Listening Room contributor Jared Zeide uncovers a hidden treasure and wonders what else he might be missing.
The other day someone in my office gave away a box of tapes and in it was the Rolling Stones’ 1967 album Between the Buttons. Since this was one of the few Stones albums I didn’t already own, it would be a treat to hear it. I fast-forwarded past “Let’s Spend the Night Together” (which I’ve heard countless times) to the second song, “Yesterday’s Papers.” It was not a good song, it was a great song. I thought to myself, “Where has this gem been?” I’ve been listening to the Stones for 21 years and I never managed to hear it.
Then it dawned on me that since I don’t have every Who, Hendrix, Grateful Dead or Doors album, I have probably missed out on gems of similar quality from these artists and many others.
It is not a valid assumption to believe that you have heard every great song from an artist because you have heard all the hits and you own all the allegedly “quintessential” albums. There’s buried treasure out there, kids! Tom Petty even hosts a show called Buried Treasure on the XM Sirius satellite radio channel Deep Tracks where he plays such music.
Below are some treasures I have found. Feel free to share some of yours – and happy hunting!
“Yesterday’s Papers,” Rolling Stones, from the 1967 album Between the Buttons.
“The Good’s Gone,” The Who, from the 1965 album The Who Sings My Generation.
“Hey Baby (New Rising Sun),” Jimi Hendrix, from the 1997 album First Rays of the New Rising Sun (previously unreleased recordings).
“Cymbaline,” Pink Floyd, from the 1969 soundtrack to the film More.
“It’s All Too Much,” the Beatles, from the 1969 album Yellow Submarine.
“You’re Lost Little Girl,” the Doors, from the 1967 album Strange Days.
“As You Said,” Cream, from the 1968 album Wheels of Fire.
“Ballad of a Thin Man,” Bob Dylan, from the 1965 album Highway 61 Revisited.
“I’m Gonna Crawl,” Led Zeppelin, from the 1979 album In Through the Out Door.