Penguin Cafe Orchestra (album)

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Penguin Cafe Orchestra
PenguinCafeOrchestra(album).jpg
Studio album by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Released 1981
Genre
Length 48:15
Label E.G. Records
Producer Simon Jeffes
Penguin Cafe Orchestra chronology
Music from the Penguin Cafe
(1976)
Penguin Cafe Orchestra
(1981)
The Penguin Cafe Orchestra Mini Album
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A-[1]

Penguin Cafe Orchestra was the second album by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, and was recorded at the Penguin Cafe between 1977 and 1980. By this time the line-up for the band had expanded greatly, with contribution including Simon Jeffes, Helen Leibmann, Steve Nye, Gavyn Wright of the original quartet, as well as Geoff Richardson, Peter Veitch, Braco, Giles Leamna, Julio Segovia and Neil Rennie. All pieces were composed by Simon Jeffes except for "Paul's Dance" (Jeffes and Nye), "Cutting Branches" (traditional), and "Walk Don't Run" (by Johnny Smith).

"Cutting Branches for a Temporary Shelter" is based on the traditional Zimbabwean song "Nhemamusasa", a field recording of which can be heard played on mbira on the Nonesuch Records album The Soul of the Mbira.

The cover painting is by Emily Young.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Air à Danser" - 4:30
  2. "Yodel 1" - 4:07
  3. "Telephone and Rubber Band" - 2:28
  4. "Cutting Branches for a Temporary Shelter" - 3:09
  5. "Pythagoras's Trousers" - 3:18
  6. "Numbers 1-4" - 6:57
  7. "Yodel 2" - 4:34
  8. "Salty Bean Fumble" - 2:11
  9. "Paul's Dance" - 1:45
  10. "The Ecstasy of Dancing Fleas" - 4:01
  11. "Walk Don't Run" - 3:01
  12. "Flux" - 1:48
  13. "Simon's Dream" - 1:48
  14. "Harmonic Necklace" - 1:12
  15. "Steady State" - 3:36

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1982). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (February 15). New York. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ Mills, Ted. "Penguin Cafe Orchestra". Allmusic. Retrieved September 10, 2013.