Preludes, Airs And Yodels (A Penguin Cafe Primer)

April 25, 2006 | Format: MP3

$6.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 3, 2003
  • Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Label: Eg Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1996 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1996 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:13:20
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  • ASIN: B000SZWWC6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,891 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By "tom926" on 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Pomeroy on March 28, 2000
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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 By A Customer on July 18, 1998
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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 By T. S. C. on June 7, 2013
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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 By TheNetworkNerd on February 17, 2013
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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. If you've never heard of PCO, go check out a few of the tracks on YouTube. Some of the generally best-reviewed tracks include Music for a Found Harmonium; White Mischief; and Perpetuum Mobile.
If you're at all a fan of neo-classical music from Copland on, but never really got into the avant-garde stuff like John Cage or anything done in a pentatonic scale, you should enjoy this album quite a bit. The music seems heavily influenced by neoclassic style, but there's plenty of synthesizer, guitar, and plenty of other instruments you probably wouldn't find in a chamber orchestra. This sampler has a good selection of their most highly-regarded works, and is a great way to see if this fun and not-too-serious orchestra is for you.
The recording quality is consistently good; I don't have reference-quality audio but with normal consumer audio (Sennheiser, Klipsch, and Bose) there's no noise or distortion, and the volume never drops so low that it can't be heard. The "bonus" selections seem a little strange to me (Pandaharmonium in particular never caught my interest) but it's easy to skip the tracks that don't appeal to you.
A little bit Electric Lights Orchestra, a little bit Vanessa Mae, but a whole lot the work of a skilled, classically-trained composer, Penguin Cafe Orchestra is a great choice for driving, reading, or relaxing on the couch, and this compilation album, well worth the price, is a very good way to get an introduction.
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