October 27, 2010 – 3:56 am

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Beyond The Purple [unknown label, 1CD]

Live in Montreux, April 30, 1972 (?); live at Central Park, New York, July 30, 1972. A mix of soundboard and audience recording? Sound is good to very good.

The sound quality is a little rough, but how much live material of Captain Beyond’s first album line-up is in circulation? Not much. The group included former Iron Butterfly members Lee Dorman (bass) and Larry “Rhino” Reinhart (guitar), original 1968 Deep Purple singer Rod Evans and former Johnny Winter drummer Bobby Caldwell. - Philip Cohen

Here’s a bit more background from

When Iron Butterfly keyboard player and vocalist Doug Ingle left the band after their 1971 European Tour, bassist Lee Dorman and guitarist Larry ‘Rhino’ Reinhardt teamed up with Johnny Winter Band drummer Bobby Caldwell to launch Captain Beyond. In August 1971 Rod Evans was contacted and agreed to join. On the recommendation of Duane Allman the band landed a record deal with Capricorn Records.

Initial excitement over the signing was dissipated by Capricorn’s expectations for the type of Southern style rock approach which brought the label considerable success when The Allman Brothers Eat A Peach album took off in February 1972. [The self-titled debut album] Captain Beyond was certainly far-removed from Southern rock, and the album was lost amid record company indifference, and a subsequent lack of tour support, leading to only a relatively small amount of live gigs. Their debut was at the Montreux Festival on April 30, 1972.

Someone posted at “dear o dear how the hell did this band not break through to bigger things?”

Unlike today, back then, Captain Beyond was not even thought of as a supergroup. It was probably a matter of getting your mates together to play in a group. Overlook the couple-of-generations-down recording (?) and the crowd noise for Tracks 3-5, and you’ll find a group that really rocked. Evans did have a powerful voice and he didn’t even need to scream or strain. Compared to the tracks here, Evans’ Hush for Deep Purple comes across like a lullaby.

And if anyone thought In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was not psychedelic enough, then give a listen to Dancing Madly Backwards - while Da-Vida might have been dominated by Doug Ingle’s keyboards, given the spotlight, guitarist Larry “Rhino” Reinhart could really soared.

So, how the hell did this band not break through to bigger things?

Thanks to Phil for highlighting a band that sort of unfairly slipped through one of rock’s cracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Montreux 9.18. 1971*
Track 01. I Can’t Feel Nothin’ (16.2MB)
Track 02. Dancing Madly Backwards (17.6MB)
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New York 7.17.1972*
Track 03. Dancing Madly Backwards (19.5MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 04. Thousand Days Of Yesterdays (15.3MB)
Track 05. Masmerization Eclipse (12.4MB)
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Rod Evans - vocals
Larry “Rhino” Reinhart - guitar
Lee Dorman - bass
Bobby Caldwell - drums

* It’s likely the people behind this CD got the dates wrong. Captain Beyond’s debut gig was on April 30, 1972 at Montreux, Switzerland and, according to the Captain Beyond fansite (, the New York show was really the show at Central Park on July 30, 1972 (supporting Sha Na Na).

Click on the link to order Captain Beyond albums.


  2. nice stuff, have you got the live in Texas stuff called “frozen over”?

    By billm on Oct 27, 2010

  3. hey bigo, thanks! this is cool. it’s actually mesmerization eclipse. according to the album, it’s dancing madly backwards (on a sea of air). i guess, thousand days of yesterdays is correct. on the album, there are two different versions so i guess just leave it as is.


    By Ed Saad on Oct 27, 2010

  4. Hearing Captain Beyond in these tracks almost makes you want to cry. You can really imagine what a powerhouse these guys were live. Goes to show what power a label had to quash a new band with proven talent, if they happened not to like them. If only the original live recordings could be found, so modern techniques might be applied. But they simply may not exist anymore. What a sad sad shame.

    By 2yrsnojob on Oct 27, 2010

  5. thanks for uncovering this jewel!

    I-) ihor

    By I-) ihor on Nov 2, 2010

  6. Philip Cohen is owed a debt of gratitude from EVERYONE that has either DL’d his rarities or read ICE. What a saviour to music in my life he’s been.
    Thanks very much Mr. Cohen [many thanks as well to the BIG-O for hosting and making these jewels available; Cheers to you]

    By John P McNea III on Apr 16, 2011

  7. John P McNea III re: Philip Cohen and Big O

    AYE! AYE!

    By 3yrsnojob on Apr 16, 2011

  8. I saw them open for the Allman Brothers in 1974 in Memphis Tenn. They blew the Brothers off the stage, The crowd was yelling for C.B. after the Brothers ended there set. They just Knocked Me Out they were that tight.

    By Jack Priehs on Oct 25, 2015

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