Ten Summoner's Tales

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Ten Summoner's Tales
Studio album by Sting
Released 5 March 1993[1]
Recorded June – December 1992 at Lake House, Wiltshire
Genre Pop rock, soft rock
Length 52:31
Label A&M
31454-0070-2 (Canada, US)
31454-0075-2 (International)
Producer Hugh Padgham, Sting
Sting chronology
The Soul Cages
(1991)
Ten Summoner's Tales
(1993)
Mercury Falling
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[3]
Deseret News (Positive)[4]
Entertainment Weekly (A)[5]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[6]
The New York Times (Positive)[7]
Robert Christgau (neither)[8]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[9]

Ten Summoner's Tales is the fourth solo studio album by the rock musician Sting. The title is a combined pun of his family name, 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 US hits; "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" reached No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and "Fields of Gold" reached #23.[10]

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 did not win Album of the Year, Record of The Year or Song of the Year.

The album was recorded at Lake House, Wiltshire, mixed at The Townhouse Studio, London and mastered at Masterdisk, New York.[11] The cover of the album was photographed at Wardour Old Castle in Wiltshire, featuring Hrímnir, an Icelandic horse Sting owned for a period.

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.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Sting except where noted.

  1. "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" – 4:30
  2. "Love Is Stronger Than Justice (The Munificent Seven)" – 5:11
  3. "Fields of Gold" – 3:42
  4. "Heavy Cloud No Rain" – 3:39
  5. "She's Too Good for Me" – 2:30
  6. "Seven Days" – 4:40
  7. "Saint Augustine in Hell" – 5:05
  8. "It's Probably Me" (Sting, Eric Clapton, Michael Kamen) – 4:57
  9. "Everybody Laughed But You" – 3:53 (Excluded from original Canada/US releases)[1]
  10. "Shape of My Heart" (Sting, Dominic Miller) – 4:38
  11. "Something the Boy Said" – 5:13
  12. "Epilogue (Nothing 'Bout Me)" – 3:39

French bonus disc – five live recordings

  1. "All This Time"
  2. "Roxanne"
  3. "The Soul Cages"
  4. "Walking on the Moon"
  5. "Fortress Around Your Heart"

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
US Hot 100[10] UK Singles Chart[12]
1993 "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" 17 14
"Seven Days" 25
"Fields of Gold" 23 16
"Shape of My Heart" 57
"Love is Stronger Than Justice (The Munificent Seven)"[13]
1994 "Nothing 'Bout Me" 57 32

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Sting and Hugh Padgham
  • Engineered by Hugh Padgham
  • Assistant engineer, mix assistant: Pete Lewis
  • Mixed by David Tickle and Hugh Padgham
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

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. In 1994, "Shape of My Heart" was featured in the end credits of Léon, replacing Éric Serra's "The Experience of Love" (a track that Serra eventually used in his 1995 soundtrack for the James Bond film GoldenEye). In 2011, "Shape of My Heart" was used to conclude the final episode of the seventh series of the British television drama series Hustle.

Samples and covers[edit]

"Shape of My Heart"[edit]

The backing track of "Shape of My Heart" was used, in a slightly altered way, by rapper Nas on his song "The Message" on the 1996 album It Was Written. In the later 1990s and the 2000s, it became a popular sample in R&B and hip hop songs, possibly inspired by Nas' usage. It has been sampled or interpolated in the following:

The song has also been covered by several artists:

"Fields of Gold"[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1994 Ten Summoner's Tales Album of the Year[14] Nominated
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical[15] Won
Best Music Video, Long Form[15] Won
"If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male[15] Won
Record of the Year[14] Nominated
Song of the Year[14] Nominated

Brit Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1994
[16]
Ten Summoner's Tales Best British Album Nominated
Sting (performer) Best British Male Artist Won
"Fields of Gold" Best British Video Nominated

Mercury Prize[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1993 Ten Summoner's Tales Mercury Music Prize[17] Nominated

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[18] Platinum 100,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[19] Gold 28,537[19]
France (SNEP)[20] 2× Gold 350,000[21]
Germany (BVMI)[22] Gold 250,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[23] Gold 178,870[24]
Netherlands (NVPI)[25] Gold 50,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[26] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[27] Platinum 50,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[29] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

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

Charts[edit]

Chart precession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
Gli spari sopra by Vasco Rossi
Gli spari sopra by Vasco Rossi
Italian FIMI Chart number-one album
20 – 26 March 1993
17 – 30 April 1993
Succeeded by
Gli spari sopra by Vasco Rossi
Gli spari sopra by Vasco Rossi
Preceded by
Songs of Faith and Devotion
by Depeche Mode
Austrian Chart number-one album
18 April 1993
Succeeded by
Songs of Faith and Devotion
by Depeche Mode

1998 re-release[edit]

Ten Summoner's Tales was re-released in 1998. The 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. The instrumental track for "Everybody Laughed But You" was also used with an alternate lyric and released as "January Stars" on the "Seven Days" and "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" singles.

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