Hidden Treasures (EP)

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Hidden Treasures
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ReleasedJuly 18, 1995 (1995-07-18)
Genre Heavy metal
Label Capitol
Producer Max Norman, Dave Mustaine
Megadeth chronology
Hidden Treasures
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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.

Extended play Musical recording longer than a single, but shorter than a full album

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead guitar work. The lyrical subject matter often deals with criticisms of The Establishment, and at times shares a disdain for Christian dogma resembling that of their black metal counterparts. The language is typically quite direct and denunciatory, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.

Megadeth American heavy metal band

Megadeth is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson formed the band in 1983 shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. Along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer, Megadeth is one of the "big four" of American thrash metal, responsible for its development and popularization. Their music features complex arrangements and fast rhythm sections, and lyrical themes of death, war, politics, and religion.


Background and songs

Hidden Treasures is a rarities compilation that features songs that Megadeth had recorded for a number of 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, "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep", used in "Enter Sandman" by Metallica, and can be heard at the beginning of the track. [6]

Alice Cooper American rock singer, songwriter and musician

Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over 50 years. With his distinctive raspy voice and a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, deadly snakes, baby dolls, and dueling swords, Cooper is considered by music journalists and peers alike to be "The Godfather of Shock Rock". He has drawn equally from horror films, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a macabre and theatrical brand of rock designed to shock people.

No More Mr. Nice Guy (song) 1973 song by Alice Cooper

"No More Mr. Nice Guy" is a song by the shock rock band Alice Cooper, taken from the 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies. The single reached #25 on the US charts and #10 on the UK charts, and helped Billion Dollar Babies to reach #1 in both the UK and the US. Michael Bruce and Alice Cooper wrote the song.

Wes Craven American film director

Wesley Earl Craven was an American film director, writer, producer, and actor. He was known for his pioneering work in the genre of horror films, particularly slasher films, where he mixed horror cliches with humor and satire. His impact on the genre was considered prolific and influential. Due to the success and cultural impact of his works in the horror film genre, Craven has been called a "Master of Horror".

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]

Angry Again 1993 single by Megadeth

"Angry Again" is a 1993 heavy metal song by Megadeth, written by frontman Dave Mustaine. The song was written exclusively for inclusion in the 1993 satirical action film Last Action Hero, directed by John McTiernan which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, and appeared on the film's soundtrack. "Angry Again" never appeared on any of the band's official studio albums, but appeared first on their 1995 EP Hidden Treasures and several later compilations.

<i>Countdown to Extinction</i> 1992 studio album by Megadeth

Countdown to Extinction is the fifth studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth, released on July 14, 1992, through Capitol Records. It was the group's second studio release to feature the "classic" lineup of Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman, David Ellefson and Nick Menza, with all of them contributing to songwriting on the album. The album features some of the band's best known songs such as "Symphony of Destruction", "Sweating Bullets", and "Skin o' My Teeth", which enjoyed significant chart success and made a great musical impact.

<i>Last Action Hero</i> 1993 American film directed by John McTiernan

Last Action Hero is a 1993 American fantasy action-comedy film directed and produced by John McTiernan. It is a satire of the action genre and associated clichés, containing several parodies of action films in the form of films within the film. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Jack Slater, a Los Angeles police detective within the Jack Slater action film franchise, while Austin O'Brien co-stars as Danny Madigan, a boy magically transported into the Slater universe, and Charles Dance as Benedict, a ruthless assassin from the Slater universe who escapes to the real world. Schwarzenegger also served as the film's executive producer and plays himself as the actor portraying Jack Slater.

"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]

<i>Demon Knight</i> (soundtrack) 1995 soundtrack album by Various artists

Demon Knight is the official soundtrack to the 1995 horror film, Demon Knight. It was released on January 10, 1995 through Atlantic Records and mostly consisted of heavy metal and alternative rock, with "1-800 Suicide" by the Gravediggaz being the only hip-hop song. The soundtrack peaked at 157 on the Billboard 200.

Black Sabbath British heavy metal band

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.

Paranoid (Black Sabbath song) song by Black Sabbath

"Paranoid" is a song by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, featured on their second album Paranoid (1970). It is the first single from the album, while the B-side is the song "The Wizard". It reached number 4 on the UK Singles Chart and number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Release and reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
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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]

<i>Youthanasia</i> 1994 studio album by Megadeth

Youthanasia is the sixth studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth, released on 1 November 1994 through Capitol Records. The album is not a large stylistic departure from the band's earlier recordings; however it marked the continuing evolution of Megadeth, following the footsteps of the previous album Countdown to Extinction (1992). The album's title is a play on words, implying that society is euthanizing its youth. The cover art features an elderly woman hanging babies by their feet on a seemingly endless clothesline; the artwork concept was directly inspired from a line of the title track.

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

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]

AllMusic Online music database

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Stephen Thomas Erlewine American music journalist

Stephen Thomas ('Tom') Erlewine is an American music critic and senior editor for the online music database AllMusic. He is the author of many artist biographies and record reviews for AllMusic, as well as a freelance writer, occasionally contributing liner notes.

<i>Chicago Tribune</i> Major daily newspaper based in Chicago, Illinois, United States

The Chicago Tribune is a daily newspaper based in Chicago, Illinois, United States, owned by Tribune Publishing. Founded in 1847, and formerly self-styled as the "World's Greatest Newspaper", it remains the most-read daily newspaper of the Chicago metropolitan area and the Great Lakes region. It had the 6th highest circulation for American newspapers in 2017.

Track listing

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

No.TitleOriginal appearanceLength
1."No More Mr. Nice Guy" (Alice Cooper Cover)1989 - Shocker (Soundtrack)3:02
2."Breakpoint"1993 - Super Mario Bros. (Soundtrack)3:29
3."Go to Hell"1991 - Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (Soundtrack)4:36
4."Angry Again"1993 - Last Action Hero (Soundtrack)3:47
5."99 Ways to Die"1993 - The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience 3:58
6."Paranoid" (Black Sabbath Cover)1994 - Nativity in Black: A Tribute to Black Sabbath ~ Vol. 12:32
7."Diadems"1995 - Demon Knight (Soundtrack)3:55
8."Problems" (Sex Pistols Cover)1994 - À Tout le Monde 3:57
Total length:29:16
Japanese edition (TOCP-8555) [††] and 2007 edition bonus tracks [21]
No.TitleOriginal appearanceLength
1."À Tout le Monde" (Radio Edit)1994 - À Tout le Monde4:29
2."Symphony of Destruction" (Demo)1994 - À Tout le Monde5:29
3."Architecture of Aggression" (Demo)1994 - À Tout le Monde2:49
4."New World Order" (Demo)1994 - À Tout le Monde3:47


Credits are adapted from the liner notes. [13]



Chart performance

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


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