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Released: March 9, 1993

Rating: 4.377 (average of 13 ratings)

Genre: adult alternative rock

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Album Tracks:

  1. If I Ever Lose My Faith in You
  2. Love Is Stronger Than Justice (The Munificent Seven)
  3. Fields of Gold
  4. Heavy Cloud No Rain
  5. She’s Too Good for Me
  6. Seven Days
  7. Saint Augustine in Hell
  8. It’s Probably Me
  9. Shape of My Heart
  10. Something the Boy Said
  11. Epilogue (Nothing ‘Bout Me)


sales in U.S. only 3 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 600,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 3.6 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 2
peak on U.K. album chart 2

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • If I Ever Lose My Faith in You (2/13/93) #14a US, #14 UK, #8 AC, #5 AR, #4 MR
  • Seven Days (4/24/93) #25 UK
  • Fields of Gold (5/15/93) #12a US, #16 UK, #2 AC, #24 AR, #12 MR
  • Shape of My Heart (9/4/03) #57 UK
  • Epilogue (Nothing ‘Bout Me) (10/2/93) #51a US, #32 UK, #17 AC


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Ten Summoner’s Tales
“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. And, frankly, that's a bit of a relief after the oppressively somber The Soul Cages and the hushed, though lovely, Nothing Like the Sun. Sting even loosens up enough to crack jokes, both clever (the winking litany of celebrity pains of Epilogue [Nothing 'Bout Me]) and condescending (the sneeringly catchy cowboy tale Love Is Stronger Than Justice [The Munificent Seven]), and the result is his best solo record. In places, it's easily as pretentious as his earlier work, but that's undercut by writing that hasn't been this sharp and melodic since the Police, plus his most varied set of songs since Synchronicity. True, there isn't a preponderance of flat-out classics — only the surging opener If I Ever Lose My Faith in You, the understated swing of It’s Probably Me, and the peaceful ballad Fields of Gold rank as classics — but, as an album, Ten Summoner’s Tales is more consistently satisfying than anything else in his catalog” (Erlewine).

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Previous Album: Nothing Like the Sun (1987) Sting’s DMDB page Next Album: Fields of Gold (compilation: 1985-1994)

Last updated May 30, 2008.