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A fine introduction to a unique endevour,
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This review is from: Preludes Airs And Yodels [A Penguin Cafe Primer] (Audio CD)
Penguin Cafe Orchestra was the brainchild and main musical outlet for the sadly missed multi-instrumentalist/composer Simon Jeffes. Marked by a delightful mixture of jazz, 18th Century seranade and a discreet smattering of avant-garde, they bring pleasure to all who let them in...
This collection is, a couple of niggles notwithstanding, a fine introduction to PCO, and a very pleasant album in its own right. Opening with the well known Music for a Found Harmonium and closing with the delicate Piano Music, the selection and ordering of the tracks is mostly spot on.
Those niggles? The Patrick Street cover/interpretation of Music For a Found Harmonium is pleasant, but why is it on a best of PCO? More damaging is The Orb's remix of the same track. As remixes go, it's fairly good, but it just doesn't fit in. It's metallic electronics serve only to break the mood and lessen the overall pleasure of this compilation.
But this is still a fine album and an ideal way of checking out the understated pleasures of Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
It should appeal to fans of The Durutti Column (and the reverse is fairly true too...)