Ten Summoner's Tales

Label
A&M
Release date
9 Mar 1993
Running length
11 tracks
Running time
49:19

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 If I Ever Lose My Faith in You 4:31 212,482
2 Love Is Stronger Than Justice (The Munificent Seven) 5:11 31,958
3 Fields of Gold 3:50 450,092
4 Heavy Cloud No Rain 3:48 35,986
5 She's Too Good For Me 3:03 56,731
6 Seven Days 4:38 114,390
7 Saint Augustine In Hell 5:18 38,375
8 It's Probably Me 5:10 109,484
9 Shape Of My Heart 4:39 353,061
10 Something The Boy Said 5:29 40,404
11 Epilogue (Nothing 'Bout Me) 3:42 33,932

About this album

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 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. In 1994, it was nominated for five Grammy awards, winning Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (“If I Ever Lose My Faith in You”) and Best Long Form Music Video. It lost Album of the Year and Record of The Year for the above mentioned song.

A long form video featuring alternate musical performances and live versions of all tracks was filmed at Lake House and released in conjunction with the album. The video went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Long Form Video in 1994 and was directed by Doug Nichol and produced by Julie Fong.

The 1998 re-release CD includes a bonus video track of “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You”. It also features the song “Everybody Laughed But You”, which was excluded from the original 1993 release in the US and Canada. The song did appear on the original release in the UK, Europe, Japan and other territories, and the “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You” single.

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  • mordwyr

    Old favorite revisited!

    28 Jun 12:05am Reply
  • aquaticdeath

    My parents used to play this album constantly on our sunday drives; brings back a lot of memories.

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • CuntyWunty

    Got a lot of love for this one

    3 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Snooz

    This album was the portal for me into more "grown up's music". I actually struggled liking it at about 14yo, when it suddenly grew on me and the song I hated the most "St. Augustine in hell" is my favourite on the album. It also opened my ears to complex time signatures through my older brother introducing the various songs to me. "Listen to Vinnie Colaiuta and his details", this guy played with Frank Zappa. 10 years + I'm into prog, but also Jazz.

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • LarkCGN

    Maybe his best album but far from one of the best albums of the 90s

    14 Feb 2011 Reply
  • marcoslhc

    This and The soul cages are the best albums recorded in the 90's. Love the whole-wide-world-jazz sound in them

    12 Nov 2010 Reply
  • noiresque

    The only solo Sting album I own.

    31 Oct 2010 Reply
  • carola-kornelia

    I love this song, sting touch me with his music!

    14 Jul 2010 Reply
  • rozplays

    A favorite that never grows old.

    20 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Kershlaus91

    Shape of my heart is a really great song !

    26 Apr 2010 Reply
  • lowredmoon

    can't say i'm much of a fan of the tantric love machine, but whenever anything from this album comes up, it consistently sounds bloody good. it has aged a tiny bit, but the songs are so solid it really gets away with it. one of the most nicely put together albums of the 90's.

    20 Jan 2010 Reply
  • ExhaltedOne

    Shape Of My Heart is my JAM!!!

    28 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Pellkoppf

    Wunderschöne Muse

    22 Apr 2009 Reply
  • imanelectrician

    sting's best album and also one of the best albums of the nineties, which culled a few gems in electronica as well, but sting's contribution to the nineties was a crown of studio and musical insight glory, period.

    19 Mar 2009 Reply
  • alvareo

    From Wikipedia: "The cover of the album was photographed at Wardour Old Castle in Wiltshire, England, featuring Hrímnir, an Icelandic horse Sting owned for a period." HOLY FUCK, SHIT, AND ANY CURSE WORD THAT EXISTS IN THIS FUCKIN WORLD! AN ICELANDIC HORSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH}!!!!!!!!!

    2 Mar 2009 Reply
  • sofakisol

    shape of my heart +Leon the best

    30 Jan 2009 Reply
  • soundmastermony

    one of the best albums ever...

    3 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Wolf_in_Dark

    One of this best works

    21 Mar 2008 Reply
  • PhilBe

    High tide point of his music

    8 Jan 2008 Reply
  • 35beta

    I thought using Shape of My Heart at the end of The Professional was really fitting. I appreciated the track more after I noted that.

    13 Nov 2006 Reply
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