Ten Summoner's Tales [Bonus Tracks]

Ten Summoner's Tales [Bonus Tracks]

by Sting
     
 

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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

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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

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/1998
Label:
Polygram Uk
UPC:
0731454099721
catalogNumber:
540997
Rank:
80959

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sting   Primary Artist,Bass,Harmonica,Saxophone,Vocals
Kathryn Tickell   Fiddle,Pipe
Larry Adler   Chromatic Harmonica
David Sancious   Keyboards
John Barclay   Trumpet
Guy Barker   Trumpet
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Richard Edwards   Trombone
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Dominic Miller   Guitar
Mark Nightingale   Trombone
Brendan Power   Chromatic Harmonica
Sian Bell   Cello
Dave Heath   Flute
Simon Fischer   Violin
James Boyd   Viola
David Foxxe   Narrator
Kathryn Greeley   Violin

Technical Credits

Sting   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Michael Kamen   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Dominic Miller   Composer
Hugh Padgham   Producer,Engineer
Howard Greenhalgh   Video Director

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