CATAPILLA ‘CHANGES’

In addition to trying to keep on top of the exciting new music that crosses my path I continue to dip into my collection of older items stored on vinyl, cassette etc. I recently dug out Catapilla’s second album on Vertigo; one of the distinctive things about early Vertigo vinyls is the centre labels with side A not having any text, just a vertigo inducing black and white pattern – track listing for both sides being printed on the B side. Having eaten its way through an apple as documented on the cover of their eponymous debut album, Catapilla’s second album saw the ‘creature’ move on to start on a savoy cabbage leaf. I loved the album cover artwork as soon as I saw it, albeit the cut profile was a touch impractical and left the caterpillar’s head prone to being damaged, my copy had to be patched up with sellotape. The music was similarly amazing, with the sounds of Anna’s soaring vocals, Graham’s guitar and Robert’s saxophones being particularly memorable. The soprano sax is absolutely sublime, whilst the remaining instruments combine to provide a truly unique and memorable atmospheric soundscape. With two track on each side of the vinyl, this is no collection of short snappy songs, but rather something that provides a wonderful example of the soundtrack to my life in the early 1970s. There are hints of jazz but in some ways can be seen as a forerunner of what would later develop into a more ambient style.

Graham Wilson – guitar

Ralph Rolinson – organ, electric piano

Carl Wassard – electric bass

Brian Hanson – drums

Robert Calvert – soprano/alto/tenor electric and acoustic saxophones

Anna Meek – vocals

1/ Reflections

2/ Charing Cross

3/ Thank Christ For George

4/ It Could Only Happen To Me

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