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A Brief History Import

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Import only collection. 19-tracks, originally released in 2001. EMI.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Beanfields
  2. Telephone And Rubber Band
  3. Music For A Found Harmonium
  4. Perpetuum Mobile
  5. From The Colonies
  6. Giles Farnaby's Dream
  7. Surface Tension
  8. Air A Danser
  9. Yodel 1
  10. Numbers 1-4
  11. Steady State
  12. Paul's Dance
  13. Prelude & Yodel
  14. Heartwind
  15. White Mischief
  16. Dirt
  17. Rosasolis
  18. Organum
  19. Lullaby


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 19, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00005RTBF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Stephen Smith on May 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
'A Brief History' has 19 tracks from the 4-CD set 'History', so it's a 'best of the best of...' album. The first track, Bean Fields, is guaranteed to have you tapping your foot or even dancing around the room or car.
You could say the odd track or two is a bit repetitive - for example, Telephone and Rubber Band lasts almost three minutes - but there's always quiet music going on behind the scenes that you have to listen out for to appreciate the full tune. Any like this that you don't like are easily made up for by the others. Others are very tuneful, foot-stomping creations to delight the soul, body and mind. (I'm getting carried away now. Well, at least I should be.)
A delightful album I feel privileged to have in my collection. You'll be so glad you took the plunge.
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The PCO has been around for quite a while and there are many CDs available. However, "A Brief History" is a great way to introduce yourself to this eccentric and interesting group of musicians. Some might not care for the repetitive nature of their musical texturing, but the cuts really do grow on you, and you'll wind up humming the tunes while you're shopping, doing laundry, chopping wood, whatever you do! Advice to newbies: Sample the music first. Then, buy the CD, put it in your car stereo and crank it all the way up. It's "green" and your immediate environment will thank you!
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By SBH on December 13, 2007
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So good that I'm seriously considering dropping the big bucks for the complete History. "Perpetuum Mobile" is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I've ever heard.
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Heard one of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra's arrangements on a blog site and it made me smile. Couldn't help it. Just very up beat stuff.
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