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The Pearl

Brian EnoAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 4, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B0009Y33JM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,673 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

In the final stage of the Brian Eno reissues series, Virgin Records reissues the wonderfully sublime collaboration album with the talented ambient classical composer Harold Budd. In 1980, Eno and Budd collaborated on "Ambient 2 - The Plateaux of Mirror", a beautifully crafted ambient album (the 2nd in the recently reissued Eno Ambient series) which contained piano textures seen later in his collaborations with Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins and on this hauntingly serene album 'The Pearl'. The Pearl includes 11 ambient soundscape poems using treated keyboard sounds (both electronic and acoustic) and floats in a fluid and dreamy manner throughout with touches of light colour. As with all recent reissues, these albums have been digitally transferred from the Original Masters by Simon Heyworth and mastered using 'Class A' Analogue Electronics combined with the best Analogue to Digital conversion. EMI. 2005.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for Melancholy Moods August 23, 2006
By mhouse
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album in 1984 when it first came out and listened to it while laying down on my bed. It made me feel sad, bringing me closer to my true emotional self. It made me pay more attention to the fine details. I listened intensely and felt overwhelmed. I fell asleep. This album is intense in how it will affect you, even though the music is sparse and minimalistic. If you think walking alone in San Francisco when the fog is rolling in is a good time, then this album is for you. It will surround you as you begin to notice fine details, to hear the wind in the trees and the sound of the rain just beginning to fall.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Sublime and Peaceful Album April 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I own at least 20 Brian Eno and Harold Budd albums. This one is by far my favorite. It is NOT repititive. If you think it is then listen to these guys other albums.

I use this CD in many ways: for example, when stressed it calms me, when unsettled it settles me.

Eno and Budd are each unique and this CD is a clear standout as my favorite.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Bliss March 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If my house was burning to the ground, and I had to save just one CD, this would be it. I bought this on vinyl the day it was released, and played it over and over until the needle wore through. Never before had I heard such spatial depth, and like much of the classical music to which I respond, this music evokes endless landscapes and feelings of nostalgia. It's interesting that some 23 years later, I'm still hearing nuances for the first time. As Mies Van Der Rohe once said, "God is in the details", and because of that, this music grows neither old nor tiring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just dreamy December 19, 2008
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I love to listen to this CD at night, when I need to decompress. But this CD is really lovely to listen to. I understand that the music is mostly Budd's, but I have known about Brian Eno since the early 80s, when one of his pieces was used as the intro music for John Schaefer's WNYC radio program "New Sounds." I have to say that Eno's partnership with Budd here makes for richer music. Sorry, Eno-fans! But I'm just pretty new to this style of music. I'll probably change my mind next week :)

But the music on this CD is absolutely dreamy, but subtly engaging at the same time, without clamoring for attention - my mind just follows it without worrying about where it's going. It seems to know.

In other words, it's not typical New Age garbage. (I was a massage therapist in my younger days, and I already KNOW what THAT sounds like!)

I just lie back, listen and bliss out. This is what I call organic music.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most perfect album in existence! January 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album can not get old! Every listen is a new journey Into the world of yourself. It has the ability to plow down the ego allowing you to listen to consciousness. Wake up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Precious Pearl March 14, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I have several other Brian Eno albums, and this one fits right in with the rest. It is a beauty to behold. It is really relaxing and conjures imagery in your mind's eye. It tells a story, and you can tag along to see the story unfold. What you perceive is largely determined by your mindset at the time when you listen to it. If you are stressed out, it most certainly will calm you down. If you are already calm, you may reach a meditative state. This music is probably best listened to with headphones while lying down in the dark, when you don't have anything on your agenda for the rest of the day. Play it in the day and it might make you sleepy, which you might want to avoid if you have things to do. It's gentle, yet powerful. You're going to feel something pleasant from it, for sure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful shimmery music--a Pearl indeed January 23, 2010
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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" (gosh, as a lifelong player, I sometimes shudder at what they do to my favorite instrument, but it sounds divine.) Even though there is less of the electronic spacey effect, these pieces create an incredible sense of mood and emotion. "Late October" really has the feel of the regret of late autumn, when cold winter is on the way and only a ghost of happy times in summer and a glorious fall remain in a russet-colored landscape. "An Echo of Night" is mysterious and dreamy.

Though the Ambient 1-4 were my favorite albums by Eno and Budd, Pearl is pushing its way right up there for "most listened-to." If you are a fan, I'd say this is one that you have to have. I just love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bittersweet yet forgiving March 21, 2008
Format:Audio CD
this music gives me a blissful, somewhat cleansed feeling. there is a bittersweet yet forgiving tone throughout the album. i hear hints of brian eno's thursday afternoon, the moon and the melodies and this mortal coil's filigree and shadow. while listening to the pearl i sometimes remember dreams of living and breathing underwater.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Ambient Recording...Ever
Not much more to say really, but this one has, for me, stood the test of time like no other music release. And anyone else I recommended it to feels likewise. Read more
Published 4 months ago by pemory
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best
Eno's done so much of this stuff that to the uninitiated, it all sounds the same and could only barely be described as music anyway. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David P. Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, soothing
Peaceful, lovely, soothing. Just get it. Sooth your soul. Don't play while driving or doing anything that requires alertness. Promotes healing.
Published 12 months ago by bills
4.0 out of 5 stars great record
mellow, minimal and lovely - a real gem!!! sounds fantastic on vinyl.
wonderful piano work from harold budd and eno's production is sublime
Published 15 months ago by lordsimon
5.0 out of 5 stars Works Well... part of a nearly non-linear music mix used in my massage practice. See my review for Music for Airports by Eno.
Published 16 months ago by Ann Hibbard
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good listening - couldn't get through it.
I found it banal and boring and will not be using it. I am, however, looking for "OCEAN" by Eno and Budd.
Published 17 months ago by bonnie bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars I play this everytime I read.
And since I got it last year, I've played this album at least 200 times. It is my very favorite CD to read to. I read comic books, and this is usually the soundtrack. Read more
Published on May 31, 2012 by Eagledmaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It is even not music, I would name it deep and at the same time bright condition of human spirit. These composers should be geniusses to create such music. Read more
Published on December 11, 2011 by Paulius
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have!
One of the all-time best relaxing piano-environment productions. Budd is truly an innovator, exceeding Brian Eno. I listen to this on a regular basis to relax and fall asleep to.
Published on October 1, 2011 by T. E. Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars A great CD!
This review won't add much to what is already said, but I will say that this CD is amazing! The combination of Eno and Budd has created wonderful music. Read more
Published on July 16, 2010 by Ben
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Is this copy-protected?
I have purchased all of the reissued/remastered Brian Eno Cds. Although they say copy controlled on them, I have had no issues at all ripping to Itunes, then moving them to my ipod. This also goes for the Japan/David Sylvian/Rain Tree Crow cds.
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