Captain Beyond (album)

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Captain Beyond
Captain Beyond.jpg
Studio album by Captain Beyond
Released July 1972
Recorded 1971 - 1972 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood
Genre Hard rock, progressive rock, psychedelic rock
Length 35:10
Label Capricorn
Producer Captain Beyond
Captain Beyond chronology
Captain Beyond
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

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.[2]

Captain Beyond is unique among predominately guitar driven hard rock albums in the fact that it contains a wide range of rock, heavy metal, and jazz influences often with various time signatures and broad range of dynamics within the same song. Most of the album consists of three medleys of tightly arranged interconnected songs. The first starts with "Dancing Madly Backwards (on a Sea of Air)" and ends with "Myopic Void". The second starts with "Thousand Days of Yesterdays (Intro)" and ends with "Thousand Days of Yesterdays (Time Since Come and Gone)". The third starts with "I Can't Feel Nothin' (Part 1)" and finishes the album. Songs flow directly into each other without any lag time between selections, a feature that is shared with other more progressive bands of the era such as Moody Blues and Jethro Tull.

All of the songwriting was credited to lead vocalist Rod Evans and drummer Bobby Caldwell; however, according to Caldwell from a 2010 interview, all the songs were written and arranged by Evans, Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, and himself, with some input from Lee Dorman. Due to their still binding contracts with Iron Butterfly, Reinhardt and Dorman could not be listed as songwriters on this record for legal reasons.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bobby Caldwell and Rod Evans.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Dancing Madly Backwards (on a Sea of Air)" 4:02
2. "Armworth" 1:48
3. "Myopic Void" 3:31
4. "Mesmerization Eclipse" 3:48
5. "Raging River of Fear" 3:47
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Thousand Days of Yesterdays (Intro)" 1:16
2. "Frozen Over" 3:46
3. "Thousand Days of Yesterdays (Time Since Come and Gone)" 3:57
4. "I Can't Feel Nothin' (Part 1)" 3:06
5. "As the Moon Speaks (to the Waves of the Sea)" 1:27
6. "Astral Lady" 0:58
7. "As the Moon Speaks (Return)" 1:57
8. "I Can't Feel Nothin' (Part 2)" 1:46



  1. ^ Ofjord, Michael. Captain Beyond Retrieved on 2011-08-25.
  2. ^ "Interview: Bobby Caldwell". Rock Choice. May 22, 2010. Archived from the original on February 25, 2011. , refer to 10:00-12:00.