Fields of Gold

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For other uses of "Fields of Gold", see Fields of Gold (disambiguation).
"Fields of Gold...."
Single by Sting
from the album Ten Summoner's Tales
Released March 1993
Format Compact disc
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:42 (Album Version)
Label A&M
Writer(s) Sting
Producer(s) Sting & Hugh Padgham
Sting singles chronology
"Seven Days
(1993)
"Fields of Gold"
(1993)
"Shape of My Heart"
(1993)

"Fields of Gold" is a 1993 song by Sting from his album Ten Summoner's Tales. "Fields of Gold" and all the other album tracks were recorded at Lake House, Wiltshire, mixed at The Townhouse Studio, London, England and mastered at Masterdisk, New York City. The harmonica solo is played by Brendan Power, and the Northumbrian smallpipes are played by Kathryn Tickell. The music video was directed by Kevin Godley. The cover of the album was photographed at Wardour Old Castle in Wiltshire, as was the cover for the album Ten Summoner's Tales.

"Fields of Gold" was the second single released from the album after "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You". The single reached No. 16 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart. It was a hit in Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland and many other countries.

The song was included in Sting's first compilations album issued by Sting under the title Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984–1994 and released in 1994 and in a later compilation The Very Best of Sting & The Police in 1997. It was also re-recorded by Sting in 2006 as a bonus track for his classical album Songs from the Labyrinth, in which the song was accompanied entirely by a lute.

Tracklist[edit]

  • UK 4 Track CD Single[1]
  1. "Fields of Gold"
  2. "King of Pain" – Live
  3. "Fragile" – Live
  4. "Purple Haze" – Live
  • Rare UK Limited Edition 4 Track Gatefold CD Single[1]
  1. "Fields of Gold"
  2. "Message in a Bottle" – Live
  3. "Fortress Around Your Heart" – Live
  4. "Roxanne" – Live

Uses in media[edit]

The song was used in an episode of the American version of the TV show The Office. It is played at Phyllis and Bob Vance's wedding. Kevin sings and plays the song with his band.

The classical version was featured in an episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, where Sting made a guest appearance as himself.

The song is also featured during the high school dance scene in the 2011 film Detention.

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered many times. Here is a selective list (if possible in chronological order):

Live covers[edit]

On compilations[edit]

Mixes[edit]

Instrumentals[edit]

Language versions[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US US AC US Adult US Rock US Mod UK FRA
[7]
GER
[8]
IRE
[9]
NET
[10]
SWI
[11]
1993 "Fields of Gold" 23 2 24 12 16 52 22 44 25 Ten Summoner's Tales

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sting CD Singles, Sting CDs, Buy Rare Sting CDs". Mattscdsingles.com. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sting - Fields of Gold (Live) - Sara Niemietz & W.G. Snuffy Walden". Sara Niemietz YouTube Channel. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2014. Recorded at Taylor Made Studios 
  3. ^ "Fields of Gold LIVE | The Official 2CELLOS Site". 2cellos.com. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Song: Kultaniityt - Tapani Kansa". Second Hand Songs. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Recording: Terre d'oru - I Muvrini and Sting". Second Hand Songs. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Maarja.ee". Maarja.ee. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "lescharts.com (French charts)". lescharts.com. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "musicline.de (German charts)". musicline.de. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts (search by artist: Sting)". irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "dutchcharts.nl (Dutch charts)". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "hitparade.ch (Swiss charts)". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 

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