Sufficiently Breathless is Captain Beyond's second album, and although their first, now regarded as a classic piece of 70's prog/rock is breathtaking, this one is even better.
Released in 1973, when the music world was turning into glitter and silly make up, Captain Beyond went about their no-nonsense business and came up with this amazing album.
The band had mellowed somewhat after their first album, and returned with a richly textured tapestry of sounds. Guitarist Rhino Reinhart achieves every conceivable sound neatly wrapped in a laidback almost latinesque rythmn section as a backdrop for singer Rod Evans.
This band is made up of ex Deep Purple and Iron Butterfly members, but Sufficiently Beathless (and the first album "Captain Beyond") is far better than anything any of the members had been involved in prior to forming this combo.
This is exactly the kind of album you read about in "intelligent"
music mags... you know the kind of thing, when 30 years after being ignored, and spending decades in bargain bins, (ala Nick Drake among others), they tell you that an original copy is worth hundreds. It hasn't happened to Captain Beyond yet, but their day of reckoning must surely be getting nearer, and all those posey music journo mags will tell us that they were fans all along.
Well! remember where you heard it first.
This is THE undiscovered classic album.
It does what it says on the package, and leaves you Sufficiently Breathless.
Stuart Whitehead. June 2003.