Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984–1994

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Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984–1994
Sting fields of gold.jpg
Greatest hits album by Sting
Released 8 November 1994
Genre Rock
Label A&M
Producer Hugh Padgham
Sting chronology
Ten Summoner's Tales
(1993)Ten Summoner's Tales1993
Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984–1994
(1994)
Mercury Falling
(1996)Mercury Falling1996
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 first four studio albums The Dream of the Blue Turtles, ...Nothing Like the Sun, The Soul Cages, and Ten Summoner's Tales. It was also released on LaserDisc, in which it is a music video compilation.

Album information[edit]

The album features two new songs, "When We Dance" and "This Cowboy Song", which were both released as singles.

Track listings[edit]

U.S. Edition[edit]

  • All songs written by Sting.
  1. "When We Dance" – 5:59
    • New song (1994)
  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" – 4:35
    • 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 (1994)

International Edition[edit]

  1. When We Dance – 5:59
    • New song (1994)
  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(1991).
  7. It's Probably Me - 5:10
  8. They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo) – 7:10
    • Originally released on the album ...Nothing Like the Sun (1987).
  9. If I Ever Lose My Faith in You – 4:31
    • Originally released on the album Ten Summoner's Tales (1993).
  10. Fragile – 3:53
    • Originally released on the album ...Nothing Like the Sun (1987).
  11. We'll Be Together – 3:51
    • Alternate version of track originally released on the album ...Nothing Like the Sun (1987, r1994).
  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 (1985).
  15. Why Should I Cry for You – 4:50
    • Alternate version of track originally released on the album The Soul Cages (1991, r1994).
  16. This Cowboy Song – 5:00
    • New song (1994)
  17. Fragilidad - 3:51
    • Originally released on the EP Nada Como el Sol (1988). Replaced with a Portuguese version of "Fragile" on the Brazilian edition.
  18. Take Me to the Sunshine
    • Only appears on a single-track CD included with the Japanese release.
  19. Love is stronger than justice

LaserDisc/VHS[edit]

Side One
  1. When We Dance – 5:59
    • New song (1994)
  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" – 4:35
    • 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. Bring on the Night
    • LaserDisc/VHS Version Exclusive
  8. "They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)" – 7:10
    • Originally released on the album ...Nothing Like the Sun (1987).
  9. If I Ever Lose My Faith in You – 4:31
    • Originally released on the album Ten Summoner's Tales (1993).
  10. Fragile – 3:53
    • Originally released on the album ...Nothing Like the Sun (1987).
  11. Why Should I Cry for You – 4:50
    • Alternate version of track originally released on the album The Soul Cages (1991, r1994).
  12. Englishman in New York – 4:27
Side Two
  1. Russians – 3:58
    • Tracks 12-14 originally released on the album The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985).
  2. It's Probably Me (with Eric Clapton)
    • LaserDisc/VHS Version Exclusive
  3. We'll Be Together – 3:51
    • Studio/music video version. Originally released on the album ...Nothing Like the Sun (1987).
  4. Demolition Man
    • LaserDisc/VHS Version Exclusive
  5. This Cowboy Song – 5:00
    • New song (1994)

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 Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[21] Platinum 60,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[22] Gold 25,000*
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 50,000^
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

References[edit]

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