Return to Innocence Enigma



” Return to Innocence ” by Enigma formed in 1990 as a New Age music project by Michael Cretu, David Fairstein and Frank Peterson.
This song was released in 1993 and taken from the group’s second album, The Cross of Changes. A huge commercial success the track went on to reach the number one spot in over ten countries.
Despite many Number One positions on charts across the World, ” Return to innocence ” missed the top spot in the United Kingdom making number three on the UK Singles Chart and a number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.
Vocals for the track were provided by Andreas Harde which sets the feel for the song in a melodic way, while the line ” That’s not the beginning of the end, that’s the return to yourself, the return to innocence ” is provided by Sandra, the former wife of producer Michael Cretu.
Added to the mix is Amis chants, used in repetition at the opening of the song. This chant which was sampled from a song called ” Jubilant Drinking Song ” by Taiwan Aboriginal people The Amis ( Taiwan’s largest tribal group ).
The song was used without permission of the singers Kuo Ying-nan and Kuo Hsiu-chu. In 1988 during a cultural exchange program in Paris they recorded a CD, the producer of Enigma, Michael Cretu took a sample from that CD and also sampled ” When the Levee Breaks ” a Led Zepplin track to use on ” Return to Innocence “.
The lawsuits followed once singers Kuo Ying-nan and Kuo Hsiu-Chu realised their work had been used, the suit also included Virgin Records along with other recording companies for the use without permission. The case never actually reached court but was settled outside for an undisclosed sum and all later releases of ” Return to Innocence ” contained a credit to the two original singers along with royalty payments.
Michael Cretu later stated that he believed the recording was in the public domain and not subject to copyright and he hadn’t intended any form of copyright violation.

BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 4

UK Highest Chart Position: 3

Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 16, Austria ( Austria Top 40) 4, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 16, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 4, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 6, France (SNEP) 11, Germany (Official German Charts) 5, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 12, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 6, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 8, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 5, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 5,
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 40

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