Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Sadeness - Enigma

The 1990 single 'Sadeness' was written by Michael Cretu, Frank Peterson and David Fairstein. The lyrics are in Latin and French; the Latin text includes a quotation from Psalm 24:7-8. The gregorian vocals were mostly taken from the 1976 album 'Paschale Mysterium' by Munich choir 'capella antiqua' with conductor Konrad Ruhland, specifically from their track 'Cum angelis + Psalm 24(23)'. Thie samples were first used without permission, and after a lawsuit in 1994 the matter was settled by compensation.

'Sadeness (part 1)' was the debut single of Cretu's music project Enigma, which would continue for two decades and (so far) seven albums. Each one gets more predictable. This first release still sounds fresh, with quite interesting vocals by Cretu's wife, Sandra.

My collection: 7" single no. 1373
Found: Melody Maker, Den Haag, January 21, 1991
Cost: 6 guilders
Tracks: 'Sadeness (part 1) (radio edit)' / 'Sadeness (part 1) (Meditation mix)'

1 comment:

  1. I beg to differ. Enigma is hardly a predictable band. Each album is unique. They have a versatility like no other band I know. They can do hard rock, dance, opera, New Age, classical, you name it, and each of their songs are incredibly melodic and beautiful instrumentally, vocally, lyrically, you name it. You need to re-evaluate what makes great music.

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