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This album completes a trio--the others being "Thursday Afternoon" and "Ambient 4: On Land"--of the most masterful use of electronic equipment ever recorded.
My favorite time to listen to these records is in a rainstorm, especially with distant thunder in the background. The rain sounds seem to bring out subtleties in the music that can't be heard otherwise.
So if you like Eno's "Ambient 1" or "Discreet Music" or Steve Roach's "Structures from Silence", this is the album for you.
Enough with the metaphors; "The Pearl" has achieved the same exalted status in ambient music that Miles Davis' "Kind Of Blue" has rightly earned in jazz. "The Pearl" fits the defintion of ambient music perfectly; it is beautiful on careful listen, as sonic wallpaper, an accompaniment to work, or a mood setter for intimacy. The CD has just the right type of reverb, just the right amount of nature sounds, the perfect number and length of songs, and the tracks begin, end, and are sequenced to perfection.
This is not a rhythmic record, but melodically and harmonically it is stunning. From the opening piano figure played by Harold Budd on "Late October," and layered in sonic velvet by Brian Eno to the bookend "Still Return," "The Pearl" stands as one of the finest collaborations between two musically synergistic pioneers, and as an enduring testament to the power of restraint.
Harold and Brian are both geniuses.
I only have about 4 of Harold's CD's but his gifted piano compositions affect me like no other...
I thoroughly recommend this music to take you into those places within yourself that are characteristic of the most serene and tranquil states ever imaginable.
Harold, you're brilliant.
Subtle, gorgeous piano and synthesizer work features throughout, with a richness and emotion that is hard to find on other ambient albums. When it comes to "relaxation" tunes, this one has the field beat, and I've spent many an evening, in bed, under the stars, with my wife or alone, letting the quiet, spare beauty of this disc spirit me away from the troubles of the everyday world.
Anyone seeking to find the roots of true ambient should look no further. Budd & Eno were doing it long, long before most others, and they were doing it with a style and a gentle grace that has come to typify their collaborative efforts.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as good as expected - actually rather dull and uninspiring. I expected better from Eno.Published 18 months ago by Jennifer Raye Larson
Peaceful and relaxing. Listen to it before bed or when driving.Published 18 months ago by Vincent T. Marchese
'Discovered' Harold Budd on NPR, while listening to an interview with him. They played a piece from this CD and I just had to have it. Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by CF FL
My husband is the Brian Eno fan and loves his music! This is a great cd! He loves it!!! ThanksPublished on March 22, 2014 by Jennifer Coveny
It took me a long time to purchase this wonderful classic. I always loved the ambient and slow paced piano and atmospheric sounds of Budd's Lovely Thunder. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Dan Leithauser
This is still one of the best -- the new works are nice, but it all goes back to the Pearl.
The PEARL is an absolutely seamless, enchanting, soothing and rare ambient album by Harold Budd and Brian Eno. Read morePublished on October 31, 2009 by DAVID HALL
I bought this along with another Eno title. The Pearl delivers a beautiful wash of sound in a perfect ambient environment. Read morePublished on October 26, 2009 by Century Messenger