Time Capsule master reels of classic Denver recordings saved by gracious real estate agent

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Just some of the 200 plus master reels left behind in the former Time Capsule Studios space
UPDATE (05.06.11 - 2:02 p.m): Just before lunchtime, Martin Anderson discovered another batch of master reels, more than a hundred by his guesstimate. Since then, he's sent over an updated list of bands, and there's some very prominent bygone Denver bands on the list, including Pinhead Circus, the Psychedelic Zombiez, Malice In Wonderland, Rorschach Test and Dick and the Chicks, among others. Click through for original item and full list.

Original item (05.06.11 - 08:12 a.m.)

Tucked inside the sleeve of the latest Foo Fighters record you'll find an inch long piece of tape that resembles a film negative. If you're not paying attention when you rip open the packaging, you'll miss the sticker on the shrink wrap letting you know that the whole thing was recording entirely in analog in Dave Grohl's garage and that the sliver of tape is a section of the actual master reel, which Grohl decided to destroy and offer to fans as a one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia.

"So anyway," Grohl recently told our sister paper, the LA Weekly, "everyone was so precious about tapes, so afraid they're gonna shed or break or something will happen to them, weather, 'you have to be really careful with them.'

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"And that just made me want to destroy it," he continued, "to prove a point to everybody to show how intangible a real tape can be. I thought, let's chop it up into a million pieces, and give it to the people who buy the album, so they can hold it in their hands and see it. A lot of the records you buy, there's nothing you can hold in your hand, it's all 1's and 0's, this digital cloud floating in the ether. but with analog albums, you can hold it in your hand."

Mr Grohl, of course, is a rock star. He can afford to be so frivolous with his music to make a point. Fortunately, Martin Anderson doesn't have a similar sense of subversiveness coursing through his veins. Earlier this week, Anderson, a local real estate agent, was assigned to oversee the bank-owned property at 10th and Perry that used to house Time Capsule Recording Studios, and as he made his way around the place, he stumbled onto shelf of what he later learned were master recordings that had been left behind.

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Master recordings of sessions from Crestfallen and the Fluid, among others

Once upon a time in the late '80s and early '90s -- before the rise, ease and prevalence of modern, digital-recording technology -- Time Capsule was the studio of choice for countless, aspiring, penny-pinching Denver bands. The no-frills studio offered outfits an affordable option for recording at a time when it seemed like only well-heeled, label-funded acts could afford to make records.

During its heyday, a steady parade of storied Denver bands passed through the doorways of Time Capsule, everyone from the VSS and Christie Front Drive to the Fluid and Jux County to Random Victim and Crestfallen to Angellic Rage and Peace Love and Destruction. And the master tapes of sessions by those bands and about 140 others were the ones left behind, including what we presume is Joshua Novak's Dead Letters, one of the most recent albums recorded there last year.

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You're looking at an important piece of Denver's music history

According to Anderson, the property at 1042 Perry isn't in the best shape, but after it gets cleaned up in the next few weeks, it will be back on the market. From the looks of it, the previous owners took everything of value, but left a few clues of behind of what may have led them to move on. "Whoever owned it before, turned it over to the bank," says Anderson. "It's a really sad story. All the stuff that's left upstairs... there's notes from different artists saying, 'Hey, sorry I didn't make my payment this month.' Or, 'Sorry I didn't pay you for the time. You can put some interest on it.' It's really sad."

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The cabinets are full, top-to-bottom, with master reels, according to Anderson

Sensing that perhaps he had stumbled onto something valuable -- if nothing else to the bands responsible for the recordings -- Anderson graciously assembled a list and began trying to locate some of the groups whose master tapes he has, so he can return them to their rightful owners rather than tossing them, as many people might. With that in mind, he's even gone to the effort of befriending the acts he could find online and sending them messages.

"If it takes being friends with Orgy of Satan on MySpace," he says with a laugh, "well, you know, I'll take one for the team."

Many of the groups, of course, have sadly long since gone the way of Time Capsule, making Anderson's search that all the more challenging. We've offered our help with the search. If you're were in one of the bands or know someone from one of the acts listed, drop us a line and we'll help make sure you're reunited with your masters.

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36 comments
Dick Ramada
Dick Ramada

Dick Ramada here and I would like to get the Dick and the Chicks master!  My email address is dramada@comcast.net   Great sessions at Time Capsule!  I lived fairly close to the studio and Greg, Lonnie and Dan and myself had a great time making music there!  Thanks Dick Ramada of the Dick Ramada Band!!

Ancient Pollyanna
Ancient Pollyanna

Geez and here I thought maybe they'd found old Sugarloaf and Soul Survivors.

Barbwirerose1369
Barbwirerose1369

Please Call me I know all the bands and can help you return things to their owners

gabbahey
gabbahey

This is cool. On the pic of the flyers on the door is written "Carpedeaders." That was a band some friends of mine made for a high school battle of the bands in the late 90's. (My group lost but had a much better name: "Dr. Madvibes Noise Experiment" )

Shane Marlatt
Shane Marlatt

Shane from Peace Love and Destruction here. Dave, you rock for posting this. Did this article make the hard copy of Westward. I love the idea of a compilation or a TV show. Hell yeah! Tell the realtor thanks, he is an angel. Please contact me or Eric so we can get the tapes. 720 329 7293 Thanks man! By the way, PLaD is jammin once again. Just got Rob, our old bass player back, and looking forward to ripping it again.

Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas

I recorded many '90's bands there and always had a great time. Malice in Wonderland, Dick and The Chicks and many more. Sorry to hear about their closing and appreciate Martin getting the tapes he can back to folks.

You know who!
You know who!

"Orgy of Satan" how funny! I'm sure Martin could handle it — couldn't possibly be as evil as shellinelligan.

Dutch
Dutch

I lived a few blocks up Perry St from Time Capsule for a big part of this last decade but last time I went in there was around 2005 which was the tail end of that place being a viable studio. everyone else had gone to digital by this point and this studio wasn't able to keep pace with the times of how records were sounding from other, newer studios.

It was kind of sad to see this place pass into the history books - I remember during the 90's if you typed in "recording studio Denver, Colorado" Time Capsule was always at the top of the search engine results. And so many great records came out of that studio in spite of not keeping pace with the times by choosing to stick with analog tape instead of embracing the new digital age. Look no further than the classic Railbenders album "Segundo" as one of the absolute best sounding recordings to come out of any Colorado studio then or since. I also owned that 1st Fairlanes album as well which was also a great sounding album that was constantly on my CD player back in the day. Lots of other great recordings that came out of that place, that list brings back great memories.

I agree that someone should put out a compilation of these great songs.

eric marlatt
eric marlatt

wow! some of our first recordings came out of that studio. those are probably the ones that were found. thanks for listing our band in your story. as a band that has been around for 18 years its good to be mentioned with the other old timers. lol. eric, Peace Love and Destruction

Deadmoviestar
Deadmoviestar

wow, John Denver sure went on a lot of coke binges in the recording studio

Martyp57
Martyp57

TRUTH . . .or TRUTH OF THE MATTER?

Duder
Duder

That is super cool of Martin Anderson to take the time to do that

John Common
John Common

I love this. This could be turned into a TV show... "The Lost Tapes of Indie Music". A cross between Ghost Stories, Mythbusters and VH1 Behind the Music. Dave, you would of course be the host. Let me know if you want to produce the pilot together. I'm in.

Also, please call me if you bump into that Great American Record that I never actually made (yet).

Johnny Seven
Johnny Seven

Johnny from Crestfallen here...email has been sent to Westword and thnx for letting us know about our masters before they ended up in a dumpster. I have been meaning to go down for years as there are two songs left on the tapes that never saw the light of day (one is a cover)...guess I thought they'd always be there.

Jonathan Canady
Jonathan Canady

Thank you Dave Herrera for this article. I have some tapes on that list and thought they were long gone!

Metzmark
Metzmark

All analog gold! Well done, thank you...

Ian O
Ian O

Thanks to Martin Anderson and Dave Herrera for getting the word out. We appreciate it!

Ian O

Suburban Home
Suburban Home

The crazy thing is that earlier today, I was driving down Colfax and was wondering what ever happened to the Time Capsule. One of my first bands, The Fairlanes, recorded their first album there. I remember having to pay $30 for a CD r copy of the master. This was in 1996, I believe. Lots of great Colorado music history here.

D.mac
D.mac

I didn't realize Time Capsule had gone under, I had recorded with a few bands there back in the early 90's. Was a great place at the time.

Larson_otto
Larson_otto

holy shit 3 of those bands i was in and would love to get the original tapes if possible Undertaker vomit godwicked innocencehow do i contact someone about these

Stumbleweed
Stumbleweed

I live right by this house and always wondered what the "TIME CAPSULE" letters on the front of it were referring to. This is way cooler than some old shit from 1952 buried in the ground!

Mondogarage
Mondogarage

There needs to be something akin to a Burn to Shine outta this....

Cronski
Cronski

Holy shit this is rad. Compilation? Make it happen Denver.

Dick Ramada
Dick Ramada

Please let me know if there are any Dick and the Chicks recordings. I will be right there to pick up anything you may have.  Once again, my email address is dramada@comcast.net  ..... Happy Holidays!  Dick Ramada of "The Dick Ramada Band"(formerly Dick and the Chicks)

Moms Management
Moms Management

Hi This is Mom from Moms Management- Thank you so much for making this happen- Blond Bombshell, Malice In Wonderland and others were bands that I worked with and it will so great for them to have these tapes- I wish we had saved Avalanche Studios as a museum (heard The Fray rehearse there now). It was a great scene and alot of these bands are still around in other incarnations- making music happen.

Thanks agin- Joan M Kelley-aka "Mom"from Moms managment

backbeatmod
backbeatmod

Trust me: It's a privilege. Time Capsule was Denver institution that should be held in the same regard as other dearly departed landmarks, other places that were so key to the scene, like the Cricket on the Hill. And these tapes represent an important part of our history. It's truly moving that Martin saw the importance of preserving the music, not just for the sake of bands who made that music, but for us, the fans.

Martinanderson
Martinanderson

Bart Dahl picked up all the Fairlanes tapes this afternoon. Glad they got saved. Best, Martin.

backbeatmod
backbeatmod

Hey, Larson_otto, drop us a line at westwordmusic at gmail dot com, and we'll make sure you are reunited with whatever masters exist.

Martin
Martin

Larson_Otto - Give me a call 720 839-5465. We can arrange a time to grab the tapes. Best, Martin

Ian O
Ian O

Agreed. Lindsay Parker and Kirby Orrick deserve a lot of credit for getting a lot of bands good recordings. Without Time Capsule, that great '90's Denver scene wouldn't have existed.

eric marlatt
eric marlatt

hi there this is eric from Peace Love and Destruction. i would be very interested in getting a hold of the tapes that we had left there. my email is pladestruction@hotmail. my phone is 307 331 5102. any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks bro.

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