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Lovely Thunder Import

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00004XNLZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 957,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
One of my first experiences of ambient music was Flowered Knife Shadows, which is on this album. I was lying on my bed, eyes closed, lights out, relaxing in quietude. Then that track began. Where that track took me was a rare and unique experience. I fear I may have aroused expectation by my comments and disturbed the depth of relaxation one might have achieved in anticiption of that track, so please forget I said anything at all and buy this album if chilling out completely is your thing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By olofpalme63 on 25 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I'm not really sure where Lovely Thunder ranks among Budd's other works. There's no denying the brilliance of The White Arcades or even the classics he did with Brian Eno (The Pearl & The Plateaux Of Mirror). Thunder ranks near the top simply for containing elements of those releases.

So powerful is "The Gunfighter" that it could have been used in any Sergio Leone film. I can see Clint Eastwood clamp down on his cigar everytime i listen to it. Budd shifts gears in dramatic fashion. Forcing you to feel the heat and isolation of "Sandtreader". Driving you into your sweltering introversion. "Ice Floes In Eden" plays like a cold sweat. Thunder claps of tension filled withdrawl, enhanced with the definitive drama of a syringe hanging from a junkies arm.

If anything, Lovely Thunder would have to be considered Harold Budd's comercial inspired ambience. Containing everything but a music video for MTV. Thunder is about as close as Budd ever came to being considered pop friendly. This is a must have release. Even if you're a casual fan, you'll enjoy Budd's graphic visuals.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Hooper on 23 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Regular viewers will know what to expect from a Harold Budd release and Lovely Thunder compares well with his previous and subsequent output. It is, however, slightly less focused than usual and stylistically it leaps from his hazy piano pieces to drifting strings and melodic drones more than other LPs. Still highly worthwhile owning and a great introduction to his work.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
'Lovely Thunder' is arguably Harold Budd's supreme masterpiece. It is a synthesis of slow, melancholic sounds that resonate within the soul.
I could play this music repeatedly forever. In fact I sometimes wonder if the sounds were not born from the very spaces that exist before and after life.
Rarely can such perfection of flow be sustained in ambient music. Here there is an almost hypnotic lingering of tones, broken at times by atmospheric thunder and desolate sparseness.
But it is music of the surreal and the sublime. Gentle and relaxing, its mood is rarely in any hurry.
Probably the CD to take with you in solitary confinement on your desert island.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deven Gadula on 2 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Music of Harold Budd surrounds us with its majestic limited approach more than it attracts us to its beauty. The way the sound grows and unfolds relates to, or at least it makes me think of the laws of nature. The experience can end up being solemn or magical, depending on one's attitude towards the unknown. This music really does overwhelm me with some strange respect towards the act of creation, much stronger than I usually get while listening to music. Harold Budd relaxes and focuses us at the same time. His music usually limits our attention to a couple of basic chords and surrounds us with the improvisations fulfilling their completeness. The mood created is airy and meditative. The sound of his ambient piano, played slightly off key, in relax timing against an atmospheric background fills our space with harmony. And when I find myself within Harold's landscapes for a while I almost feel like this particular ambience lowers my appetites and makes me want less of everything not essential. For a long time I have known beauty in simplicity and Harold just keeps on reminding me of it.

As much as his solo acts do cause in me all if the above, his many amazing collaborations truly add so much texture and variety to my overall experience of what he has been leaving behind. Just by looking in a rear view mirror i can point to so many spectacular songs which came out of these various sessions. It is almost like the presence of Harold Budd brings the best creative energy in his partners, perhaps because as they all say, his energy is so focused and so down to earth. Harold Budd had said once that he had minimized himself out of career.
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