Fate of Nations

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Fate of Nations
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Released25 May 1993
StudioRAK Studios, Sawmills Studio, Cornwall, Monnow Valley Studio, Monmouth
Label Es Paranza (North America)
Fontana (Rest of the world)
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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
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Fate of Nations is the sixth studio album by English singer Robert Plant, released 25 May 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.


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


Plant explained his album in the following terms:

From the very beginning of this project, around January 1991, right after the Manic Nirvana tour, I knew what I was going to do: go back into my past, listening to [Moby] Grape, the [Jefferson] Airplane, Tim Hardin, Quicksilver, Traffic, and other turning-point artists in rock. These people were trying to tell the listener something, joining various traditions, with the sense of a quest being insinuated and bandied in their acoustic and electronic themes. I'm also proud of what I've attempted to do lyrically [on the album], trying to tell vivid tales that come from a hearty tradition of prose. [4]


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 listing

Original release
1."Calling to You" Robert Plant, Chris Blackwell5:48
2."Down to the Sea"Plant, Charlie Jones 4:00
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 Hardin 3:45
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
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


Production [5]


Weekly Charts

Chart (1993)Peak


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


YearSingleChartPeak position
1993Calling 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 CarpenterUK Singles Charts63 [13]


RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Russia (NFPF) [14]
United States (RIAA) [15] Gold500,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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