Music From The Penguin Cafe Original recording remastered
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Top Customer Reviews
'MFTPC' is hard to describe, and very few retrospectives of the group's career (sadly, leader Simon Jeffes died in 1997) give this more than a passing mention, as it's almost beyond criticism - a totally self-contained universe of music, mixing primitive electronics, Brian Eno-style ambient, classical and folk to form a side-step into a timeless, alien environment. Surreal and dreamlike, it has a very distinctive 'live' sound, with birdsong faintly audible in the background of some of the tracks. Imagine Michael Nyman's wiggiest moments, as produced by Brian Eno's second assistant tape operator, and you're half-way there.
After this (and the similar follow-up, 'Penguin Café Orchestra') the PCO settled down and become much more conservative - their later work is tuneful, folky, and much less experimental.
Whereas some instrumental music spawns somewhat random titles the marvellously titled "The Sound of Someone You Love Who's Going Away and It Doesn't Matter" describes the album's brooding 12-minute masterpiece perfectly. A heartrending melody is lightly plucked on guitar before being gradually joined by strings and jazz lounge electric piano. Following a trademark interlude of sawing violins and other avant-garde noises, bliss is restored with the return of the haunting theme. My favourite PCO track in their whole repertoire and worth the admission price alone.
The other substantial composition is the seven piece "Zopf" suite. The collection includes "In a Sydney Motel" which could have come from one of executive producer Brian Eno's own mid-70s pop albums. The beautiful "Surface Tension" is PCO at their economical best. "Milk" with its looped samples and insistent bass is reminiscent of krautrock band Can and the ambient "Pigtail" is similarly unusual. "From the Colonies" and "Giles Farnaby's Dream" are typical pieces of playful Penguin whimsy, and "Coronation" is noteworthy for vocals by Emily Young, the eminent sculptor responsible for the surreal penguin headed figures that frequent the Penguin Café.
I ought however to mention this album in particular, as I imagine that it gets a little overlooked compared to the later '80's ones, when the public ( and makers of adverts and TV programmes ! ) finally picked up on the group.
This album has a particular place in my affections I guess, as it's the one that introduced me to the band back in '78 but listening to it again it is definitely the blueprint for all that came after. There are very faint whiffs of prog rock in there ( Caravan ? Hatfields ? Henry Cow ? ) but it's essentially a most fine album in it's own right and well worth a flutter.
See, you just don't see this quality music in the shops!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think this is their first album and well, it shows.
Much prefer their later stuff but still a good wee CD
Wonderful, thank you. Safely packed and being played now. Will be coming back to you for more!!Published 16 months ago by marilyn matthieson