Official reissue - Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead is the rather splendid 1974 debut solo album by British musician, writer and comedian and legendary Ginger Geezer Vivian Stanshall. Long unavailable apart from low quality bootlegs, this is a sumptuously remastered edition sanctioned by the estate and family. The single Lakonga/Baba Tunde exclusively on the CD edition....
Featuring a whole raft of Rock and Jazz royalty, this is perhaps Stanshall's crowning moment as a solo recording artist. The album's title is a reference to a game played by members of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band when travelling between concerts, in which players made up ridiculous interpretations of road signs. ("Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead" was a Stanshall favourite as an alternative interpretation of the sign meaning "road works ahead".) I say!
With full brand new liner notes by Mrs Stanshall, aka acclaimed novelist Ki Longfellow, this is the definitive version. A lost classic if ever there was one..
Personnel: "Vivian Stanshall - vocals, recorder, euphonium, ukulele, Chelonian pipes "Anthony "Bubs" White - electric guitar "Steve Winwood - bass guitar, organ "Gaspar Lawal - talking drums, congas, xylophone, drum kit ("How The Zebra Got His Spots") "Neil Innes - piano, slide guitar, organ ("How The Zebra Got His Spots") "Jim Capaldi - drum kit, lesser log "Deryk Quinn - cabassa, Nigerian coffee tables, greater log "Ric Grech – violin "Reebop Kwaku Baah - congas ("Prong & Toots") "Doris Troy, Madeline Bell, Barry St. John - backing vocals "Ayus Ape, Gani, Gaspar Lawal - male Yoruba chorus
"unidentified West Indian taxi driver - bass guitar ("Lakonga" and "Baba Tunde") " unidentified West Indian taxi driver's friend - drum kit ("Lakonga" and "Baba Tunde") CD bonus / exclusive tracks "Lakonga" and "Baba Tunde"