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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.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2015)
  • Remaster ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: September 25, 2015
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Friday Music
  • ASIN: B001CISIBM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Captain Beyond's third album, DAWN EXPLOSION (1977), was released four years after their second one, the Latin-tinged SUFFICIENTLY BREATHLESS. Absent for the second album, original drummer Bobby Caldwell returned, vocalist Willy Daffern stepped in for Rod Evans, and the group was reborn as a power foursome.

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.
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The third Captain Beyond album comes back to the format the band used on their debut, though not so successfully; they are back as a trio with a vocalist, without the keyboards and latin percussion section. "If You Please" sounds like something from Sufficiently Breathless and "Midnight Memories" is a throwaway (except for its unusual chord progression), but the rest of the album rocks, though not like their first album. "Breath of Fire, Part 1" kicks serious ass, but the highlight is "Fantasy," which is on the same level as "Dancing Madly Backward" or "Mesmerization Eclipse" from the first record. Overall, this is serious hard rock, highly recommended.
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"Dawn Explosion" was a very good comeback for Captain Beyond; armed with a new record deal with Warner Brothers & a new singer with Willy Daffern, the band was on a mission to come back strong, & in their way, they definitely succeeded. However, the wind of change was blowing hard through the music industry at the time of its' 1977 release with disco dominating the pop charts on one side & punk dominating the underground on the other. Classic & especially prog-rock bands like Captain Beyond were then regarded as dinosaurs & has-beens, so despite being a fine album, "Dawn Explosion" was caught in the middle & vanished without a trace. Had it been released a few years earlier, this might not have been the case.

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".
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Just received Dawn of Creation, listened to it, and went right back to listening to CB's first two recordings--to me, the debut and the follow-up present the band in the best way. Not that Dawn is a bad listen, it's just the weakest effort of the three, I think. Rod Evans who sang on the first two CB albums (and first three Deep Purple albums) unfortunately can't be heard on Dawn (Willy Daffern is the Lead Singer). The songs Fantasy and Breath of Fire, Part 1 & 2, are pretty cool and hard-driving Rock.
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Format: Audio CD
All three Captain Beyond albums are true gems (Captain Beyond #1)(Sufficiently Breathless #2) (Dawn Explosion #3). The albums take you on a journey and make you feel like you've been somewhere and done something. This to me is always a sign of great musicians. I thoroughly enjoy my CD's and play them often and LOUD. I never tire of them, and they always lift my spirits. Buy all three so you have the collection, you won't be dissappointed. Every song is a true work of art and the first album is a masterpiece. If you are interested,visit the Captain Beyond webpages on the net, they are really cool and you can learn more about the band then and now. Yes, now! I've learned that the heros are back!!! Bobby Caldwell (drums), Larry Reinhardt (Rhino)(guitar), Dan Frye (Keyboards), Jimmy Interval (lead vocals), and Jeff (Count) Artabasy (bass guitar). A new line up for the 90's! But to buy the CD's, get them at Amazon, it's easy/quick. This time around lets hope that Captain Beyond is highly recognized as they most definitely deserve it! These guys are amazing musicians and I look forward to new albums (hopefully they will be putting some out)! Thanks to Amazon you can buy the three albums, get yours TODAY!!
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