1972: Captain Beyond

 Aug, 17 - 2014   no comments   1970s Music

Dawn Explosion

The original line-up for Captain Beyond were singer Rod Evans (ex-Deep Purple), drummer Bobby Caldwell (ex-Johnny Winter), guitarist Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt (ex-Iron Butterfly), bassist Lee Dorman (ex-Iron Butterfly) and 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.

Following this album Caldwell left the band to join Derringer and was replaced by drummer Brian Glascock. Also joining the band around this time were Reese Wynans on keyboards and Guille Garcia on congas. The record company’s chosen producer, Giorgio Gomelsky, did not like Glascock’s drumming and requested a new drummer. Glascock was released and Marty Rodriguez was brought in on drums on the recommendation of Garcia.

Sufficiently Breathless

This six man lineup recorded the group’s second album, Sufficiently Breathless. Tension during the recording led to Evans quitting. The original lineup reformed later in 1973 for a US tour but the band split up at the end of the year.
Lee Dorman in Chmelnice club in Prague, in 2010

The band reformed in 1976 with Willy Daffern on vocals, and Bobby Caldwell, Rhino and Lee Dorman completing the line-up. They recorded the band’s third album Dawn Explosion on Warner Bros., but broke up in 1978.

A-549271-1382386430-3688Reinhardt and Caldwell reformed Captain Beyond in 1998 with Jimi Interval on vocals, Steve Petrey on guitar, Dan Frye on keyboards, and Jeff Artabasy on bass. Since then they have been performing at shows and have released a four track EP.

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.

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. Bassist Lee Dorman died on December 21, 2012

  • Hard rock,
  • psychedelic rock,
  • progressive rock
  • Los Angeles, California
  • 1972–1973
  • 1976–1978
  • 1998–2003


  • Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt – guitar (1971-1973, 1973, 1976-1978, 1998-2003; died 2012)
  • Lee Dorman – bass (1971-1973, 1973, 1976-1978; died 2012)
  • Rod Evans – vocals (1971-1973, 1973)
  • Bobby Caldwell – drums, percussion (1971-1973, 1973, 1976-1978, 1998-2003)
  • Lewie Gold – keyboards (1971)
  • Guille Garcia – percussion (1973)
  • Reese Wynans – keyboards (1973)
  • Brian Glascock – drums (1973)
  • Marty Rodriguez – drums (1973)
  • Jason Cahoon – vocals (1976)
  • Willy Daffern – vocals (1976-1977)
  • Jeff Artabasy – bass (1998-2003)
  • Dan Frye – keyboards (1998-2003)
  • Jimi Interval – vocals (1998-2003)
  • Steve Petrey – guitar (2000-2001)

Studio releases

  • Captain Beyond (1972)
  • Sufficiently Breathless (1973)
  • Dawn Explosion (1977)

Live releases


  • Night Train Calling EP (2000)


  • Live Anthology (2013)

Covers and tribute releases

  • 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). 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

[youtube width=”640″ height=”480″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iUbry_HkFQ[/youtube]

Captain Beyond – Dancing Madly Backwards (On A Sea Of Air)

[youtube width=”640″ height=”480″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDj0NugSeR0[/youtube]
Captain Beyond – Captain Beyond – 1972 – Full Album
[youtube width=”640″ height=”480″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3–QlX0MUk[/youtube]
Captain Beyond – Sufficiently Breathless (Full Album)
[youtube width=”640″ height=”480″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rD90IWShqqU[/youtube]
Captain Beyond – Live in Montreux (09-18-71) (Remastered)
[youtube width=”640″ height=”480″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY3BdT_gBJI[/youtube]
Captain Beyond (Live ’71) – Dancing Madly Backward
[youtube width=”640″ height=”480″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MvyAFkCsDk[/youtube]
Captain Beyond (Live ’71) – I Cann’t Feel Nothin’

  • Purple Pyramid
  • Capricorn Records
  • Warner Bros. Records
  • Raven Records
  • Friday Music
  • Iron Butterfly
  • http://www.last.fm/music/Captain+Beyond
  • http://www.deep-purple.net/tree/captain-beyond.htm
  • http://www.officialcaptainbeyond.com/
  • http://www.allmusic.com/album/captain-beyond-mw0000196369
  • http://www.discogs.com/artist/549271-Captain-Beyond

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