Offered for sale is a rare Japanese pressing of Captain Beyond’s second album, Sufficiently Breathless, released in 1973.
About this copy: The copy offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Sufficiently Breathless, a record which is considerably harder to find than Japanese pressings of their first album. The first album sold well in Japan, and was released five different times, each with a different catalog number and obi. Sufficiently Breathless, on the other hand, was only released once, in 1973.
The record is in VG+ condition, with a couple of small scratches on side one that shouldn’t affect play. Side two is M-. The cover is in M- and the lyric insert is included. Please note: The obi is a reproduction.
A nice copy of a record that is quite hard to find.
Background: Deep Purple fired singer Rod Evans in 1969 because they thought he didn’t have the chops to sing hard rock, but the 1972 debut of Captain Beyond, a band that also included former members of Iron Butterfly, proved that he could sing with the best of them. While that album is revered among both fans of Deep Purple and fans of hard rock, the band’s second album, Sufficiently Breathless, caught fans by surprise with its somewhat more mellow sound. Drummer Bobby Caldwell had written most of the material on the debut, but he had left the band after the first LP, leaving bassist Lee Dorman to write all of the material for the second album.
While it sounds different, it’s still a terrific record. Here’s the title track from the album: