Captain Beyond
Sufficiently Breathless


4.5
superb

Review

by BigHans USER (117 Reviews)
March 24th, 2016 | 25 replies


Release Date: 1973 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Band should have been huge, jam their first two albums hard.

Captain Beyond’s debut self-titled album is one of the best rock records ever made. It’s a hard 5, an instant 5, and I’m Goddamn AGHAST that I only recently discovered it instead of inhaling its sprawling, rifftastic tasty jams for the past 20 years. Captain Beyond was a quasi super group with a dude from Deep Purple here and a few burnouts from Iron Butterfly there and they sound like a Sabbathy/Creamy/Purply/Butterflyish/Floydish/Zeppish/Spirit-like mishmash that inherently just rules. Their shred-tastic debut psychs really damn hard and is one of the greatest records to get decisively ripped to, mostly because it riffs violently and all of the songs brilliantly segue into each other and its a Goddamn brain clobbering experience to imbibe it all. A cerebral juggernaut, if you will.

“Sufficiently Breathless“ is a masterful follow up, but achieves distinction in an entirely different way. The S/T is the perfect accompaniment for getting unabashedly lambasted by the frontal cortex annihilating method of choice, while this is more akin to nursing a skull-cleaving hangover. “Sufficiently Breathless“ is awash in a more acoustic chill vibe, favoring breezy, proggy Santana-meets-Floyd type jams over the riff-tastic might of its predecessor, but that does not detract from its potency. Most of these songs Santana really Goddamn hard, particularly closer “Everything’s a Circle“ and “Evil Men,“ occasionally venturing into shred territory but primarily staying true to a tranquil atmosphere. “Bright Blue Tango“ invokes the side of Cream that liked to ballad hard, and “Starglow Energy“ is a serene all-timer that wouldn’t be out of place on “Wish You Were Here.“ “Distant Sun“ and “Drifting Into Space“ are the only quintessential rockers, and both employ the same well-constructed ethos found throughout the record.

Captain Beyond imploded after their first two albums, a dismaying end to something that should have been unequivocally massive. Both the S/T and “Sufficiently Breathless“ are essential albums to anyone who is into classic rock or are devoted to the enhancement of their own consciousness. It’s a shame Captain Beyond fell prey to the tired cliche of clashing rock egos, because they should have become a f*cking titanic band in the annals of rock history.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
BigHans
March 24th 2016


28548 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This needed a review hard. Their debut is a hard 5, but this rules too.

pissbore
March 24th 2016


12554 Comments


Excellent review Hans its about time this got one

Lifechanging band

All hail captain beyond

wham49
March 24th 2016


3607 Comments


I have this on vinyl but only listen to side one and not very closely, I will put it in the listen to file

pissbore
March 24th 2016


12554 Comments


good call bro, listen hard

Inveigh
March 24th 2016


26285 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

debut is a classic, this jams as well. definitely needed a review, glad you were the one to do 'er proper Hans m/

Maniac!
March 24th 2016


27996 Comments


DAMN HANS BACK AT IT AGAIN WITH THOSE ROCK REVIEWS

BigHans
March 24th 2016


28548 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Brandon you need to at least jam their debut it rules

wham49
March 24th 2016


3607 Comments


agree guys, the debut is a classic

manosg
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2016


10586 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album and awesome review as always.

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BigHans
March 24th 2016


28548 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys, yeah these guys rule, still gets me that I didn't discover them until recently.

pissbore
March 24th 2016


12554 Comments


bright blue tango is the definition of a perfect song

BigHans
March 24th 2016


28548 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

song Creams hard

Jethro42
March 24th 2016


15120 Comments


I only know their s/t but I haven't jam it since a while. I'm gonna listen to that one you reviewed, Hans, then I'll revisit the s/t.
Pos'd

Maniac!
March 24th 2016


27996 Comments


I'm sure this band is legit.

I'm also sure I'll probably never check it out.

BigHans
March 24th 2016


28548 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You sat in a 75 minute traffic jam today. You could have jammed both albums in that time frame. Sack up and do it man.

Maniac!
March 24th 2016


27996 Comments


QUIT USING FACEBOOK AGAINST ME.


Also, I can't now. I'm in the middle of a Julie Christmas bingefest. I haven't blown my load enough yet to move on to something else.

pissbore
May 9th 2016


12554 Comments


everything is a ciiiiiircle

Totengott
May 9th 2016


4130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rules.

pissbore
May 9th 2016


12554 Comments


title track might honestly be my favorite song of all time

Spacesh1p
May 9th 2016


7099 Comments


Need to check this, s/t rules.

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