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Album Review

Captain Beyond's second album must have confused the diehards. Where their self-titled debut had upheld the basic progressive heavy rock blueprint of lengthy instrumental explorations, constant tempo changes, and opaque, yet cinematic lyrics, Sufficiently Breathless downplays them for a subtler, song-oriented production. The predominant mood is snappy and businesslike; no track runs over five and a half minutes. This newfound conciseness certainly benefited such heavy-rocking efforts as "Distant Sun," even as the band stuck to their diverse guns on the moody, acoustic title track and the sleek Latin funk rock of "Bright Blue Eyes" and "Everything's a Circle." The results were intelligent and self-assured, yet the band's never-ending bad luck again intervened when vocalist Rod Evans quit in late 1973, leaving the album adrift. The band would proffer a markedly different style on their return four years later, but anyone dismissing progressive heavy rock as an oxymoron should definitely check out this album first.

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A keeper

I had never heard of Captain Beyond when I went to see the Yessongs concert in 1973. I was there to see Yes, and Captain Beyond was the opening act. I was blown away. Even though Yes was in top form in 1973 and I will never forget that performance, Captain Beyond made a considerable impression on me as a 14 year old. The next day I went out and plunked down the 4 buck for this album. The album spent more time on my turntable over the next several years than probably any piece of music I had. I would say this album is a touch better than their first (which I discovered later). The combination of blues, latin, biting lead guitar and classy vocals just works brilliantly. The song Sufficiently Breathless is still with me all these years later.

incredible timeless album

Captain Beyond was an enigmatic band, for sure, with lots of rumours about them in the day. This album is much more mature and realized than the first, and has a great series of fusions, latin, jazz, rock, blues, trip.... one of my favorite albums and well worth the price.

Sufficiently Breathless

Great stuff from "the day"! I will gift this to all my old cronies. Look for the band Curved Air if you like these guys.

Biography

Formed: 1972 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s

Captain Beyond was a rock group formed in Los Angeles in 1972 by ex-members of other prominent groups. Singer Rod Evans (b. January 19, 1947, Slough, Berkshire, England) had been with Deep Purple; drummer Bobby Caldwell had worked with Johnny Winter; and guitarist Larry Rheinhart (b. July 7, 1948, Florida) and Lee Dorman (b. September 15, 1945, St. Louis, MO, d. December 21, 2012, Laguna Niguel, CA) had been in Iron Butterfly. This lineup made their self-titled debut album for the Southern rock label...
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