When in Rome


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(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.

Catalogue no: EEGCD 56 / 0777 7 87451 2 9 / CAR1542 (US)

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…"

Listen to the album

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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