Scott Stapp…people either like him or they don’t. Me, I like him. Always have. I didn’t care about the haters that poured out of the woodworks when Creed made it big. Did he deserve the hate? Yeah, he probably did, but there was something about that voice that I really enjoyed. As a result, I have followed up over the last 20 + years with Creed, his solo work and the one album with Art of Anarchy. Not every album is the best and not every song is the best, but there is so much there to enjoy that I am fan.
I finally got to see him live back in 2019. You remember live shows right? I know it has been awhile, but we will get back there soon enough. He performed his solo songs and a bunch of Creed tracks and I had second row so it was pretty awesome. Scott has had his struggles over the years with addiction and mental issues, but he has seem to come out the other side better and stronger and I give him props for that. Some people don’t make it to the other side.
With all that being said, I am going to rank his albums from I find to be the worst all the way to the first…his best album. People are going to disagree with me I am sure, and that is great because music is subjective. We like what we like so keep that in mind. It is okay to disagree. Now, go forth and enjoy the Scott Stapp album ranking.
THE WORST – SCOTT STAPP – ‘THE GREAT DIVIDE’ (2005):
Welcome to the May Purchases review. I was worried that there wouldn’t be much to discuss as all the Record stores were closed, Amazon mentioned they wouldn’t be delivering records, but all that started to end and the world started opening back up. Now, I didn’t make as many purchases as usual and that is okay. One purchase this month was rather large and has kept me busy.
First up for this month is another Kiss album. Believe it or not, I haven’t bought them all yet. I am down to about 6 or 7 vinyls that I do not have and this month I picked up one of them. The album is ‘Sonic Boom’ and I have been searching for this one for a while. If you find one of the original pressing, it is well over $100 as there were so few of them. Thankfully, I finally discovered that there was a special release done by KissOnline a few years back and the price of those is so much better at around $30 (with shipping). So, I grabbed a nice one unopened, green vinyl. It is sweet!!
Then a week or so later, I was snooping around on eBay and I found a seller that was selling a bunch of CDs by Jeff Scott Soto and I am a huge fan of his. I used to have a bunch of his CDs, but gave them away years ago when we moved from one state to another….Dumb move…the CD part, not the actual move. I bought as much of his collection as my budget would allow. It had 13 CDs, but there were actually 15 separate albums as some had 2 albums in one. Do you want me to list them all?? Of course you do…
Talisman – Life
Talisman – 5 Out of 5
Talisman – Live at the Sweden Rock Festival
Talisman – Humanimal (2CD set)
Talisman – Cats & Dogs
Talisman – Truth
Jeff Scott Soto – Live at Firefest 2008
Jeff Scott Soto – Believe in Me E.P.
Jeff Scott Soto – Prism
Jeff Scott Soto – Love Parade
Human Clay – Human Clay
Human Clay U4ia
Soto – Inside the Vertigo
Soto – Divak
And there is another I picked up on Amazon, not pictured…Jeff Scott Soto – Retribution. That is a lot of Jeff and sadly, only a small sampling of what he has done. I am still missing 15-20 more that I want of his since he has more solo stuff, more Talisman stuff, more Soto, there is W.E.T., Eyes, Takara, Axel Rudi Pell and Sons of Apollo still waiting to be bought.
And that is it. Not much vinyl this month, but that is okay. I will make up for it in June I am sure when I go out and finally do some crate digging for some old vinyl. Plus, I have some Def Leppard coming and a new Whitesnake that will be in my June collection as they are already pre-ordered. Until next month! Happy collecting!