Captain Beyond – Captain Beyond original 1972 Japan LP with obi

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An original 1972 Japanese pressing of the self-titled debut LP by Captain Beyond, complete with obi.

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Offered for sale is a rare Japanese first pressing of the 1972 self-titled debut LP by Captain Beyond, complete with original obi.

About this copy:  This copy of Captain Beyond is a Japanese first pressing from 1972, complete with lyric insert and the rare original obi, and pressed on the green Warner Brothers label.

This LP was issued in Japan four times, with two different covers, four different catalog numbers and four different obi.  The first pressing is by far the hardest version to find.

The Japanese pressings were not issued with the lenticular 3D cover.

The cover is VG++, with wear at the corners and edges.  The lyric insert is included.

The obi is VG++, with no tears.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.

The disc is M- with a bit of foxing on the labels.  There is a small “bubble” in the vinyl that does not affect play.

A gorgeous copy of a terrific album and one of our favorite albums of all time.

Background: Captain Beyond was an early “supergroup,” consisting of bassist Lee Dorman and guitarist Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt (from Iron Butterfly), singer Rod Evans (from Deep Purple) and drummer Bobby Caldwell (from Johnny Winter’s band.)

The album was an odd mixture of spacey, progressive, hard rock, and it must have come as a surprise to the then-current members of Deep Purple, who had reportedly asked Evans to leave because they didn’t think he’d be an effective singer of the harder rock they wanted to perform.

The album was well received, but didn’t sell particularly well, and after the first album, drummer Bobby Caldwell departed.  Their second album, Sufficiently Breathless, was a bit more mellow.  After that, the band disbanded for a few years and both albums went out of print.  They later regrouped (with a new singer) to produce one more album in 1977 titled Dawn Explosion that was pretty much ignored by everyone.

While Captain Beyond was released in a number of countries, only the American issue was released with the 3D cover, which was created by gluing a plastic lenticular image to the cover.  This cover was only available for a short time; after that it was replaced by a printed image.

Over time, Captain Beyond has developed quite a cult following and it can be rather difficult to find nice playable copies of either of their first two albums. gave Captain Beyond a 4 1/2 star review:

Captain Beyond is a one-of-a-kind progressive album with rock, heavy metal, and jazz influences with a “space rock” lyrical bend. Formed by former members of Deep Purple (Rod Evans, vocals), Iron Butterfly (Rhino, lead guitar, and Lee Dorman, bass), and Johnny Winter (Bobby Caldwell, drums) Captain Beyond is an album that flows from riff to riff, drumbeat to drumbeat, often with various time signatures within the same song. …. Rod Evans has a strong rock voice, Rhino plays an enormous amount of hook-laden guitar lines, and Lee Dorman plays complex basslines (for example, at the end of “As the Moon Speaks-Return”) that lead to typically rhythmic, nimble Bobby Caldwell drumming.

You can listen to “Dancing Madly Backwards” here:

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capricorn
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1972
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in