Ten Summoner s Tales
1 x LP
+ bonus download
2013 EU reissue on 180g LP=1993' Sting's best work outside of The Police, 3 genuine classics:'If I Ever Lose My Faith in You', 'Fields of Gold' , 'Shape of My Heart' = 'If I Ever Lose My Faith in You' (an example of how The Police might have sounded in
Release date: 01-10-2012 (Originally released in 1993)
2013 EU remastered on 180g LP+download=Ten Summoner's Talesis an amazing compilation of 11 songs that really push boundaries with his musicianship while staying true to his excellent songwriting.
Sting's best work outside of The Police, containing at least three genuine classics: 'If I Ever Lose My Faith in You' (an example of how The Police might have sounded in 1993), the lovely reminiscing ballad 'Fields of Gold' and the Spanish guitar showcase 'Shape of My Heart'.
A1 Prologue (If I Ever Lose My Faith In You)
A2 Love Is Stronger Than Justice (The Munificent Seven)
A3 Fields Of Gold
A4 Heavy Cloud No Rain
A5 She's Too Good For Me
A6 Seven Days
B1 Saint Augustine In Hell
B2 It's Probably Me [Written-By – Eric Clapton, Michael Kamen, Sting]
B3 Shape Of My Heart [Written-By – Dominic Miller, Sting]
B4 Something The Boy Said
B5 Epilogue (Nothing 'Bout Me)
Ten Summoner's Tales is an amazing compilation of 11 songs that really push boundaries with his musicianship while staying true to his excellent songwriting. The songs included on this album are both immerse and expansive, serious and funny and packed with melodies. While its message isn't as deep as his past albums, it shines in its authenticity, surely the best material he's ever played.
After two albums of muted, mature jazz-inflected pop, the last being an explicit album about death, Sting created his first unapologetically pop album since the Police with Ten Summoner's Tales. The title, a rather awkward pun on his given last name, is significant, since it emphasizes that this album is a collection of songs, without any musical conceits or lyrical concepts tying it together.
The former jazzman-turned-punk is now more middle-of-the-road than a yellow stripe. But Ten Summoner's Tales is by far the most engaging of his solo records. The singles "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" and "Fields of Gold" prove the man can lighten up long enough to go deep. "She's Too Good For Me" would have been a good Police single if it weren't for the pseudo-classical midsection that takes its joke far too seriously. Still, you wish he would loosen up and enjoy the rock once in a while. --Robert Wilonsk
Bonus(cd,single,download): bonus download
Originally released: 1993
This release: 2013