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Captain Beyond [Vinyl LP]
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, August 19, 1997
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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So So c-d , In my opinion nothing (no song) sticks out. good R&R album but very repetitive one song sounds pretty much like the nextPublished 6 hours ago by Amazon Customer
"Beyond" any question, of any shadow, of any doubt...one of my all-time favorite LPs & CDs!! This one never gets old!! This new LP version is great! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bobby Neal
Loved this album from the beginning back in the day and still has it today.Published 2 months ago by Terry G
Bought this album in the early seventies, the cover had a full 3-D effect, very awesome. I never heard of the band but that cover was like a hole in time/space and once I listened... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Here and Now
Wonderful. I had the band's second CD and this one is just as good. Shipped on time too.Published 4 months ago by Jeff Shelton