When in Rome CD

When in Rome CD


(Remastered 2008)

A live album of the PCO recorded at the Royal Festival Hall, London on the 9 July 1987. Simon intended "When in Rome" to be a 'snapshot' of the PCO in its most polished form, playing a major London classical music venue to a capacity crowd of enthusiasts from all walks of life, and everybody having a lovely time. It was all of these things and more.

From the Sunday Times 10/87 "Recorded last year in the Festival Hall, this, in effect, tells the story so far of the Penguin Café Orchestra: how, back in the early 1970s, long before world music became a media event, Jeffes made the delightful discovery that an elegant renaissance air could be successfully mated with a Venezuelan folk shuffle…"

1. Air a danser

2. Yodel 1

3. From the colonies

4. Southern jukebox music

5. Number 1 to 4

6. Bean fields

7. Paul's dance

8. Oscar tango

9. Music for a found harmonium

10. Isle of view (music for helicopter pilots)

11. Prelude and yodel

12. Giles Farnaby's dream

13. Air

14. Dirt

15. Cutting branches for a temporary shelter

16. Telephone and rubber band

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