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5.0 out of 5 stars Undiscovered Classic, 27 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Sufficiently Breathless (Audio CD)
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.
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Initial post: 6 Oct 2010 06:59:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Oct 2010 04:00:26 BDT
The only minus that i have found with this LP, (Sufficiently Breathless) by, (Captain Beyond) is that it is only (33 minutes long).. I cant see why they didnt just add another (5 minute) track and bring the length up to a more reasonable duration of around, (38 minutes).. I believe that this would have been well within their abilities because the content that does exist is really very good...
Happy listening... Chris

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2013 21:13:13 GMT
Chris,
The reason the album is so short is that singer Rod Evans quit during production and had to be coaxed back to finish what few tracks they had. Too bad, I agree, and I don't think that the band ever really did itself justice in the studio. The second album was actually better than the first in terms of songwriting, but it was missing the drum kit dynamics of Bobby Caldwell. Nothing can be done about it now, and we'll just have to enjoy what little the band recorded.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2013 18:36:07 GMT
Hello Stewart... Thanks very much for your interesting comments.. It seems that there must have been some personnel difficulties among the band members, its a pity, still, as you say, we still have what was recorded.. Take care...
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