Die Chinesische Mauer

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Die Chinesische Mauer
Studio album by Michael Cretu
Released 1985
Length 35:04
Label Virgin
Producer Michael Cretu, Armand Volker

Die Chinesische Mauer is Michael Cretu's third solo album and it was released in 1985. The literal English translation of the title is "The Chinese Wall", or as it is better known, "The Great Wall of China". Like his previous album, this had German lyrics, was sung by Michael, and was co-produced by Armand Volker. This album was also released as a separate album with English lyrics and a different track listing under the name "The Invisible Man". Several of the tracks on "The Invisible Man" were edited slightly, and, therefore last for a different length than the German versions on Die Chinesische Mauer. The song "Samurai" was released as a single and became a hit in Europe (#1 Greece, #2 Switzerland, #4 Italy, #4 Sweden, #12 Germany). In 1986, after the success of the single "Gambit" the English version of the album was re-released to feature this song.

Track listing[edit]

Die Chinesische Mauer (German edition)[edit]

  1. "Intro" (Cretu) - 2:28
  2. "Mikado" (Cretu) - 3:17
  3. "Coda" (Cretu) - 0:59
  4. "Amazonen" (Cretu/Killer) - 5:19
  5. "Die Chinesische Mauer" (Cretu/Killer) - 5:01
  6. "Samurai" (Cretu/Killer) - 5:22
  7. "Carte Blanche" (Cretu/Killer) - 3:56
  8. "Schwarzer Engel" (Cretu/Killer) - 5:18
  9. "Zinnsoldat" (Cretu/Killer) - 3:24

The Invisible Man (English edition)[edit]

  1. "Samurai" - 5:13
  2. "Carte Blanche" - 3:24
  3. "Silver Water" - 4:42
  4. "Your Favorite Toy" - 3:26
  5. "Intro" - 2:27
  6. "Mikado" - 3:14
  7. "Coda" - 0:59
  8. "Heavy Traffic" - 4:57
  9. "The Invisible Man" - 5:01

The Invisible Man (English edition re-release)[edit]

  1. "Gambit" 4:35
  2. "Samurai" - 5:13
  3. "Silver Water" - 4:40
  4. "Your Favorite Toy" - 3:24
  5. "Intro" - 2:28
  6. "Mikado" - 3:13
  7. "Coda" - 0:59
  8. "Heavy Traffic" - 4:54
  9. "The Invisible Man" - 5:01

Personnel[edit]

  • Mats Bjorklund – guitar
  • Peter Cornelius – guitar
  • Curt Cress – percussion, drums
  • Michael Crétu – keyboards, vocals, producer, electric drums, drum programming
  • Christian Felke – saxophone
  • Mike Schmidt – artwork
  • Armand Volker – producer