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Ancient Heart is the debut studio album by Tanita Tikaram.[3][4] The record was initially released by Warner Music Group on 13 September 1988. The album had huge success and was a hit globally, launching Tanita's mainstream career. Guest musicians included Rod Argent, Mark Isham, Peter Van Hooke, Paul Brady, and Brendan Croker. Argent and Van Hooke produced the album. The record includes four singles.

Ancient Heart
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Studio album by
Released13 September 1988
RecordedApril–July 1988
Red House Studios, Silsoe
GenreRock, pop, folk
LabelWEA 9031-71030-3
ProducerRod Argent, Peter Van Hooke
Tanita Tikaram chronology
Ancient Heart
The Sweet Keeper
Singles from Ancient Heart
  1. "Good Tradition"
    Released: 1988
  2. "Twist in My Sobriety"
    Released: 1988
  3. "Cathedral Song"
    Released: 1989
  4. "World Outside Your Window"
    Released: 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB[2]

It was the best selling album of 1989 in Germany[citation needed].


Track listingEdit

All words and music by Tanita Tikaram.

  1. "Good Tradition"
  2. "Cathedral Song"
  3. "Sighing Innocents"
  4. "I Love You"
  5. "World Outside Your Window"
  6. "For All These Years"
  7. "Twist in My Sobriety"
  8. "Poor Cow"
  9. "He Likes the Sun"
  10. "Valentine Heart"
  11. "Preyed Upon"


Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[5] Gold 26,667[5]
France (SNEP)[6] 2× Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[7] 3× Gold 750,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[8] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[9] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[10] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] 2× Platinum 600,000^
Worldwide (IFPI) N/A 4,000,000+ [12]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Promis, Jose F. "Tanita Tikaram: Ancient Heart". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Consumer Guide Reviews: Ancient Heart". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Tentative Review #63". 2 January 1998. Archived from the original on 4 October 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Tanita Tikaram – Ancient Heart". Discogs. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Tanita Tikaram" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  6. ^ "French album certifications – Tanita Tikaram – Ancient Heart" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  7. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Tanita Tikaram; 'Ancient Heart')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  8. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Tanita Tikaram – Ancient Heart" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter Ancient Heart in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  9. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.
  10. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Tanita Tikaram; 'Ancient Heart')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  11. ^ "British album certifications – Tanita Tikaram – Ancient Heart". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Ancient Heart in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  12. ^ Childs, Marti. "Where have all the pop stars gone?". EditprosLLC. Retrieved 25 August 2018.