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Sir Henry At Ndidi's Kraal
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2002
This rather flawed late work from Viv Stanshall still has a lot of comic genius buried within it. It features Sir Henry as he travels to Africa in search of a long-lost tribe, and features one of the strangest songs ever recorded, some strangely beautiful poetry, and a violin as well. There are some hilarious moments and some memorable phrases, although the whole thing doesn't quite hang together to make it a classic work.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2001
Sir Henry at Ndidi's Kraal is well worth listening to. If, like me, you know 'Sir Henry at Rawlinson End' very well, you will find this a lesser work. Where that masterpiece is well crafted and overflowing with the genius of the man, in Ndidi's Kraal his superb talent is spread more thinly. It is a little rougher, less subtle and less gentle although there are still wonderful politically incorrect raspberries liberally scattered through the text. The sparkling gems of the brilliance of the man Stanshall shine, though a little less brightly. Devotees should sample this.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2008
Okay so this is not as polished as Sir Henry at Rawlinson End, or indeed any other of the great Vivian's work but it was recorded over a Bank Holiday and one suspects that lack of funds lead to it being handed over for release rather than being worked up into a finished article. I would, therefore, encourage you to consider this as a work in progress. There is mostly only sparse instrumental accompaniment to the Ramblings of Sir Henry but I would much rather have this imperfect work than not. Vivian Stanshall a troubled soul who struggled through depression and self doubt which is a cause of great sadness to many, especially to those closest to him. But the flip side was his brilliant flights of fancy and enormous creativity. Even as a child I always knew there was something strange and special about Vivian Stanshall and the feeling only grew over time. This man was a genius, I am grateful for the pearls he left behind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2014
Oh dear, as one of many hooked on Rawlinson End, I bought Sir Henry at Ndidis Kraal.

I am not saying that there is anything deficient in the record, simply that the joke here did not grab me as before.

My judgement is also based on the fact that I know a man who is so like Sir Henry that it is frightening, and he is more a cricket and beer comedian. Hence I'm a bit lost down at the Kraal.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2013
Wonderfully, totally, politically incorrect! Sir Henry is always at his best when drunk and finding himself on an African adventure he gets plenty of opportunities to stay that way. Lets him pull out all the stops and make outrageous observations. Viv Stanshall would never have survived or been published in the politically correct and fawning world that we inhabit now. Do Amazon sell field toilets and gloss paint, I feel a safari coming on....................?
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on 16 July 2015
Fantastic! Definitely recommend it!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2012
Don't be put off by the previous guarded reviews, however respectful and complimentry. This is a work of rare and original genius, by a man of the same.

My only gripe is that the audio quality is slightly imperfect, (at least with my recording) but after a number of listenings the clarity gradually improves. Once that's overcome, one gets to understand Ndidi's Kraal is a natural progression from Rawlinson End with less production afforded to it, and focussing almost entirely on Sir Henry himself. No matter, it's the content that's the thing and here we have brilliance in abundandance, Viv Stanshall discarding political correctness aside and sending up just about anything that comes to mind. Why, even Sir Henry admits to being a romantic fool!

In the end, one gets to really love dear old Sir H but as to his fate, we're left unsure. Please no one tell me, I hope he's ok?

The possibilities of this character are endless, and it's possible Viv still may have had a few more things up his sleeve for him.

If you're an admirer of Sir Henry you must buy this masterpiece of comedy and satire, and to Viv Stashall we raise our hats.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2014
I grew up with this guy in my ears, a total wacko but superbly British which is sadly lacking these days.. Not so good as the Sir Henry at Rawlinson End c.d., but still thoroughly enjoyable as only Stanshall aficionado's can be..... excellent for my money !!!!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2011
We shall never see the likes or lights of Vivian Stanshall also known as the 'Ginger Geezer' was one of the leading lights of surreality. His view of reality via such vehicles as the unsurpassed and uncomporable of frivolous insanity aka 'The Bonzo Dog Doda Band' owing to a friendship with another eccentric our Viv was invited to BBC Radio Studios by the slow talking maester of the turn table, who himself was known as an eccentric; I speak of John Peel DJ Extraordinaire and set free in a way that be impossible today. Thus was born Sir Henry at Rawlinson End.

This CD is the second excursion into the mind of the Vivian Stanstall aka the 'Ginger Geezer'.

This would have been impossible owing to the restriction the restrictions now applied during BBC recording sessions. Here was unleashed all the worse qualities of the English Aristocracy we have extreme racism, sexism, homophobia and total disdain of the working class.

Now before you start believing this as a National Front/BNP rant you couldn't be more wrong. You're dealing the alchemical comedic and quicksilver mind of one of the giants of 60s progressive rock.

Be warned, you will be laughing uncontrollably or running from room in terror. There is no half way in the humour of Viv Stanstall you either love it or hate it. If you love it then you already know about this and are already prepared probably laughing throughout this review in total agreement.

(This was bought as a present for my Father, thus these are his opinions not mine.)
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2012
It's finally here, after all these years. Vivian Stanshall's real Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead just as it was, only better. It's remastered and official. T'will be followed soon by an official CD.

Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead [VINYL]

Please note. The shoddy CD put out by something called Hacket (sp?) is and was a bootleg of the worst sort. Ignore it!
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