Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi!

Virgin Germany
Release date
11 Oct 2004
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Le Roi est mort, vive le Roi! 1:57 44,090
2 Morphing Thru Time 5:46 79,257
3 Third Of Its Kind 0:19 1,847
4 Beyond the Invisible 4:58 137,492
5 Why!... 4:58 21,884
6 Shadows In Silence 4:20 102,376
7 The Child in Us 5:04 67,063
8 T.N.T. For The Brain 4:25 82,354
9 Almost Full Moon 3:25 55,237
10 The Roundabout 3:37 52,769
11 Prism of Life 4:54 47,015
12 Odyssey of the Mind 1:40 44,141

About this album

Le Roi est mort, vive le Roi! (French for “The King is dead. Long live the King.”) is a 1996 album created by the music project Enigma. It is Enigma’s third album, following The Cross of Changes, released three years earlier.

Released on 25 November 1996, the album reached to the top spot in Norway’s top 40 charts and third in the whole of Europe. Two singles from the album, “Beyond the Invisible” and “T.N.T. for the Brain” were also released at around the same time of its parent album. A planned third single, “The Roundabout” was scrapped at the last minute for unclear reasons, even though a remix had already been created by DJ Quicksilver. This album continued Enigma’s trend, giving it a slightly more modern, futuristic sound by combining the elements of Enigma’s first album, MCMXC a.D., and their second album, The Cross of Changes. Michael Cretu, producer of the project, considered Le Roi est mort, vive le Roi! to be the child of the previous two albums, with the first being the father and the second being the mother, as indicated by the 19-second track, “Third of its Kind”.

There are two editions of the packaging; one with standard paper artwork, and another with translucent tray and booklet artwork printed on a heavier plastic.

Le Roi est mort, vive le Roi! was nominated in the 1998 Grammy Awards for Best New Age Album and Johann Zambryski’s album art design earned him a nomination for Best Recording Package.

The intro track begins with a sample of mission control contacting the Discovery from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. The intro, including the famed “Enigma horn”, is played in reverse for the closing track, “Odyssey of the Mind”.

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  • stillinertia

    As a collector of Enigma's music since the release of MCMXC a.D. (ltd edition), this is another striking album. Their first album hooked me. I was sadly "let down" with the Cross of Changes album, but this (their 3rd album) came out, it rekindled my spark for Enigma. And THE PACKAGING of this CD is INCREDIBLE. The transparent, plastic pages fold together meticulously to form the cover that you see now - unfolded: the actual cover doesn't exist. Brilliant concept! Sadly the albums that followed didn't fully grab me musically until the Seven Lives, Many Faces album... thankfully.

    23 Dec 2011 Reply
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  • Nordschein

    Enigma at the top of their time ... especially why & Morhing thru time are so great spheric great !!!

    17 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Sirwaz

    Greatest album ever made. This isn't music, it's a work of art :)

    27 Feb 2011 Reply
  • frankyfran

    my favourite Enigma album, it's the first album i ever owned... sorry about my english but i think "Le Roi Esto Mort, Vive Le Roi!!!" is something that was said when a king died and a new one was crowned, it's related to evolution and the passing from a state to another, the album is about that (morphing thru time)

    6 Oct 2010 Reply
  • eterarnial

    The best one!

    11 Jun 2010 Reply
  • maccablue666

    just love it great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    26 May 2010 Reply
  • ribuzaza

    my favourite album =) i love it! [2]

    15 May 2010 Reply
  • leroiestmoi

    i just want to know why did i heard a song 'le roi est mort, vive le roi' outside, in nature, where no speaker was possible to hear?

    13 Oct 2009 Reply
  • photon_man62

    2nd best Enigma album, after MCMXC a.D.

    15 Jun 2009 Reply
  • La-Chinita


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  • area51_music

    i love music Enigma, the best, very nice...

    11 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Darlight

    For those who dream to cognise the mysteries of the World and Universe. The mysterious melodies in splendid arrangement contain elements of mysticism from Ambient, harmony from New-Age, wisdom from Ethno http://www.lastfm.com/music/Edelis/Sensation+of+the+World We wish pleasant listening to you.

    11 Feb 2009 Reply
  • pop4tolerance

    yes! and it was perfumed mhh :)

    3 Dec 2008 Reply
  • DoomeyDoomey

    I remember how this came in a lithograph sleeve, awesome.

    16 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Terraprisma

    so many good songs on this album.... I think it's my favourite. I really like the voice on this record!

    28 Oct 2008 Reply
  • niallcrazyhorse

    The earth would not be complete with out Enigma in it! The music will never age and will always stand the test of time. A true art in its self the music of enigma and brings all as one \m/(*-*)\m/

    8 Oct 2008 Reply
  • danvanherrmann

    my favourite album =) i love it!

    20 Sep 2008 Reply
  • istoba

    My favourite album, too.

    9 Aug 2008 Reply
  • pucciaaa

    love beyond too ;]

    11 Jul 2008 Reply
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