Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead

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Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead
Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead.jpg
Studio album by
GenreRock music
Comedy music
LabelWarner Bros. Records (1974)
Harkit Records (2010)
Poppydisc Records (2012)
ProducerJohn Darnley, Vivian Stanshall
Vivian Stanshall chronology
Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead
Sir Henry at Rawlinson End
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Mojo4/5 stars[2]

Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead is the 1974 debut solo album by British musician, writer and comedian Vivian Stanshall.

The initial LP pressing was deleted by Warner Bros. Records soon after release, having sold only the initial vinyl pressing of 5,000 copies. The album remained out of print for over 35 years.

In 2010, an unauthorized CD reissue was made available 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".[3] This edition is a sourced from a vinyl copy and is a "bootleg" not authorized by the Stanshall estate.[4] The bonus tracks come from a rare 1974 single.[5]

Poppydisc Records released a remastered edition, on LP and CD, on 21 May 2012. These are the first re-issues to be authorized by the artist's estate. The remastered CD contains the two bonus tracks, while the vinyl version is the same as the original vinyl LP.[6]

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 and 2012 CD reissues[edit]

  1. "Lakonga" (single A-side)
  2. "Baba Tunde" (single B-side)
(Both tracks written by Stanshall and Lawal)[7][8][9]



  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Irvin, Jim (November 2010). "Unsettle down now: Vivian Stanshall Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead". Mojo. p. 120.
  3. ^ "Vivian Stanshall – Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead". Harkit Records. 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Vivian Stanshall: Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead" at
  7. ^ "Vivian Stanshall: Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead (Harkit Records)"
  8. ^ "Vivian Stanshall: Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead (Poppydisc)"
  9. ^ "Vivian Stanshall: Lakonga"

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