Treasure – Treasure [1977]

Country USA          

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 84/100

Band Members Felix Cavaliere – Vocals,keyboards,synthesizer,oberheim,arp, – Vinnie Cusano – Vocals,guitars, Jack Scarangella – Drums, Rick Laird – Bass

Tracks 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

Profile “Treasure”, first released in 1977 on Epic Records, sought its fortunes on the backs of ex-Rascals lead singer/keyboardist Felix Cavaliere, an up-and-coming guitarist by the name of Vinnie Cusano and a special appearance from bassist Rick Laird of the Mahavishnu Orchestra.

Matching the veteran Cavaliere’s impressive vocals and keyboard stylings, Vinnie’s guitar playing is a high point throughout this lost album, both in terms of his rhythm guitar work and solos. With regard to the latter, on “Treasure” we find tangible evidence of Vinnie’s self-professed love for Jeff Beck and a smattering of techniques that would become hallmarks in the style of Vinnie’s shredding alter-ego.

Unfortunately, Treasure would be a short-lived project. Cavaliere would move on to record a series of solo albums, though Vinnie contributed some guitar work, including the solo to “Don’t Hold Back Your Love,” on his 1979 “Castles In The Air” album.

As for Vinnie, Treasure marked some of his earliest studio experience. In 1976 he had recorded the single “Happy Birthday USA” and contributed session work for the band Hitchhiker. As the calendar turned to 1978, he would still be four-plus years away from his fateful meeting with the Hottest Band in the Land and his transformation to Vinnie Vincent. In the meantime, Vinnie would keep busy with work with Dan Hartman, Laura Nyro and Edgar Winter, among others.

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