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Fate of Nations is the sixth studio album by English singer Robert Plant, released May 25, 1993 on Es Paranza Records in North America and Fontana Records internationally. It features former Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Scott MacMichael. The song "I Believe" is a tribute to Plant's late son, Karac.

Fate of Nations
FateOfNations.jpg
Studio album by
Released25 May 1993
Recorded1992-1993
StudioR A K Studios, Sawmills Studio Cornwall, Monmow Valley Studio Monmouth
Genre
Length58:53
LabelEs Paranza (North America)
Fontana (Rest of the world)
Producer
Robert Plant chronology
Manic Nirvana
(1990)
Fate of Nations
(1993)
No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded
(1994)
Robert Plant studio chronology
Manic Nirvana
(1990)
Fate of Nations
(1993)
Dreamland
(2002)
Singles from Fate of Nations
  1. "I Believe"
    Released: 1993
  2. "If I Were A Carpenter"
    Released: 1993
  3. "Calling To You"
    Released: 1993
  4. "29 Palms"
    Released: 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Music Box4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]

The album was Plant's last solo album until his comeback with his seventh studio album Dreamland in 2002.

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Plant explained his album in the following terms:

ReissuesEdit

Fate of Nations was remastered and reissued by Rhino Records on 20 March, 2007, this edition included 5 bonus tracks. In April 2019, the album was reissued on vinyl for Record Store Day 2019.

Track listingEdit

Original release
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Calling to You"Robert Plant, Chris Blackwell5:48
2."Down to the Sea"Plant, Charlie Jones4:00
3."Come Into My Life"Plant, Blackwell, Doug Boyle, Kevin Scott MacMichael6:32
4."I Believe"Plant, Phil Johnstone4:32
5."29 Palms"Plant, Blackwell, Jones, Boyle, Johnstone4:51
6."Memory Song (Hello Hello)"Plant, Johnstone, Jones, Blackwell, Oliver J. Woods5:22
7."If I Were a Carpenter"Tim Hardin3:45
8."Colours of a Shade" (UK edition)Plant, Johnstone, Blackwell, Maartin Allcock4:43
9."Promised Land"Plant, Johnstone4:59
10."The Greatest Gift"Plant, Blackwell, Jones, MacMichael, Johnstone6:51
11."Great Spirit"Plant, Johnstone, MacMichael5:27
12."Network News"Plant, Blackwell6:40
2007 bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."Colours of a Shade"Plant, Johnstone, Blackwell, Allcock4:45
14."Great Spirit" (acoustic mix)Plant, Johnstone, MacMichael3:54
15."Rollercoaster" (demo)Plant, Jones, Blackwell, Boyle, Johnstone4:01
16."8:05"Don Stevenson, Jerry Miller1:49
17."Dark Moon" (acoustic)Plant, Rainer Ptacek4:57

PersonnelEdit

  • Maartin Allcock – mandolin on "If I Were a Carpenter"; all instruments except drums and vocals on "Colours of a Shade"
  • Phillip Andrews – keyboards on "Memory Song (Hello Hello)"
  • Chris Blackwell – drums on "Promised Land"
  • Doug Boyle – guitar on "29 Palms", "Network News"
  • Máire Brennan – backing vocals on "Come Into My Life"
  • Francis Dunnery – guitar on "Come into My Life", "Promised Land"
  • Nigel Eatonhurdy-gurdy on "Come Into My Life", "I Believe"
  • John Flynn – backing vocals on "The Greatest Gift"
  • Steve French – backing vocals on "I Believe"
  • Chris Hughes – drums on "Down to the Sea", "Come Into My Life", "I Believe", "29 Palms", "If I Were a Carpenter", "Promised Land", "The Greatest Gift", "Network News"
  • Phil Johnstoneharmonium on "Come Into My Life"; piano on "I Believe", "29 Palms", "Memory Song (Hello Hello)", "If I Were a Carpenter"; organ on "Promised Land"; electric piano on "The Greatest Gift", "Great Spirit"; backing vocals on "Great Spirit"; electric orchestra on "Network News"
  • Charlie Jonesbass on all songs; all instruments except guitar and drums on "Down to the Sea"
  • Nigel Kennedyviolin on "Calling to You"
  • Navazish Ali Khan – violin on "Network News"
  • Michael Lee – drums on "Memory Song (Hello Hello)", "Network News"
  • Kevin Scott MacMichaelguitar on all songs; backing vocals on "I Believe"
  • Lynton Naiff – String arrangement on "If I Were a Carpenter", "The Greatest Gift"
  • Robert Plant – lead vocals; guitar on "Promised Land"; backing vocals on "Great Spirit"
  • Gurdev Singh – dilruba & sarod on "Network News"
  • Surge Singh – sarangi on "Network News"
  • Julian Taylor – backing vocals on "I Believe"
  • Richard Thompson – guitar on "Come Into My Life"
  • Pete Thompsondrums on "Calling to You", "Come Into My Life", "The Greatest Gift", "Great Spirit"
  • Oliver J. Woods – guitar on "Down to the Sea", "Memory Song (Hello Hello)"

Production[5]

  • Henry Binns – engineer
  • Julian Broad – photography
  • Cally – sleeve design
  • John Cornfield – engineer
  • Ross Cullum – engineer
  • Andy Earl – photography
  • Michael Gregovich – engineer, mixer
  • Chris Hughes – producer
  • Pete Lewis – engineer
  • Mark O'Donoughue – engineer
  • Tim Palmer – mixer
  • Robert Plant – producer
  • Danton Supple – engineer
  • Jacquie Turner – engineer

ChartsEdit

Weekly Charts

Chart (1993) Peak

position

Australian Albums (ARIA Charts) 37
US Billboard 200[6] 34
UK Album Charts (OCC)[7] 6

Singles

Year Single Chart Peak position
1993 Calling to You[8] US Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart 3
29 Palms[9] 4
UK Singles Charts 21[10]
I Believe[11] 64[12]
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart 9
If I Were a Carpenter UK Singles Charts 63[13]

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Music Box review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Led-Zeppelin.org. "Led Zeppelin Assorted Info". Archived from the original on 14 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Robert Plant - Fate Of Nations". Discogs. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Robert Plant Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  7. ^ "fate of nations | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Robert Plant Calling To You Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Robert Plant 29 Palms Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  10. ^ "29 palms | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Robert Plant I Believe Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  12. ^ "i believe | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  13. ^ "if i were a carpenter | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Robert Plant – Fate of Nations". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.