Ten Summoner's Tales is the fourth solo studio album by the English 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 released in 1991 after the loss of both his parents in the 1980s.
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. Ten Summoner's Tales was shortlisted for the 1993 Mercury Prize. In 1994, it was nominated for six 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.
The album was recorded at Lake House, Wiltshire, mixed at The Townhouse Studio, London and mastered at Masterdisk, New York. The cover of the album was photographed at Wardour Old Castle in Wiltshire, featuring Hrímnir, an Icelandic horse Sting owned for a period.
"... his best solo record...Ten Summoner's Tales is more consistently satisfying than anything else in his catalog." -Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com
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Made In The EU
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
1. Saint Augustine In Hell
2. It's Probably Me
3. Shape Of My Heart
4. Something The Boy Said
5. Epilogue (Nothing 'Bout Me)