Harold BuddAvalon Sutra

Label:Samadhisound – sound cd ss004
2 x CD, Album
Country:UK & US
Style:Modern Classical, Ambient


Avalon Sutra
1-1Arabesque 3
Guest [Guest Player], Sopranino SaxophoneJon Gibson (2)
1-2It's Steeper Near The Roses (For David Sylvian)1:02
1-3L'Enfant Perdu2:14
1-4Chrysalis Nu (To Barney's Memory)1:59
1-5Three Faces West (Billy Al Bengston's)2:49
1-6Arabesque 2
Guest [Guest Player], Soprano SaxophoneJon Gibson (2)
1-7Little Heart7:40
1-8How Vacantly You Stare At Me
Guest [Guest Player], Bass FluteJon Gibson (2)
1-9A Walk In The Park With Nancy (In Memory)5:55
1-10Rue Casimir Delavigne (For Daniel Lentz)5:28
1-11Arabesque 1
Guest [Guest Player], Soprano SaxophoneJon Gibson (2)
1-12Porcelain Ginger2:01
1-14As Long As I Can Hold My Breath3:47
As Long As I Can Hold My Breath
2-1As Long As I Can Hold My Breath
ProducerDavid Sylvian
Producer, PerformerAkira Rabelais
Recorded By [At Metamusic]Braford Ellis*
RemixAkira Rabelais

Companies, etc.


  • Arranged By [String Arrangements]Harold Budd (tracks: 1-2 to 1-5)
  • Art DirectionDavid Sylvian
  • Composed ByJon Gibson (2) (tracks: 1-1, 1-6, 1-8, 1-11)
  • Coordinator [Artist Liaison]Yuka Fujii
  • Design, CalligraphyChris Bigg (2)
  • Guest [Guest Player], Cello [String Quartet]Marston Smith (tracks: 1-2 to 1-5)
  • Guest [Guest Player], Viola [String Quartet]James Acevedo (tracks: 1-2 to 1-5)
  • Guest [Guest Player], Violin [String Quartet]James Sitterly (tracks: 1-2 to 1-5), Peter Kent (2) (tracks: 1-2 to 1-5)
  • Mastered By [At Skye Mastering]Denis Blackham
  • Mastered By [Studio Treatments And Mastering At Orangewood]Harold Budd (tracks: 1-1 to 1-14)
  • Photography ByShinya Fujiwara
  • Producer, Performer, Composed ByHarold Budd
  • Recorded By [At Architecture]Scott Fraser (tracks: 1-1 to 1-6, 1-8, 1-11)
  • Recorded By [Further Recording At Orangewood], Mixed By [Mixing At Orangewood], Mastered By [Studio Treatments And Mastering At Orangewood]Michael Colman* (tracks: 1-1 to 1-14)


℗ & © 2004 samadhisound llc, the copyright in these sound recordings is owned by Harold Budd under exclusive license to samadhisound llc.

Issued in a six panel digipak.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 24877-4004-2
  • Barcode (String): 2487740042
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): 7695 - BUDDD1 091604
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): 7695 - BUDDD2 091604
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LT05

Other Versions (3)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Avalon Sutra (2×CD, Album, Unofficial Release)samadhisound (2)sound cd ss004Russia2005
Avalon Sutra (2×CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered)Darla RecordsDRL285US2014
Avalon Sutra / As Long As I Can Hold My Breath (2×CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Repress)Darla RecordsDRL285USUnknown



  • recordhead59's avatar
    Some CDs don’t need vinyl releases. Since we’re all vinyl collectors we expect that everything is going to sound better on vinyl. This disc was originally mastered digitally specifically for Compact Disc. I personally think it sounds fantastic. It clear and clean, with the empty spaces quiet as a church. It’s just perfect the way it is. Sure, vinyl would be great, but I’m happy with its original intention and that’s digital. CDs can sound perfect especially with a decent quality machine.
    • jazzisdead's avatar
      This need a proper remastering on Vinyl pressing, is an urgent necessity.
      • robertmotyka's avatar
        I really hope to see this amazing album on vinyl.
        • Spiderland77's avatar
          This album needs to pressed on Viny in my humble opinion
          • urlordthomascovenant's avatar
            Look up beautiful in the dictionary; Harold Budd's "Avalon Sutra" will be the definition. There is no other word which so aptly describes it - the music is delicate, calming and transporting. Especially "Little Heart", which just took my breath away.

            I don't really see the point of the second disc - It's nothing that we hadn't got on the first, but just extended to 70 minutes running time. I am not joking when i say that "As Long As I Hold My Breath" is so repetitive that it would be more suitable if it were 4 minutes long.
            The first disc more than makes up for the failure (in my eyes) that is disc 2.
            • MazaroAnonymous's avatar
              One of the most beautiful and expressive albums I have ever listened to!!


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