- Audio CD (March 5 1993)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Enhanced
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B000005IL1
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Ten Summoner's Tales Enhanced
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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 Wilonsky
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The cover speaks volumes, with Sting juxtaposed toward a horse's you-know-what and the wordplay of "Ten Summoner's Tales" working on multiple levels, a) reminiscent of Chaucer, b) there are actually 11 songs, c) Sting's real name is Gordon Sumners (sp?).
Also, the photos are in bright yellows and golds and taken in an old church, cathedral or abbey, so Sting is in a different spiritual place than "Soul Cages."
"If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" could be spoken to many listeners. It could be faith in God, a lover, a friend, or humanity. It has a steady instrumental groove, nice melodic touch on the guitar, and well-performed vocal.
The musicians here mark a departure from the earlier jazz stars, with more sidemen, including Dominic Miller on guitar. There is a definite move toward the easy listening that has dominated Sting's work since the early 1990s.
"Love is Stronger Than Justice" is a darkly humorous play on "The Magnificent Seven" about seven brothers that save a town for the promise of brides, only to find there is only one bride.
"Fields of Gold" is one of Sting's strongest love ballads, with beautiful imagery, gentle strings and delicate woodwinds.
"Heavy Cloud (No Rain)" and "She's Too Good For Me" are harder-edged tunes with strong instrumental lines.
"Seven Days" is about a person faced with an ultimatum from a lover, and features Sting once again picking his own pocket for lyrics from "Every Little Thing..."
"Saint Augustine in Hell" is about choices of attraction, and features a biting narrative of those that reside in Hell. Music Critics!
"It's Probably Me" is a relationship song about learning to rely on someone and "Shape of My Heart" is a ballad that uses card suits and face cards as metaphors for life. "Something the Boy Said" seems like a "Soul Cages" leftover with the metaphors of the sea and soldiers.
"Epilogue (Nothing 'Bout Me)" is a fitting closer, with the narrator saying that you can make all of these examinations, but you'll still learn nothing, because he's really a simple soul.
Excellent, solid outing for Sting that holds up under multiple listenings a decade later.
Ten Summoner's Tales, Sting's 1993 album, was the first recoding at Sting's mansion in Lakehouse. The album included so many preppy blends of jazz-fusioned music, with a dash of soul. The album spwaned numerous hits including If I Ever Lose My Faith In You, which won the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Seven Days, Fields Of Gold, and It's Probably Me, a soulful sit down performance with Eric Clapton.
Although many people don't refer to Sting as dominant as soulful as he was on this record, and in his days with The Police, many people can still rest asured. Hopefully the record can be remastered, like it was Overseas. In the meantime, enjoy Ten Summoner's Tales, and have a good time.
I don't like the direction Sting has taken. He used to be a very innovative musician, experimenting with jazz, blues, raggae and other styles of music. Here he is just a straight ahead pop singer. I find most of the tunes just boring. They are white bread songs written for the masses.
What I find really bad about this album is the high pitched chromatic harmonica that is used throughout almost all of the songs. To me, the sound it puts out is annoyning and unpleasant.
There are two songs I like on this CD, but they are not the hits. If you like the song Shape of My Heart or any of Sting's recent material, then you will love the whole album. If you think Sting was good when he was with the Police, or during his jazz stage (Dream of the Blue Turtles), or rock stage (Demolition Man) you probably will be disappointed with this.
As for the rest of the cd, the other tracks are incredible. There really is no way to categorize his music, nor do I want to ( Sting probably doesn't either).
My other recommendation is to also purchase the full surround sound DTS version of this timeless recording (providing your player and or receiver have the DTS chip to decode the channels). It's simply a must have for any true music and eclectic avid collector's library...
I recommend getting Ten Summoner's Tales just for the two hits if nothing else. However, if you're a major Sting fan, you will probably like the album with no second thoughts.
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