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Treasure - 1977 Treasure



ARTIST: Treasure
ALBUM: Treasure
LABEL: Epic
SERIAL: PE 34890
YEAR: 1977

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Felix Cavaliere - vocals, keyboards, arp synthesizer & oberheim * Vinnie Cusano - vocals, guitars * Jack Scarangella - drums * Rick Laird - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Wanna Love You * 02 Innocent Eyes * 03 Love Me Tonight * 04 Jubilation * 05 When The Sun Shines * 06 My Lady Once Told Me * 07 Turn Yourself Around * 08 Think It's Love * 09 Treasure


Background
If some sources are to be believed, Treasure stand accused of heinous musical crimes against humanity not heard of since the last Des O'Connor lp. It is therefore left to me to put forward my case for Treasure in the hope that you, the listening jury will absolve them of such spurious charges as 'crap' and 'seventies mush', misguided criticisms better placed for the likes of Roadmaster's debut album. Despite the tacky album cover (my 2 year old son could almost match it for artistic merit) and less than aesthetic appeal of the band themselves, Treasure's one and only album contains some of the finest late seventies pomp/radio rock you're ever likely to hear. Considering the album was recorded over 25 years ago it has aged better than the debut albums of say Fairchild or Network, recorded in the same period. The group had a solid if unremarkable rhythm section, and it's the dynamic duo of Messrs Cavaliere and Cusano which takes centre stage here, showing off their not inconsiderable musical talents. Pity they don't exhibit similar lyrical dexterity throughout the album with most of the songs being of the Pretty lady love me tonight variety - optimistic I'd say, judging by their photos. They look like America's most wanted, however the only charge here is that of criminal neglect.


The Songs
Opener 'I Wanna Love You' with it's less than inspiring title completely catches you off guard with it's mellow introduction, then Mr Cusano delivers a guitar riff on the chorus more muscular than Arnie himself, and a lightning fast guitar solo in the midsection. It closes with a plethora of wailing guitar notes. 'Innocent Eyes' adopts a lighter touch though like all the songs throughout it is never wimpy thanks to the scything guitar work of Cusano. Highlight for me on side one is 'Love Me Tonight' - pomp embellished with wailing synths and rock hard guitar riffing. Side two continues the theme with 'When The Sun Shines' - atmospheric keyboards by the bucketload and a bombastic chorus. 'My Lady Once Told Me' is in equally pompous mode. Side two favourite 'Think It's Love' is decidedly upbeat and deserves to be played at maximum volume in an open top convertible (not always practical in England!). The album closes with the understated ballad 'Treasure' where for once Cusano exhibits (some) restraint.


In Summary
To conclude I request that once Treasure has been given a fair hearing, all charges against them be dropped. The fact that Cusano went on to join KISS and form the Vinnie Vincent Invasion belies his talent. With Treasure you hear him in a different context, the talent though, undeniable.


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#1 | gdazegod on February 18 2006 00:46:41
Vinnie Cusano looks like a complete muff on the back jacket of this Treasure LP. It looks as if he is trying to grow a moustache.. lol At least he doesn't look like a girl, unlike a certain Robby Valentine..
#2 | sabace on May 12 2006 13:54:59
excellent lp, at a stretch I would say its close to Infinity era Journey. As a Kiss fan it is interesting to hear vinnie's guitar style, the solos are well constructed and melodic, obviously he had not evolved his picking style and 100 mile an hour shredding virtuosity. If you can get this lp for a reasonable price buy it!
#3 | reyno-roxx on May 26 2006 23:24:34
While Felix Cavaliere was the better known entity in this band at the time, though clearly surpassed in rock circles by Vincent Cusano since, not many people are aware that Jack Scarangella later played drums for the Perry Jones fronted incarnation of the Hellcats in the mid 80s.
#4 | vinyldinosaurus on March 19 2008 17:40:53
Found the Treasure album on vinyl today. It's a WLP vinyl copy and it ran me a whopping $10.99! A bit higher than I like to pay but it seems pretty rare and this review and the comments that followed have peaked my interest. Hopefully my $$ was well spent.
#5 | vinyldinosaurus on March 20 2008 12:50:36
Gave this a spin last night. Love it!
#6 | rostoned on July 15 2008 13:12:31
Believe it or not there's a KBFH concert by Treasure from 1977 available for free streaming (and with latest technologies I guess it's recordable too) on Wolfgang's Vault official web site!

Listen here http://concerts.w...37188.html
#7 | Eric on January 10 2009 18:37:41
30 years I've owned this record and still think it's one of the better late 70's AOR albums. I only bought it at the time because I recognized Cavaliere and I was just getting into the Young Rascals/ Rascals at the time. Money well spent.
#8 | richardb on January 14 2009 14:00:23
A personal fave of mine - though probably not wise to ask Mr (Pomp) Stephen B Allen his opinion - LOL!

Richard B
Grin
#9 | PAUL7 on January 30 2012 13:06:33
Average at best.
#10 | super80boy on July 05 2013 17:57:04
All negative charges against this LP are unfounded in my opinion. This is above average late 70's AOR melodic rock to say the least. The verdict is not guilty!
 
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