Hidden Treasures (EP)
|EP by Megadeth|
|Released||July 18, 1995|
|Producer||Max Norman, Dave Mustaine|
Japanese Limited Edition cover
Hidden Treasures is an EP by American heavy metal band Megadeth, released on July 18, 1995 through Capitol Records. It is a collection of previously released non-album tracks, including music originally intended for soundtracks and compilations. Three of the album's eight songs received Grammy nominations in the Best Metal Performance category. The album cover features a map of north-central Arizona. Some of the cities on the map are named for some of the EP's songs.
Hidden Treasures was initially released in Europe as part of the deluxe edition for Youthanasia, before being released in Japan and the US as a stand-alone EP. It debuted at number 90 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 13,000 copies in its first week. By December 2005, Hidden Treasures sold 286,000 copies in the United States. It also managed to chart on the British and Japanese Albums Chart, but did not achieve notable success. The album is currently out of print in the US, but it was reissued in 2007 for the Japanese and European markets. In spite of its current unavailability in the United States, most of the songs are available on the Warchest box set.
The album features songs that originally appeared on movie soundtracks and tribute albums. Four of the album's tracks were later released as singles, and according to writer Bob Gulla, these tunes "had helped expand the group's MTV audience in the early '90s".
The opening song "No More Mr. Nice Guy" is an Alice Cooper cover and was recorded in 1989 for the Shocker soundtrack. It is the only time that the band had recorded as a three-piece, being recorded after the firing of Jeff Young and before Marty Friedman was hired as a replacement. It was released as a single in 1990 and peaked at number 13 on the UK Singles Chart. The second track "Breakpoint" was included on the soundtrack for the Super Mario Bros. film, released in 1993.
"Go to Hell" was placed on the Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey soundtrack. The song features the same prayer used in "Enter Sandman" by Metallica, which can be heard at the beginning of the track. Carlos Ramirez of Noisecreep highlighted the "dueling guitar leads" by both Mustaine and Friedman. "Angry Again" was recorded during the sessions for Countdown to Extinction. It appears on the soundtrack of the movie Last Action Hero, and was nominated for "Best Metal Performance" at the 1993 Grammy Awards. "99 Ways to Die" was recorded for the soundtrack to The Beavis and Butt-head Experience. The song was released as single and received music video. It was also nominated in the "Best Metal Performance" category at the 1995 Grammy Awards.
"Paranoid" is a Black Sabbath cover that was recorded for inclusion on the tribute album Nativity in Black in 1994. It was nominated for "Best Metal Performance" at the 1996 Grammy Awards. "Problems" is a Sex Pistols cover which originally appeared as a B-side on a version of the "A Tout le Monde" single. According to the Q&A section on Megadeth's website, "Diadems" was inspired by the 1990 film Ghost. A version of the song originally appeared on the Demon Night soundtrack featuring a slightly different arrangement. The Demon Knight version was later included in the Warchest box set in 2007.
The EP received a mediocre reaction from critics. In a review for Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine said that the EP "doesn't have many first-rate songs", noting that only "99 Ways to Die" made an impression. By contrast, Carlos Ramirez from Noisecreep felt that the album contains many "underrated" songs that "also deserve their time in the spotlight". Dean Golemis of the Chicago Tribune wrote that the album is "typical Megadeth with fast-forward riffing and the snooty snarling of Dave Mustaine".
|1.||"No More Mr. Nice Guy" (originally by Alice Cooper)||Alice Cooper, Michael Bruce||Cooper, Bruce||Shocker (1989)||3:02|
|2.||"Breakpoint"||Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson, Nick Menza||Mustaine, Ellefson, Menza||Super Mario Bros. (1993)||3:29|
|3.||"Go to Hell"||Mustaine, Marty Friedman, Ellefson, Menza||Mustaine, Friedman, Ellefson, Menza||Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey: Music from the Motion Picture (1991)||4:36|
|4.||"Angry Again"||Mustaine||Mustaine||Last Action Hero: Music from the Original Motion Picture (1993)||3:47|
|5.||"99 Ways to Die"||Mustaine||Mustaine||The Beavis and Butt-head Experience (1993)||3:58|
|6.||"Paranoid" (originally by Black Sabbath)||Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward||Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, Ward||Nativity in Black: A Tribute to Black Sabbath (1994)||2:32|
|7.||"Diadems"||Mustaine||Mustaine||Demon Knight (1995)||3:55|
|8.||"Problems" (originally by the Sex Pistols)||Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Paul Cook||Rotten, Jones, Matlock, Cook||A Tout le Monde (1994)||3:57|
|Japanese edition bonus tracks (TOCP-8555)[†]|
|1.||"À Tout le Monde"||4:29|
|2.||"Symphony of Destruction" (demo)||5:29|
|3.||"Architecture of Aggression" (demo)||2:49|
|4.||"New World Order" (demo)||3:47|
|2007 European reissue bonus tracks|
|9.||"À Tout le Monde"||4:29|
|10.||"Symphony of Destruction" (demo)||5:29|
|11.||"Architecture of Aggression" (demo)||2:49|
|12.||"New World Order"||3:47|
Credits are adopted from the liner notes.
|Japanese Albums Chart||13|
|UK Albums Chart||28|
|US Billboard 200||90|
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