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The Pavilion Of Dreams

Harold Budd Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Jun 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000024SSU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,900 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The 1978 recording debut from reformed avant-garde composer and eventual ambient forerunner Harold Budd consists of four chamber works (written between 1972 and 1975), which utilised varying combinations of harp, mallet instruments, piano, saxophone and female or male vocals. Two years before his fateful first studio collaboration with Brian Eno (who produced this album), Budd was creating hypnotic music in an acoustic mode. All of the works herein--including "Two Rooms", whose latter half is an adaptation of John Coltrane's "After The Rain"--sustain a similarly dreamy vibe. An important credo for Budd was to make music as pretty as possible as an antidote to the noisy avant-garde he had escaped from. One cannot fault him for the lovely sounds he created here, although fans familiar with his more cinematic works might be caught off-guard. Regardless, the pleasant Pavilion Of Dreams provides insight into Budd's past, and it offers the same somniferous effect as a gentle lullaby, making it perfect for late evening listening. --Bryan Reesman

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven 13 Aug 2008
By RawkDJ
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you never listen to anything else by Harold Budd, listen to this. It takes me to places I've only rarely visited in my life. I truly cannot describe how wonderful this album is! I don't care if no one ever rates this review, I only know what I hear every time I listen to this heavenly sound.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Type Of Ambient 27 Jun 2012
By meeky
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this and Luxa at the same time. I fell for Luxa straight away, but this wasn't quite my thing. I thought it was very good, excellent in fact, it just didn't do it for ME. I was around my friends place and put this on and she just had to have it. So I just chose something else, easy. The music is almost operatic in places with Lynda Richardson singing soprano, So like so many things, it is very personal. The other review and comments are highly complimentary and I would not disagree with them at all. My friend having reacted to it so instantly and so strongly. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but this is quite an early album after all and I don't think Harold had taken the direction I love so much just yet. A happy coincidence though, Denise went mad for it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars 21 Jun 2003
By Victor Gane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Music of contemplative nature creating a soundscape full with absolute stillness. It is evocative of long forgotten memories and puts one in a state of floatation or ethereal feelings. As an early CD by Mr. Budd it obviously hints on the direction he were to take for his following work. Four stars...
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious, heavenly music 10 Feb 2005
By Gordon M. Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I don't own any other music that I love more than Pavilion of Dreams. This is the ultimate form of whatever you'd call the intricate and genuinely magical compositions found here. Labels fall short.

These songs remind me of the footsteps of astronauts on as-yet-undiscovered planets. Truly from another world, or a world beyond this one. Enlightened and magnificent. There is no better music. This one's a bull's-eye.

Desires quelled

I sit by the half-open brushwood door

the Spring day through

Not a glimpse of the other world, but a peaceful stroll hand-in-hand with God some leisurely afternoon... the center of the universe.

C'mon, you can part with a few bucks to hear this music, it's more than worth it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Tranquil 1 Nov 2000
By A Thoughtful Consumer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I own 5 or 6 Harold Budd CDs and this one is my favorite. It is different from the others because not only is the instrumentation odd but to me it really 'feels' calm,tranquil joy. For me, it brings to mind being on a beautiful South Pacific island, on the beach,completely in the moment. Sometimes the music makes me think about diving and watching the schools of fish sweep and twist like smoke in a breeze. My favorite piece is Madrigals of the Rose Angel. It's an ethereal women's choir and minimal space piano. It's something like the last movement of Holst's 'The Planets', but more ethereal and more mysterious. Budd uses some interesting combinations of instruments on this CD. There's a piece featuring the mellowest sax in the universe, ambient women's voices, oddly a marimba is here, and of course his piano. It all fits nicely. Surely when we finally become angels, lounging out on the clouds, this CD is what it's going to sound like.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music, soothing for the soul 20 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've told my family before that if I'm lucky enough to die peacefully at home, this is the music I'd like to have them play when I'm on my death bed. That is high praise indeed. This music will calm your soul. It is also extremely useful for calming down before going to sleep. I like a lot of ambient music, but this is the ultimate that I've found for relaxation.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's very, very beautiful. 29 Oct 2007
By Fesenjen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite Harold Budd album, although it's close between this and White Arcades, She is Phantom and Plateaux of Mirror. I don't know how to describe it. It transports me to a wonderful place. It makes me find the most peaceful, contemplative places inside myself. I think of it as a whole thing, rather than individual pieces - just play it all the way through and enjoy the magic. Don't let the "Ambient" tags put you off -- this music comes from a powerful place, and a place where peace is power. I've been listening to this since 1984 or so and it has consistently allowed me to find peace and inspiration when I need it. I use it to pump myself up for creative efforts. Words are failing me -- I can't endorse it enough.
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