Paintings in Yellow

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Paintings in Yellow
Paintings in yellow.jpg
Studio album by Sandra
Released 26 March 1990
Recorded 1989–1990
Length 49:10
Label Virgin
Producer Michael Cretu
Sandra chronology
Everlasting Love
(1988)Everlasting Love1988
Paintings in Yellow
Close to Seven
(1992)Close to Seven1992

Paintings in Yellow is the fourth studio album by German singer Sandra, released in 1990.[1]


The album showcased more mature sound, departing from previous, up-tempo dance songs in favour of more reflective and sophisticated style. The five-part track "The Journey" foreshadowed the sound of Enigma, a new-age music project that Michael and Sandra were working on at the time of making the album. Frank Peterson, who was the co-producer on the Enigma project, took up the role of writing and producing some of the tracks on Paintings in Yellow.

Painting in Yellow met with commercial success, becoming Sandra's highest-charting album in her home country.


"Hiroshima", the opening song on the album, was released as the first single in February 1990, becoming a top 5 chart success. The second single, "(Life May Be) A Big Insanity", was released in April 1990, peaking at number 27 in Germany. "One More Night" became the final single and was a moderate success in German charts.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hiroshima" (David Morgan) — 6:52
  2. "(Life May Be) A Big Insanity" (Cretu - Cretu/Hirschburger) — 4:30
  3. "Johnny Wanna Live" (Cretu/Peterson - Cretu/Hirschburger) — 4:29
  4. "Lovelight in Your Eyes" (Cretu - Cretu/Hirschburger) — 5:29
  5. "One More Night" (Cretu/Peterson - Cretu/Hirschburger) — 4:06
  6. "The Skin I'm In" (Cretu/Peterson - Cretu/Hirschburger) — 3:40
  7. "Paintings in Yellow" (Cretu - Cretu/Hirschburger) — 5:52
  8. "The Journey" (Cretu/Peterson - Cretu/Hirschburger) — 7:29
    A. "Cold Out Here"
    B. "I'm Alive"
    C. "Paintings"
    D. "Come Alive"
    E. "The End"
  9. "Hiroshima (Extended Club Mix)" (David Morgan) — 6:43


Chart (1990) Peak
Austria[2] 14
France[3] 13 Gold[4]
Germany[5] 4 Gold[6]
Sweden[7] 30
Switzerland[8] 8 Platinum[9]


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  6. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank" (in German). Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
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  9. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". (in German). Retrieved 2012-11-08.