Music lovers must have heard of the groundbreaking group Enigma that took the world by storm in 1990. The man credited for the landmark MCMXC a.D. album is none other than Michael Cretu, a Romanian-German musician, producer, song writer, and singer. He was earlier referred to as “Curly M.C.” because of his curly tresses.
Michael Cretu came into the music scene in 1976; he began his career as a solo musician, producing and writing albums for his wife, the German singer, Sandra. He formed Enigma in 1990 and released their debut album MCMXC a.D. that topped every imaginable chart thanks to its single, Sadeness Part I. Since then, Michael Cretu has released singles and albums on behalf of Enigma regularly, the last and eighth one being The Fall of a Rebel Angel in 2016.
Works of Michael Cretu:
- Cretu’s debut solo album was launched in 1979 called the Moon, Light, & Flowers. Single like “Wild River” and “Shadows Over My Head” were most popular while “Love Me” ruled in 1979.
- The second album Legionare came out in 1983, with German lyrics that were sung by Cretu himself.
- His third album was entitled Die Chinesische Mauer and launched in 1985. This too had German lyrics and was sung by Cretu; Armand Volker co-produced it. This however had English lyrics and got released as a different album entitled The Invisible Man with a different track list. The biggest hit in this album was the “Samurai”.
- In 1985, he produced and played the drums and keyboards for The Long Play, a studio album featuring his wife Sandra.
- In the 80s, Cretu started producing for Hubert Kah, began writing songs with Hubert Kemmler, the band leader, and scored many hits.
- Cretu also produced Mike Oldfield’s album “Islands” (1987) and “The Different Story” (1989).
- In 1992, he collaborated with Peter Cornelius to release “Return to Innocence”.
- He worked with Jen Gad for “Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi!” and released a trance project called Trance Atlantic Air Waves in 1998 along with an album, “The Energy of Sound”.
- Following his marriage to Sandra, Cretu came up with the idea for Enigma; he collaborated with Fairstein and Frank Peterson to release the first single entitled “Sadeness (Part I)”. The album went onto become a huge hit and he came to be called “alchemist in sound” because of his ability to mix diverse musical genres and sounds.
- In 1993, he released “The Cross of Changes”; in the second Enigma album, Cretu changes the Gregorian chants into tribal chants. This made way for another blockbuster hit, Return to Innocence.
- Paramount Pictures approached Cretu for writing Sliver movie soundtrack and this is when he produced “Carly’s Song”, a record-breaking single in 1993.
- In 1996, he released the Le Roi album which sounded similar to his earlier albums and failed to strike a chord with music fans.
- In 1999 he used samples of Carmina Burana to come out with his fourth music album. This was “The Screen Behind the Mirror” launched in 2000, featuring Ruth-Ann Boyle and Andru Donalds.
- In 2001, he went onto release 2 more Enigma compilations, namely “Love Sensuality, Devotion: The Greatest Hits” and “Love Sensuality Devotion: The Remix Collection”.
- In 2006, he released a single “Hello and Welcome” as prelude to his 6th album A Posteriori that releases in September, 2006.
- The 7th album was Seven Lives Many Faces while the final was The Fall of a Rebel Angel in 2016.