- Audio CD (December 28, 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
- ASIN: B000009EW8
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,928,277 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Dawn Explosion Import
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, September 25, 2015
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Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately--though not a bad album--DAWN EXPLOSION is far less energetic, even quiescent or reserved compared with the first two. "Fantasy" is really the only cut on the album that somewhat approaches the band's previous energy.
I'll get right to the point. The first album, simply entitled CAPTAIN BEYOND (1972), is the one you must have. From the opening drum intro to the final tirade of chords at the very end, the first album is no common rock 'n' roll experience. Indeed, the first album is a monster. Bobby Caldwell's drumming alone will stupefy you. You won't believe the energy the band produces, though it's never reckless. The music is well thought out. It's classy. They have finesse. They'll blow your mind!
So get DAWN EXPLOSIN if you like. Get SUFFICIENTLY BREATHLESS if you like. They are enjoyable albums. But remember: You must get that incredible first album.
New vocalist Willy Daffern's voice boasts a more throaty rock & roll voice & does some serious screaming at times on the album which is in direct contrast to the long departed original vocalist Rod Evans. The band had returned to its' original core lineup of guitarist Rhino, drummer Bobby Caldwell & bassist Lee Dorman for this release, & as was the case on their previous 1973 release "Sufficiently Breathless", the emphasis is once again on straight ahead song structures with only an occasional tip of the hat to the odd time signatures & prog-rock leanings that dominated their classic 1972 debut.
Most of the songs are good, with only "If You Please" not being a particular favorite of mine; its' subject matter dealing with, of all things, choosing your career path; it even includes a reference to being a paramedic! Needless to say, I generally skip over this one when listening to the whole album. The closest the band gets to recapturing the feel of their first album is "Space Interlude".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not up to the masterpiece status of their first two albums, but definitely worth purchasing. Bobby Caldwell is back on drums on this album, but unfortunately Rod Evans is no... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew
Good effort but a bit disjointed album considering the highly rated and outstanding first two.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
good, but a few songs are not up to their previous standardsPublished 7 months ago by Cordell Peterson
This band has Dedicated To The Memory of Duane Allman. Great Music. Great experience with seller. Everything came right on time. 5*****`s all the way around !!!Published 13 months ago by Geffrey McQueen