CAPTAIN BEYOND - Captain Beyond (1972) & Sufficiently Breathless (1973) & Dawn Explosion (1977) & Far Beyond A Distant Sun - Live (2002)
Captain Beyond is an American/British rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1971. The original line-up for Captain Beyond were singer Rod Evans (ex-Deep Purple), drummer Bobby Caldwell (ex-Johnny Winter), guitarist Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt (ex-Iron Butterfly), and bassist Lee Dorman (ex-Iron Butterfly), as well as keyboardist Lewie Gold.
"Captain Beyond" is the self-titled debut album by Captain Beyond, released in 1972, and featured former members of Iron Butterfly, Deep Purple, Johnny Winter, and Rick Derringer. The album cover for the U.S. release included 3-D artwork (using lenticular printing). The album was dedicated to the memory of Duane Allman, who Captain Beyond drummer Bobby Caldwell had played with in an informal capacity.
"Sufficiently Breathless", the second album by Captain Beyond, was released in 1973 and features a jazzier, smoother sound than its predecessor, reminiscent of mid-1970s Santana. The medley format of the first album is retained only for the last six minutes of Sufficiently Breathless: "Voyages of Past Travellers" flows directly into "Everything's a Circle", which in turn is actually two distinct songs despite being listed under a single title. Original drummer/songwriter Bobby Caldwell had been replaced by Marty Rodriguez in the band, and subsequently Lee Dorman was credited as writing the songs on the album for legal reasons, due to Rhino and Rod Evans being in litigation with Iron Butterfly and Deep Purple respectively.
"Dawn Explosion", the third and final album by Captain Beyond, was released in 1977. Original singer Rod Evans was replaced by Willy Daffern, and original drummer Bobby Caldwell had rejoined the band.
"Far Beyond a Distant Sun - Live" in Arlington Texas 1973 is Captain Beyond's only official live album to date. It was recorded in 1973 (but wasn't officially released until 2002), after the release of Sufficiently Breathless, with the four original member reuniting for a brief tour before Rod Evans leaves. The album was recorded at the University of Texas at Arlington in support of King Crimson.