In a review by Brian Kirby of All Music:
"The phrase 'Lovely Thunder' suggests a beautiful sound with an undertone of menace. One need go no farther than "Gypsy Violin," the last song and centerpiece of the album Lovely Thunder, to hear howHarold Budd takes the phrase and forges a musical equivalent. Underneath the plaintive melody of the synthesized violin and an occasional foghorn-reminiscent bass note lies a bed of synth chords that are present throughout, sometimes adding notes, sometimes dropping them, sometimes moving a chord up or down a key and into dissonance with the rest. The overall result is an undulating base that never quite lets the listener settle onto firm ground, giving the song a distinct edge.
Drones do figure prominently as a musical base for many of the album's other songs, yet the music is generally more akin to the reverberated keyboard treatments Budd utilized to stunning effect on his two collaborations with Brian Eno. Those looking to explore beyond The Plateux of Mirror and The Pearl would do well to give this album a listen, as they will most likely be both challenged and satisfied."
Design [Design Assistance] – David Coppenhall*
Design, Artwork [Cover Art] – Russell Mills
Mixed By – Harold Budd, Michael Hoenig (tracks: 1 to 4, 6, 7), Robin Guthrie (tracks: 5)
Performer, Composed By – Harold Budd
Photography By – David Buckland
Photography By [Photograph Of Harold Budd] – Michael Vosburgh
Producer – Harold Budd, Michael Hoenig
Recorded By – Harold Budd, Michael Hoenig (tracks: 1 to 4, 6, 7), Simon Raymonde (tracks: 5)
Recorded & mixed at Metamusic Productions in Los Angeles, except track 5 - recorded at the Cocteau Twins' Studio in London.
1 The Gunfighter
3 Ice Floes In Ede
4 Olancha Farewell
5 Flowered Knife Shadows
(For Simon Raymonde)
6 Valse Pour Le Fin Du Temps
7 Gypsy Violin