Preludes, Airs & Yodels

Preludes, Airs & Yodels

by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
     
 

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The Penguin Cafe Orchestra was one of those delightfully unclassifiable groups. Not really classical, not really jazz; sort of minimalist, and decidedly not new age (despite their usual classification), the PCO blended the first three of those ingredients into a quirky, beautiful, and timeless music that sounds like no one else. Lots of strings, piano, harmonium, bass… See more details below

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The Penguin Cafe Orchestra was one of those delightfully unclassifiable groups. Not really classical, not really jazz; sort of minimalist, and decidedly not new age (despite their usual classification), the PCO blended the first three of those ingredients into a quirky, beautiful, and timeless music that sounds like no one else. Lots of strings, piano, harmonium, bass, and ukuleles are the main instruments, and the music they produce is pretty, humorous, and utterly unique. Preludes, Airs & Yodels is a collection (one couldn't really use the term "Greatest Hits" for the PCO) that features many of their best-loved tunes like the "Penguin Cafe Single," "Air à Danser," and "Telephone and Rubber Band" (What? No "Ecstasy of Dancing Fleas?"). "Music for a Found Harmonium" actually appears three times: the original version by the PCO, a version by the traditional Irish band Patrick Street, and an electronicized version whipped up by pioneering electronica act the Orb. To be honest, the Orb remix doesn't really fit into the flow of the album all that well, but the point they make about the wide-ranging appeal of the group is well-taken (and it's easy enough to program out). The remastered sound is a marked improvement over their individual albums (as of 2004), and this compilation could serve as the perfect entry point for the curious. Once you hear it, you'll probably want to pick up the four-CD box, History, which contains the rest of their recordings along with various unreleased outtakes and live performances. This is great stuff.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/1996
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724384201524
catalogNumber:
8420152
Rank:
46718

Tracks

  1. Music for a Found Harmonium  -  Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  2. Perpetuum Mobile  -  Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  3. Penguin Cafe Single  -  Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  4. Air  -  Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  5. Telephone and Rubber Band  -  Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  6. Dirt  -  Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  7. Giles Farnaby's Dream  -  Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  8. Oscar Tango  -  Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  9. Rosasolis  -  Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  10. Air a Danser  -  Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  11. Music for a Found Harmonium  -  Patrick Street
  12. Yodel 3  -  Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  13. White Mischief  -  Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  14. Prelude and Yodel  -  Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  15. Harmonic Necklace  -  Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  16. Steady State  -  Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  17. Nothing Really Blue  -  Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  18. Pandaharmonium  -  Orb
  19. Piano Music  -  Penguin Cafe Orchestra

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Penguin Cafe Orchestra   Primary Artist
Patrick Street   Track Performer
Marcus Beale   Electric Violin
Braco   Shaker
Danny Cummings   Percussion
Kuma Harada   Bass
Simon Jeffes   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Violin,Bass Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Spinet,Penny Whistle,Tape,cuatro,Prophet 5,Rubber Band
Giles Leaman   Oboe
Helen Liebmann   Cello
Bob Loveday   Violin
Trevor Morais   Percussion
Steve Nye   Electric Piano,cuatro,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Elisabeth Perry   Violin
Neil Rennie   Ukulele
Geoffrey Richardson   Guitar,Viola
Gavyn Wright   Violin

Technical Credits

Patrick Street   Producer
Tony Cousins   Mastering
Simon Jeffes   Producer
Steve Nye   Composer,Producer
Gavyn Wright   Composer
Emily Young   Drawing

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