Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Penguin Cafe Orchestra - A Brief History (2001)



EU Import

According to the Wikipedia (as of today), this group "was a collective of performing musicians founded by classically-trained English guitarist, composer and arranger Simon Jeffes. The Penguin's sound is not easily categorized, but has elements of exuberant folk music and a minimalist aesthetic occasionally reminiscent of composers such as Philip Glass. The Penguin Cafe Orchestra recorded and performed for 24 years until Jeffes died of an inoperable brain tumour in 1997."

This music has been used extensively in TV shows, movies, and advertisements. Those brief encounters with the unique sound led me to check out more of their music, so I bought this compilation CD made up of tracks from 1976-1995. For the most part, it is very upbeat and happy music, which usually makes for a fun listen. One of those CDs that you don't listen to often, but when you're in the mood, it's perfect.  As for genre, I'm putting it in the "other" category over there on the right.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks:  The immediately recognizable tracks from this album are Telephone And Rubber Band, Music For A Found Harmonium, and Perpetuum Mobile.  Other good tracks include Air A Danser, Heartwind, and White Mischief.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  If you've ever bothered to listened to the bumper music on NPR shows, you've heard many of these tracks.


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