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Lovely Thunder

Harold Budd

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The phrase 'Lovely Thunder' suggests a beautiful sound with an undertone of menace. One need go no farther than "Gypsy Violin," the last song and centerpiece of the album Lovely Thunder, to hear how Harold Budd takes the phrase and forges a musical equivalent. Underneath the plaintive melody of the synthesized violin and an occasional foghorn-reminiscent bass note lies a bed of synth chords that are present throughout, sometimes adding notes, sometimes dropping them, sometimes moving a chord up or down a key and into dissonance with the rest. The overall result is an undulating base that never quite lets the listener settle onto firm ground, giving the song a distinct edge. Drones do figure prominently as a musical base for many of the album's other songs, yet the music is generally more akin to the reverberated keyboard treatments Budd utilized to stunning effect on his two collaborations with Brian Eno. Those looking to explore beyond The Plateux of Mirror and The Pearl would do well to give this album a listen, as they will most likely be both challenged and satisfied. (Cocteau Twins fans will recognize the song "Flowered Knife Shadows" as a slightly edited version of the song "Memory Gongs" from Budd's collaboration with that group on the album The Moon and the Melodies.)
© Brian E. Kirby /TiVo

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1
The Gunfighter
00:03:16

Harold Budd, Composer, Producer, Performer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Hoenig, Producer

(C) 1986 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1986 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1986 Virgin Records Ltd

2
Sandtreader
00:05:34

Harold Budd, Composer, Producer, Performer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Hoenig, Producer

(C) 1986 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1986 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1986 Virgin Records Ltd

3
Ice Floes In Eden
00:03:28

Harold Budd, Composer, Producer, Performer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Hoenig, Producer

(C) 1986 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1986 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1986 Virgin Records Ltd

4
Olancha Farewell
00:02:18

Harold Budd, Composer, Producer, Performer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Hoenig, Producer

(C) 1986 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1986 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1986 Virgin Records Ltd

5
Flowered Knife Shadows
00:07:14

Harold Budd, Composer, Producer, Performer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Hoenig, Producer

(C) 1986 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1986 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1986 Virgin Records Ltd

6
Valse Pour Le Fin Du Temps
00:04:49

Harold Budd, Composer, Producer, Performer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Hoenig, Producer

(C) 1986 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1986 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1986 Virgin Records Ltd

7
Gypsy Violin
00:20:49

Harold Budd, Composer, Producer, Performer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Hoenig, Producer

(C) 1986 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1986 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1986 Virgin Records Ltd

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The phrase 'Lovely Thunder' suggests a beautiful sound with an undertone of menace. One need go no farther than "Gypsy Violin," the last song and centerpiece of the album Lovely Thunder, to hear how Harold Budd takes the phrase and forges a musical equivalent. Underneath the plaintive melody of the synthesized violin and an occasional foghorn-reminiscent bass note lies a bed of synth chords that are present throughout, sometimes adding notes, sometimes dropping them, sometimes moving a chord up or down a key and into dissonance with the rest. The overall result is an undulating base that never quite lets the listener settle onto firm ground, giving the song a distinct edge. Drones do figure prominently as a musical base for many of the album's other songs, yet the music is generally more akin to the reverberated keyboard treatments Budd utilized to stunning effect on his two collaborations with Brian Eno. Those looking to explore beyond The Plateux of Mirror and The Pearl would do well to give this album a listen, as they will most likely be both challenged and satisfied. (Cocteau Twins fans will recognize the song "Flowered Knife Shadows" as a slightly edited version of the song "Memory Gongs" from Budd's collaboration with that group on the album The Moon and the Melodies.)
© Brian E. Kirby /TiVo

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