But in some instances, this only adds to an album's reputation. LPs like The Beach Boys' "Smile" have gained almost mythical status.
The latest episode of Collector's Crossroads delves into this concept, as some of the greatest "lost" albums of all time can eventually be found. Enjoy a selection of songs from these albums via the playlist below.
Collector's Crossroads airs on CPR's OpenAir Thursdays at 3 p.m., Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m.
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