Offered for sale is an original U.S. issue of Enya’s Watermark LP, issued in 1988.
About this copy: This copy is an original 1988 U.S. pressing, issued by Geffen Records. The cover is VG++, with just traces of wear at the corners and edges. The disc is also a very clean VG++, with just a few very slight scuffs from having been removed from the paper inner sleeve. The custom inner sleeve is included; it has a small split on the bottom edge.
A beautiful copy of a terrific album that’s quite hard to find on vinyl.
Background: Enya’s Watermark came out in 1988, and at that time the artist was largely unknown. While the album sold well in Europe, it only reached #60 on the U.S. charts. Enya didn’t receive recognition in the U.S. until several of the songs from the album were used in the 1991 film L.A. Story, by which time the album was long out of print on vinyl.
As a result, most of the copies of Watermark that turn up for sale are imported pressings from Europe. The American pressings, in contrast, are quite rare, and this is the first copy we’ve ever had.
Thanks to its distinct, downright catchy single “Orinoco Flow,” which amusingly referenced both her record-company boss Rob Dickins and co-producer Ross Cullum in the lyrics, Enya’s second album Watermark established her as the unexpected queen of gentle, Celtic-tinged new age music. Watermark ends with a fascinating piece, “Na Laetha Geal M’Oige,” where fellow Irish modern/traditional fusion artist Davy Spillane adds a gripping, heartbreaking uilleann pipe solo to the otherwise calm synth-based performance. It’s a perfect combination of timelessness and technology, an appropriate end to this fine album.
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