Harold Budd - Avalon Sutra (Original 2004 Master)


This is the original Avalon Sutra master as released in 2004 via Samadhi Sound.

When we began the job to reissue Avalon Sutra in 2013, we found that while it was well mastered, the original premaster DAT tape revealed greater dynamic range. We also found that due to age, the original DAT premaster had digital artifacts (ticks). It was therefore decided by Harold, Harold's long-time engineer Brad Ellis, and Darla, that Brad should de-tick the original premaster recording in preparation for reissue. It was also decided that some very minor ticks be left in as they are virtually inaudible unless one did close listening with headphones. 

Since then, a few fans have recognized the minor ticks in the 2013 Remaster and have stated a preference for the 2004 master version. Some have even said the 2013 Remaster sounds too aggressive to their ears, ie too hot and compressed, when in fact the 2004 master is compressed a bit and the 2013 Remaster has no compression. You just hear the full range of high to low in the 2013 Remaster. It's basically a transfer of the DAT premaster, de-clicked.

I understand the preference for the 2004 master. It is subjective, however, it also reinforces the importance of familiarity in how we experience music. The 2004 edition was mastered to a familiar standard. The difference between the 2004 master and the 2013 remaster is subtle. Enjoy!

- Mr. Darla (September, 2023)

1. Arabesque 3
2. It's Steeper Near The Roses (for David Sylvian)
3. L'Enfant Perdu
4. Chrysalis Nu (To Barney's Memory)
5. Three Faces West (Billy Al Bengston's)
6. Arabesque 2
7. Little Heart
8. How Vacantly You Stare At Me
9. A Walk In The Park With Nancy (In Memory)
10. Rue Casimir Delavigne (for Daniel Lentz)
11. Arabesque 1
12. Porcelain Ginger
13. Faraon
14. As Long As I Can Hold My Breath
15. As Long As I Can Hold My Breath (By Night)

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