Label: Virgin - MCVIR 10,Virgin - 0777 7 86423 4 3 • Format: Cassette Album • Country: Europe • Genre: Electronic • Style: Downtempo, Ambient
MCMXC a. Before he founded Enigma, Cretu had released several solo records, collaborated with various artists, and produced albums for his then wife, German pop singer Sandra. Studioshis home studio in IbizaSpain. It is one of the first albums recorded onto a hard disk. Cretu makes extensive use of Gregorian chantsdance beats, and flute sounds. In andthe album was re-released with additional remixed tracks.
Studios located in Cretu's home on the Spanish island of Ibiza. Antiphon ". The vocals were used without permission which led to a lawsuit.
Cretu developed the idea of sampling in a new direction. Though samples of up to several seconds' length had been used extensively Back To The Rivers Of Belief - The Rivers Of Belief - Enigma - MCMXC a.D.
The Limited Edition hip-hop for decades and in electronic genres by artists such as Jean-Michel Jarre and Klaus SchulzeCretu built his music around much longer previously recorded sequences, which was novel both to the New Age audience and to the listening public in general. Got To Be Alright - Sam Häggblad - Never Say Never Gregorian chant " Procedamus in pace! The first, " Sadeness ", received the most attention through its unique and previously unheard mix of Gregorian chants and dance beat.
The track features triangles and Asthma - diigitae - Extreme Computer shakuhachi flutes with French lyrics and breathy sounds from Sandra, as well as samples from "Inifinity" by Greek band Aphrodite's Childall of which was highly unusual to the ears of the public at Vacation In Heaven - Various - The Introduction To Living Country Blues USA time.
As for the male voice speaking in French during the track, Cretu only described him as a good friend of his. Reversed chants signal the start of "Sadeness Reprise " and continues with a short piano theme based on the earlier shakuhachi flutes. The flute returns as chants of " Hosanna " gradually bring "Principles of Lust" to an end.
Chirps from electronic birds at the beginning, mixed with a slow beat  and sounds of a piano leads to Sandra's whispers and ends with some samples of Callas singing the aria '"Ces lettres! Ces lettres!
The rain at the beginning of " Mea Culpa " is taken from the introduction of " Black Sabbath " by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. A bowl falls to the ground and Back To The Rivers Of Belief - The Rivers Of Belief - Enigma - MCMXC a.D. The Limited Edition , leading into "Knocking on Forbidden Doors". The drum beats in the song were made to resemble the sound of a door being knocked.
A guitar enters and slips aside quietly for Gregorian chants, this time a part of " Salve Regina ", and fading into the "Back to the Rivers of Belief", another three-part track. It begins with "Way to Eternity", featuring composer John Williams ' five-toned notes from the science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kindwhich leads to mellow Gregorian chants.
The beat from "Sadeness" returns with violins for the start of the second part, "Hallelujah". The triangle and voice from the first track reappears and repeats itself.
The final section, " The Rivers of Belief ", features Cretu singing the chorus. Incidentally, the sentence about the seventh seal enters at the seventh minute and seventh second of the seventh track on some pressings of the album. The music closes with shakuhachi flutes, Cretu's vocals, and a falling Back To The Rivers Of Belief - The Rivers Of Belief - Enigma - MCMXC a.D. The Limited Edition effect followed by the "Enigma horn" i.
The song fades out and, when the album is played on repeat mode, fades right into the first song again creating a full loop. The album's artwork was designed by Johann Zambrysky, who would design the covers for the next four Enigma albums. It depicts a black frame surrounding a silhouette of a figure being enshrouded in a bright light, and a Christian cross in the lower centre of the album for emphasis towards the themes of the album. The pleasure of satisfying a savage instinct, undomesticated by the ego, is uncomparably much more intense than the one of satisfying a tamed instinct.
The reason is becoming the enemy that prevents us from a lot of possibilities of pleasure. If you believe in the light, it's because of obscurity, if you believe in happiness it's because of unhappiness, and if you believe in God then you'll have to believe in the devil.
The cover of the "Limited Edition" of the album is the same as for the original release, but has a grainy dark green background instead of black. The first million copies of the album also have a holograph of the monk and cross on top of the album instead of the normal art work.
It was an unexpected worldwide commercial success, reaching the top 10 in ten countries, including the UK for one week, and No. The album was also a stepping stone for the creation of many other groups who mainly include Gregorian chants in their music, such as Era and Gregorianfounded by Frank Peterson prior to his falling out with Cretu.
The lawsuit was settled out of court after Cretu agreed to pay compensation to the original creator of the samples.
The case did not cover copyright infringement as the chant recordings were in the public domain. This gives the album a sense of continuation from start to finish. Note: Some subsequent reissues dedicate a separate track to each individual song. On the first release only, "Principles of Lust" and "Back to the Rivers of Belief" are combined in a single track, but the sub-parts can be accessed as Indices that are supported by some CD players. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
This article is about the album by Enigma. For the year, see This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Retrieved 22 August Retrieved 30 June This sample, like all the other ones featured on the album Gregorian chant, Aphrodite's Child's album, Black Sabbath was uncredited and used without permission.
Archived from the original on 5 September Retrieved 6 March Music Mag Mueller For Music. Retrieved 21 February Review Music Reviews and News". Nocturne F-moll - Axiom (31) - Mix 4 Another Music Enigma Archives. Archived from the original on 21 March Retrieved 1 March Australia's Music Charts — Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. IFPI Austria. Archived from the original on 11 March Retrieved 29 June Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. IFPI Sweden. IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Retrieved March 3, GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved January 31, Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 20, Retrieved March 2, Discography A. Studios Videography The Dusted Variations. Book Category. Namespaces Article Talk.
Symphony Of Psalms (Revised Version) - Stravinsky* Conducts The CBC Symphony Orchestra*, The Festiva, MK Marc Kinchen* & Becky Hill - Piece Of Me (Extended Mix) (File), Anyone - Your Favorite Enemies - Between Illness And Migration, Smokin Chokin (With Horns) - Sir Mackk - The Chokin Kind