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Catapilla

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CATAPILLA were an English band from the early 70’s who released two interesting albums of experimental jazz rock, without symphonic traces as in other bands of the moment such as AFFINITY, CRESSIDA, or SPRING. The band had a line-up of six to seven people performing on saxophones, keyboards, bass, guitar, vocals, bass, and drums.

Catapilla were formed in the late 1960s in west London, with early members Malcolm Frith on drums, Dave Taylor on bass, Graham Wilson playing guitar and a wind section (Hugh Eaglestone, Robert Calvert and Thierry Rheinhart). Joe Meek was the first lead vocalist.

Black Sabbath manager Patrick Meehan produced the band’s self-titled debut album, recorded with Anna Meek.

After the release of their first album, the group toured, and Eaglestone, Frith, Rheinhart and Taylor were substituted by Brian Hanson (drums), Ralph Rolinson (keyboards) and Carl Wassard (bass). With this new line-up, the band recorded their second album, Changes. This album is regarded as the group’s main achievement, and had a great influence on other musicians of that time, although without mainstream success. Soon after the release of this album Catapilla disbanded.

Members

* Malcolm Frith – drums
* Dave Taylor – bass
* Graham Wilson – guitar
* Joe Meek – vocals
* Hugh Eaglestone – saxophone
* Robert Calvert – saxophone
* Thierry Rheinhart – woodwind
* Anna Meek – vocals
* Brian Hanson – drums
* Ralph Rolinson – keyboards
* Carl Wassard – bass

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