Release Date: April 15, 2016
Since her divorce, Lita Ford has been on fire. Time Capsule offers a brief detour from the amazing Living Like a Runaway album, comprising itself of slightly polished analog demos from the pre-Lita era. It is released in conjunction with her 2016 autobiography.
The album features tons of collaborations with artists like Gene Simmons, Bruce Kulick, Dave Navarro, Cheap Trick, Billy Sheehan, and more as well as a somewhat disturbing intro skit by Chris Holmes (ex-WASP) during which he plays the angry, drunken father of a teenage Lita.
The key to this whole collection is its raw edge. Lita was certainly wise to keep it raw and rockin’ because many of the songs might get lost in the shuffle if they received the “major label treatment.” The duo of “Black Leather Heart” and “Rotten to the Core” are the best examples. If these two songs had been finished and released in a typical early eighties fashion no one would remember them today, but their raw feel transports you back to a time when the Sunset Strip made everything feel fresh and dangerous. “Killing Kind” is the kind of midtempo ballad that Lita would master a few years later, but, quite honestly, it’s probably one of the best songs she has ever written. I’m surprised that this was never released. The big chorus and the intermittent mandolin parts (courtesy of Dave Navarro) would have undoubtedly made for hit single.
As with any collection, Time Capsule is a bumpy ride at best, but if you are a fan then its also a ton of fun. Everything sounds dated and kinda cheesy but given the era, we wouldn’t want it any other way! Sure I’d rather have an album of new material but this is an interesting footnote in Lita history. This is worth a spin but don’t expect Living Like a Runaway or Lita.
Reviewed by mark1340