Enigma ‎– MCMXC a.D.

Virgin ‎– 261 209
CD, Album


I The Voice Of Enigma 2:21
Principles Of Lust (11:43)
II.A Sadeness
II.B Find Love
II.C Sadeness (Reprise)
III Callas Went Away 4:29
IV Mea Culpa 5:01
V The Voice & The Snake 1:41
VI Knocking On Forbidden Doors 4:22
Back To The Rivers Of Belief (10:36)
VII.A Way To Eternity
VII.B Hallelujah
VII.C The Rivers Of Belief

Companies, etc.



℗ 1990 Virgin
© 1990 Virgin

Printed in Germany by TOPAC. Imprimé en Allemagne.

Some copies can have a sticker on jewel case: incl. Nr.1 Hit "Sadeness part I"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 012981 209025
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5012981209025
  • Label Code: LC 3098
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): SONOPRESS 261209 B 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 ): SONOPRESS 261209 A 2
  • Price Code: PM 527
  • Rights Society: Gema Stemra Biem

Other Versions (5 of 198) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
7243 8 47871 2 7 Enigma MCMXC a.D.(Ltd, Sli + CD, Album, RE + CD, EP, Comp, Promo) Virgin 7243 8 47871 2 7 Taiwan 1999 Sell This Version
CDVIR 1 Enigma MCMXC a.D.(CD, Album, Nim) Virgin CDVIR 1 UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
427123 4 Enigma MCMXC a.D.(Cass, Album) EMI 427123 4 Brazil 1990 Sell This Version
211 209 Enigma MCMXC a.D.(LP, Album) Virgin 211 209 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
STCS 892012 Enigma MCMXC a.D.(Cass, Album) RPG, Virgin, His Master's Voice STCS 892012 India 1992 Sell This Version


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January 3, 2018
27 years later, it strikes me that this is essentially a fusion of Zamfir, Gregorian chants, Soul II Soul beats (i.e. a very specific generational rhythm that was essentially coded into the young adults that came of age in the late 1980s and early 1990s), and the mellow, downtempo jazz-pop and melodic minimalism of groups like Double ("Captain Of Her Heart"). The vibe is lifted straight from late '80s balearic aesthetic, crepuscular and relaxing—cousin of New Age. Somehow it worked then and still even works now. I don't take it seriously, yet I can't deny that it succeeds in everything it sets out to do. What Cretu et al were skilled at was at weaving a deceptively simple cloth of feeling using previously existing elements and ideas, then making it seem laughably obvious.


October 26, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
I own MCMXC a.D. (Limited Edition, made in Argentina), also I've checked the Limited Edition made in Europe/Germany, and also check LE made in Russia (Unreal Records of Canada, UNOFFICIAL), but looks like all releases of this LE version contain small sound glitch on the last track - The Rivers of Belief (The Returning Silence).

If you'll listen (carefully/a bit louder) this track then on 03:46 you'll hear short yet somewhat silent glitch at the left channel (on whole disk the time is 57:09).

And - if someone has other countries' releases of this album - please report - does your CD contain the same sound glitch ?
Thanks in advance !


December 24, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
Could anyone tell which vinyl pressing is better?

Many thanks,