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Penguin Cafe Orchestra Import, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (July 22, 2008)
  • Reis Rmst ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B001AI93RM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,453 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Penguin Cafe Orchestra's self-titled album is lush, ambient music which sometimes recalls the quieter tracks on, say, Brian Eno's Another Green World. But PCO's ambience, at least on this album, is brighter (bright, as in mood, not intelligence) and more soothing than the sombre Eno melodies.
Penguin Cafe Orchestra is, if not a true orchestra, a rather large group; but rest assured they don't violate or abandon their minimalist aesthetic. The core of most of these songs are quite simple actually. Telephone and Rubber band, perhaps the most minimal of the songs here, begins with a spliced tape loop of, yes, a telephone ring. Soon a guitar, bass and other intstruments join in around the telephone signal and create an irresistably engaging song. Air A Danser, likewise, is lush yet simple, but when all of the harmonies and instruments are in full swing, swirling in and among one another like small-winged insects fluttering near a porch light, believe me, you'll swear that this music is quite complex.
My favorite, however, is Cutting Branches For a Temporary Shelter, one of the longer cuts that--and, gosh, forgive me for being so sentimental--actually reminds me of raindrops falling.
I strongly recommend this disc for anyone who appreciates beautiful, simple and intelligent instrumental music.
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The Penguin Café Orchestra's second album (released half a decade after 'Music from the Penguin Café'), this is much less experimental and odd, although it's not bad for all that. Not that anything here could pop up on a Shania Twain album, however. The key tracks are 'Air a Danser' ('Tubular Bells' with sunshine, a piece which evokes green summer lawns and tea parties but in a good way) and 'Telephone and Rubber Band', the latter of which has become the group's signature tune, blending a catchy, unusual tune with a quirky orchestration (DTMF tones and a twangy bass noise). It has since been used in a film soundtrack ('Malcolm') and a series of television adverts for mobile telephones, and, along with 'Music from a Found Harmonium' (a couple of albums later), is the piece you're most likely to recognise. Apart from that the album is gently disappointing - 'The Ecstasy of Dancing Fleas' is one of the greatest song names ever, but along with everything from the third track onwards it's undistinguished (for the PCO) folky world-music with quirky touches. This is all relative, of course. Even at their least interesting the PCO are still unique and strange.
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Upon first listen of this disk I was amazed how utterly unique yet palatable the music is. Yes, the approach is strange but this disk is so affectionately addicting in its dreamy presentation one cannot stop listening. So smooth, each track blends with one another yet the styles covered here range from classical ("Numbers 1-4"), to experimental ("Telephone and Rubber Band" - excellent I might add); from light jazz (The Ecstasy of Dancing Fleas) to bluegrass (Yodel 2); and from Cajun-light (Salty Bean Fumble)to even a Penguin Cafe cover of the surf rock classic "Walk Don't Run"! Do not be fooled, ths is not your typical _New Age_ music. This is for those who are a bit adventurous and even admire a tad of humorous, elements in their listening experience.
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All the re-issues and recompilations of the original Penguin Cafe Orchestra have been altered, or rather bastardized, by Arthur Jeffries, 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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This album should please anyone who likes quirky chamber music, and many of the PBS crowd. "Air A Danser" shows that fiddles can be fun. "Yodel 1" has rhythmic acoustic guitar and drum with some piano runs overlaid, very active yet quiet. "Telephone And Rubber Band" has what sounds like a repeating telephone tone sample combined with some violin full of tonalities. "Cutting Branches" has peaceful vibraphone/bell runs. "The Ecstasy of Dancing Fleas" has an upbeat rhythm suitable for dancing fleas or penguins or dancing anything, really quirky. "Flux" is a pulsating mood with plucking acoustic guitar strings and surging violin tones. Highly recommended, my favorite PCO album!
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The Penguin Cafe Orchestra always hovered somewhere between a folk band and a classical music ensemble. A unique blend of guitars, piano, strings, mandolins, dial tones, numerous sometimes indescribable drums and even twigs, they created very atmospheric and serene music that still defies categorization. Strong melodies overlay often sparse instrumentation of various tempo. Silence, or dramatic pauses, didn't frighten them. Though some probably wouldn't consider them absolutely musically groundbreaking or earth shattering, their recordings nonetheless flow so effortlessly and breezily that musicological concerns become nearly irrelevant. They seemed to create music purely for pleasure and succeeded overall.

A wide five year gap yawns between their first and second albums. Their second, titled simply and appropriately, "Penguin Cafe Orchestra," eschews the sometimes deliciously creepy experimentalism of their debut. The follow-up feels far more straightforward. No vocal lyrics, no meaty grinding dissonance, less electric guitar and even fewer electronics in general. Most of the album feels unplugged. A generally upbeat, danceable and hopeful mood pervades the entire set, with a few exceptions. The group largely followed this format on subsequent albums.

"Air A Danser," which opens the album, sets the mood with a flinging guitar riff that structures the song as various instruments take turns playing over it. As the title suggests, it's danceable. "Telephone and Rubber Band" provides an early example of sound sampling. Here an altered and repeating telephone tone becomes a catchy rhythm. The gentle "Cutting Branches for a Temporary Shelter" uses a traditional Zimbabwean melody.
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