Fate of Nations

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Fate of Nations
Studio album by Robert Plant
Released 25 May 1993
Recorded R A K Studios, Sawmills Studio Cornwall, Monmow Valley Studio Monmouth, 1992-1993
Genre Rock, folk rock, alternative rock
Length 58:53
Label Es Paranza
Producer Chris Hughes, Robert Plant
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Fate of Nations
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Music Box 4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Fate of Nations is Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant's sixth solo album. It was released in 1993 and re-released in a remastered edition on 20 March 2007. It features former Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Scott MacMichael. The lead singer of Clannad, Máire Brennan is featured on the track "Come Into My Life". The song "I Believe" is a tribute to Robert Plant's late son, Karac.

Plant explained his album in the following terms:

The album was Plant's last completely solo album until his comeback with his seventh studio album Dreamland in 2002. The album was mixed at Westside Studios by Tim Palmer.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Calling to You" (Robert Plant, Chris Blackwell) – 5:48
  2. "Down to the Sea" (Plant, Charlie Jones) – 4:00
  3. "Come Into My Life" (Plant, Blackwell, Doug Boyle, Kevin Scott MacMichael) – 6:32
  4. "I Believe" (Plant, Phil Johnstone) – 4:32
  5. "29 Palms" (Plant, Blackwell, Jones, Boyle, Johnstone) – 4:51
  6. "Memory Song (Hello Hello)" (Plant, Johnstone, Jones, Blackwell, Oliver J. Woods) – 5:22
  7. "If I Were a Carpenter" (Tim Hardin) – 3:45
  8. "Colours of a Shade" (Plant, Johnstone, Blackwell, Maartin Allcock) - 4:43 UK edition; bonus track on some editions
  9. "Promised Land" (Plant, Johnstone) – 4:59
  10. "The Greatest Gift" (Plant, Blackwell, Jones, MacMichael, Johnstone) – 6:51
  11. "Great Spirit" (Plant, Johnstone, MacMichael) – 5:27
  12. "Network News" (Plant, Blackwell) – 6:40

2007 remaster bonus tracks[edit]

  • "Colours of a Shade" – 4:45
  • "Great Spirit" (acoustic mix) - 3:54
  • "Rollercoaster" (demo) - 4:01
  • "8:05" - 1:49
  • "Dark Moon" (acoustic) - 4:57


  • Robert Plant – lead vocals; guitar on "Promised Land"; backing vocals on "Great Spirit"
  • Kevin Scott MacMichaelguitar on all songs; backing vocals on "I Believe"
  • Oliver J. Woods – guitar on "Down to the Sea", "Memory Song (Hello Hello)"
  • Richard Thompson – guitar on "Come Into My Life"
  • Francis Dunnery – guitar on "Come into My Life", "Promised Land"
  • Doug Boyle – guitar on "29 Palms", "Network News"
  • Charlie Jonesbass on all songs; all instruments except guitar and drums on "Down to the Sea"
  • Phil Johnstoneharmonium on "Come Into My Life"; piano on "I Believe", "29 Palms", "Memory Song (Hello Hello)", "If I Were a Carpenter"; organ on "Promised Land"; electric piano on "The Greatest Gift", "Great Spirit"; backing vocals on "Great Spirit"; electric orchestra on "Network News"
  • Phillip Andrews – keyboards on "Memory Song (Hello Hello)"
  • Pete Thompsondrums on "Calling to You", "Come Into My Life", "The Greatest Gift", "Great Spirit"
  • Chris Hughes – drums on "Down to the Sea", "Come Into My Life", "I Believe", "29 Palms", "If I Were a Carpenter", "Promised Land", "The Greatest Gift", "Network News"
  • Michael Lee – drums on "Memory Song (Hello Hello)", "Network News"
  • Chris Blackwell – drums on "Promised Land"
  • Nigel Kennedyviolin on "Calling to You"
  • Nigel Eatonhurdy-gurdy on "Come Into My Life", "I Believe"
  • Maartin Allcock – mandolin on "If I Were a Carpenter"; all instruments except drums and vocals on "Colours of a Shade"
  • Lynton Naiff – String arrangement on "If I Were a Carpenter", "The Greatest Gift"
  • Navazish Ali Khan – violin on "Network News"
  • Gurdev Singh – dilruba & sarod on "Network News"
  • Surge Singh – sarangi on "Network News"
  • Máire Brennan – backing vocals on "Come Into My Life"
  • Julian Taylor – backing vocals on "I Believe"
  • Steve French – backing vocals on "I Believe"
  • John Flynn – backing vocals on "The Greatest Gift"