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The availability of music on Spotify is up to the artists and their music label.
If the music is gone, the artist or their music label has likely decided to remove it from Spotify.
Sometimes the music is only available in certain countries, while access is blocked to others.
Sometimes the album or song will be unavailable temporary, and come back again later. Hopefully it will come back later.
Contacting the artist is a good way to let them know you miss their music in Spotify.
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You are probably right.
Copyright schemes can be very elaborate, especially when an artist signs with a new record label, like Ray Lamontage did in our case.
This is another reason I will stick to my own collection on vinyl and hard disk!
Who knows how the big names will handle streaming licensing aggrements in the future.
I've always thought that resord labels must have been piffed off with the illegal download frenzy of the 90s and that they would find their way to get even with us. Maybe they plan to wait until we all have music on the cloud only, and then demand impossibly high premiums to offer their entire music vaults.