Buried treasures you've forgotten?

I recently purchased a small collection of vinyl and have been busy cleaning/listening/grading them. One of the albums was The Steve Miller Band "Number 5" and I checked to see if I already had it, which I did. It made me ask myself why I hadn't bothered to play any Steve Miller tunes for so many years and the answer hit me when I flipped to "The Joker". That album got so much air time for so many years that I was completely turned off to his other work. I pulled out "Brave New World" and "Your Saving Grace" and was reminded quickly of why I enjoyed his music so much long ago.

I pondered this for awhile and came to the conclusion that this type of thing has happened with a number of artists for one reason or another. I lost interest in The Eagles when "Hotel California" came out. "Tusk" ended my affection for Fleetwood Mac. "Lawyers In Love" destroyed my love for Jackson Browne.

Last nights listening session ended in the wee hours of the morning rediscovering many buried treasures in my vinyl library. I highly recommend the very early work by the above artists. The recordings may not be the best but the music is. Has anyone else had this phenomenon happen to them also? What artists were they and why did you stop listening?
Huh, The Beatles is now a burried treasure for me. I was driven by the ambitions and Zep...s turned me on much better than Beatles or Stones and since that time Beatles are the buried treasure for me. Zep...s someway can be also added to that category since I'm now most-driven by more sophisticated music but from time to time I'd recall my youth or in my wife's sentimental desire and play some "Revolver" or "Lady Jane"...
Still don't deny to admit that they're all crap:-)
Hi Pat. I generally find that any group's first couple of albums are the best, and then they struggle to find the material to write enough songs for the later albums. This is not always true, but it happens often enough to bet on the earlier albums from any group you may not be familiar with.

Ironically, I had a similar experience earlier today while listening to Fleetwood Mac's "Mirage," which seemed a trifle at the time it was released in the early 80s, especially after the back-to-back classics, the great eponymous LP and "Rumours." Agreed, "Tusk" doesn't measure up to those records, but it has some good stuff on it. Still, I figured the band was artistically played out and didn't even buy "Mirage" (which came after 'Tusk', I believe) until recently, when I found it in a used record store for three bucks. What the hell, I thought. I cleaned it up, applied the Gruv Glide, and put her on. What a nice surprise! The songs bounce along one after another on the strength of Lindsay Buckingham's studio mastery, and several times I stopped wrapping Christmas presents long enough just to smile and admire the craft and exuberance of it all. Plus, the recording is so good, I would consider using it as a reference to show off my system. I had expected product, a weak effort from a tired and frayed band. But it was anything but. If anything, the band sounds more relaxed than they ever did, and as if they are actually having fun. While I wouldn't call "Mirage" a great work of art, I do think it's a very good record.

In short, I expected little to nothing from this LP--after all, I've ignored it for twenty years. Now, lo and behold, I am humming it in the aisles at WalMart and looking forward to hearing it again.

And that's what I love about this hobby. This kind of thing happens a lot. New discoveries. Buried treasures. Unexpected pleasures when something catches us off guard and makes us sit up and take notice. Trifles that keep us humming in the aisles and smiling in our chairs. Which ain't so trifling, after all.

My main digital source is a software driven hard disk music jukebox. Since switching to this format I find that I'm listening much further into my collection than ever before. I usually set the software to random play and I let the computer pull out those hidden gems from my collection. I'm constantly being surprised at how much good music I already own. What's amazing is that before going to a hard disk system I wouldn't have actively chosen to listen to half of it. There's something very powerful about not choosing the music and instead just letting it come to you.
Waltersalas(Chris), I totally agree about Fleetwood Mac's "Mirage" album. I use it for both musical purposes and sonic enjoyment for it's recording quality. I especially like "Gypsy", which I always previously thought was trite pop, but now I like it. I have the Japanese pressing of it, and it sounds great.

It sounds as if you miss the good old days of great FM stations. I sure do. You are blazing the trail with the hard drive based jukebox.

Waltersalas, it's nice when pearls get dropped in our laps and puts a smile on our face.

4yanx, I am already there. Got all the early stuff on Japanese pressings, including Bare Trees, Mystery To Me, Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, Mirage, and a regular pressing of Buckingham/Nicks, which has some great stuff on it too.
Just try finding a mint Japanese pressing of Mystery To Me. This is one of the jewels of my collection.