Perpetual! Great title for a long-form ambient work.
Just picked up last night: Harold Budd- Jane 12-21.
Now I'm to the point where I don't always buy Harold's stuff right away as he seems very hit and miss in the quality department. This follow-up to "Jane 1-11" appeared in my local record store and I actually didn't buy it last time, but last night I took the plunge. Really glad I did, this is superior to the first installment (which I liked) and dare I say, some of his best (solo) work in years. He touches on many different styles on this record, from the icy reverbed/echoed piano, to acoustic piano, to drony/abstract synths, etc. This album reminds me why I was so obsessed with his music upon first discovering it in the 80's. One comment about the packaging and the Darla Records label putting his stuff out. It seems Darla likes to package/release music without the consumer in mind. Darla released Jane 1-11 by itself, then reissued it in another version with a DVD, then released Jane 12-21 by itself. The Jane project could have easily been issued as a two-disc set. Even edited, as both discs are relatively short on playing time. Darla also released Before the Night Falls/After the Day Breaks as two separate discs some years ago, and each disc was so short that with minimal editing it could have been one disc. This is the kind of stuff the major labels will do to "increase revenue." I'm sure they could argue it's all for artistic reasons, and that's fine, but it just seems excessive to have to shell out close to $30 for a domestic release that is basically one CD worth of music. Also, the packaging for Jane 12-21 is extremely sparse--just a thin slipcase (not even a digipak) with the exact same cover graphics. I don't know, it just feels like you're having to pay $14 for a "bonus disc" or something that should have been included on the first release. Now that my grumbling is overů..most important thing THIS IS A GREAT DISC. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!