Wednesday, 29 August 2012

CD Review: Men Opening Umbrella's Ahead by Viv Stanshall (Poppydisc)

“Don’t fade me out you beast” protests the late Vivian Stanshall at one point on this surreal collection of  1974 prog rock comedy that has been lost to the record buying public for nigh on three decades.

Men Opening Umbrella’s Ahead was Stanshall’s first solo venture on vinyl following his departure from The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.

No doubt a then-recent collaboration with Mike Oldfield on Tubular Bells inspired the comedian to produce an album with equally impressive production kudos including Neil Innes, Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi among the session musicians.

It's not easy listening by any means but it will no doubt have appeal to any fan who loved the Bonzo's and their surreal style of humour. So for those who want it, every, burp, belch and double entendre is re-committed for a deluxe CD release along with the single Lakonga and Baba Tunde O.

You have been warned!

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