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Captain Beyond [Vinyl LP]

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Capricorn
  • ASIN: B00414NQHK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
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... in the summer of 1972, standing in the record store, holding this album. Hmmm, Lee Dorman and Rhino. (I was an Iron Butterfly fanatic.) Hmmm, Rod Evans. (I was a Deep Purple fanatic.) And, who the heck was Bobby Caldwell? Johnny Winter had a drummer by that name. Was it the same one? I didn't buy the album that day, but about a week later, I did. I took it straight to a friend's house, and we had a listen. Needless to say, it just about took our faces off.
The album still has its effect. What an amazing display of power and finesse! Never before--and never again to my knowledge--has an array of diverse time signatures danced with such remarkable ease. Bobby Caldwell's highly aggressive but astoundingly tasteful drumming will stupefy you. I thought about mentioning a couple of specific spots on the album where he overwhelms me, but that's impossible because the guy never really stops overwhelming me! With today's preoccupation with trying to mimic a drum-machine (an ongoing trend for almost 20 years), I wonder if anybody knows how to play drums like this anymore. Guitarist Larry Reinhardt (Rhino) is as tasteful a player as one could ask for. We got a dose of his alluring style on Iron Butterfly's METAMORPHOSIS (a much overlooked gem, by the way). His playing is firm, to the point, and power-ridden. But, it also contains cosmic elements, overtones of otherworldliness, that I find irresistible. Lee Dorman is much underrated on bass. The power aspect of this music does not afford him the freedom to embellish with the endless variety he gave us with Iron Butterfly, but he does give us plenty of motion, along with maintaining the solid bottom needed for these driving rhythms. I've always loved the work of vocalist Rod Evans when he was with Deep Purple.
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And to think, when I bought this on a whim back in '72 at the age of 16, I, for many years, thought I was the only one who'd ever heard of this great band (even though it was made up of members of Iron Butterfly and Deep Purple!) So great to read all the other glowing reviews here - so I must add my two cents. What exactly is "Captain Beyond"?? An album still very much ahead of its time - hard rock, but not metal - spacey but not too "druggy" - acoustic before there was the term "unplugged" - jazzy without being jazz (this due to drummer Caldwell's unique and offbeat time signatures) - conceptual without being a "concept album", with each song flowing on into the next. And certainly one of the greatest guitar albums I've ever heard, due to the highly underrated Strat-master with the single-moniker name of Rhino (as a guitarist myself, I STILL can't figure out most of these riffs!) So what exactly does all this yin & yang add up to? One of the greatest "unknown supergroup" albums ever recorded. Still eminently listenable after 31 years (due in no small part to its excellent production values - it sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday!!) How many albums, even the better known "classics", can really say that? Of the thousands of albums I've ever owned, this is still in my Top Ten! Yeah, that good!
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I used to be the webmaster for the official Captain Beyond website.

Like Murray, and most of the others who have written a review of this astounding record, I was intoduced to Captain Beyond at a rather wild party in 1974.

I won't apologise for being old and cantankerous.

First, some interesting facts, Rhino (aka Larry Reinhardt) revealed to me the true secret of the "outstanding production.."(which even Eddie Van Halen asked Rhino about)..the album was accidentally recorded out of phase.

This was due to a technical flaw in the studio engineering (physical wiring).The original album release featured a holographic 3 dimensional album cover, and the small 2D CD reproduction really doesn't do the record justice.

The person responsible for signing the band was Duane Allman (The Allman Brothers were signed to Capricorn at the time Captain Beyond were working on demo versions of the record at Rhino's L.A. home.)

Allman heard the demo version and was knocked out and he was instrumental in signing the band.The guitar signature riff in "Layla" was not Clapton's idea, but Allmans.So Duane Allman was a catalyst for great music besides his own stellar work in the Allman Brothers.

This album is not a collection of songs, but a "song cycle" in which themes in one song are revisited later in others.The record is meant to be listened to as a whole, not as individual songs.

As a drummer, I can't say enough about the amazing talent of Bobby Caldwell.

Even Buddy Rich, (perhaps THE greatest drummer of all time), gave Bobby kudos for his abilities.No drum machine in the world can match the colors and textures, the power, the agression and ferocity of BC's drumming.As it should be.
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God, where do I start? I borrowed this album (on cassette) from a friend of mine about two years ago, and it just grabbed me by the balls and refused to let go. Why nobody knows about this album is a mystery that I'll never understand. For those of you who don't know, Captain Beyond was a super group that consisted of singer Rod Evans (formerly Deep Purple), guitarist "Rhino" (formerly played with Duane Allman and Dickey Betts), bassist Lee Dorman (formerly of Iron Butterfly) and drummer Bobby Caldwell (formerly of Johnny Winter's band). All four of these guys are musical geniuses. Rod Evans is probably my favorite singer in the world (check out "Lalena" from Deep Purple's third album) and his voice can be both powerful and beautiful. "Rhino" cranks out guitar riffs that sound angry enough to kill, as well as some excellent solos. Lee Dorman's bass sounds like a monster awakening from the bowels of the Earth (listen to his playing on "Mesmerization Eclipse"). And Bobby Caldwell is one of the most gifted drummers that I've ever heard, and his massive, unique style only enhances this already stunning band.
There really is no way to categorize their style. There's no other band to compare these guys to because they're so unique. If I had to describe their style, I would probably say "psychedelic melodic jazz metal". They do a fascinating job of mixing psychedelia, heavy metal and even some jazzy stuff, and the mellow stuff is the icing on the cake. And I should mention the fluidity of the songs, they flow into each other wonderfully. The music is calm and lovely one minute, only to turn blistering and loud the next.
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