MUSIC FROM THE PENGUIN CAFE
Please note that this discography was taken from the
(now deleted) official Penguin Cafe Web Site.
All cover images are copyright Emily Young.
FIRST OCTAVE: Volume 1 - MUSIC
FROM THE PENGUIN CAFE
a) 'STILL LIFE' AT THE PENGUIN CAFE & THE PENGUIN CAFE ORCHESTRA- A PROFILE: A video of the ballet performed by the Royal Ballet with music performed by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducted by Isaiah Jackson. The music comprises eight pieces from the PCO repertoire, orchestrated by Simon Jeffes for the full conventional orchestra.
ALSO on this video, is a profile of the PCO made for the "South Bank Show" on UK television in 1987.
b) 'STILL LIFE' AT THE PENGUIN CAFE & FOUR PIECES FOR ORCHESTRA: Recording of the ballet score performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Barry Wordsworth, plus four further orchestrations.
'Still Life'...... 1. Air a Danser 2. Prelude and Yodel 3. Horns of the Bull 4. Pythagoras' Trousers 5. White Mischief 6. Now Nothing 7. Music by Numbers 8. Numbers 1-4 Four Pieces..... 1. Perpetuum Mobile 2. Southern Jukebox Music 3. Oscar Tango 4. Music for a Found Harmonium
Released in 1989 on the DECCA/LONDON label.
Laser Disk (PAL): 071 122 - 1. VHS (PAL): 071 122 - 3. Laser Disc (NTSC): 071 222 - 1. VHS (NTSC): 071 222 - 3. CD: 425 218 - 2. Cassette: 425 218 -4.
NOTE: Problems frequently occur when trying to order this. It is sometimes found in catalogues under B for ballet or R for Royal Ballet.
Penguin Cafe Orchestra 1993
1. Scherzo And Trio 2. Lifeboat (Lovers Rock) 3. Nothing Really Blue 4. Cage Dead 5. Vega 6. Yodel 3 7. Organum 8. Another One From Porlock 9. Thorn Tree Wind 10. Silver Star of Bologna 11. Discover America 12. Pythagoras On The Line 13. Kora Kora 14. Lie Back And Think Of England 15. Red Shorts 16. Passing Through
Released in 1993 on the ZOPF label except in the USA, where it will be on the ZOPF/ Windham Hill label late 1995 or early 1996.
UK and the rest of EUROPE (except France):
FRANCE: Zopf/Tangram. Catalogue no. WM332 - 852 498. (Bar Code: 3 38300 8 524981.)
JAPAN: Zopf/Polydor K.K. Catalogue no. POCP - 1390.
Penguin Cafe Orchestra 1995
DISC 1 1. Air a Danser 2. Cage Dead (version 2) 3. Organum 4. Southern Jukebox Music 5. Numbers 1-4 6. Air 7. Perpetuum Mobile 8. Nothing Really Blue 9. Telephone and Rubber Band DISC 2 10. Beanfields 11. Vega 12. Surface Tension (where the trees meet the sky) 13. Oscar Tango 14. Music for a Found Harmonium 15. Lifeboat (Lovers Rock) 16. Steady State 17. Scherzo And Trio 18. Giles Farnaby's Dream 19. Salty Bean Fumble 20. Red Shorts
Live studio concert recording at the Wool Hall in Somerset, England on July 23,1994. Released in May 1995 in the US on the ZOPF/WINDHAM HILL label. Released in the U.K. on July 24,1995 on the ZOPF label, distributed by GRAPEVINE DISTRIBUTION. Release in ITALY on the ZOPF/E.M.I label, September 22,1995, GERMANY (also serving AUSTRIA and SWITZERLAND) on the ZOPF/PEREGRINA MUSIC label November 1995, SPAIN on the ZOPF/ EDITIONES RESISTENCIA label, AUSTRALIA on the ZOPF/LARRIKIN label, and JAPAN on the ZOPF/ PEREGRINA MUSIC label.
USA: ZOPF/ WINDHAM HILL. CD- 01934 11169 - 2. Cassette- 01934 11169 - 4
U.K: ZOPF (GRAPEVINE DISTRIBUTION), Double CD - ZOPFD002 (bar code 5 019148 606987), Double length cassette - ZOPFC002 (bar code 5 019148 406 983), Double vinyl set - ZOPFV002 (bar code 5 019148 126980)
ITALY: ZOPF/ E.M.I -7243 836086 2 1
GERMANY, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND and JAPAN: ZOPF/PEREGRINA MUSIC. CD- PM 50041
SPAIN: ZOPF/EDITIONES RESISTENCIA, distribuido por Arpa Folk Distribucion,S.L.- RESCD.010
AUSTRALIA: ZOPF/LARRIKIN (Cat. No. not known yet. Tel: 00 61 (02) 700 9199/ Fax: 00 61 (02) 700 9155)
Penguin Cafe Orchestra 1996
1. Music for a Found Harmonium (from Broadcasting from Home) 2. Perpetuum Mobile (from Signs of Life) 3. Penguin Cafe Single (from Music from the Penguin Cafe) 4. Air (from Broadcasting from Home) 5. Telephone and Rubber Band (from Penguin Cafe Orchestra) 6. Dirt (from Signs of Life) 7. Giles Farnaby's Dream (from Music from the Penguin Cafe) 8. Oscar Tango (from Signs of Life) 9. Rosasolis (from Signs of Life) 10. Air à Danser (from Penguin Cafe Orchestra) 11. Music for a Found Harmonium (performed by Patrick Street) 12. Yodel 3 (from Union Cafe) 13. White Mischief (from Broadcasting from Home) 14. Prelude and Yodel (from Broadcasting from Home) 15. Harmonic Necklace (from Penguin Cafe Orchestra) 16. Steady State (from Penguin Cafe Orchestra) 17. Nothing Really Blue (from Union Cafe) 18. Pandaharmonium (Orb remix of Music for a Found Harmonium [May 1996]) 19. Piano Music (from the Penguin Cafe Mini Album)
USA: Carol CD- 1100 2
Simon Jeffes 2000
From the liner notes by Neil Rennie:
"Most of the pieces on this album are previously unreleased material found on Simon's tapes after his death in December 1997. Exceptions are 'Piano Music', which appeared on the Preludes Airs and Yodels compilation, and 'Kora Kora' and 'Silver Star', which were on the Union Cafe album. 'Lullaby' is a new piece completed by Simon but recorded after his death by friends and members of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. The other fourteen pieces were played and recorded by Simon at various times and places (some unknown). 'Shelter' and 'Cajun Piano' are sketches of pieces Simon planned to record for his next album, which would also have included 'Lullaby'. Less specifically, he often imagined a future collection of piano music - not to be confused, of course, with this retrospective one."
UK: ZOPF ZOPFD003
1982:" THE PENGUIN CAFE ORCHESTRA MINI ALBUM": UK( E.G.) EGMLP 2, USA (E.G./Jem) EGMLP 2 Japan (E.G./Polydor) 18MM0276
Side 1: 1. Penguin Cafe Single 2. Air a Danser 3. The Toy Side 2: 1. Numbers 1-4 ( Recorded live in Japan) 2. Salty Bean Fumble ( Live in Japan) 3. Piano Music
1985: SINGLE: Music For A Found Harmonium/In the Back of a Taxi (UK)
1987: E.P: EDSX 1 (UK)
Side 1: 1. Music For A Found Harmonium 2. Beanfields Side 2: 1. In the Back of a Taxi 2. Penguin Cafe Single
1987: SINGLE: EDSX 2 (UK)
Dirt/Air a Danser-Air
See also Other tales.
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