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Preludes Airs & Yodels [Import]

Penguin Cafe OrchestraAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Music For A Found HarmoniumPenguin Café Orchestra 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Perpetuum MobilePenguin Café Orchestra 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Penguin Cafe SinglePenguin Café Orchestra 6:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. AirPenguin Café Orchestra 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Telephone And Rubber BandPenguin Café Orchestra 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. DirtPenguin Café Orchestra 4:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Zopf: Giles Farnaby's DreamPenguin Café Orchestra 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Oscar TangoPenguin Café Orchestra 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. RosasolisPenguin Café Orchestra 4:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Air A DanserPenguin Café Orchestra 4:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Music For A Found HarmoniumPatrick Street 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Yodel 3Penguin Café Orchestra 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. White MischiefPenguin Café Orchestra 5:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Prelude And YodelPenguin Café Orchestra 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Harmonic NecklacePenguin Café Orchestra 1:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Steady StatePenguin Café Orchestra 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Nothing Really BluePenguin Café Orchestra 5:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. PandaharmoniumThe Orb 5:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Piano MusicPenguin Café Orchestra 1:54$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 12, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B0000072UE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Comp of the best tracks from their six studioalbums plus Patrick Street's performance of 'Music For AFound Harmonium' and the exclusive Orb remix of it, entitled'Pandaharmonium'.

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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mood Music for Happy Schizoids August 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
God bless my ex. He couldn't carry a tune if you elmer glued it to his vocal chords but he turned me on to this wonderful group about a month after we first started dating. As an uptight college student, I used to put on the first two Penquin Cafe Orchestra albums (vinyl no less) to study. I figure if I were going to be tortured by masturbatory French semiotic theorists, the least I could do is have this wonderful music to keep me sane. I am a long way from tearing my hair out over Derridoo, I mean Derrida, but these wonderful Penquin Cafe Orchestra songs have traveled with me to four cities and countless apartments. I have always wanted to choreograph "Perpetuum Mobile" and "Steady Skate" for a pair of ice skaters (lord, what Torvil and Dean could do with those luscious long gliding cello lines), danced around my room to the extravagant silliness, driven uptight musicians crazy who won't admit that minimalism can be as mentally expansive as the pharmacological substances they imbibed in great quantities, marveled at how wonderful a spinet and ukelele could sound together (like an unexpectedly savory meal in a hole-in-the-wall restuarant)in "Giles Farnaby's Dream," consoled myself over bad times and celebrated the good ones with this wonderful music playing somewhere within earshot. I introduced my ex to hundreds of albums over the 8 years we were together before he died, but this is the ONLY music he ever introduced me to, and for that alone I am grateful to have met him. God bless you for that Mr T wherever you may be, and I hope you are happily humming along--offkey of course--to Air A Danser wherever ye may be.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Gold Chartbusters March 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a collection of the Penguin Café Orchestra's music, from the first album ('Music from the Penguin Café') to their last ('Union Café'), with extracts from a couple of deleted EPs, and two remixes of 'Music for a Found Harmonium', one by ambient techno artists The Orb the end.
As an introduction to the band it serves its purpose, although there's rather too much of the later, dull stuff, for the simple reason that there's more of it than the earlier, weird stuff.
For a proper 'best of' go out and buy 'Music from the Penguin Café' and 'Penguin Café Orchestra'.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended July 18, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What happens when you take some eccentrics trained in the Old School, - throw them in a room with cello, violin, synthesizer, piano, guitars, oboe, harmonium, bass, and gentle percussive devices? As compelling as an English Garden on a blustery day, you get the best of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, "Preludes, Airs & Yodels", a 1996 compilation covering the 70's and 80's. Not dated. Not classifiable. Very positive. Very wise. Good for musical snobs and derelicts alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very wonderful pieces of music...!!! June 7, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I first got into the Penguin Cafe Orchestra without knowing who they were, after listening to 'Music for a Found Harmonium' and 'Telephone and Rubber Band' on a very weird, eclectic and frankly brilliant Aussie movie called 'Malcolm'. As the film starts 'Music for a Found Harmonium' starts more or less playing, and I couldn't believe it; here was a perfect piece of music in every way, so profound and melodic and wonderful! I'm listening to this album as I write, and frankly it is so good that some of the music makes me weep, especially the two aforementioned pieces.

There is no category that I think I could put the Penguin Cafe Orchestra in, as their music is so original and eclectic and even off-beat, and yet it is still accessible and listenable even when it is different and experimental. Some of the tracks on here have been used by films and they have certainly been used for adverts in Britain too, they are that good. Simon Jeffes, the main creative urge behind the 'Orchestra no doubt decided that he wanted to make pure music for its own sake, regardless of commercial viability and he has done just that, and yet the group are highly successful; isn't that strange?!

I can say this; there are certain pieces of artwork, certain movies, certain poems, certain pieces of music that somehow make you question the whole human reality or condition or whatever, and they leave you to reflect on something higher than yourself; this is when something is magic and transcends the everyday; I believe Simon Jeffes with some of his music has managed to do just this. Some of these pieces are so profound.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Napoleon Dynamite music October 26, 2008
By Q
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great CD, includes the final song (before the epilogue) from the great movie Napoleon Dynamite, "Music for a found Harmonium."
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Re-compilation, mostly May 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this after hearing a live performance of one of my favorite PCO pieces, mistakenly thinking this was a live album.

It's not, it's merely a collection from all of their works with a couple of live tracks included. I prefer hearing the studio tracks on the original albums, each of which has a unique set of instrumentation and atmosphere.

This is a purist's view. If you are looking for an introduction to the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, this wouldn't be a bad way to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile May 17, 2013
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This is a very interesting of classical and modern. I love it. If you like chamber music I would definitely give it a shot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy!
I love PCO! This album is a collection of the very best of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, and is a bargain- no brainer -get it now deal.
Published 1 month ago by Jody
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as dynamic as I had hoped
This is a good group of musicians with some nice musical concepts.
This particular recording started to sound the same to me after a few tracks. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lynn Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sampler for PCO
If you're already a fan of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, then you should certainly get this album if you don't have the tracks on another media somewhere. Read more
Published 18 months ago by TheNetworkNerd
5.0 out of 5 stars Great study music
I'm a student and this is perfect for me to listen to while studying. It is unobtrusive enough not to be distracting, but interesting enough not to put me to sleep.
Published 19 months ago by R. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy this group. They are great!
I have just now discovered the PCO and bought this album after shopping for some of their other works. Give them a try.
Published 19 months ago by G
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Perfect conditions arrived as expected. thank you verymuch it's great music we really love this product!
It came on time and very very fast, even for international shipment!
Published on July 13, 2012 by zchiniza
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound...
I first heard their sound in the movie "Mary and Max" Mary and Max [Blu-ray] (also great claymation movie) I believe the featured track I heard was the Pertetuum Mobile. Read more
Published on November 28, 2011 by ConsumerReport
5.0 out of 5 stars Great primer!
I had heard "Music for a Found Harmonium" years ago-- a college dance troupe used it for a big finale company dance. I loved it then, and I love it now, too! Read more
Published on May 24, 2009 by Erin Kem
2.0 out of 5 stars A gift
I can't stand it, but my grandparents love it.
Published on July 19, 2003 by Sabrina Megan Mueller
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