Craft Recordings has announced a vinyl reissue of Creed‘s “Human Clay”, in celebration of the best-selling album’s 20th anniversary. In stores October 11, the two-LP set is housed in a gatefold jacket and marks the first vinyl availability of the album since a limited edition pressing in 1999. “Human Clay”, which has sold over 20 million units worldwide, includes hits ‘Higher’, ‘What If’, ‘Are You Ready?’ and the Grammy Award-winning single ‘With Arms Wide Open’.
After the success of its grunge-imbued debut album, “My Own Prison”, Creed went back into the studio with producer John Kurzweg (Puddle of Mud, Godsmack) to record material for their follow-up. Though the Tallahassee, Florida-based band had already found enormous success on the rock charts with their multiplatinum-selling 1997 debut, 1999’s “Human Clay”would make them mainstream stars. Driven by the anthemic, first single ‘Higher’, ‘Human Clay’ debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and Creed quickly became one of the biggest bands in the world. ‘Higher’ spent a whopping 57 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 7. In July of the following year, the band scored their first No. 1 hit on the pop charts with the third single, ‘With Arms Wide Open’. The track — which frontman Scott Stapp wrote when he found out that he was going to be a father — earned the band a Grammy for “Best Rock Song” in 2001. To date, “Human Clay” has sold well over 11 million copies in the U.S., earning a rare diamond certification from the RIAA, joining the ranks of The Beatles “Abbey Road”, Prince‘s “Purple Rain” and Nirvana‘s “Nevermind”. It remains one of the top-selling albums of all-time in the United States.