When an artist comes off a hot record, do you ever wonder if they stashed away some tunes, from that session, or preceding sessions, that never saw the light of day? I do constantly. I always wonder how many tracks were written for a classic record, and if there were leftovers, what happened to them. Well, recently artists like Scorpions and Lita Ford have dug into their vaults and found some real gems. In fact, both artists' latest releases are comprised of music that they did back in the day. Lita is the latest of the two, to give of a taste, of some tunes that should have been released decades sooner.
Time Capsule is made up of 11 tracks that have sat in Lita's vaults for over 30 years. I have to say, this is the best material, that she has released since her self titled record, back in 88'. The album features a virtual who's who of hard rockers featuring, Gene Simmons, Jeff Scott Soto, Billy Sheehan and members of Cheap Trick. The CD starts off strong with the song Where Will I Find My Heart Tonight which is a duet with Jeff Scott Soto. It is a rocking ballad, which sets the tone for the CD. The next track keeps the momentum going, with the ballad Killing Kind. This is the track that features Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick. Both songs are melodic and memorable. They both contain infectious choruses, which will stick in your head for days.
This CD is full of solid material that was hatched over 30 years ago. These tunes were brought back to life, thanks to Lita digging through some old tapes. I have to say I really dig the melodic ballady tracks on this record, opposed to the rockier tracks. I think that the ballads are more solid and have more hooks. Also, I have to give props to Lita on her guitar playing on this CD. I really dug her take, on the classic Hendrix instrumental, Little Wing. All in all a solid effort. Some of the faster tracks, can come off a little dated, lyric wise, but it doesn't matter, because they still rock. This one's a keeper. Go get it.
Bottom Line: Lita unearthing some of her best material in years. Even though some of these tracks are 30+ years old, they still stand up today. Great songs with great melody. Get your space suit on, because this one will transport you back to 1980 something.
Stand Out Tracks: War of the Angels, Killing Kind, Where Will I Find My Heart Tonight and Little Wing
-Ragman was taken by surprise with this one.