Lita Ford Dives Into The Archives For Star-Studded 'Time Capsule' Album

January 29, 2016

Arriving on April 15th is Lita Ford's Time Capsule, an album consisting of unreleased archived recordings that features a long list of special guests, including members from KISS and Cheap Trick.

"There was a s**t load of these 24-track analog tapes in the closet in my house [in the islands]," Ford says in a press release. "This is some of the best work I've ever done and it was sitting there. I grabbed two suitcases and took them back to the United States."

After spending decades in the warm Caribbean weather, the tapes needed to be baked in order to preserve the recordings before they could ever be used. "I was chewing my fingernails, thinking, 'Please work!'" Ford said. "And they did!"

Time Capsule was recorded back in 1988 after her Lita album, which was a time that Ford described as "we had break between recordings and it seems so many of us were always in the same place at the same time."

When looking back at the time when Time Capsule was recorded, Ford refers to a story when she collaborated with Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction. "Dave Navarro walks by. We grab him and tell him, 'Play something on this song. Here, play this mandolin!' And boom! He does it. These recordings have attitude. All of these rock stars were recording in the local studios. There's also Cheap Trick - the identifiable voices of Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander singing backing vocals. Gene Simmons played on and co-wrote 'Rotten to the Core.' W.A.S.P.'s Chris Holmes is in the introduction to the album and is the first thing you hear, stomping around looking for they keys to his 'Ford'... We don't know how long it would take; we were simply having fun."

(source: Ultimate Classic Rock)