Welcome to the first “Scott’s Hidden Treasures”, or SHT if you want to get technical … Its music that I’ve been playing from the past week. A Hidden Treasure can be an entire track or something within it that just grabs you, a lyric, a solo, a drum line, whatever. Listen close, you may find a treasure you have overlooked or forgotten about…
Into the Night: Benny Mardones. Admittedly I first heard this track listening to Casey Casem’s Americas Top 40 radio show. This is probably the first track I ever listened to and thought about the sound of the snare drum. Weird I know but I still listen for that crisp clean sound. Although it may be considered a one hit wonder, it’s a great hidden track.
East Side Story: Bryan Adams. From the criminally ignored Room Service release of 2004. The opening riff really feels similar to Run To You from Reckless, but soon goes into a more modern and melodic direction that finds me wanting to reconnect with Adams back catalog. Room Service is a strong release with this real nice lead off track.
Conviction of the Heart: Kenny Loggins. Music with a message. I’ve always been more interested in the music than the message within a song. So it is with this track. However, if you’re a message lover, then this one satisfies as well.
Magic Power: Triumph. From the Greatest Hits Remixed disc. Awesome track. It sounds so good remixed; it’s like hearing it again for the first time.
Cruisin’: Jefferson Starship. Lead off track from Spitfire. This LP suffers only because it followed Red Octopus, but I think it’s the better of the two. Cruisin’ has a great rhythm and thumping bass line. While the bass line and vocals dominate the track the hidden gem is the guitar work of Craig Chaquico, his work is fantastic. (NOTE: For some reason this file wouldn’t upload so not in the player)
Little Drops of Heaven: Pretty Maids. I lifted this off another Melodic Rock site that posted a video of this track. I got hooked, modern and classic sounding in one track. I liked the beat and the bass line. I guess I’m a sucker for this type of track.
Drive It In: Krokus. This is the lead off track from the new Krokus album; HooDoo, but really for this lists purposes, pick a track any track – the whole CD is a great listen. I criticized them for sounding like AC/DC when I first heard them in the early 80’s. But it didn’t take long before Long Stick Goes Boom smacked me upside the head. I love that their sound is unharmed by time, and I loved getting smacked by this track!
Eagle Flies Alone: Axe. So Jon posts this as a forgotten album. This is how it ends up in player this week. I have always had a soft spot for Axe. I get them! The chorus is the hidden treasure here.
Caught In The Game: Survivor. Dave Bickler is the voice of Survivor, just wanted to get that out of the way. Incidentally he’s also the singing voice of Budweiser’s Real Men of Genius, but I digress… Caught In the Game has one of my favorite riff’s and vocals. Why? No idea, it just does.
Entre Nous: Rush. A homage to the release of Beyond the Lighted Stage. From Permanent Waves. Song crafting and details are always a plus with a Rush track, but this one has a great feel . Also paves the way into the “Moving Pictures” phase of their career.
So there we have it, my first list...