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  • Audio CD (14 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B001AI93RC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

1. Penguin Cafe Single
2. Zopf: From The Colonies
3. Zopf: In A Sydney Motel
4. Zopf: Surface Tension
5. Zopf: Milk
6. Zopf: Coronation
7. Zopf: Giles Farnaby's Dream
8. Zopf: Pigtail
9. The Sound Of Someone You Love Who's Going Away And It Doesn't Matter
10. Hugebaby
11. Chartered Flight

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A unique and strange record, even by the standards of the pan-musical Penguin Café Orchesta, 'Music from the Penguin Café' was originally released on Brian Eno's 'Obscure' record label in the mid-seventies, by mail order only.
'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.
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The PCO's debut album is a fascinating record of mostly instrumental music that combines elements of classical, folk, jazz, and minimalism. Many of the tunes, like the opening "Penguin Café Single", sound familiar like you've heard them before (and often you have in a film or commercial) but they are littered with unexpected twists and turns that lend an edge to the music.

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.
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The 5 stars are undoubtedly for the musical content, but also to hopefully draw attention to all 4 of the first Penguin Caff albums, all of which have proved to be a renewed delight recently in their superbly remastered form - a very fine job has been carried out here.
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.
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In the right mood, this band is the best. Dance it ain't. Rock n roll it ain't. Instead, intricate, repetitive rhythms (without any housey drum beats!) that are almost sublimely hypnotic. Wonderful stuff.
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Much as I love the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, for me this is not up to the standard of some of their other recordings. This is partly because there are only 4 musicians, and I think their music is more interesting and varied with more instruments. There are some reasonable tracks but a few poor ones which bring the enjoyment down.
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This is one of three CDs I bought/had for Christmas - others were by Beirut & Caro Emerald.
See, you just don't see this quality music in the shops!!
Service delivery was great as usual.
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This is a treat for your ears. It's also nice to blast out on a sunny day through your front windows so passers by can get an earful.
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