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Hidden Treasures (EP)

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Hidden Treasures
The cover features a map of north-central Arizona; some of the cities on the map are named for some of the EP's songs.
EP by Megadeth
Released July 18, 1995 (1995-07-18)
Recorded 1989–94
Genre Heavy metal
Length 29:16
Label Capitol
Producer Max Norman, Dave Mustaine
Megadeth chronology
Youthanasia
(1994)
Hidden Treasures
(1995)
Cryptic Writings
(1997)
Alternative cover
Japanese Limited Edition cover

Hidden Treasures is an EP by American thrash metal band Megadeth, released on July 18, 1995 by Capitol Records. The album features songs that first appeared on movie soundtracks and tribute albums. Four of the tracks were released as singles, and three have received Grammy Award nominations for Best Metal Performance. Despite having garnered mediocre or negative reviews, the material on the EP has been credited with helping expand the group's MTV audience in the early 1990s.

Background and songs[edit]

Hidden Treasures is a rarities compilation that features songs that Megadeth had recorded for a number projects, but had not released on one of the band's studio albums.[†] Most of these were contributions to film soundtracks.[1] In 1989, Megadeth recorded a version of Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" for the soundtrack to the Wes Craven-directed horror film Shocker.[2] It marks drummer Nick Menza's recording debut with the band.[3] The recording was released as a single and peaked at number 13 on the UK Singles Chart in 1990.[4] "Go to Hell" appeared on the Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey soundtrack in 1991.[5] The song features the same prayer used in "Enter Sandman" by Metallica, and can be heard at the beginning of the track.[6]

The band contributed three songs to soundtracks in 1993. "Angry Again", recorded during the sessions for Countdown to Extinction, appeared on the soundtrack to Last Action Hero and received a nomination for "Best Metal Performance" at the 1993 Grammy Awards.[5] The song has appeared on several of the band's compilations.[7][8] "Breakpoint" appeared on the soundtrack for the Super Mario Bros. film.[9] "99 Ways to Die" was recorded for the soundtrack to The Beavis and Butt-head Experience and released as a single and a music video. It was nominated in the "Best Metal Performance" category at the 1995 Grammy Awards.[10]

"Diadems" was released on the Demon Night soundtrack in 1995.[11] In addition to soundtrack contributions, the band submitted a cover of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" for the tribute album Nativity in Black in 1994. It was nominated for "Best Metal Performance" at the 1996 Grammy Awards.[12] "Problems" is a Sex Pistols cover[1] and was previously unreleased.[13]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 1.5/4 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[14]

While initially released in Europe as a bonus disc for a special edition of Youthanasia, Hidden Treasures was released as a stand-alone EP in Japan and the US on July 18, 1995.[1][15] It debuted at number 90 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold 13,000 copies in its first week.[16] By December 2005, Hidden Treasures sold 286,000 copies in the United States.[17] It also appeared on album charts in the UK and Japan, but did not achieve notable success.[18][19] The album has gone out of print in the US, but was reissued in 2007 for the Japanese and European markets.[15]

The EP has received generally mediocre reaction from critics. AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that the EP doesn't have many "first-rate songs" and that only "99 Ways to Die" made an impression.[1] The Rolling Stone Album Guide was dismissive of the EP; the staff reviewer commented that the album is worth hearing only for "99 Ways to Die".[14] Dean Golemis of the Chicago Tribune wrote that the album is "typical Megadeth" featuring "fast-forward riffing" and "snooty snarling" vocals.[6] Carlos Ramirez from Noisecreep felt that the album contains many underrated songs that "also deserve their time in the spotlight" and highlighted the dueling guitar leads by Mustaine and Friedman featured in "Go to Hell".[5] Despite the negative reviews, material featured on the EP has been credited with helping expand the group's MTV audience in the early 1990s.[20]

Track listing[edit]

The following track list can be verified with the Hidden Treasures liner notes.[13]

No. Title Lyrics Music Original appearance Length
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 Previously unreleased 3:57
Total length:
29:16

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the liner notes.[13]

Megadeth

Production

  • Produced by Desmond Child and Dave Mustaine (track 1); Max Norman and Dave Mustaine (tracks 2–8)
  • Engineered by Max Norman (tracks 2–8)
  • Mixed by Max Norman (tracks 2–6); Max Norman and Dave Mustaine (tracks 7–8)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Japanese Albums Chart[19] 13
UK Albums Chart[18] 28
US Billboard 200[22] 90

Notes[edit]

  • ^ † "Breakpoint" and "Go to Hell" appear as bonus tracks on the original Japanese release of Countdown to Extinction[23]
  • ^ †† The track listing of the Japanese edition features the bonus tracks as tracks 1–4; "No More Mr. Nice Guy" becomes track 5, and all subsequent songs are also displaced four tracks back.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Megadeth – Hidden Treasures". AllMusic. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Buckley 2003, p. 660.
  3. ^ Ellefson 2013, p. 85.
  4. ^ Rees & Crampton 1999, p. 658.
  5. ^ a b c Ramirez, Carlos. "10 Most Underrated Megadeth Songs". Noisecreep. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Golemis, Dean (November 9, 1995). "Megadeth: Hidden Treasures (Capitol)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ Birchmeier, Jason (June 28, 2005). "Megadeth - Greatest Hits: Back to the Start". AllMusic. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  8. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Megadeth - Anthology: Set the World Afire". Allmusic. Retrieved December 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ Guglielmi 2002, p. 530.
  10. ^ Staff writer (January 6, 1995). "The 37th Grammy Nominations". LATimes.com. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  11. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight". AllMusic. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Dave Mustaine Leaves Megadeth, Group Disbands After 20 Years Together". Blabbermouth.net. April 3, 2002. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c Hidden Treasures liner notes (Media notes). Capitol Records. 1995. p. 2. 
  14. ^ a b Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 534. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  15. ^ a b "Megadeth Discography - Hidden Treasures". Megadeth.com. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  16. ^ Mayfield, Geoff (July 5, 1997). "Between the Bullets". Billboard: 96. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Megadeth: Album Sales Update". Blabbermouth.net. December 16, 2005. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  18. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Megadeth". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on May 30, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "メガデス-ORICON STYLE ミュージック" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved September 30, 2008. 
  20. ^ Gulla 2006, p. 214.
  21. ^ Hidden Treasures back panel (2007 international CD) (Media notes). Capitol Records/EMI. 2007. 
  22. ^ "Megadeth - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  23. ^ Countdown to Extinction (Japanese edition) (liner notes). Capitol Records. 1992. p. 3. 
  24. ^ Hidden Treasures (Japanese CD) (back panel). Capitol Records/Toshiba EMI. 1995. 

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