Monday, December 8, 2008

Sting-Ten Summoner's Tales [1993]

1. If I Ever Lose My Faith In You 
2. Love Is Stronger Than Justice (The Munificent Seven) 
3. Fields Of Gold
4. Heavy Cloud No Rain
5. She's Too Good For Me
6. Seven Days
7. Saint Augustine In Hell
8. It's Probably Me
9. Shape Of My Heart
10. Something The Boy Said
11. Epilogue (Nothing 'Bout Me)

Ten Summoner's Tales is the fourth solo studio album by the rock musician Sting. The title is a combined pun of his given name, Gordon Sumner, and a character in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, the summoner. Released in 1993, it explores themes of love and morality in a noticeably upbeat mood compared to his previous release, the introspective The Soul Cages.
This album only contained two U.S. hits; "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and "Fields of Gold" reached #23.
Ten Summoner's Tales was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 1993 and nominated for the Grammy Awards Album of the Year in 1994.
The 1998 re-release CD includes a bonus video track of "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You". Interestingly, it also features the song "Everybody Laughed But You", which was exlcuded from the original 1993 release in the US and Canada, a fact that is not mentioned on the official Sting website. The song did appear on the original release in the UK, Europe, Japan and other territories. The instrumental track for "Everybody Laughed But You" was also used with an alternate lyric and released as "January Stars" on the "Seven Days" single.
A different version of "It's Probably Me," featuring Eric Clapton, was featured in the opening titles of Lethal Weapon 3. This version is available as a single.
The cover of the album was photographed at Wardour Old Castle in Wiltshire, England, featuring Hr?mnir, an Icelandic horse Sting owned for a period.
A cover version of "Fields of Gold" was released by Mary Wilson on her Up Close: Live From San Francisco CD.

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