The Pearl (album)

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The Pearl
Budd & Eno's The Pearl.jpg
Studio album by Harold Budd and Brian Eno
Released 1984
Genre Ambient
Length 41:58
Label Editions EG
Producer Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois
Harold Budd chronology
Abandoned Cities
(1982)Abandoned Cities1982
The Pearl
Lovely Thunder
(1986)Lovely Thunder1986
Brian Eno chronology
Music for Films Volume 2
(1983) Music for Films Volume 21983
The Pearl
(1984) The Pearl1984
Thursday Afternoon
(1985) Thursday Afternoon1985
Harold Budd and Brian Eno chronology
Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror
(1980) Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror1980
The Pearl
(1984) The Pearl1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau(A−) [2]

The Pearl is an album by ambient musicians Harold Budd and Brian Eno, which was released in 1984. This album is similar to Budd and Eno's previous collaboration Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror, consisting mostly of subtly treated piano textures, but this time with more pronounced electronic treatments and nature recordings. This album was produced with Daniel Lanois, who is also credited on the front cover.

The track "Against the Sky" was sampled in "Cedars of Lebanon" from U2's album No Line on the Horizon.

Critical reaction[edit]

The album was well received by critics. Ned Raggett, writing for Allmusic, stated:

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Brian Eno and Harold Budd

  1. "Late October" – 4:38
  2. "A Stream with Bright Fish" – 3:54
  3. "The Silver Ball" – 3:26
  4. "Against the Sky" – 4:46
  5. "Lost in the Humming Air" – 4:49
  6. "Dark-Eyed Sister" – 4:36
  7. "Their Memories" – 2:54
  8. "The Pearl" – 3:07
  9. "Foreshadowed" – 3:54
  10. "An Echo of Night" – 2:22
  11. "Still Return" – 4:11


  • Brian Eno
  • Harold Budd
  • Russell Mills – cover art, design
  • Christina Birrer – photography

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