Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead

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Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead
Studio album by Vivian Stanshall
Released 1974
Genre Rock music
Comedy music
Length 41:49
Label Warner Bros. Records (1974)
Harkit Records (2010)
Poppydisc Records (2012)
Producer John Darnley, Vivian Stanshall
Vivian Stanshall chronology
Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead
(1974)
Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (1978)
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Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead is the 1974 debut solo album by British musician, writer and comedian Vivian Stanshall.

The initial pressing was withdrawn and deleted by record label Warner Bros. soon after release, having sold only 5,000 copies. The record remained unavailable in any commercial form for a little over 35 years, until its 2010 reissue on CD and vinyl LP by Harkit Records. The CD featured notes by Dutch dada-ist Freek Kinkelaar and featured two bonus tracks not on the original LP - "Baba Tunde" and "Lakonga".[1]

A second re-release by Poppydisc Records, again on CD and vinyl LP, followed on 21 May 2012, in a remastered edition sanctioned by Stanshall's estate and family.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and arranged by Vivian Stanshall, except where noted:

Side 1[edit]

  1. Afoju Ti Ole Riran (Dead Eyes) (Vivian Stanshall/Gaspar Lawal)
  2. Truck-Track
  3. Yelp, Bellow, Rasp Et Cetera
  4. Prong
  5. Redeye

Side 2[edit]

  1. How The Zebra Got His Spots
  2. Dwarf Succulents
  3. Bout Of Sobriety
  4. Prong & Toots Go Steady
  5. Strange Tongues

Bonus tracks on 2010 reissue (CD version only)[edit]

Baba Tunde (single B-side)
Lakonga (single A-side)
(as tracks 11 and 12 respectively, despite incorrect order as compared[3] to the original Lakonga 7" vinyl single. Both tracks written jointly by Stanshall and Lawal as per album track 1)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vivian Stanshall - Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead". Harkit Records. 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Vivian Stanshall: Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead" at piccadillyrecords.com
  3. ^ "Vivian Stanshall - Lakonga 7" single tracklist". Discogs™ online record database. Discogs.com. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 

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