Sunday, October 25, 2015


Artist: Vivian Stanshall
Album: Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead
Label: Warner Brothers
Catalog: K 56052
Year: 1974

genre: rock
grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP; embossed cover
quantity: 1
Artist: Peter Till
Cover Designer:  Peter Till
Grade: **** stars

The late Vivian Stanshall is all but unknown to American audiences and his 1974 debut album never even saw an American release (it reportedly sold 5,000 copies before being deleted from the Warner Brothers catalog).  Musically it's a weird combination of English comedy and some of the most gut wrenching self loathing you'll ever hear - probably not something for the average top-40 listener.  If interested, you can find a more detailed description at:

Anyhow, meant to invoke a traffic sign, Peter Till's cover is simply eye catching.  I can't tell you how long I've spent gazing at the cover. 

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