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Captain Beyond
"Captain Beyond"

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April 23 - 29, 2017

Year of Release: 1972
  • Dancing Madly Backwards
    (On A Sea Of Air)
  • Armworth
  • Myopic Void
  • Memerization Eclipse
  • Raging River Of Fear
  • Thousand Days Of Yesterdays
  • Frozen Over
  • THousand Days Of Yesterdays
    (Time Since Come And Gone)
  • I Can't Feel Nothin' (Part I)
  • As The Moon Speaks
    (To The Waves Of The Sea)
  • Astral Lady
  • As The Moon Speaks
  • I Can't Feel Nothin' (Part II)

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    Captain Beyond only released three studio albums. Their debut is here this week, and if you've never heard of this band, you really should.

    Their self-titled debut was released in 1972. At a time where Rock had passed the Psychedelic years of the late 1960s, and Progressive Rock was in its beginning years. What would later be called "Classic Rock" was also forming. Captain Beyond would be one those many bands you never really heard of. And they were another band you never heard on the radio, during when their albums were originally released.

    The band's self-titled debut Captain Beyond is highly regarded as a true "Classic album." But, for those who never heard of this band, nor this album -- you just have to ask yourself, "Why didn't this band became popular, as many other Rock bands that we know and love?" Easy... The only way you would find out about Captain Beyond was from others who had the pleasure of experiencing their music. This was the case in how i discovered them. A former employee at the college I work at, kept informing me on how great this band was. And me, being a great music lover (of all styles), I just had to investigate.

    Many years later, one of my Facebook friends also mentioned this band (Chuck Potocki; I was in a band with him in the mid-1980s). Captain Beyond is a band this definitely worth discovering, for those who truly enjoy the Hard/Classic/Progressive Rock of the 1970s.

    It seems how this album just easily blends into each song, one right after another. Especially the first five tracks: "Dancing Madly Backwards (On A Sea Of Air)," "Armworth," "Myopic Void," "Mesmerization Eclipse," "Raging River Of Fear." "Thousand Days Of Yesterdays (Intro)" reflects more on the pleasant sounds of the Moody Blues. Yet, it's back to the great Hard Rock, maybe even Metal, on "Frozen Over." And, once again, it blends well with the next track, "Thousand Days Of Yesterdays (Time Since Come And Gone)"

    Definitely calling Captain Beyond a "Classic Rock" group -- Let's look at the members who recorded on the debut album, from the previous bands they were in: Deep Purple's singer, Rod Evans, Johnny Winter's drummer, Bobby Caldwell, Iron Butterfly's guitarist Larry "Rhino" Reinhart, and also from Iron Butterfly, bassist Lee Dorman.

    Call it a Concept Album? A Who Tommy album? (Rock Opera?) Oh yes, I believe so. (Rock Opera, maybe) This is how this album is that great. Other bands that come to mind, while listening, are King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Jethro Tull, and Deep Purple. (There's a reason for the last band mentioned; one of Deep Purple's bandmembers was a part of Captain Beyond.) There isn't one bad track from this album. Deep Purple's comparison is more and more during and after "I Can't Feel Nothin' Part I)"

    It's interesting how last week's review of Hawkwind follows next with Captain Beyond: Two bands that most likely no one has heard of, yet they should have. Hawkwind has been together for decades. Captain Beyond, on the other hand, released only three studio albums, from 1972, 1973, and 1977. The band has shifted through personnel changes. Yet from 1971 to 1973, the original members from their debut album remained. Disbanding from 1973 to 1976, they reunited, minus Rod Evans from 1976 to 1978. They disbanded again, from 1978 to 1998. From 1978 to 2003, Reinhart, Caldwell would be the original members left. Sad to mention, that Reinhart died from cancer in 2012. Dorman also passed away in the same year. Evans has been reclusive, partly due his legal troubles with Deep Purple. Caldwell reformed Captain Beyond in 2013, with Jeff "Boday" Christiansen, Don Bonzi, Simon Lund, and Jeff Artbasy. This lineup began touring in 2015, and still continues touring.

    For Classic Rock, Hard Rock, and Progressive Rock fans, the debut of Captain Beyond is a must. The most airplay this album (and group) probably gets is from Underground Rock stations, and of course, Internet Radio. Although their music is from "another source in the music media," do not pass them up. Only three studio albums they did record, they really should have recorded more. They didn't get the fully recognition they deserved, which is probably why they didn't record more albums. Yet, the albums they did release, they are worth listening to, and owning. Captain Beyond -- a band you would least know about. A band you should listen to. And possibly, if given enough credit, a band belonging in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Like Hawkwind, time will tell if we get to see the Rock Hall recognize them as Rock's greatest bands to be inducted.

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