Dinner on the Diner, 2 CDs & 64 page booklet
Dinner on the Diner, 2 CDs & 64 page booklet

Dinner on the Diner, 2 CDs & 64 page booklet

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Armstrong, Randy
Original Music from the PBS Primetime Series
2 CDs & 64 pages of recipes, photos and travel adventures.

Released: May 16, 2000

This double CD soundtrack features the music composed, arranged and selected by Randy Armstrong for the four-part PBS series, "Dinner on the Diner," produced by British filmmaker, Jon Guilbert. This series is about four famous train routes in South Africa, Spain, Scotland and Malaysia/Thailand.

Disc 1
1. Baile de Gitano (Gypsy Dance)
2. La Alma Desperta (The Soul Awakens)
3. Spanish Skies
4. Phoenix de Amor
5. Romance
6. Viaje de Vuelta
7. Al Andalus
8. Train to Grandma
9. Tarifa
10. Meditacion
11. Train Across the Savannah
12. South African Sunrise
13. Capetown: The Changing Sands of Time
14. Prayer for South Africa
15. Singbahambayo
16. Thula Klizeo
17. Ise Oluwa
18. Akiwowo (Chant to the Trainman) - Phillips Exeter Aca
19. Prayer for South Africa: Refrain

Disc 2
1. In and Out of the Harbour/Devil in the Kitchen
2. I'm O'Er Young
3. I'm O'Er Young
4. Cha Till MacCruimean
5. MacPherson's Lament - Butler, Kenny
6. Haslam's Hornpipe - Butler, Kenny
7. The Mathematician - Butler, Kenny
8. Laird O'Drumblair - Butler, Kenny
9. In and Out of the Harbour/Devil in the Kitchen - Yates, Brian
10. My Bonnie Moorhen
11. Honest Poverty
12. New Day Dawning
13. Train Journey North: Singapore to Bangkok
14. Suling
15. Variation on "Khamen Sai Yok"
16. Kaen
17. Treasure Hunt
18. Buddhist Temple
19. Japanese Railway: Bridge over the River Kwai
20. Chiang Ray
21. River Journey

Elegant dining, elegant music: that's the idea behind this intriguing package, a two-CD set featuring the music accompanying the PBS prime-time series Dinner on the Diner.

The series features famous chefs whipping up delicious meals as their train speeds through Spain, Scotland, South Africa, and Southeast Asia. Composer Randy Armstrong was given the task of writing music true to each of these cultures. Cofounder of the Do'a World Music Ensemble, Armstrong has a collection of more than 200 instruments from around the world. By utilizing his own playing experience and carefully researching the indigenous music of the respective countries, Armstrong has put together a respectful and pleasant soundtrack, each section reflecting a distinct region.

The colorful booklet details each of the musical pieces--how they originated and how they sync up with the visual images--and even includes recipes. The music is both suggestive and unobtrusive. It can stand on its own, though, and will serve as a pleasant reminder of the series itself. Its safe, mildly exotic sound perfectly mirrors the cloistered realm of a dining car traveling through wild lands.
--Wally Shoup

If only music could smell of good cooking, this lovely set would make your mouth water... evocative... timeless... spicy... This international musical journey is tantalizing -- the perfect gift for your favorite cook."
-- Barnes & Noble

For those who saw the PBS television show Dinner on the Diner, this 2-CD soundtrack, produced by Randy Armstrong, re-creates the feeling of whizzing past exotic landscapes while sampling local cuisine on the antique luxury dining cars of classic trains. Armstrong, whose earlier group Do'a blazed significant trails in crossover world music, uses jazz-based melodies, flamenco guitar, synthesizers and a variety of local percussion to follow the diners through Spain, South Africa, Scotland and Southeast Asia.His compositions are well suited for television backgrounds, but they tend toward ambient noodling, augmented by traditional instruments. Listeners would do well to fast-forward through the early songs to sample more authentic South African gospel choirs and Highland reels. The 64-page booklet includes recipes by four TV gourmets; photos and descriptions of the journeys, local eating establishments and trains, and Armstrong's music notes. Rhythm Magazine

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