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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Dancing madly backwards (on a sea of air) (4:02)
2. Armworth (1:48)
3. Myopic void (3:30)
4. Mesmerization eclipse (3:48)
5. Raging river of fear (3:51)
6. Thousand days of yesterday (intro) (1:19)
7. Frozen over (3:46)
8. Thousand days of yesterday (time since come and gone) (3:56)
9. I can't feel nothing (part 1) (3:06)
10. As the moon sparks (to the waves of the sea) (2:25)
11. Astral lady (0:16)
12. As the moon sparks (return) (2:13)
13. I can't feel nothing (part 2) (1:13)

Total Time: 35:13

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Line-up / Musicians

- Bobby Caldwell / drums, percussion, vibes, bells, piano, backing vocals
- Lee Dorman / bass, piano, backing vocals
- Rod Evans / lead vocals
- Larry Reinhardt / acoustic, electric & slide guitars

Releases information

LP Capricorn CP0105 (1972)

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3.93
(181 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
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Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
3 stars If this band is in here than so should Deep Purple and Warhorse. Is the fact that DP's first vocalist is in here sufficient to be included in here . Don't get me wrong , this is rather good hard rock (Warhorse DP's first bassist band is quite enjoyable also) , but to me the first three Purple albums were a lot more of interest than this one. Then again the quality of the soloists (Blackmore and Lord) offered more possibilities than the valiant attempts of IB soloists.

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Posted Monday, March 08, 2004

Review by Carl floyd fan
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3 stars Kind of a poor mans Zeppelin or Humble Pie with a prog twist. This group has obvious Deep Purple roots because of Rod Evans, who was once a part DP. They certianlly have some rockin' songs, the first and last songs were the most memorable for me. They sound ahead of their time too, they just can't stand up against the big guys Zeppelin, DP, Humble Pie, Sabbath as far as the hardrock aspect is concerned. If you want rare, hard, prog rock from the early 70s, check out atomic rooster than come to these guys and check out warhorse.

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Posted Sunday, September 26, 2004

Review by Trotsky
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4 stars Captain Beyond is a low-key supergroup that somehow never managed to garner the acclaim it deserved. You'd think with members from Deep Purple (lead singer Rod Evans), Iron Butterfly (guitarist Rhino Reinhardt and bassist Lee Dorman) and the Johnny Winter Band (drummer Bobby Caldwell), Captain Beyond would be a household name, but it's rare to find anyone who's heard of the group. What is truly galling about Captain Beyond's anonymity is that this debut album is a blistering, throughly enjoyable work.

Personally I think the problem is packaging myself. This album came out in 1972 during the Golden Age of Prog, and I'm certain that if Captain Beyond had presented its 13 slices of music (which frequently segue into one another) in the form of three lengthy, multi-part epics then this album would have been gobbled up by the then-voluminous prog-rock crowd.

Initially the music here (for which drummer Caldwell was almost solely responsible) will probably seem a little simple to most prog fans. There are lots of heavy bluesy guitar riffs (Raging River Of Fear even sounds like Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child (Slight Escape)) and no electronic keyboards, flute or strings whatsoever. Despite that, an attentive listen to the whole album will reveal hidden treasures.

Firstly there is Evans' cool, fantasy-based lyrical imagery that starts with Dancing Madly Backwards and continues through Mesmerization Eclipse onto Thousand Days Of Yesterdays and concludes with the interlaced I Can't Feel Nothin'/As the Moon Speaks tracks. Even more important is that fact that Caldwell and co create a really wide range of sounds and styles despite the seemingly limited weapons at their disposal. While much of the music may be high-octane rock, there are lush acoustic moments, off-kilter spacey explorations, jazzy interludes and the like ... and I'm just talking about the 9 minutes that make up Thousands Days Of Yesterday (Intro)/Frozen Over/Thousand Days Of Yesterdays (Time Since Come And Gone)!

It's hard to point to a single oustanding musician in Captain Beyond, but their collective sound is really quite refreshing. If you're a fan of creative hard rock music, and don't come to this album expecting a complex masterpiece, you will find this to be one of those lost gems that slipped through the cracks. ... 76% on MPV scale

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Posted Sunday, February 20, 2005

Review by loserboy
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5 stars CAPTAIN BEYOND's debut album is something very special and one of those album that is just plain ol "gritty", "crunchy" and wonderfully psychedelic. CAPTAIN BEYOND were really kind of a "supergroup" with IRON BUTTERFLY members Larry Reinhardt "Rhino" (lead guitar) and Lee Dorman (bass) , DEEP PURPLE's Rod Evans (lead vocals) and Johnny Winter's drummer Bobby Caldwell. The end product was one of my personal favourite album of 1972 and a definite pick for the ol' desert island conversation. Without a question CAPTAIN BEYOND's debut album was clearly ahead of its time and although is 20+ years later bands like PORCUPINE TREE obviously heard this album! Overall the album hits many high points and covers a tremendously wide range of pieces... hard rock, but not metal... spacey but not too "druggy"... acoustic without being too tranquil... jazzy without being jazz... conceptual without being a "concept album" (although each song flows into the next).

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Review by con safo
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4 stars How this band flew under the radar like it did, I will never know, but their self titled 1972 debut will live on forever as a brilliant work of hard-rock prog! Captain Beyond was a super group of sorts, including members of well known bands Deep Purple (vocalist Rod Evans) and Iron Butterfly (guitarist Rhino Reinhardt and bassist Lee Dorman), it seems baffling that this band got such little recognition. This aside, the album is a true joy to listen to. The album flows brilliantly through many recurring themes, lots of great guitar work and mind-blowing drumming (See Mesmerization Eclipse).It is comprised of many short tracks, but many of them can be considered one song (Tracks 1-3, 6-8, 9-13) and perhaps if they were condensed into longer tracks prog fans would have paid more attention. The music itself is usually fast paced hard-rock, with some cosmic interludes and off kilter jams, very complex and jazzy at times. The trio of musicians create a staggering amount of sounds considering the amount of instruments used. A highly underrated (and highly recommended) album!

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Review by ClemofNazareth
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3 stars Captain Beyond was formed in 1971 by two members of Iron Butterfly’s early 70s touring group, along with Johnny Winter’s drummer Bobby Caldwell. Longtime session singer Rod Evans auditioned as singer and was quickly hired. All three had just come off long tours and their respective groups were embarking on extended hiatus, but these musicians were either still interested in touring, or just needed the money.

The band’s name is rumored to have been suggested by Yes bassist Chris Squire, who ran into the group during a tour. Their debut was quickly recorded and released by Capricorn Records to very little fanfare, and even less promotion. The album is heavily- blues influenced, with the predictable murky production of cheap recording equipment that was so prevalent at the time. Only the lyrics and the occasional creative arrangement set them apart from dozens of similar groups of that day. The album starts quite strong, but struggles a bit toward the end.

“Dancing Madly Backwards (On a Sea of Air)” is a bit of a dig at the Haight-Asbury brand of hippies at a time when the flower-power era was fast coming to an end. Like much of the rest of the album, the references here are pretty dated:

“’cause I’m not sitting on the Golden Gate – love and peace and war and hate;

Well I’m not going to sit around and wait, all I’m a doing is losing my faith”.

These guys are pointing out that they are not a bunch of pot-smoking hippies (they’re just a bunch of pot-smoking singers in a rock and roll band,):

“We’re all on stage and that’s for sure, searching is endless when there ain’t no cure”.

The music is straight-ahead blues with a southern tinge and pretty sparse – guitar, drums, bass and piano, but the various percussion instruments and some slide guitar add a little spice.

“Armworth” is one of the more unique anti-war songs I’ve heard. Again, a bit dated, as this album came out as the Vietnam War was gasping its last breaths. This is a bitter, reflective tune about a guy who’s lost an arm in battle, and is trying to find some meaning or reason to attach to the loss:

“Where did they put it fella’, where and which way?

Did it start the mad charge that the enemy made, or is it with my brother in a meaningless grave?”

The mostly instrumental “Myopic Void” is a spacey, psychedelic ditty that emphasizes the Johnny Winter influence on the band. There’s a short meaningless chorus toward the end, something about dancing on the ceiling, but this is just a short blues rant with some funky slide guitar and pulsating rhythm.

“Mesmerization Eclipse” is obviously a song about being stoned, very heavy with a twanging guitar riff and rolling drums. Imagine Ronnie Van Zant singing along to Jimi Hendrix’ guitar and you get the idea.

The next song appears on the album, but was rarely sung live for whatever reason. “Raging River of Fear” has a tempo that is reminiscent of Creedance Clearwater Revival, but the vocals are all southern-fried rock. This is about fear, apprehension, maybe even dread, all emotions that many of us were feeling leading up to the mid-70s, with lots of social changes going on, political turmoil, and racial tensions becoming violent across much of the country. This actually sounds a lot like some of the stuff Santana was doing around the same time – layered harmonic vocals, extended instrumental passages heavy on guitar, and a thundering drum finale. The last of the great 70s blues band sounds.

“Thousand Days of Yesterdays” is a nostalgic piece of longing for simpler days that we all felt slipping away in 1972 (boy, if we only knew just how far the slide would be!). This is slow, sad, reflective, mellow, lots of cymbals and bells, spacey vocals, and a respite with “Frozen Over” before the song picks up again for a few more minutes of the same.

“Frozen Over” is an Allman Brothers clone musically, and the lyrics suggest this is a song about a drug overdose by some chick –

“Ah, your face is frozen over, it’s not the one I knew; honey your face is frozen as can be – baby your face is like a block of ice, cold as the deep dark sea”.

“I Can’t Feel Nothin’” is another two-part work, this with what sounds like some dull cow- bell (very appropriate for the early 70s), soaring blues licks, and staccato vocals, another hazy stoned song with nothing to really set it apart other than some pretty decent extended blues jam toward the end. This album was recorded in just two days shortly after the members got together after finishing long tours with their respective former bands, so it’s inevitable that there would be some filler.

“As the Moon Speaks” is a kind of spoken-word/chanting psychedelic jaunt across the brain, just another head-trip tune to fill some space, punctuated by a short jam burst titled “Astral Lady”.

The album wraps up with two short reprises, one of “As the Moon Speaks”, and the other for “I Can’t Feel Nothin’”, the latter being the heaviest groove yet, and a strong finish to the album.

Captain Beyond was a super-group of sorts in 1972, not as much for the actual players in the band as for the stature of the bands they had just come from. The band’s management at the time must have been terrible, since they were not given exposure through a nationwide tour (even though there were tours aplenty across the U.S. in those days). They would release another album a year later adding brass, another guitar, organ, and plenty of percussion, but the sound was more muddled and less pure than the debut. A final album followed later in the decade, but by then the band was attempting to cash in with a harder formula rock sound and didn’t manage to set themselves apart enough to challenge the heavy rotation of southern-rock bands flooding the market, and the players largely drifted apart with some returning to established groups and others simply fading away. This first album was definitely their peak.

This is not the kind of music that will likely appeal to fans of the 70s European progressive rock sound, but for those who favor groups like Cream, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, Iron Butterfly, Babe Ruth, and other blues-influenced music, this is an very interesting period piece that makes for a few good listens and some nostalgic wanderings into the distant musical past. Probably three and a half stars, but I’ll go with three.

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is an absolute blast ! Cosmic lyrics with some heavy duty guitar driven instrumental work will usually make me giddy, and CAPTAIN BEYOND have succeeded with this their debut from 1972. And when you consider the band members here were once parts of IRON BUTTERFLY, JOHNNY WINTER and DEEP PURPLE it's no surprise that this is heavy. Cool to see them dedicate this record to the memory of Duanne Allman. There are 13 short tracks but many of them blend into one another. I like the Psychedelic vibe on this recording as well. Rod Evans is rough and passionate on vocals while Bobby Caldwell might be the one who impresses me the most on drums.

"Dancing Madly Backwards (On A Sea Of Air)" is heavy with bass, guitar and drums as vocals join in. I like when the tempo picks up before 2 minutes. Some ripping guitar joins in. Nice. "Armworth" has this guitar sound that reminds me of Duane Allman. I really like this one, the vocals aren't as aggressive. Great tune ! It blends into "Myopic Void" which is psychedelic and spacey until it kicks in after 2 1/2 minutes. "Mesmerization Eclipse" has such a good guitar intro as drums pound. Vocals have attitude here. Killer guitar here too. "Raging River Of Fear" offers up more fantastic drumming and "in your face" guitar.There's a Hendrix vibe here. Some harmonies too when the tempo picks up.

"Thousand Days Of Yesterdays (Intro)" features acoustic guitar and reserved vocals that blend into "Frozen Over" where it kicks in heavily and quickly. I like the bass in this one. Check out the drumming 2 minutes in followed by this wondrous guitar ! "Thousand Days Of Yesterdays (Time Since Come And Gone)" is catchy with strummed guitar and a good beat. Tasteful guitar 2 minutes in followed by vocal melodies. A surprisingly light but uptempo track. "I Can't Feel Nothin'" is drum led early before the guitar steals the show late. It blends into "As The Moon Speaks (To The Waves Of The Sea)" where it calms down and we get spoken words and vocal melodies. It kicks in then It blends into "Astral Lady" which blends into "As The Moon Speaks (Return)" where spoken words and vocal melodies take over. Vocals follow. Percussion late as it blends into the final track "I Can't Feel Nothin' (Part II). Kicking ass !

If you like heavy music, this is a classic and a must have.

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Posted Friday, October 27, 2006

Review by Gooner
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3 stars I prefer their 2nd release "Sufficiently Breathless" to this one. However, if you enjoy an intense ride for a good 40 minutes, concluding it with a headache while still begging for more...than this LP is for you! Me? I get my kicks with DP's "In Rock" if I want to do that sort of thing. Bobby Caldwell really dominates the music on this one with his drumming, and doesn't let up at all. It sort of reminds me of that Furio guy from Arti & Mestieri's "Tilt" LP a little. Buy it for the drumming, although, Rhino on guitar is no slouch, either.

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Posted Monday, April 30, 2007

Review by UMUR
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4 stars Another nice surprise to me in 2007 was discovering Captain Beyond, together with the debut from Audience this has to be the best surprise. What power this band has! Iīm totally in shock. This is progressive hard rock, but mostly it rocks like hell. Itīs a bit more subtle than your average hard rock band though and thatīs where the progressive part starts. They remind me of a band I have spend a lot of time listening to the last couple of years and thatīs Orange Goblin ( a band I would like to have added to prog archives). Especially their new album Healing Through Fire is really much like Captain Beyond. Well you get the point. If you like Captain Beyond chances are you will like Orange Goblin too.

I didnīt know about Captain Beyondīs history and the rather prominant gentlemen that make up this band before I read the biography here on Prog Archieves, but I was never in doubt that these were outstanding musicians. I guess Iīll have to check out Iron Butterfly ( I only know you know what song). I have never really listened much to the first couple of albums from Deep Purple but maybe they are also worth purchasing. Evans is a great and pretty diverse singer, Iīm pretty impressed with him.

The songs on the album are mostly hard rock with some of the meanest riffing I have ever heard, but there are progressive tendencies that keeps the album exciting throughout the whole playing time ( Itīs only 35 minutes but every minute is exciting). The most progressive songs on the album are: Myopic void, Thousand days of yesterday and As the moon sparks, the rest of the songs are more or less hard rock even though there are twists. I have to note that all the songs seque into each other making the whole album a musical concept. The lyrics sound really tripped out and drug induced.

This is an excellent album and I can highly recommend it to anyone into hard rock, who like me finds the general structure in a hard rock song a little too predictable and who wantīs something a little more challeging. The fortune here is that even though this is a little more prog than your average hard rock it still kicks ass bigtime.

I canīt praise this album enough but I think a 5 star rating is a little much though. 4 stars will do, but Iīll tell you I was really close to a 5.

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Posted Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Review by ghost_of_morphy
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4 stars I can't review an album based on a handful of listens. I really can't. I don't feel like I know an album until I can hear it in my head. As often as not, I will log in to write a review, start listening to the album, and realize that I need to wait a little while before I attempt the review.

That happened to me today. I logged on to write a review of the first UK album, loaded it up in WinAmp, and realized I wasn't quite ready yet. So I jumped over here to review the album that I've listened to more than any other in the last three months, the amazing debut from Captain Beyond.

So what makes these guys different and special?

While the sound of Captain Beyond may sound a bit dated nowadays, it was really something special back in 1972. Disciplined, restrained hard rock with psychedelic elements and a progressive vision was something that wasn't so easy to find back in 1972. Throw in the absolutely amazing rhythm section of Caldwell and Dorman and you have music that has the ability to transcend it's era. Pleasing vocals and vocal harmonies, abrupt transitions in melodies and rhythms, and guitar work that can be either blistering or restrained as required round out the number of candies in Captain Beyond's box of chocolates.

I so want to give this album five stars, but I'll restrain myself and award Captain Beyond the four that it has most deservedly earned.

EDIT: Man, I keep listening to this thing and the second half of it builds to an absolutely awesome conclusion. I'm not going to change the rating to 5 stars yet, but if this keeps up, the change is definitely coming. This may be the best composed album that I have ever heard. It's on the first four tracks that are keeping me from jumping this to five, and then just barely.

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Posted Friday, February 08, 2008

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars I was mainly interested in this band because of the presence of ex-Mark I lead singer and I was curious to hear what sort of music Captain Beyond was playing.

In my opinion, the prog aspect within Purple has always been very thin. A couple of songs on their three Mark I albums maybe...The brilliant April is certainly the one that best fits the genre (and it is the only true prog tune that the band has ever signed).

Now back with the Captain: their music sounds a bit outdated actually. As if they remained in the late mid- sixties and the psychedelia that went with it. Some of them are ridiculously short and doesn't help to be overwhelmed with this album. Of prog music, there is little question (actually, I wonder why Ten Years After is not yet featured on PA when I listen to such albums).

This being said, since I like heavy rock quite a bunch, I also like this album. A few outstanding tracks are really worth like the opening number Dancing Madly Backwards and Myopic Void which opens as a spacey and loaded tune and develops in some crescendo towards a very dynamic closing part.

But to be honest, I have major difficulties to consider this work as a masterpiece as several of my fellow colleagues. Too few songs are on the average side (Mesmerization Eclipse, Raging River Of Fear even if the instrumental and final part of the latter is very good) and there are actually not a single song that deserve this status IMHHO.

I also never understood why the band had to slice these songs (which are already short) into smaller pieces. Thousand Days. would have fit perfectly as one and only entity instead of being split into two and spread over this album (same treat for I Can't Feel Nothing or As The Moon Speaks).

The former song seems to come out straight out an early TYA album (Cricklewood Green to name it). This debut album remains a curiosity of the early seventies. It is a good album overall. Three stars.

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Posted Friday, October 17, 2008

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars Interesting supergroup reuniting members of Deep Purple MK I (vocalist Rod Evans), Iron Butterfly (guitarrist Rhino and bassist Lee Dorman) and The Johnny Winter Band (drummer Bobby Caldwell). But somehow they never really happened. Their mix of 70īs hard rock with some late 60īs psychodelia is quite interesting, but there is almost no prog at all. I guess if they persisted a little more then thy maybe reached another level, since the musicians involved were great. It is also strange they never were a big success.

Maybe their music was too elaborated for a hard rock act and maybe not psychodelic or prog enough for those markets either. Captain Beyond must have been hard to sell in the early 70īs. There are some fine acoustic passages, blues rock licks, jazzy interludes and spaced out vocals. Nowadays the music seems a little dated, but it is very good also, specially if youīre interested in the styles I mentioned before. Like others reviewers have pointed, their sound was a bit ahead of the time. Unfortunatly they wouldnīt hold to their ground for too long, which is a pity. With time and patience they could be a lot bigger. Worth a listen.

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Posted Friday, October 24, 2008

Review by Queen By-Tor
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5 stars Heavy and cosmic music from beyond the Myopic Void...

The amount of heavy prog bands that emerged in the early to mid seventies only to die off after their debut album is a number not easily counted. Many of these bands took advantage of a fertile market at the time where ''classic'' rock and progressive rock flourished and combined the styles into heavy, riff based progressive rock that brought up memories of Led Zeppelin while maintaining the high-brow complexities and depth of bands like Yes. Among so many forgotten relics is the debut from Captain Beyond, the project from Mk I Deep Purple vocalist Rod Evans and former Iron Butterfly members Larry Rhino Reinhardt on guitar, and bassist Lee Dorman. What comes out of the mix is an amazing effort from the band featuring memorable riffs, spacey lyrics and very heavy passages in this gem of heavy prog.

One thing that's noted by many people right off the bat is the track listing for the album. Many people wonder how the band could possibly be considered progressive when there's 13 tracks on the album, and the longest of which is 4 minutes. Well, the progressive tenancies of the band extend far beyond simple track length, since within any one song the band well develop and change ideas in the blink of an eye - and do it well. Songs like the blistering opening track, Dancing Madly Backwards (On A Sea Of Air) and the killer Memorization Eclipse feature extreme changes in pace, tempo and speed that fit amazingly well into the context of the song. Of course the overall scheme of the album also becomes apparent after listening to it a few times. The album is actually comprised of only 5 songs that are broken up into segments. Dancing Madly Backwards takes up the better half of the first side while the second side of the album is comprised of only two suites, A Thousand Days Of Yesterdays and I Can't Feel Nothin'. One would wonder if more proggers would pay attention to the album if it was read with a shorter track listing, but we'll never really know.

What's great about the album is that it never lets up. It may give an occasional break from the constant bombardment of heavy rock, but those moments usually only last a minute before plunging back into the world (or outer-space) of heavy riffs. Raging River Of Fear is one of the few songs which actually stands on its own away from the other suites, and stand out it does. Those heavy riffs make for a constant attack while Evans' vocals bring the audience along for the ride. The second half of the album is just as good. Thousand Days Of Yesterdays starts with a slow and clam section which immediately gives way to the scorching sections of the Frozen Over segment before being reprised by the almost funky Thousand Days Of Yesterdays (Part II). I Can't Feel Nothin' is perhaps the most dynamic song in terms of pacing, working from the quick opening to the creepy, spoken word As The Moon Speaks (To The Waves Of The Sea) section to the brief and apocalyptic ending.

If you like Deep Purple, but have always wanted them to be more progressive, then this album is probably the answer to your prayers. Captain Beyond wouldn't recreate this sound for their follow-up, Sufficiently Breathless, but this album stands as a tribute to everything that Heavy Prog does best. 5 beaming astral ladies out of 5 for this wonderful effort. Highly recommended to anyone who likes heavy riffs, spacey elements and well thought-out suites.

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Posted Sunday, October 26, 2008

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars Beyond good!

Here we have a great piece of Heavy Prog from the 'other' side of the Atlantic. There is a connection to the UK, however, with Rod Evans previously of Deep Purple handling the lead vocals here. This might lead you to suppose that the music of Captain Beyond is similar to Deep Purple Mk. I which it is not and neither can it be compared to Deep Purple Mk. II. This is a completely different beast and one of the very best I've heard of its kind!

The album is basically one complete piece of music with a handful of great riffs that come and go, and we are given several interesting variations on these riffs. The whole thing is a rather loud affair and a tour de force of good guitar riffs, fast and moderately complex drumming. The instrumentation is rather simple with electric guitars, acoustic guitars, bass, drums, lead and harmony vocals, and the occasional very discrete piano and some percussion instruments. There are many interesting tempo changes and mood changes keeping it interesting throughout. Some passages remind me of Black Sabbath others of Camel!

The second half of the album is the best one, with a bit more variation due to slower acoustic sections, and its great build up towards the finale. What I particularly like about this album, in addition to that is presented as a whole, is also how loaded and well structured it is. There are no mindless improvisations or long psychedelic jam sections, all too common in the psychedelic bands of the time. Captain Beyond might very well have come up with this music by doing long psychedelic jams, but what is left here for the final product is well arranged and they don't waste a minute on that stuff. There is a sense of urgency here lacking in the works of, say, Hawkwind or early Pink Floyd or American acts like Hendrix and The Doors for that matter.

What I also like is the fast and constantly changing rhythms, something that bands like Pink Floyd and Hawkwind really needed to learn. Hawkwind, for example, had a very strong tendency to settle into a constant grove and keep it throughout the whole song and let the guitars and keyboards do all the work on top. Captain Beyond, on the other hand, had all the instruments, including the drums, competing for attention. What is psychedelic about Captain Beyond is more in the overall space theme and the image of the band than in the actual music, I think.

By way of criticism I should say that this album is not perfectly recorded and produced, but it does not sound bad. There could also be more solos and instrumental sections (but well-structured ones as opposed to mindless jamming) and the sound could be fuller if they added some more keyboards to the mix. Still, this is a classic of Heavy Prog and no fan of the genre should do without a copy of this near-masterpiece album.

Highly recommended!

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Posted Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Review by Sinusoid
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4 stars Without a doubt in my mind, this is a superb hard rock band producing a superb hard rock album. However, when looking through a prog scope, there seems to be a slight issue here. Is this prog? How could it NOT be prog? My answer; I don't know, I don't care. Unfortunately, the iffiness factor might be the reason I strike this album from masterpiece status.

The band can play, the execution is spot on, the transitions are perfect, the music has depth and the riffs just strike your inner rock-n-roll nerve that makes you want to fist pump to ad infinitum. You'll have to do it in some tricky metre as it seems like every other time signature the band plays in is some odd number for most people. This is all under Rod Evans's smooth vocal execution which augments the band quite nicely, even if I'm not currently familiar with his tenure in Deep Purple.

Long songs and virtuoso passages aren't here, so don't expect too much pompousness. Also, keyboards are rare to nonexistant, so it's more of a hard rock album than a prog rock album in those respects. I like these types of prog albums as proggers aren't sure whether to accept CAPTAIN BEYOND for it's depth or ignore it because it's too much of a rocker than a progger, and my curiosity feeds off the endless debating.

Songs like ''Dancing Madly Backwards'', ''Mesmerization Eclipse'', ''Raging River of Fear'', ''Frozen Over'' and the ''I Can't Feel Nothin'' parts are perfect outputs of what Captain Beyond are all about, at least on this album. Who says a little rock is bad for your prog health?

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Posted Saturday, October 03, 2009

Review by Rune2000
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3 stars I've been interested in this release ever since I've read about the supergroup behind it. The idea of a cross-up between the ex-Deep Purple vocalist Rod Evans and two key members of Iron Butterfly really sounded like a mix that should have felt right at home with me. This is why I began actively seeking out this CD a few years back and finally had a copy of my own by 2007.

Let me start by saying that the Heavy Prog genre isn't among my top sub-categories of the progressive rock movement but there have been quite a few nice surprises along the way. The closest stylistic comparison that I can think of in order to describe this album is that of a mixture of Atomic Rooster and Quatermass. But what I'm ultimately saying is that Captain Beyond sounds pretty much like they should for a band active in the early '70s. There isn't much that differentiates their music from those two other bands, meaning that they don't bring anything completely new or original to the table with this material. Still, if you're into this type of material then you're bound to find a hidden gem in this release.

The album's material is split into many interconnected compositions and songs divided into smaller portions which definitely appeals to my progressively-inclined mind although I really don't see much point to it in this particular case. In retrospect, it would definitely have made more sense to keep the compositions as complete pieces since I personally tend to lose the connection between them.

Overall it's a nice little piece of Heavy Prog from the early days of the style's existence. The music is far less trippy than that of Iron Butterfly but, at the same time, has little connection to the symphonic escapades that were explored by the early Deep Purple lineup. It's a very pleasant, but ultimately non-essential release that will appeal to its audience and fans of the early '70s rock music.

***** star songs: Armworth (1:49) Frozen Over (3:46)

**** star songs: Dancing Madly Backwards (On A Sea Of Air) (4:02) Myopic Void (3:31) Raging River Of Fear (3:51) Thousand Days Of Yesterday (Intro) (1:19) Thousand Days Of Yesterday (Time Since Come And Gone) (3:57) As The Moon Sparks (To The Waves Of The Sea) (2:26) Astral Lady (0:16) As The Moon Sparks (Return) (2:14) I Can't Feel Nothing (Part 2) (1:14)

*** star songs: Mesmerization Eclipse (3:49) I Can't Feel Nothing (Part 1) (3:07)

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Posted Saturday, September 25, 2010

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
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4 stars Thanks to the reviewers here I was drawn to this album like a moth to a flame. Immediately I was dazzled by crunching riffs with heavy guitars and then amazing time changes locking into killer riffing with dirty guitar sounds and serious vocals. The time sigs changes so dramatically it is hard to keep up but it is such a delight to be treated to an obscurity like this hiding in the prog vaults. It begins with 'Dancing Madly Backwards (On a Sea of Air)' with all the time shifts and then blazes straight into 'Armworth' with Rod Evans' vocals, from Deep Purple, and hard rocking non stop rock rhythms.

The riffs are always prevalent and driving headlong to new half time feels and awesome instrumental breaks with the mind bending guitars of Rhino, from Iron Butterfly. His slide guitar work is absolutely psychedelic and atmospheric. Bobby Caldwell was a brilliant drummer and has a field day on percussion injecting timpani triplets and odd beats throughout. The bass of Lee Dorman is a constant pulse. 'Mesmerization Eclipse' is the first break into a different feel after the non stop opening suite of songs. There is another heavy riff and Deep Purple style vocals. They are much more progressive though, and once again the song reaks into several signatures, the band are brimming over with creativity and one never knows where they will go next, fast to slow to downright out of place, each meter is a pattern that locks on with that ever present heavy guitar. I didn't like the way this faded out slowly but immediately the next riff settles in on 'Raging River Of Fear'. This has a heavy bluesy feel, aggressive vocals and accomplished rhythm changes. The drums on this are incredible, constantly providing new tempos and fast paced beats and fills.

'Thousand Days Of Yesterday (Intro)' settles down the fury with quiet acoustic picking and gentle vocals. The harmonies are nice and the overall feel is melancholy to break away from the heaviness before and after. It doesn't last long as the next moment guitars crunch in and a fast tempo with forced vocals on 'Frozen Over'. The half time feel on this is astonishing injecting new metrics and it then changes completely in the next section. Nobody changes time sigs like Captain Beyond; so rapid and always appropriate. It fades into an accelerated acoustic rhythm on 'Thousand Days Of Yesterdays (Time Since Come & Gone)'.

A fantastic rhythm locks in and Rhino is dynamic in the lead break. It fades and hammering chords intro 'I Cant Feel Nothin (Part 1)'. The drums are dazzling along with another massive riff. The vocals are easy on the ears and close to the Bachman Turner Overdrive style. The music continues non stop with a suite of songs; 'As The Moon Speaks (To the Waves of the Sea)' a quiet acoustic piece of beauty with narrative vocals, 'Astral Lady', 'As The Moon Speaks (Return)' back to the pounding rock of 'I Cant Feel Nothin (Part 2)'.

What a fantastic heavy slice of prog with an obscurity that should be unearthed and played often. A great find for any heavy prog fan and one to return to habitually.

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Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012

Review by stefro
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4 stars A criminally-underrated hard rock outfit featuring former members of both Deep Purple and Iron Butterfly, Captain Beyond would never quite manage to rise above cult status during their initial five-year career despite issuing at least two excellent studio albums. Released in 1972, this self-titled debut effort fused energetic hard- rock prowess and bluesy elements with subtle progressive textures and ex-Deep Purple frontman Rod Evans powerful vocals, creating a dense sound that falls somewhere between Led Zeppelin and Iron Butterfly. With the psychedelic ingredients replaced by melodic guitars and deceptively-intricate rhythms, 'Captain Beyond' remarkably captures the best of several musical worlds, coming off like some kind of prog-tinged proto-metal 1970's rock hybrid that should have been ripe for North American rock radio. For reasons that remain unclear, however, neither this first album or the superior, and overtly-progressive follow-up 'Sufficiently Breathlerss' captured the imaginations of the wider record-purchasing public, the group having to make do with minor- league rock 'n' roll status despite their impressive major-league sound. Both albums are highly recommended for those who enjoy the slightly heavier side of 1970's progressive rock, with this slickly-produced and highly- accomplished album featuring such toe-tapping nuggets as the groove-packed opener 'Dancing Madly Backwards', the catchy rocker 'Raging River Of Fear', the warm melodic strains of 'Thousand Days Of Yesterday' and the catatonic riff-prog of the gutsy 'Frozen Over'. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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Posted Thursday, November 29, 2012

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Captain Beyond's self-titled album combines hard rock heroics with prog-derived song suite structures to offer up a memorable trip. With Rod Evans adding a quintessentially hard rock voice to proceedings and Larry Reinhardt delivering a similarly muscular performance, this certainly isn't one of the more delicate or pretty prog albums of the 1970s, but it does deserve to sit alongside the early Queen albums as a good example of how prog song structures can rock with the best of them. The album was dedicated to the late Duane Allman, who had helped convince Capricorn Records to take on the supergroup, and there's definitely a certain bluesiness to the riffing here and there, so if you wanted to hear what the Allman Brothers or Cream would have sounded like had they turned their music in a proggier direction this album might just answer that question.

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Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Review by LinusW
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2 stars A perfectly decent slab of guitar-driven, adventurous, 70s hard rock, but not enough of anything else.

Riff oriented, up-tempo, slightly murky and gritty hard 'n' heavy music like this with infectious grooves and a bluesy backbone isn't hard to find or imagine. And that's always a bit of a let down when listening to Captain Beyond's debut. You've heard things like this before. In itself that's not a bad thing, but Captain Beyond never really breaks free from the mould enough to make this a memorable disc.

Sure, the power, directness and instrumental aggression here stand out and feel like refreshing kicks in the butt in comparison to similar acts of the time. Bursting with energy, the band revels in punchy, bouncy riff fests and quick, short shifts in direction in melody or rhythm. With a decently engaging rhythm section and the visceral muscle to back it all up, the menacing rumble almost reaches the level of Black Sabbath now and then. Overall, it's a brighter, friskier and livelier journey. The music never stands still, with little room for breathers among the thirteen tracks. But yes, there's still that tendency to revert back to type in bar room brawl-ish, bluesy, hard rock clichés now and then. Disappointing. The best bits tend to be fast and direct barrages of nastier unpredictable riffs or slightly jazzy, busy sections dominated by repetitive and fiery guitar motifs and an enticingly spontaneous rhythmic framework. And while youthful, sprightly hard rock energy dominates, there are a few nice, but not spectacular, acoustic moments around and even touches of psychedelia and space rock to liven up the proceedings. However, most of the the bits that divert from the disciplined and tight rock onslaught are never really expanded or developed upon, serving as ornament rather than truly integrated bits. There is a slight haziness and will to build from repetition that I rather like. A spacier, more textured and dynamic side of the band that never really is brought to the front. In general it is killed off by the restless nature and relentless drive forwards before anything nuanced, layered or dynamic is allowed to take place.

You may love this album for its compact, energetic vitality, but my enjoyment is mired by it. Focus, drive and compact energy might leave you breathless for a while, but after a while Captain Beyond feels rather flat and limited by it. Things just flutter by in quick succession, eagerly hoping you'll enjoy the presentation more than the content.

Initially dazzling, occasionally a blast, regularly a bit of a disappointment.

2 stars.

//LinusW

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Posted Saturday, May 04, 2013

Review by Gatot
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4 stars Well, I have to admit that I only knew the music of this band only sometime five years ago when a friend of mine indicated that he has the CD of this album. When I listened to this one, I did not try to push or relate very hard with who's who of the band members even though my friend told me that he had this album due to somehow related to Deep Purple as Rod Evans was here. I tried to spin the album as objective as possible without any preconceived mind about what style of music they play or they should play. The result was a great experience.

First off, I had a feeling about vintage sounds the band play along the way through the tracks presented at the track list. My first reaction, the guitar playing is marvelous and admire it. It's not something compared to how Ritchie Blackmore or Jimmy Page play but to me the guitar playing is something that really sound raw with minimum effects such as baby cry and many guitar fills played around the tracks. The track duration is basically short with some of them only one minute more. However the flow of tracks are really nice and I got no trouble at all listening to the album in its entirety. Opened with some sort of raw drumming the "Dancing madly backwards (on a sea of air)" (4:02) moves beautifully with excellent vocal line by Rod Evans. The music is dynamic and relatively fast tempo and then continue to second track "Armworth" (1:48) that serves as a bridge to the next "Myopic void" (3:30) smoothly.

"Mesmerization eclipse" (3:48) is another rock outfit that impresses me in its dynamic and relatively fast tempo. It continues to "Raging river of fear" (3:51) neatly with good transition. While "Thousand days of yesterday (intro)" (1:19) is ambient in style, it then moves beautifully to a dynamic "Frozen over" (3:46) with energetic guitar and vocal line combined with inventive drumming.

Composition-wise, all tracks are excellent and different than typical hard rock music as they impose also some psychedelic style in the music. The melody is basically standard with not so much memorable pieces but all of them lumped together with excellent harmonies stemming from instruments played by the musicians involved. I fail to identify tracks that become my favorites. The reason is simple: this is the kind of album that must be enjoyed in its entirety - so it's hard to identify which tracks are best. I just enjoy the flow of music ...and it's excellent!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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5 stars Enticing.

I snubbed many bands, thinking they were just a poor ersatz of their past glory and again I was proved wrong. Captain Beyond is not a leftover of Deep Purple and Iron Butterfly but indeed closer to a supergroup. And a convincing one at that.

Trippy many times with success, catchy, ballzy sound and stellar vocals, Captain Beyond reminds me of a young band that did stepped aside of the commercial march: Queens of the Stone Age. If you listen carefully, you will hear many things that (perhaps) inspired Josh Homme like the vocal arrangements and the crazy riffing.

It's like expelled tribe members of Survivor formed a band and surpassed themselves!

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