Captain Beyond

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Captain Beyond
OriginLos Angeles, California
Genres
Years active1972–73, 1973,
1976–78, 1998–2003,
2013–present
LabelsPurple Pyramid Records, a division of Cleopatra Records,[1] Capricorn, Warner Bros.
Associated acts
Websiteofficialcaptainbeyond.com
MembersBobby Caldwell
Jeff Artabasy
Don Bonzi
Jamie Holka
Simon Lind
Past membersLee Dorman
Rod Evans
Lewie Gold
Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt
Guille Garcia
Brian Glascock
Reese Wynans
Marty Rodriguez
Jason Cahoon
Willy Daffern
Dan Frye
Jimi Interval
Steve Petrey
Allen Carmen
Jeff "Boday" Christensen

Captain Beyond is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1972.[2][3] Their eclectic style bridges elements of psychedelic rock, progressive rock and jazz fusion.

History[edit]

The original line-up for Captain Beyond included former Deep Purple singer Rod Evans, former Johnny Winter drummer Bobby Caldwell, former Iron Butterfly guitarist Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt and former Iron Butterfly bassist Lee Dorman[3] alongside keyboardist Lewie Gold. Gold left due to personal reasons before the first album was recorded. The remaining line-up recorded the self-titled debut album, released in 1972 by Capricorn Records, a Macon, Georgia-based independent label primarily known for cultivating such Southern rock groups as The Allman Brothers Band and Wet Willie.[2]

Following this album, Caldwell left the band to join Derringer and was replaced by Brian Glascock.[4] Also joining the band around this time were keyboardist Reese Wynans and conguero Guille Garcia. The record company's chosen producer, Giorgio Gomelsky, did not like Glascock's drumming and requested a new drummer.[4] Glascock was released and Marty Rodriguez was brought in on drums on the recommendation of Garcia.[4] This six-man lineup recorded the group's second album, Sufficiently Breathless, with producer and Capricorn Records co-founder Phil Walden.[2] Tension during the recording led to Evans quitting, and the band splitting consequently.[4] The original lineup reformed later in 1973 for gigs in the US and Canada that ran through at least mid-April 1974. Evans subsequently retired from the music business until resurfacing six years later in 1980 as the sole original member of an all-new and legally-contested Deep Purple lineup.

The band reformed in 1976 with Caldwell, Dorman, and Rhino, being joined first by Jason Cahoon and later with Willy Daffern as vocalist. They recorded the band's third album Dawn Explosion on Warner Bros., but broke up in 1978.[2]

Caldwell and Rhino reformed Captain Beyond in 1998, with Jimi Interval on vocals, Dan Frye on keyboards, and Jeff Artabasy on bass.[3] In 1999, Swedish record label Record Heaven released a tribute to Captain Beyond entitled Thousand Days of Yesterday. The album features fellow 1970s rockers Pentagram playing "Dancing Madly Backwards". In 2000 they released a four track EP entitled Night Train Calling. Shortly thereafter they were joined briefly by guitarist Steve Petrey.

Captain Beyond once again disbanded in 2003 when lead guitarist Larry Reinhardt developed cancer. Following treatment, Reinhardt continued to perform music until late 2011, when he again fell ill. He died on January 2, 2012.[5] Bassist Lee Dorman died on December 21, 2012.[6] Rod Evans has stayed reclusive from performing, partly due to legal troubles from his original Deep Purple bandmates, and his current residence is still unknown.[7]

Caldwell resurrected the band in 2013, with a lineup consisting of Don Bonzi, Jeff "Boday" Christensen, and Jamie Holka, bassist Allen Carmen, and guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Simon Lind. In 2015 Carmen and Christensen departed the band and Artabasy returned as bassist.[8][9] The reformed group began touring in 2015.[10]

Personnel[edit]

Members[edit]

Lineups[edit]

Dates Lineup Recordings
1971
1971–1973
  • Rod Evans - lead vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitars
  • Lee Dorman - bass, backing vocals, piano
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, backing vocals, percussion, piano
  • Captain Beyond (1972)
  • Live Anthology (2013) (Live In Montreux - September 18, 1971)
    • Live In Miami August 19, 1972 (2019)
    • Live In New York - July 30th, 1972 (2019)
1973
  • Rod Evans - vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitars
  • Lee Dorman - bass
  • Reese Wynans - keyboards
  • Brian Glascock - drums
  • Guille Garcia - percussion
  • Rod Evans - lead vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitars
  • Lee Dorman - bass
  • Reese Wynans - keyboards
  • Guille Garcia - percussion
  • Marty Rodriguez - drums, backing vocals

Disbanded

  • Rod Evans - vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitars
  • Lee Dorman - bass
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, percussion
1973-1976 Disbanded
1976
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitars
  • Lee Dorman - bass
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, percussion
  • Jason Cahoon - vocals
1976–1978
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitars
  • Lee Dorman - bass, backing vocals, synthesizer
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, backing vocals, percussion
  • Willy Daffern - lead vocals
  • Dawn Explosion (1977)
  • Live Anthology (2013) (Live In Los Angeles - May 26, 1977)
1978–1998 Disbanded
1998–2000
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitars
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, lead vocals, percussion
  • Jeff Artabasy - bass, backing vocals, percussion
  • Dan Frye - keyboards
  • Jimi Interval - lead vocals
  • Night Train Calling (2000)
2000-2001
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitar
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, percussion
  • Jeff Artabasy - bass
  • Dan Frye - keyboards
  • Jimi Interval - vocals
  • Steve Petrey - guitar
2001-2003
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitar
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, percussion
  • Jeff Artabasy - bass
  • Dan Frye - keyboards
  • Jimi Interval - vocals
2003-2013 Disbanded
2013-2015
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, percussion
  • Don Bonzi - guitar
  • Allen Carmen - bass
  • Jeff "Boday" Christensen - guitar
  • Jamie Holka - guitar
  • Simon Lind - guitar, keyboards, vocals
2015–present
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, percussion
  • Don Bonzi - guitar
  • Jamie Holka - guitar
  • Simon Lind - guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Jeff Artabasy - bass

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

LPs[edit]

EP[edit]

  • Night Train Calling (2000)

Live releases[edit]

Compilations[edit]

Covers and tribute releases[edit]

  • Thousand Days of Yesterdays (1999)
  • In 1985 US Hi-NRG outfit The Flirts released a single entitled "Dancing Madly Backwards" (Germany #46, US Dance #47).[17] Although musically and lyrically totally different, its chorus is lifted directly from "Dancing Madly Backwards (On a Sea of Air)" off Captain Beyonds first album.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Ruhlmann "Captain Beyond - Discography (Compilations)" "AllMusic.com" Retrieved Oct. 25, 2017
  2. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1995). The Guinness Who’s Who of Heavy Metal (Second ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 73. ISBN 0-85112-656-1.
  3. ^ a b c [1][permanent dead link] at MusicMight
  4. ^ a b c d Captain Beyond at deep-purple.net
  5. ^ Tatangelo, Wade (2012-01-04). "Iron Butterfly, Captain Beyond guitarist Larry Reinhardt dies in Bradenton | Entertainment | Bradenton Herald". Bradenton.com. Archived from the original on 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
  6. ^ "Iron Butterfly bass player Lee Dorman dies | News". Nme.Com. 2012-12-24. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
  7. ^ "Captain Beyond: Band Member Info on ROD EVANS". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on March 13, 2012. Retrieved 2014-07-17.[unreliable source?]
  8. ^ "Captain Beyond (official Facebook page)". Facebook. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  9. ^ "Band". CAPTAIN BEYOND. Archived from the original on 26 June 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Captain Beyond". Vulkan Arena. Archived from the original on 2015-07-07.
  11. ^ Not officially released until 2002 via fanclub purchase.
  12. ^ Bootleg version of Far Beyond a Distant Sun - Live Arlington, Texas with better quality.
  13. ^ "Captain Beyond - Live In Texas October 6, 1973". Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Captain Beyond - Live Anthology". Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Rod Evans". 27 March 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-16. Retrieved 2017-08-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ The Flirts#Singles
  18. ^ FLASHLIGHTS (18 July 2013). "THE FLIRTS ~ Dancing Madly Backwards (1985)". Retrieved 14 February 2017 – via YouTube.

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