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The Pearl [Original recording remastered]

Brian Eno, Harold Budd Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (3 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002FWYKZC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,896 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Late October
2. A Stream With Bright Fish
3. The Silver Ball
4. Against The Sky
5. Lost In The Humming Air
6. Dark Eyed Sister
7. Their Memories
8. The Pearl
9. Foreshadowed
10. An Echo Of Night
11. Still Return

Product Description

Remasterd lovely & serene 1984 collaboration with Harold Budd featuring Daniel Lanois. Essential ....

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Joanna Daneman VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I love Brian Eno and Harold Budd's music. The drifting effect of ambient music is soothing yet interesting to the ear and it really does create an atmosphere in the space in which you are playing it.
The Pearl is mostly treated piano and has that distant, other-worldly sound of ambient music that tends to make one pensive. The first cut, Late October, has that sweet sadness of autumn sensibility and is my favorite on the album.
Many people compare "The Pearl" to "Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirrors"-- the second of the four Ambient series that starts with the famous "Music for Airports." I think this is similar, but perhaps a touch more structured, though that could be a very subjective opinion. I think this is possibly one of his best albums, one I reach for as a kind of musical tranquilizer or just when I want to strike a mood and play something thoughtful. Highly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The ULTIMATE chill-out CD" 21 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It really doesn't matter whether you are 18 or 80, this CD is a must for everyone. We all treasure our quiet moments, whether relaxing in the bath (complete with candles!), enjoying a daydream or two, or the fading moments of consciousness before drifting into sleep. This CD is the "Holy Grail" for those people who have been searching for years through the "new age" section, striving for the perfect accompaniment to their favourite relaxation activities. Each and every track is an ethereal gem. Put the CD in, press play, and sweet, sweet dreams!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ambient at its best 15 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
i havealways had a thing for instrumental music especially ambient music. over 3 decades brian eno has produced countless examples of how to produce ambient music, in collaboration with harold budd have produced a stunning album more melodic ambient than background ambient music this even surpasses music for airports which had me spellbound as a young teenager listening to a scratched vinyl album, whilst the melodies on this album are very simple it takes great skill and creativity to produce worthy ambient music many have tried and failed but once again eno with harold budd have produced a classic
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have 21 Feb 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a *great* CD for relaxation! I have listened to other ambient/new age CDs and they sound artificial and unnatural. Not so this wonderful album. The production is texturally rich and alive and ambient. Listening to The Pearl while doing any activity greatly enhances the experience and creates a calm sense of well-being...
I wish I could find another album like it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Ambient Record 4 Nov 2003
By Christopher Hunter VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
'The Pearl' is a record I come back to time and again. It's depth and beauty is unlike anything else I have come across in the genre. Though there are some very wonderful Harold Budd records after this was released, he has only just come close to this level of perfection on his recent work with John Foxx, 20 years on after 'The Pearl' was first released. Builds naturally on the 'Plateaux of Mirror' but is a better record by far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ambient bliss, and then some 20 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
Ambient doesn't get any better than this, though it's so fine, its creators might not like being labeled "ambient." In any case, it's a beautifully crafted jewel. You can listen ten or ten thousand times and find something new and beautiful and wonderful to slip away into each time. A beautiful mood piece. Very, very far removed from any of the icky sticky new age stuff you hear at trendy shops and spas. Do not categorize with that stuff. This one is genuinely an artistic triumph. Buy now,and buy extra copies for your cool friends, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars " A shimmering dreamlike masterpiece" 28 Sep 2013
By Dodoart
Format:Audio CD
This being the stunning sequel to the equally amazing 'Plateaux of Mirror' - again, incorporating the genius combination of Harold Budd's haunting piano textures with subtle sonic ambiance that only Brian Eno could provide and dual production skills of both Eno and Canadian musician/producer extraordinaire - Daniel Lanois, creating mini symphonies of pure unadulterated listening pleasure.
Majestic, moving, thought evoking and too essential to be treated as "background music". Undoubtedly, one of the most heavenly musical collaborations - ever! A total "must have!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy 23 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great album for just chilling out to, my massage therapist uses it to time their treatments.
Do not listen to it and drive..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy on the reverb Brian!
Mercifully free of that wretched honking saxophone that impairs so much of Budd's ouevre. It's somewhat swamped by reverb atmospherics courtesy of Eno and D.L. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rambling Sid Rumpo
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful...still.
I really like the remastering of this body of Brian Eno's work. The Pearl strangely doesn't sound any different, whereas Music For Films, On Land and Thursday Afternoon all sounded... Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars The pearl
... Another ambient first... A very good choice after evening star would say, ideal late in the day or headphone music, well done
Published 10 months ago by graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Let your mind drift away..
Very beautiful and haunting acoustic piano....less is more. Very contemplative music, just what you need if the taxman is after you or you have money worries.
Worked for me.
Published 13 months ago by nigel
4.0 out of 5 stars Not boring!
I like the relaxing music on this CD. I would heartily recomend it to any insomniac. Eno is great at this sort of stuff although he says he is not a musician- sometimes a bit moe... Read more
Published 13 months ago by adrian todd
4.0 out of 5 stars Achingly haunting, almost too beautiful.
Don't expect great memorable tunes or foot tapping rhythms, just let the sound wash over you. Like so much of Harold Budd's music, it is achingly haunting, though at times it can... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Billy Boy
4.0 out of 5 stars It works!
I played this CD quietly during a writing class I teach - the students (adults) seemed to produce a lot more work than usual even though you could see that nobody was actively... Read more
Published on 5 May 2004 by AJD Hemingway
1.0 out of 5 stars Paint drying
This is DULL with a capital DUH! I love Brian Eno's work and Harold Budd is strongly represented in my CD collection but they are both asleep at the wheel with this lame effort. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2004 by E. J. Bell
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