Steve Scott
Steve Scott is a musician, poet, and international traveler. He started off as a solo musician in the early days of Christian music. His work was sometimes seen as the alternative to alternative - stuff that was really out there. But his early albums are now considered classics. Some are even legendary, in that they have never been released and may never see the light of day.

His lone album for Blonde Vinyl was his first of many spoken word/poetry-set-to-music albums. He included loops and samples of recordings he made while travelling around the world.

Scott has also authored many poems, books, and essays in his life time, as well as being a sought after teacher and speaker. More information about Scott's literary and musical career can be read at his page on alivingdog.com.
  Steve Scott
Steve Scott

Pre-Blonde Vinyl Career
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Come Back Soon
Sangre Productions (1978)

01) Steve Scott Come Back Soon

Other Information:
The first Steve Scott recording. This compilation also included the Stratton/Howard Band, Wind, Matthew Brown, Panacea, Shelter, Sharon McCall, and John Reitz.


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Moving Pictures
Solid Rock Records (unreleased, 1980)
Produced by Larry Norman

Steve Scott - vocals
Mark Heard - rhythm guitars
Tom Howard - rhythm guitars
Larry Norman - background vocals
Alex Macdougall - drums

Possible song titles:
Different Kind of Light Scott
More Than a Dream Scott
The Love You Need Scott
Chapel of Stone Scott
Come Back Soon Scott
Farthest Star Scott

Other Information:
The long lost Steve Scot album. Recorded for Solid Rock Records, but never released. Some inside sources claim that it still may be released someday. Different versions of songs recorded for this album have appeared on later albums, and those songs are listed above.


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Rock & Religion Radio Special
Indepedent (January 4, 1980)

Steve Scott - vocals

01) Intro 0:55
02) Poem 1...Sun Poem 1:31
03) Poem 2...Flight 1:10
04) Poem 3...What Draws Our Gaze Down
05) Poem 4...Janet I-Slow Motion 1:03
06) Poem 5...Janet II-A Rumor Of Separate Worlds 1:24
07) Poem 6...Janet III-The Other One 1:22
08) Interview With Mary Neely 2:57 Explanation of "Janet" poems
09) Poem 7...Lights And Shadows 1:53
10) Poem 8...The Distance 1:01
11) Poem 9...Prayer Of The Heart 2:06
12) Poem 10...Meditations On The Covenant Names Of God 2:04
13) Interview 2 3:25 Talks about why he writes poems
14) Poem 11...This Sad Music 4:30 Recorded Live with The Scratch Band
15) Outro 0:32

Other Information:
This is a a rare early poetry reading broadcast of Steve's. The third poem is listed in the bootleg of this event, but there is no poem three read on the recording.


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Love in the Western World
Exit Records (1983)
Produced by Steven Soles

Steve Scott - vocal, mouth organ
Michael Roe - guitar, vocal
Mark Tootle - keyboard, guitar
Jan Eric Volz - bass, vocal, guitar
Mark Proctor - pounding
Steven Soles - tamborine, vocal
Darla Griser - vocal

01) Tower of Babel 2:57 Scott
02) No Time Like Now 3:39 Scott
03) Wall of Tears 4:58 Scott
04) This Sad Music 5:01 Scott
05) Love in the Western World 4:30 Scott
06) Safety in Numbers 6:10 Scott
07) Walking on Water Wasn't Built in a Day 3:10 Scott
08) Flesh and Blood 3:24 Scott


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Emotional Tourist
Exit / A&M (unreleased, 1986)
Produced by Charlie Peacock

Steve Scott - vocals
Mike Roe - guitars
Aaron Smith - drums
Bongo Bob - percussive elements
Mark Tootle - keyboards
Charlie Peacock - keyboards
Gary Landakar - bass guitars
Mike Butera - saxophone
Benjamin Bossi - saxophone

01 Not a Pretty Picture Scott
02 Love in the Western World Scott
03 Emotional Tourist Scott
04 Sound of Waves Scott
05 When Worlds Collide Scott
06 Heaven Hears the Heart That Breaks Scott
07 Memory Babe Scott
08 Ship of Fools Scott
09 Minor Characters Scott
10 Ghost Train Scott

Other Information:
Another even more long lost Steve Scott album. Recorded for Island Records, but never released. Pre-release cassettes were reportly released. Different versions of songs recorded for this album have appeared on later albums.


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Rice EP
Exit / Island (unreleased, 1987)
Produced by Charlie Peacock

Steve Scott - vocals
Mike Roe - guitars
Jimmy Albegg - guitar synthesizer
Aaron Smith - drums
Bongo Bob - percussive elements
Mark Tootle - keyboards
Charlie Peacock - keyboards
Gary Landakar - bass guitars
Mike Butera - saxophone
Benjamin Bossi - saxophone

01 No More Parades Scott
02 Something's Got To Change Scott
03 What is the Mystery Scott
04 Call of the Wild Scott
05 Shadow Play Scott

Other Information:
Recorded for Island Records, but never released. Most or all of the songs on this were released on Lost Horizon. Different versions of songs recorded for this album have appeared on later albums.


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Sound Of Waves / Call Of The Wild 7"
Alternative Records (unreleased 1989)

Steve Scott - vocal
Mike Roe - guitar
Aaron Smith - drum
Mark Tootle - keyboard
Gary Landaker - bass

01) Sound of Waves Scott
02) Call of the Wild Scott

Other Information:
This 7-inch was planned by Alternative Records, but never released.


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Lost Horizon
Alternative Records (1989)
Produced by Mike Roe, Charlie Peacock, and Steven Soles

Steve Scott - vocal, mouth organ
Mike Roe - guitar, vocal
Aaron Smith - drum
Mark Tootle - keyboard
Gary Landaker - bass

Benjamin Bossi - saxophone
John Flanagen - guitar
Rick Estrin - harp
Bongo Bob Smith - percussion
Steve Griffith - vocal
Jim Albegg - banjo, guitar
Jan Eric - guitar, bass guitar, vocal
Mark Proctor - drums
Steven Soles - percussion, vocals
Mike Butera - saxophone
Daryla Griser - vocal

01) Not a Pretty Picture 4:07 Scott
02) No More Parades 3:59 Scott
03) Something's Got to Change 3:33 Scott
04) What is the Mystery 4:44 Scott
05) Call of the Wild 4:18 Scott
06) Touch 5:34 Scott
07) Shadow Play 4:19 Scott
08) Wall of Tears 5:29 Scott
09) Love in the Western World 5:00 Scott
10) Emotional Tourist 4:03 Scott
11) When Worlds Collide 4:18 Scott
12) Ghost Train 3:29 Scott
13) This Sad Music 5:16 Scott
14) Ship of Fools 3:40 Scott
15) Minor Characters 3:56 Scott
16) Sound of Waves (12" Version) 7:10 Scott

Other Information:
This album contains tracks from Emotional Tourist and Rice EP, as well as remixes from Love in the Western World. Alternative Records wasn't sure that CDs would sell, so the last 4 tracks listed above are not on the casseette version.


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Magnificent Obsession
Alternative Records (1990)
Produced by Mike Roe, and Charlie Peacock

Steve Scott - vocal, guitar
Mike Roe - guitar, vocals
Aaron Smith - drum
Bruce Spencer - drum
Mark Tootle - keyboard, voice
Charile Peacock - keyboard
Gary Landaker - bass, rhythm guitar

Steve Griffith - bass
Bongo Bob Smith - percussion
Eric Kleven - bass
Mike Butera - saxophone
Mark Proctor - wind chimes

01) Love in the Western World 3:52 Scott
02) Heaven Hears the Heart That Breaks 3:12 Scott
03) Memory Babe 3:39 Scott
04) Ghost Train 3:25 Scott
05) Tower of Babel 3:09 Scott
06) No Time Like Now 4:49 Scott
07) Farthest Star 5:41 Scott
08) The Love You Need 5:09 Scott
09) Wonderful Fool 4:22 Scott
10) Flesh and Blood 4:36 Scott
11) Heaven Hears... (Remix) 3:36 Scott
12) Come Back Soon 3:59 Scott

Other Information:
This album is a companion to Lost Horizon, featuring unreleased tracks and alternate versions of other tracks. The last 2 tracks listed above are not on the cassette version.


Blonde Vinyl Releases
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The Butterfly Effect
BVCD3522 (1992)
Produced by Steve Scott

Steve Scott - vocals, samples, keyboard sequencing

01) Sun Poem 2:52 Scott
02) Slow Motion: (a) Slow Motion / (b) A Rumour of Seperate Worlds / (c) Signals 8:43 Scott
03) No One Else to Blame 2:07 Scott
04) Butterfly Effect 4:53 Scott
05) No Memory of You 12:18 Scott
06) Ghost / Explanation 3:46 Scott
07) Lights & Shadows 5:10 Scott
08) Flight 3:04 Scott
09) "It's As If" / Snapshots at the Taj 2:38 Scott
10) Who Among the Angels? 4:51 Scott
11) Jubilee Fragment 3:13 Scott
12) The Beautiful Light 9:51 Scott

Post-Blonde Vinyl Career
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Empty Orchestra
Twitch Records (1994)
Produced by Steve Scott

Steve Scott - All words and music

01) [Untitled] 3:21 Scott
02) [Untitled] 4:57 Scott
03) [Untitled] 5:13 Scott
04) [Untitled] 6:37 Scott
05) [Untitled] 4:15 Scott
06) [Untitled] 5:00 Scott
07) [Untitled] 4:50 Scott
08) [Untitled] 5:19 Scott
09) [Untitled] 4:32 Scott
10) [Untitled] 5:40 Scott
11) [Untitled] 3:30 Scott
12) [Untitled] 2:39 Scott
13) [Untitled] 4:38 Scott

Other Information:
This album is collection of instrumental music and printed poems. The poems could be meditated upon while listening to the music, or even used as background tracks for a poetry reading.

Poems printed in the CD jacket are:
  • Third Floor Meditation
  • A Different Story
  • Old Year / New Year
  • The Voice
  • Rainbows at Midnight
  • Hitchhiking Down West Coast
  • A Section From Margins
  • Mime
  • Two
  • Passages of the Heart

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We Dreamed That We Were Strangers
Glow Records/Rad Rockers (1996)
Produced by Steve Scott

Steve Scott - vocals, slide guitar, loops/sequences

01) From Genesis to Revelation 3:38 Scott
02) Tiger Sky 4:24 Scott
03) Interlude 3:37 Scott
04) The Lost Child 6:33 Scott
05) Afterimages 5:47 Scott
06) We Dreamed That We Were Strangers 8:08 Scott
07) Dark Interval 1:51 Scott
08) Hands 4:03 Scott
09) Afterimages (Unspoken Remix) 3:47 Scott
10) Beneath the Skin 5:50 Scott
11) The Witness 12:16 Scott

Other Information:
This album is collection of spoken word poems over music.


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More Than a Dream
Rad Rockers (1997)
Produced by Slack Shankar

Steve Scott - vocals, keyboards
Tracy Tootle - vocals
Mark Tootle - keyboards

01) More Than a Dream 4:17 Scott
02) Ghost Train 7:44 Scott
03) Different Kind of Light 5:14 Scott
04) The Sound of Waves 6:06 Scott
05) A Selection From 'Margins' 3:50 Scott
06) Chapel of Stone 7:38 Scott
07) Walking on Water Wasn't Built in a Day 5:47 Scott
08) Delta Remix 3:40 Scott
09) The Descending of the Dove 7:31 Scott
10) Put Your Hand to the Plow 7:07 Scott
11) Jubilee 7:25 Scott
12) Come Back Soon 5:40 Scott

Other Information:
This is a collection of previously unrecorded material and alt versions, some intended for the unreleased album Moving Pictures. However, these are newer recordings of those songs - the back cover says "All New Recordings - Recorded 1997."


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Awaiting The Dawn
Velvet Empire Records / Flaming Fish Music (1998)

10) Steve Scott Nervous System 4:10



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Crossing the Boundaries
Glow Records (2000)
Produced by Slack Shankar

Steve Scott - music and words
Gaylen Stewart - images

01) Chirping in the Distance 2:28 Scott
02) Something to Work With 2:34 Scott
03) The Question 2:55 Scott
04) Landing Signals 2:07 Scott
05) Trading Places 1:35 Scott
06) New Creations 4:10 Scott
07) The Collection 3:59 Scott
08) Unknown Columns 1:36 Scott
09) As It Is Written 2:23 Scott
10) Slow Motion Reflections 3:28 Scott
11) Angel of the Disappearing Species 4:10 Scott
12) The Market Place 5:00 Scott
13) Real World 3:00 Scott
14) Under the Influence of Light (Clear as a Bell) 2:32 Scott
15) The Resurrection of the Body 5:49 Scott

Other Information:
This album was a multi-media exhibit in conjunction with painter Gaylen Stewart. The booklet includes sixteen full color art / collage paintings from the exhibit.


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Love in the Western World (CD re-issue)
Millenium 8 (2000)
Produced by Steven Soles

Steve Scott - vocal, mouth organ
Michael Roe - guitar, vocal
Mark Tootle - keyboard, guitar
Jan Eric Volz - bass, vocal, guitar
Mark Proctor - pounding
Steven Soles - tamborine, vocal
Darla Griser - vocal

01) Tower of Babel 2:57 Scott
02) No Time Like Now 3:39 Scott
03) Wall of Tears 4:58 Scott
04) This Sad Music 5:01 Scott
05) Love in the Western World 4:30 Scott
06) Safety in Numbers 6:10 Scott
07) Walking on Water Wasn't Built in a Day 3:10 Scott
08) Flesh and Blood 3:24 Scott
Re-issue bonus songs:
09) Different Kind of Light 3:48 Scott
10) More Than a Dream 3:57 Scott
11) Call of the Wild (live) 3:56 Scott
12) Love In The Western World (live) 4:40 Scott
13) When the Fight is Over (live) 4:43 Scott


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Emotional Tourist (retrospective album)
Arena Rock Records (2012)

Steve Scott - vocals

01) Different Kind Of Light 3:47 Scott Moving Pictures
02) Emotional Tourist 4:00 Scott Emotional Tourist
03) Ghost Train 3:25 Scott Emotional Tourist
04) Not A Pretty Picture 4:05 Scott Rice EP
05) Love In The Western World 5:00 Scott Love In The Western World
06) Sound Of Waves 3:46 Scott Emotional Tourist
07) Shadowplay 4:15 Scott Rice EP
08) Farthest Star 5:36 Scott Moving Pictures
09) Come Back Soon 3:59 Scott Come Back Soon
10) Empty Orchestra 2:39 Scott Empty Orchestra
11) This Sad Music 5:13 Scott Love In The Western World
12) No Memory Of You 12:14 Scott The Butterfly Effect
13) Beneath The Skin 5:47 Scott We Dreamed That We Were Strangers
14) Slow Motion Reflections 3:28 Scott Crossing The Boundaries
15) Resurrection Of The Body 5:51 Scott Crossing The Boundaries


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Cross My Heat
(Upcoming Release)

Steve Scott - vocals

According to Steve in an HM magazine interview, "I'm creating/finishing up more sound loops from my travels to accompany another spoken word project (working title: How Many Words for Sorrow?)". Steve Scott commented below that the working title has changed to "Cross My Heat."


Comments about Steve Scott
What a great site! Looking for reviews/ comments on Steve Scott's The Boundaries for a collected edition to be released in 2010. or any Boundaries-related material like the The Butterfly Effect. Thanks.

Comment posted by Gord Wilson, gordrw@yahoo.com, alivingdog.com. on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 08:07 PM
`more than a dream' = new versions of songs some of the songs originally were intended for `moving pictures' Chapel of stone for example. All new 1997 recordings there though.....

Comment posted by steve scott on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 08:07 PM
The older I get the more I appreciate LOVE IN THE WESTERN WORLD and LOST HORIZON. I was too young to appreciate them when I first heard them, but I've been listening to them a lot recently. Solid stuff that stands the test of time.

Comment posted by John Warren on Wednesday, December 01, 2010 at 04:14 PM
`How many words for sorrow' will probably be called `Cross My Heat.'

Comment posted by steve scott on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 06:24 PM
Like John Warren, it took years for me to appreciate the depth of the "Love in the Western World" album. I found it on CD and rediscovered it, and it blew me away. Again. Makes me want to write again.

Comment posted by Joan Hess on Monday, May 30, 2011 at 04:52 PM
How heartening to read the comments about Steve Scott's music here. I feel like you're my soulmates.

Comment posted by Gord Wilson on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 12:36 PM
that working title should read`Cross my heat'

Comment posted by steve scott on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM
I consider myself blessed to have experienced the music and poetry of Steve Scott. If you read this, thank you Steve. I remember listening to Butterfly Effect when it came out always late at night while driving alone. Slow Motion in particular still brings tears. The beauty is that I still don't know why.

Comment posted by Kent on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 08:02 PM
I just now saw that the 2012 release Emotional Tourist (retrospective album) is out. Does anyone know if the track "Come Back Soon" is the original recording from the 1978 Sangre LP of the same name? I would really like to hear the original recording of that song... Thanks...

Comment posted by Trevor on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 08:02 PM
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