Captain Marryat originally only planned to record a single but ended up coming out with 6 tracks in total. It was hard for a Scottish band to get noticed in London though some of the major labels did show interest. The album was only ever sold at the bands gigs. The band picked up quite a big following and toured with the Alex Harvey Band and Nazareth but never quite got the commercial success they craved. As a kid I knew that my brother had been in various bands and had been told that he'd recorded a record. In fact I remember I used to see a copy lying around our house and at the time out of its sleeve getting scratched. I was young at the time and it seemed a little insignificant but of course as someone who has a huge interest in music and vinyl now if I knew then what I know now that vinyl would have been much better cared for.
Fast forward to 2008 when out of the blue one day my brother gets a call from a record dealer in Clydebank. he had a copy of the Captain Marryat Lp and had often wondered about its history and worth and the bands members. He wanted to get in touch with them and managed to track down my brother Hugh. He had some very interesting and exciting news. Do you no that your album is currently up for sale on ebay and that its going for a huge amount of money. When we found out we where gobsmacked wow I thought. I had been a regular buyer of Record Collector magazine for many years. I knew that artists like Elvis, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones where amongst the most valuable and sought after collected artists and the huge amount of money they could fetch and Captain Marryat in terms of value was suddenly right up there with those acts going for reaching a price of hundreds then eventually selling for around £2739.
He cast a critical eye over the music and liked what he heard and saw the potential in it. He approached the band about signing a deal to remaster the record then re release it in a limited supply on high quality heavyweight vinyl in a high quality sleeve plus a reissue on CD. The band agreed to the deal and Captain Marryat was reissued to satisfy the now hungry crowd of progressive rock fans who had heard all about this new previously unknown rare record which had by this time been causing quite a stir online and in Record Collector magazine.
"This band I accidentally came across AS I Purposely look for. My Time looking for Obscure bands that made 100% GREAT MUSIC.... this is 1 of those bands that EVERY Song Rocks with Clever Lyrics, Rythyms, quality Music that wants you [me] to play it once daily.... At times several in my car... LOUD !!!!! Captain Marryat.... ODD Name. But PURE TRUE WOW!!!!! From the First track to the Final.... Excellent..."
Raves one enthusiastic reviewer from Amazon.
That year in 2009 in Record Collectors annual countdown of the 200 most rarest and valuable records placed Captain Marryat at no.19 on the list just one place behind the Sex Pistols God Save The Queen and two in front of Michael Jacksons Thriller album in terms of rarity and value. Exciting to see my brothers band on the same page as big names like The Beatles and U2 selling for just as much if not more than some of those acts. You only have to look at this popsike valuation site to see the many times the record has sold for a high value and the extreme prices it has reached. www.popsike.com Up to £3000. Shadoks music ended up later bringing out an even more luxurious limted to 200 numbered copies deluxe version. These where quickly snapped up. The 200 coloured vinyl had already all been reserved by buyers long before the records release. This consisted of a pink velvet texture sleeve with new artwork and Inner sleeve a pink clear vinyl and a photo card hand signed by all the band members. Captain Marryat's album has now become one of the most valuable of all time with even the reissue fetching prices of up to £50 to £60 pounds.