Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984–1994

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For the Sting song, see Ten Summoner's Tales.
Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984–1994
Greatest hits album by Sting
Released 8 November 1994
Genre Rock
Label A&M
Producer Hugh Padgham
Sting chronology
Ten Summoner's Tales
(1993)
Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984–1994
(1994)
Mercury Falling
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly B [2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars [3]

Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984–1994 is the first compilation issued by Sting. It features hit singles from his studio albums The Dream of the Blue Turtles, ...Nothing Like the Sun, The Soul Cages, and Ten Summoner's Tales. The album features two new songs, "When We Dance" and "This Cowboy Song", which were both released as singles (although this version of "This Cowboy Song" was on the B-side; the version released on the A-side was a reggae version that Sting recorded in collaboration with Pato Banton). An alternate version of "We'll Be Together" is also featured. While the liner notes do not mention this, the version of "Why Should I Cry for You" on this compilation differs from the one on The Soul Cages. The seventeen track international version contains five tracks not included on the fourteen track U.S. release, but does not include "Be Still My Beating Heart" or "Fortress Around Your Heart".

U.S. Edition track listing[edit]

All songs written by Sting

  1. "When We Dance" – 5:59
    • New song
  2. "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" – 4:15
  3. "Fields of Gold" – 3:39
  4. "All This Time" – 4:55
  5. "Fortress Around Your Heart" – 4:36
    • Remixed version of track originally released on the album The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985).
  6. "Be Still My Beating Heart" – 5:32
  7. "They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)" – 7:10
    • Originally released on the album ...Nothing Like the Sun (1987).
  8. "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" – 4:31
    • Originally released on the album Ten Summoner's Tales (1993).
  9. "Fragile" – 3:53
    • Originally released on the album ...Nothing Like the Sun (1987).
  10. "Why Should I Cry for You?" – 4:50
    • Remixed version of track originally released on the album The Soul Cages.
  11. "Englishman in New York" – 4:27
    • Originally released on the album ...Nothing Like the Sun (1987).
  12. "We'll Be Together" – 3:51
    • Previously unreleased version of track originally released on the album ...Nothing Like the Sun.
  13. "Russians" – 3:58
    • Originally released on the album The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985).
  14. "This Cowboy Song" – 5:00
    • New song

International Edition track listing[edit]

All songs written by Sting

  1. When We Dance – 5:59
    • New song
  2. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free – 4:15
  3. Fields of Gold – 3:39
  4. All This Time – 4:55
  5. Englishman in New York – 4:27
  6. Mad About You - 3:54
    • Originally released on the album The Soul Cages.
  7. It's Probably Me - 5:10
  8. They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo) – 7:10
    • Originally released on the album ...Nothing Like the Sun.
  9. If I Ever Lose My Faith in You – 4:31
    • Originally released on the album Ten Summoner's Tales.
  10. Fragile – 3:53
    • Originally released on the album ...Nothing Like the Sun.
  11. We'll Be Together – 3:51
    • Alternate version of track originally released on the album ...Nothing Like the Sun.
  12. Moon Over Bourbon Street - 4:00
  13. Love Is the Seventh Wave - 3:32
  14. Russians – 3:58
    • Tracks 12-14 originally released on the album The Dream of the Blue Turtles.
  15. Why Should I Cry for You – 4:50
    • Alternate version of track originally released on the album The Soul Cages.
  16. This Cowboy Song – 5:00
    • New song
  17. Fragilidad - 3:51

Japanese Edition[edit]

  • Japanese CD has a single CD. It contains "Take me to the sunshine".

Brazilian Edition[edit]

  • At the Brazilian release, "Fragil (portuguese version)" takes place from "Fragilidad".

Personnel[edit]

  • Sting – main performer

Singles[edit]

  • "When We Dance" (1994) #9 UK, #38 US
  • "This Cowboy Song" (1994) #15 UK

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[4] 20
Austrian Albums Chart[5] 7
Canadian Albums Chart[6] 14
Dutch Albums Chart[7] 5
European Albums Chart[8] 2
French Compilations Chart[9] 4
German Albums Chart[10] 4
Irish Albums Chart[11] 4
Italian Albums Chart[12] 1
New Zealand Albums Chart[13] 5
Portuguese Albums Chart[14] 5
Swedish Albums Chart[15] 5
Swiss Albums Chart[16] 5
UK Albums Chart[17] 2
Chart (1995) Peak
position
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[18] 17
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart[19] 15
Norwegian Albums Chart[20] 5

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[21] Platinum 60,000x
Austria (IFPI Austria)[22] Gold 25,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[23] Platinum 100,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[24] Platinum 68,127[24]
France (SNEP)[25] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[26] Platinum 500,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[27] Gold 271,830[28]
Poland (ZPAV)[29] Gold 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[30] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[31] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[32] Platinum 50,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[33] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[34] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[35] 4× Platinum 4,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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