Well, I’m not going to get rid of any of the really obscure albums that I have! (not unless someone is willing to spend quite a lot to buy them from me!) And I do have some pretty obscure recordings, mostly by artists that few people have heard of.
A few months ago I contacted a friend and top fan for an artist who has something of a cult following, and who has about a dozen official releases. I had a recording of some of the artist’s earlier songs, which was given to me by someone I worked with as a “thank you” for something I had done for him. There was one song where I just could not figure out what the lyrics were, so I contacted the friend of the artist. She had never heard the song before, even though she has been following the artist at least 20 years. So she contacted the artist about it.
Turns out it was a song that the artist had recorded the first time she was in an official music studio back in 1984. The artist clearly remembered the song, and responded with “Huh, I could have sworn I eventually released that song, but I can’t find it anywhere”. So, the artist might release that song on her next album (which might happen this year), taking it from the copy I have. So that’s why I’m being pretty vague here. I’m supposed to keep quiet about it until that album is released.
So I tracked down that previous coworker who had given me the recording. Turns out he had been in the recording studio (working basically as an errand boy) when the artist was recorded those first songs. And the artist was so excited to have an official recording that she gave him one of the five or ten cassettes that were made of that session. Later on he transferred that cassette to CD-ROM, and gave me a copy. And a few years later some minor catastrophe hit such that he lost all his copies. The artist doesn’t know what happened to the other original cassettes, so it’s pretty likely that the copy I have really is the only remaining copy.
So that’s my coolest story tied to an obscure recording.
The second-coolest is that I have the original test pressing of one of Steven Wilson’s first albums. Bought from Steven. The Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree, and who is also now highly sought-after for making 5.1 remixes of many progressive rock classic albums (Yes, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, etc).