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This review is from: A Brief History (Audio CD)
If you've never heard of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, and enjoy classical/folk/jazz then this is the introductory album for you. There is a great mix of their more lively folky stuff, like the tracks "Music for a found harmonium" and "Giles Farnaby's dream", as well as more classical tunes like "Air a danser". In typical PCO style, there's also a few experimental, amusing tracks like "Telephone and rubber band" (yes, it is like it says in the title...my 5 year old son loves it!). Other tracks, such as "Perpetuum mobile" and "Organum" are the sort of tunes you could listen to, or just have in the background, for hours. In fact, once hooked, you will listen to this album again and again...and then search out their other albums for more (Union Cafe, Signs of Life, etc.). Sadly, the founding father of the PCO, the amazing musician Simon Jeffes, died in his prime, but fortunately his son continues his tradition and style so there'll be more in the future. You'll be giving everyone you know these albums for years to come.