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  • Audio CD (1 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B000B6ETCS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,576 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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On looking to expand my Harold Budd collection I noticed with some amazement that this beautiful album had no rating or review.Amazed because i have owned it many years now and am still deeply moved by its spectral beauty..there is,through all the tracks a continuity in the sound but the emotions behind them vary..from uplifting to haunting melancholy.I have several of Harold Budds albums..this one always returns to me though on a regular basis.
The feel of the album to me has an oceanic quality..the openess of the sky and sea whilst sailing through these everchanging musical atmospheres.Dont get me wrong there are no background nature sounds etc..its just the feeling it gives to me.
The balance between electronics and instruments is a perfect balance neither overpowering the other..the piano almost ghostlike floating on the arrangements...Im not a seasoned reviewer..just a great admirer of this work and felt it had to be better represented here..hope this intriques you enough to try the album,its a quiet triumph in my opinion.
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The track the room was the precursor to the later album of that name. The version here is for me the more haunting and beguiling and together with being that little longer, makes it the definitive take on it. This is then essential to the collector of H.B. I was amused to read that one reviewer found this CD boring, I can only say that when I'm looking for excitement I don't look under AMBIENT! This is a very flowing and worthwhile CD. I have getting on for half of H.B.'s music so far, having discovered him via Brian Eno. There is one track so far that I don't think should have made it onto CD and frankly who am I to say that I am right any way, track 11 on Luxa if anyone is interested. This then is another brilliant piece by H.B. not quite so brilliant as Luxa in my humble opinion but brilliant just the same.
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By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Nov. 2010
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The first chords introduce the mood immediately: rich, thickly-layered melodic textures, capturing an air of mystery, and a clear sense of the otherworldy. Shimmering string and percussion effects against background layers of musical colour, into which a few, clear piano notes are scattered, like stray icicles. Simple, drifting melodies, with seriously addictive hooks, wash gently around you, hugging you close.
Like another reviewer, I rate this as one of the best Harold Budd albums around, and it clearly stands the test of time, still as fresh and magical even now. Clearly, Eno's production/collaboration is influential, and something of the mood recalls 'Twin Peaks', even though the music is quite dissimilar. Only two gripes: we only get 42 minutes of this magical sound-world, and the cd booklet gives hardly any information, except for where the tracks were recorded. (mostly Scotland, which came as something of a surprise to me). So, if you're needing a de-stresser, this is it: just slip right down and immerse yourself in these warm, honeyed tones. Simply gorgeous!
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Many years ago, I watched a strange and somewhat disturbing documentary about a circus elephant that went on the rampage and was subsequently put down in the most barbaric of circumstances. It was shocking to see such a beautiful animal's life extinguished, due to man's selfish needs. If this happened today, there would be an outcry.

So you may say: "What's this got to do with Harold Budd?" Well, as far as i can recall, there is a connection, because the music they used to add an atmospheric tinge coupled with the black & white imagery of this bizarre documentary - was, if my memory serves me right, from 'The White Arcades'. I remember shouting out: "Hey! that's Harold Budd's music!" - and strange as it seems, it worked, adding a sense of foreboding with a haunting feel - but that does not suggest the music is gloomy - oh no, i have always found his music to be utterly positive and uplifting.

'The White Arcades' itself is a truly mesmerizing piece of work, totally captivating and sensitive. It's up there with 'The Pearl' and 'The Plateaux of mirror' (two of my all time favourite pieces of music). Every piece is a treasure to behold where trademark piano is mated with delicious synthesizer that creates inner depth to each beautiful composition.

Though all stunning, there are standout moments such as the title track, 'Algebra of Darkness', the utterly divine 'The Kiss' and the collaboration with Brian Eno on 'Totems of the Red-Sleeved Warrior'.

Yet again! - a total must have!
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