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  • Audio CD (January 31, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: All Saints
  • ASIN: B000B6ETCS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 31-JAN-2006

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Wes on November 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When this was originally released in the 80's, I happened to be going through a rough time. I happened to come across this and it just completely took me away...I felt like I was walking the surface of Pluto, in deep, cold, icy space. The layers of sound, listening in a darkened room, really helped to deal with things. It was like medicine. Listen to this in the dark, without any disturbance and be put into a trance...
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By john gill on August 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This recording is an ambient/minimal milestone, and one of of my desert island top ten discs. It helped me write no less than two books, and accompanied untold thunderstorms in a memorable winter on a small Greek island writing one of them. I adore White Arcades more than anything else I own by Harold Budd.
But why is his label charging twenty dollars/euros for a CD rerelease of a recording that used to sell for a third of that? I don't have an argument with need, but I do have an argument with greed.
Say it ain't so, Hal.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jason Merlo on July 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have a new job, a new house, and a new baby daughter.

I am very stressed out right now.

I am brooding. I can't stop and I'm losing sleep.

This album is really helping me cope with it all.

Thank you, Mr. Budd, for taking my mind off of things.

I'm so glad you didn't really retire.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Any attempt to review Harold Budd's music inevitably finds the author falling back on such cliches as 'ambient' and 'minimalist'. Both are of course apt descriptions of his music. White Arcades is one of Budd's best works, a consistently beautiful series of compositions that leave the listener soothed yet strangely haunted. An excellent starting point for anyone approaching Budd's music for the first time.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By fluffy, the human being. on March 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
this is a hypnotically gorgeous set of minimalist ambient compositions. i put this right up there with the best of brian eno's ambient material. mesmerizing drifting soundscapes with soft notes touching the ear gently and putting one in the state of a dream. perfect night music. don't let it escape from the grasp of your life.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By liloo86 on July 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
My brother first introduced Harold Budd to me when I was six. Ever since, his powerfull music has "lulled" my life. I think I'd be a different person without having grown up with it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By memez on June 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The White Arcades is an awe-inspiring album to the mind and soul. All tracks have a mesmerizing, similar yet diverse tune that'll make you
yearn for more...I've personally indentified more with "White Arcades" (i.e. first track) because it has a airy and pensive tune, which feels as if you're inside an ancient cave of grandiose wonder, at the same time it feels like as if you're regressing in time towards a bewildering European or Chinese era of imaginable characters and backgrounds.

P.ss. Overall I recommend this blissful c.d to anyone with an imaginary mind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karl W. Nehring on July 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The kind of music you might expect to hear played at, say, the Monterey Bay Aquarium. A wonderful blend of synthetic and acoustic instrumentation swirls and loops, but the music always sound human, and expressive. Budd is a master at pulling this sort of thing off, and this recording never fails to brighten my mood. Not quite Ambient, not quite Space Music, not quite New Age, not quite jazz--but quite entertaining, and with a decent dollop of midbass to satisfy audiophile cravings, The White Arcades is a one-of-a-kind musical treat.
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