Harold Budd ‎– The Pavilion Of Dreams

Obscure (2) ‎– OBS 10
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Bismillahi ´Rrahmani ´Rrahim
Alto Saxophone – Marion BrownCelesta – Richard BernasComposed By – Budd*Electric Piano – Harold BuddGlockenspiel – Gavin BryarsHarp – Maggie Thomas (2)Marimba – Howard Rees, Jo Julian, John White, Michael Nyman
Two Songs
Harp – Maggie Thomas (2)Mezzo-soprano Vocals – Lynda Richardson
A2a Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord
Composed By – Budd*
A2b Butterfly Sunday
Adapted By – Harold BuddComposed By – John Coltrane
Madrigals Of The Rose Angel
Celesta [Celeste] – Gavin BryarsChorus – Alison Macgregor, Lesley Reid, Lynda Richardson, Margaret Cable, Muriel Dickinson, Ursula ConnorsComposed By – Budd*Conductor [Chorus] – Harold BuddElectric Piano – Richard BernasHarp – Maggie Thomas (2)Percussion – Nigel Shipway
B1a Rossetti Noise
B1b The Crystal Garden And A Coda
B2 Juno
Composed By – Budd*Glockenspiel – Gavin BryarsMarimba – Michael NymanPercussion – John WhitePiano – Harold BuddVibraphone – Howard ReesVibraphone [Vibes] – Jo JulianVoice – Brian Eno, Gavin Bryars, Harold Budd, Jo Julian, John White, Michael Nyman

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An extended cycle of works begun in 1972.

Bismillahi ´Rrahmani ´Rrahim from 1974

Two Songs from 1973-74
"Let Us Go Into The House of the Lord" is a setting of a traditional hymn after a version by Pharoah Sanders.
"Butterfly Sunday" adapted from John Coltrane's "After The Rain"

Madrigals Of The Rose Angel from 1972

Juno from 1975 was composed for John Bergamo; her mortal symbol is the peacock.

Recorded at Basing Street Studios November 1976.

OBS 10 (on spine and back cover)
Ⓟ 1978 Obscure Records Ltd. (on back cover and labels)
Record manufactured and distributed by Polydor Records Limited.
Sleeve printed and made in England by James Upton & Sons Ltd.

Budd compositions published by Basheva Music
Coltrane composition published by Rondor Music (London) Ltd

No durations printed on this release. Track timings obtained by stopwatch.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label A): OBS 10-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B): OBS 10-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, stamped, A): OBS 10 A//1 E 11 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, stamped, B): OBS 10 B//1 11 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, hand-etched, A): BUDD-I
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, hand-etched, B): BUDD-2

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CDOVD482, 7243 8 44381 2 8 Harold Budd The Pavilion Of Dreams(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin CDOVD482, 7243 8 44381 2 8 UK 1997 Sell This Version
CDOVD482, 7243 8 44381 2 8 Harold Budd The Pavilion Of Dreams(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin CDOVD482, 7243 8 44381 2 8 UK & Europe 1997 Sell This Version
25MM 0154 Harold Budd The Pavilion Of Dreams(LP) Editions EG, Polydor 25MM 0154 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
EEGCD 30 Harold Budd The Pavilion Of Dreams(CD, Album, RE) Editions EG EEGCD 30 US 1992 Sell This Version
VJCP-2510 Harold Budd Produced By Brian Eno Harold Budd Produced By Brian Eno - The Pavilion Of Dreams(CD, Album, RE) Virgin Japan, Editions EG VJCP-2510 Japan 1990 Sell This Version


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July 11, 2018
I have a copy that is a mispress with Gavin Bryar's 'Sinking of the Titanic' on side one.


July 19, 2015

Only one word needed really and that is Essential, pair this up with a decent set of headphones and an eye mask and you'll feel like a different person by the end.


August 25, 2014
A vignette of celestial sound channeled thru Budd and the accompanied musicians. This is ambient music for the soul without the heavy crutches of synthesized sound. Very warm and diatonic music with a timelessness woven thru-out its fabric. I tend to lean towards Eno's and Steve Roaches style of electronic ambient music but like everything in life there are exceptions and this one is just that. The choice of instrumentation aside from the reserved musicianship is key to how the everything comes together so well Rhodes piano, harp, vibes, voices and sax. Nothing is over the top and the chord voicing's just rise and fall like the reflection of the moon on water. A true masterpiece of music in the Budd catalog this one IS necessary listening indoctrination.


June 9, 2014
The instrumentation of the twinkling harp and keyboard melodies along with the moody saxophone on track 1 is genius.


March 11, 2014
I think this would be a more enjoyable recording without the moaning, ghostly vocalizing.