Stanshall, Vivian

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Stanshall, Vivian - Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead
Pop Used - LP K 56052 Warner
1974 UK Burbank Street Scene Label Original Housed In An Embossed Cover with Custom card Inner Sleeve. A1/B1 Stampers. Appears Glossy, Unplayed. A Veritabel "Lost" Album, Only 5,000 Copies Being Pressed. “A Unique Piece Of Art By An Artist Who Never Released Anything Otherwise, Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead Was The First Musical Solo Outing Of Vivian Stanshall, Former Lead Singer Of The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist, Poet, Painter, Comedian, Playwright And Showman - The Man Who Stephen Fry Described As “One Of The Most Magnificent Englishmen Ever To Draw Breath.” It’s Experimental, Satirical, Surprising, Ramshackle, Crude, Philosophical, Psychedelic, Old-Fashioned, Ground-Breaking, Genre-Straddling, Genuinely Progressive, Painfully Honest, Often Imperfect And Frequently Beautiful. It’s Not An Album Everyone Will Understand Or Appreciate, But Those Who Do Will Find Manifold Rewards With Every Listen.” Pop Matters.... more details
 
Stanshall, Vivian - Sir Henry At Ndidi's Kraal Sir Henry At Ndidi's Kraal
Comedy Used - LP VERB 1 Demon Verbals
1984 UK Original With Insert. Appears Glossy, Unplayed. “Former Bonzo Dog Leader Stanshall Continued His Sir Henry "Epic" With Sir Henry At Ndidi's Kraal, A Record That Probably Raised Hackles On Its Release In 1983, And Maybe Even More So Now, With Its Portrayal Of The White Englishmen And His Superior Attitude Toward The Black South Africans Working For Him -- At One Point, He Even Paints Letters Of The Alphabet On Them (In White Gloss) Because He Can't Pronounce Their Names. But The Thing To Be Remembered Is That It's Meant To Be Funny, A Parody Of Those Colonials Who Trampled Unwittingly All Over Native Customs In The Name Of Empire And Civilization. On That Level, It Certainly Succeeds, Although Following The Narrative (Assuming That's Actually Possible) Is Like Finding Your Way Out Of The Labyrinth; After So Many Twists And Turns, It Becomes Almost Impossible. Apart From One Song, It's All Spoken Word, A Vehicle For Stanshall's Remarkable Stream-Of-Consciousness Wit And Wordplay, While The Musicians (Including Future Mekon Suzi Honeymoon) Remain Generally Unobtrusive -- Which Is Just As Well, Since The Tale And Its Telling Are Quite Mesmerizing Without Any Accompaniment. So Long As You Don't Ask What It's About, And Take It As A Gleeful Exercise In The Surrealism Of The English Language, You'll Love This Disc By The Late Stanshall.” Chris Nickson, AMG.... more details
 

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