Captain Beyond

Captain Beyond

by Captain Beyond


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Captain Beyond is a one-of-a-kind progressive album with rock, heavy metal, and jazz influences with a "space rock" lyrical bend. Formed by former members of Deep Purple (Rod Evans, vocals), Iron Butterfly (Rhino, lead guitar, and Lee Dorman, bass), and Johnny Winter (Bobby Caldwell, drums) Captain Beyond is an album that flows from riff to riff, drumbeat to drumbeat, often with various time signatures within the same song. Taking a tip from the Moody Blues, songs flow directly into each other without benefit of any lag time between selections. Taken as a whole, the album is kind of a rush, as quick, riff-laden guitar lines predominate for a few songs before slowing down temporarily into a lull until the next takeoff. Lyrically, the album differentiates itself by exploring themes of the outer world and meanings of existence, often with references to the moon, sea, sun, and so on. Listeners may get the feeling of taking a journey to space in a rocket ship headed for destination unknown. Musically, the album is superior in all aspects. Rod Evans has a strong rock voice, Rhino plays an enormous amount of hook-laden guitar lines, and Lee Dorman plays complex basslines (for example, at the end of "As the Moon Speaks-Return") that lead to typically rhythmic, nimble Bobby Caldwell drumming. The tightness between musicians is enormous, never lets up for long, and leaves the listener feeling like the ride should continue for the indefinite future.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/1997
Label: Fontana Island
UPC: 0731453610729
catalogNumber: 536107
Rank: 19233

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Captain Beyond   Primary Artist
Lee Dorman   Bass,Piano,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rod Evans   Vocals,Background Vocals
Guille Garcia   Percussion,Conga
Paul Hornsby   Organ
Larry "Rhino" Rheinhart   Acoustic Guitar,Slide Guitar
Reese Wynans   Piano,Electric Piano
Bobby Caldwell   Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Bells,Vibes
Martin Rodriguez   Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Captain Beyond   Arranger,Producer
Kalifornia Kurt Kinzel   Contributor
Ovie Sparks   Contributor
Mike "Clay" Stone   Contributor
John Stronach   Contributor
Joe Garnett   Illustrations
Wayne Dailey   Engineer
Wayne Dailey   Engineer

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Captain Beyond 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like serious jamming by incredible musicians, this album will not disappoint. Tight arrangements, scorching guitar work, tempo and meter changes that suddenly take off in a new direction. I'm mentally spent after listening to this. It's in my top ten!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guitar Riffs and haunting melodies abound. Captain Beyond is a collectors masterpiece.Songs flow together as if wovened.The musicians are blended together from successful 70's bands....The album will not disappoint.