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12 songs,1984

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 22, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1984
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B001AI93QS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,307 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mauricio Bussab on April 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Simon Jeffes always considered he didn't have enough musical training to be a classical musician and no intimacy with pop to be a popular musician. And although he lived in many countries and was crazy about music from many cultures he never wanted to do "world music".
A quiet man, he had one simple and rare talent: the ability to create sublime music.
And he had an even rarer talent among instrumental musicians: sense of humor.
The PCO is a small chamber group that plays instrumental music that draws from all these sources. It is music created by a music lover. Sometimes it sounds like a happy mantra from Bolivia, sometimes as a moving string quartet playing something that sounds medieval, sometimes he flirts with electronic gadgets like ring modulators (not on this CD though).
The PCO crossed boundaries like few other groups have. And nothing sounds forced, it all makes sense and seems organic as if this was the only way to play music.
The cruelest irony is that you will usually find this CD under "new age". Well, it is definitely not new age and I believe it ends up in the New Age aisle just because this genre is broad enough to fit any music that is not loud.
This is the perfect CD to give as a gift. Although very accessible and pleasant on the surface, it is so deep in its structure and has such unusual arrangements that even music scholars and nitpickers will be forced to pay attention and ask "how did he do that?".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hapworth on July 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Upon first listen, I almost foolishly dismissed Broadcasting from Home as a disappointing follow-up to their self-titled debut. What I later realized, however, was that Broadcasting simply wasn't as accessible and easy-to-please as the tracks on their first record (a good thing).
In time this one has grown on me quite a bit. I won't say that I enjoy Broadcasting MORE than their first record; rather, I enjoy Broadcasting in a DIFFERENT way. Whereas I do feel that the first album is more consistent, I find Broadcasting more challening listenting; the songs are more subtle, more sombre. Yes, there is the one infinitely catchy track, In the Back of a Taxi, but the others take time to digest properly. My favorite is Now Nothing, a song so spare yet so beautiful that it's haunting.
Fans of ambient/minimalist music should find this offering quite solid. Newbies to the genre might want to start off with the self-titled debut.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. J MOSS on January 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Few bouts of salmonella would have spawned as protean a brew of music as that of Penguin Cafe Orchestra's progenitor, Simon Jeffes. Some time in the early 1980s I was leafing through the racks and stumbled on the beguiling avian art of Emily Young. She was to become a signature for the Orchestra's releases as Neon Park had served Little Feat in the 1970s. Her bizarre, Beckmanesque fantasies bespeak the romantic air of Jeffe's protean imagination. Penguin Cafe Orchestra possesses a folk sensibility translated through classical instrumentation, a sort of late 20thC Bartok. Don't go listening here for 'roots' music, or even poached hybridity. Jeffe's remarkably boyant ear achieves a cultural ambience of his own, a sprightly, muscular, lush and wistful geography peppered with attractive vistas and to be enjoyed at either a leisurely stroll or at waltzing pace. I prefer the earlier albums (especially over the 'Best Ofs') and probably this album is the most endearing. Though it's unfair to single out a member of the various ensembles that play under the PCO title, I must make mention of Helen Liebmann's cello, whose contribution to mood is never less than exemplary.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Music to sit back and let yourself slide into the quaint soundscapes of another reality. What can you call it----English summer afternoons with tea, or a cafe on the continent, it's where the music takes you. Very relaxing for a quiet afternoon sofa safari
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter K Kraus : Evolution? Romans 1:16-22 on September 27, 2014
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I never get tired of this quirky but tasty instrumental music. It's infectious. It's like a mash up of classical quartet/quintet, bluegrass, and irish folk. It's mesmerizing at times, sweet and graceful at times, or just toe tappingly tuneful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ursula K. Ehmann on November 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Music of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra combines calypso beat with musicianship of good calssical musicians to make beautiful music.
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All the re-issues and recompilations of the original Penguin Cafe Orchestra have been altered, or rather bastardized, by Arthur Jeffried, son of the originl composer Simon Jeffries, whose songs were unique and seemed to come out of a completely unknown place when they emerged in the 1970s. Horridly, after Simon died young from a brain tumor, his son took over the copyright, which meant that the entire orchestra could no longer play under the original name. They called themselves the Aardvarks for a while. Then they grew old and died. The orginal CD's from forty years ago are a revelation. The dynamics are altered and lost in the interests of selling commercially and to a supposedly brass-eared younger crowd. Some of us have the original CD's and LPs. Nothing like this bland, somnolent, idiocy. What a foolish turn of events. I urge you to quest after the original recordings and compositions.
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