and on this it is latter half of unknown questions. You should buy this record


November 22, 2014
This really is the perfect Residents album. Every single release during their 'classic' period (1972-1980) was a milestone (save for the 'Goosebumps' cd perhaps), yet this one seems to have the other ones beat for me. The album is like a warped psychedelic Opera for people on heavy doses of mushrooms. It has so many different sections though sounds like a coherent work on the whole; and the multilayered vocals dredged from the Louisiana swamps are beautifully offset by pianos, horn sections, and unidentified percussive elements. A total classic.


February 7, 2003

This is a wonderful album, tricky made, very delicate. The Residents show up clearly how much potential electronic music already had in these years, beside of the nowadays boring drifting and shifting scapes of Tangerine Dream and the likes. Additionaly this album is surprisingly warm and emotional, partially even sad. A stroke of genius, definitely.