It's been a good few months for Aphex fanatics. Earlier in the year a memory stick emerged apparently claiming a massive cache of unreleased tracks from the producer. Now the ultra rare 'Caustic Window' album - a test press of which emerged on Discogs earlier in the year for $13,500 - has been uploaded to YouTube. The album was first recorded by Richard D James back in 1994. At the time only 4 test pressing were made, given to Mike Paradinas (aka µ-Ziq), Chris Jeffs (aka Cylob), Grant Wilson-Claridge (co-founder of Rephlex Records) and James himself. The decision was taken not to release the album, and it was consigned to the history books, becoming an electronic holy grail as time passed. Now, following a Kickstarter campaign that saw hordes of Aphex fans, along with his label Rephlex, raise over $60,000 to purchase the record and record it to digital, one fan has uploaded that digital album to YouTube in it's entirety. Listen below, decide whether it's the classic that the world expected, and then head over to eBay if you fancy bidding on the original Test Press - bids stand at $6,000 and you've got 6 days...
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