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Sufficiently Breathless [Remastered] Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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This remastered edition of the group's sophomore release from 1973 showcases brilliant performances from Lee Dorman (bass), Rod Evans (vocals), Rhino (guitar), Reese Wynans (keyboards), Guille Garcia (percussion) and Marty Rodriguez (drums). This LP marked the addition of Garcia and Rodriguez to the band, moving their sound in a "Santana-esque" musical direction.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 19, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capricorn
  • ASIN: B000006ONT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,452 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's too bad everyone wants to compare this album to their first but I guess it's inevitable. The thing is that it's like comparing apples and oranges. This album is, almost, an entirely different animal from the first. The first was definitely heavier and more intensely driving whereas this follow-up album (CD) has a lot more acoustic material throughout it. Sufficiently Breathless definitely doesn't have the driving intensity of the first but does incorporate a lot of different sounds (i.e. the Santana reference someone came up with) and really nice piano in Starglow Energy that's reminiscent of something from Quicksilver's "What About Me" album. How often do you hear a xylophone on a rock album? Truthfully I think this is a much more interesting album than the first. IF you like the first album there are a some similarities with Sufficiently Breathless including really searing guitarwork throughout but it definitely goes through some twists and turns the first didn't. But then... the first (with some REAL VOLUME behind it) just high powered through everything including the listener's head in effect liquefying their brain.

This album (CD) is more progressive than the first though and if you have no patience for prog you might not like it. Fortunately for me I love a progressive influence and absolutely enjoy this album. But comparing it to the first is like comparing Zeppelin three to their first. Both great but no comparison!
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In my review of "Captain Beyond" the first album, I called it the best single rock album I have ever heard. "Sufficiently Breathless" can't quite get to that level of accolade, however I still find it to be one heck of a fine album. The music is quieter than the first album, it does not have that every note from start to finish is a blow away as the first did, but it still has some wonderful music on it. If I am going to sit down and listen to "Captain Beyond" I rarely listen to the first without listening to the second. In fact it makes a wonderful compliment to the first album, its almost as if you can hear what they learned musically from the first album was translated into some more introspective and mature songs. I highly reccomend this album (CD) especially as a companion to the first and suggest both be listened to in a single sitting for an ultimate musical (and "Beyond") experience. BTW - I can't express how good these albums are through a decent set of headphones - amazing mixing on both; try it.
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Captain Beyond was one of the myriad of rock groups in the seventies that I just assumed were a hugely popular act because they were in my father's record collection (he had all 3 of their albums, in fact). As I grew older and began sharing my tastes with peers, I became increasingly aware that, as with much of the music in dad's collection, this was not the case. In fact, until I finally saw Sufficiently Breathless on a CD in a Media Play about 2 years ago, I was convinced that my father was the only person on the planet to have purchased this fine record. I was relieved to see that their stuff was finally getting issued on disc, especially this album.

To those who have never heard it, here's what you're getting if you choose to partake:

Captain Beyond incorporated a wide variety of styles into all of their music. They could rock out as well as mellow out. There were splashes of Santana, brushes of Iron Butterfly, dabblings of Yes, Black Sabbath, Hendrix, and countless others, but never to the point of derivity. Fans of just about any genre or sub-genre of classic rock music will find much to savor on this disc. The opening titular track is a hippie paradise of chugging, textured acoustic rhythm guitar twined with spacey fuzz solos and tight vocal harmonies. Another personal favorite of mine is the Robin Trower-esque "Starglow Energy", a beautiful and anxious psychedelic rocker that I can't believe wasn't in the charts.

I play in a band that would love to revive this very kind of music. Melodic, experimental, and dare-I-use-the-term TRIPPY, but still rock-radio friendly.

For headphone rock at it's best, warm up the lava lamp, dust off the bean bag chair, and fire up this very underrated band's greatest work. Oh, and be sure to place a Do Not Disturb sign on your bead curtain.
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We all know that Sufficiently Breathless isn't as good as the first. However, lets be fair. As creative musicians they were simply expressing themselves in a different manner. If you listen closely the musicianship is still there, its just a different style. Do I like the first one better -- absolutely! But I don't think Captain Beyond has to apologize to anybody for this effort. It is, truly, a very good album. I own all three Captain Beyond CDs and I'm not the least bit sorry about any of them. At any rate, in my humble opinion, you won't be disappointed having this in your collection. If you really want to know why the first and second are so different just look at who penned them. Every song on the first album was written by Caldwell & Evans. All songs on S.B. were written by Lee Dorman.
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Seeing a review titled "Santana Meets Pink Floyd" really made me smile because I'd always thought of this album as "Santana grows up in England". Latin rhythms with a British singer and hard-rock (sounding)lead guitarist ("Bright Blue Tango") combined with the Pink Floyd-ish "Starglow Energy". This is my second-longest continually played LP since '73. I've long since gotten tired of all Pink Floyd, Zepplin, etc. This music just doesn't get old. Unfortunately (for us/me), Rod Evans "retired" either during recording or immediately after finishing this LP. Either way, God bless you, Rod. I hope you're well and happy. Thanks for the 2 Capt. Beyond LP's, as well as the Purple stuff.
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