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In 1977, our super heroes of prog rock, Captain Beyond, regrouped and released their third album Dawn Explosion - considered by many fans to be a very solid comeback album. It also proved to be the quartet s final swan song during the classic rock era.
No holds barred, their new label Warner Brothers Records was quick in sending a strong message to the radio and retailer community, with the succession of merchandising materials that pre-promoted this fine release. An excerpt from one promotional poster at the time reads:
Captain Beyond is getting promoted. By airplay. By word of mouth. By its brand new record company. And rightly so. These ex-members of Johnny Winter and Iron Butterfly, whose first two albums left 300,000 people breathless, have made a bold new album. It s called DAWN EXPLOSION. So, when you hear about Captain Beyond s promotion, don t be surprised. THIS IS A MAJOR ROCK BAND WE RE TALKING ABOUT.
With newly enlisted lead vocalist Willy Daffern replacing Rod Evans of Deep Purple fame, the core original band members, Rhino (Iron Butterfly), Bobby Caldwell (Johnny Winter), and Lee Dorman (Iron Butterfly), put their creative energies together and nailed down an incredible grand finale fit for a king.
Along with their solid producer John Stronach, Captain Beyond s final sessions were recorded and mixed at the Record Plant in Sausalito, California in 1977.
Dawn Explosion netted them decent airplay throughout North America. Memorable tracks like the crowd pleasing opener Do or Die and the powerful Icarus, and the rocking Fantasy were staples on coveted play lists around the states, which also helped score them a tour to help support the album.
To this day, Captain Beyond s Dawn Explosion has had an active afterlife due to the undying support of fans and outlets like satellite and internet radio that still play all of their albums. Prog rock truly wins hands down with this historic release on Friday Music. The folks at Friday Music have gone back into the Warner Music vaults and have found the original session tapes, while providing you the listener with the best sounding version of this disc ever! Impeccably remastered by Joe Reagoso (Deep Purple, Johnny Winter), Dawn Explosion finally gets the royal treatment it deserves with this new edition.
|1. Do Or Die|
|3. Sweet Dreams|
|5. Breath of Fire Part 1|
|6. Breath of Fire Part 2|
|7. If You Please|
|8. Midnight Memories|
|9. Space Interlude|
|11. Space Reprise|
I'm a big fan of Captain Beyond's second album, so I picked this one up to see if it's as good. The answer is "not quite"; nevertheless, it's an enjoyable album that takes... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rebecca Mugridge
Only excellent! Bobby Caldwell is no better than he was in 1968 when I saw him at the Youth Center in Moultrie, GA. with Noah's Ark. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marion Odom
When I first purchased this on LP I was not impressed. I gave it away to a friend of mine after compileling songs from it for a best of Captian Beyond tape. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rockprophet
great album with some great stuff on it but by the sound you can tell its (in my opinion) not anywhere near there first albums quality
still i recommend it to anyone who is a... Read more
I had not been aware that Captain Beyond had a third album until several years ago. I had the first two since they came out back in the early seventies. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jabman
Great band, and my favorite album they recorded. Listened to it on 8 track back in the day - this sounds much better!Published 18 months ago by web zurfer
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