Preludes, Airs & Yodels

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
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," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
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: 8/5/1996
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724384201524
  • Catalog Number: 8420152
  • Sales rank: 41,008

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Music for a Found Harmonium (3:40)
  2. 2 Perpetuum Mobile (4:27)
  3. 3 Penguin Cafe Single (6:17)
  4. 4 Air (4:20)
  5. 5 Telephone and Rubber Band (2:29)
  6. 6 Dirt (4:51)
  7. 7 Giles Farnaby's Dream (2:19)
  8. 8 Oscar Tango (3:10)
  9. 9 Rosasolis (4:14)
  10. 10 Air a Danser (4:30)
  11. 11 Music for a Found Harmonium - Patrick Street (2:43)
  12. 12 Yodel 3 (3:23)
  13. 13 White Mischief (5:51)
  14. 14 Prelude and Yodel (3:50)
  15. 15 Harmonic Necklace (1:12)
  16. 16 Steady State (3:38)
  17. 17 Nothing Really Blue (5:07)
  18. 18 Pandaharmonium - The Orb (5:29)
  19. 19 Piano Music (1:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Penguin Cafe Orchestra Primary Artist, 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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