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Above (Deluxe Edition)

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Legacy Recordings -- the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment -- will release a newly expanded Deluxe Edition of Above, the first and only album to be completed by Seattle-based rock supergroup Mad Season. Formed in 1994, Mad Season is vocalist Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), guitarist Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), drummer/percussionist Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) and bassist John ... Read more in Amazon's Mad Season Store

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  • Audio CD (April 2, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B00AQO1VYY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mad Season features the legendary Layne Staley of Alice in Chains on vocals, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam on lead guitar, Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin and bassist John Baker Saunders of the Lamont Cranston Band. The band recorded and released one album, Above, in 1995 which was certified Gold and became an essential touchstone in the history of Seattle rock. Above is the only complete album of Layne Staley's introspective and mystical lyrics, which were highlighted by additional vocals from Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan.

Above (Deluxe Edition) is a three-disc set comprised of two CDs and one DVD plus a full-color collector's booklet with previously unseen performance photographs and an essay by Barrett Martin reflecting on the lives of Staley and Saunders and the history of the band.

CD 1 features the original album + an unreleased acoustic instrumental titled "Interlude," 3 new songs from the band's unfinished second album with newly recorded vocals and lyrics by Mark Lanegan and a remixed version of the band's John Lennon cover "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier."

CD 2 features the full audio set from the bands historical performance at the Moore Theater in Seattle on April 29, 1995, remastered in stereo sound.

The DVD features the first official DVD release of Live at The Moore - Mad Season's last show ever performed. Not only has Live at The Moore been remixed and remastered, but newly edited by director Duncan Sharp for a beautiful new documentary-like presentation, giving the show an updated look as if the viewer were in room that night. Also included are four performances that have never been seen, including the fan-favorite "Wake Up."

Also featured is a full concert of the bands performance from New Years Eve 1995 at RKCNDY in Seattle (which was shot by the band's crew for an up close and intimate look at the band) and both performances from Self-Pollution Radio, one newly edited.

Disc 3 (DVD)
1. Lifeless Dead (Live at The Moore)
2. River Of Deceit (Live at The Moore)
3. Long Gone Day (Live at The Moore)
4. I Don't Know Anything (Live at The Moore)
5. X-Ray Mind (Live at The Moore)
6. All Alone (Live at The Moore)
7. November Hotel (Live at The Moore)
8. Wake Up (Unseen Footage from The Moore)
9. Artificial Red (Unseen Footage from The Moore)
10. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier (Unseen Footage from The Moore)
11. I'm Above (Unseen Footage from The Moore)
12. Wake Up (Live at The RCKNDY -NYE Show 1995)
13. Lifeless Dead (Live at The RCKNDY -NYE Show 1995)
14. River Of Deceit (Live at The RCKNDY -NYE Show 1995)
15. I Don't Know Anything (Live at The RCKNDY -NYE Show 1995)
16. I'm Above (Live at The RCKNDY -NYE Show 1995)
17. Artificial Red (Live at The RCKNDY -NYE Show 1995)
18. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier (Live at The RCKNDY -NYE Show 1995)
19. All Alone (Live at The RCKNDY -NYE Show 1995)
20. November Hotel (Live at The RCKNDY -NYE Show 1995)
21. Lifeless Dead (Self Pollution Radio Broadcast)
22. I Don't Know Anything (Self Pollution Radio Broadcast (new edit))
23. River Of Deceit (Music Video)

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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Staley fans! October 15, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
members from two of my favorite bands, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains combine on the only Mad Season album ever. Most prominent is the late layne Staley. Staley is one of the best rock vocalists of all time. Right up there not only with his contemporaries Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder, but with classic rock's greatest frontmen; Robert Plant, Mick Jagger,Roger Daltry, the list goes on. Staley's unique delivery works well not only on hard rocking albums like Facelift and Dirt, but also on quieter albums such as Jar Of Flies, Sap, and AIC Unplugged. The softer side is displayed throughout this album.
This is one of the most successful side projects ever assembled, right alongside the brilliant Temple Of The Dog. After you get this album, get the VHS (not on dvd yet) performance of Mad Season Live, it shows Layne's unique gift as a live performer. We miss ya Layne.
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked A.I.C, get this release! August 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD rocks.. and for those of you who only know of or have ever heard "River of Deceit" this album goes way deeper than just that track. In fact if you didn't know any better, you would think this is an A.I.C. album, it's just that good. In my opinion all 10 tracks are pretty cool in their own respects.
¤¤¤~~R.I.P Layne~~¤¤¤
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Mad Season, the so-called "Grunge Supergroup" combines the talents of Alice In Chains' Layne Staley, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, the Screaming Trees' Barrett Martin and also features blues bassist John Baker Saunders, and Screaming Trees' Mark Lanegan on a couple of tracks. This album is a masterpiece. Instead of serving as a "Layne Staley solo project," which some have referred to it as, it is a group effort all the way. The late Baker Saunders was an amazing, if little-heard bassist, and McCready, who never really got to excercise his songwriting muscles in Pearl Jam, wrote some great riffs here. Staley, as usual, is in fine form, both as an awe-inspiring vocalist and top-of-the-line songwriter and lyricist. As a matter of fact, Staley hadn't really addressed his pathos in song so clearly since his main band's "Dirt" album. Loneliness, depression, addiction and coming to terms with those problems, or attempting to, are the themes addressed in these songs. This is by no means a "feel good" album, but as with most great art, most everything Layne did came from pain. The avowed influence of classic '70's rock shared by both Staley and McCready (who both came up in the Seattle scene playing in 'glam metal' bands early on) is apparent on several tracks, like "I'm Above," which contains a killer guitar riff and a nice McCready acoustic solo. The crunchy "I Don't Know Anything," with Layne and Mike's guitar see-sawing riffs is another great track--simple, but very beautiful. Also, the collaboration with Mark Lanegan ("Long Gone Day") can't be missed, with its eerie, jazzy atmosphere and some guest saxophone by Nagalas Sin-Carne.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Above is a must-have album for fans of Layne Staley, Mike McCready, or of course the era and the music that went along with it.
Less manic and more subtle than the archetypal Alice in Chains or Pearl Jam albums, Mad Season and Above are an incredible but at times frustrating listen. While the album as a whole is somewhat uneven, beautiful tracks like Wake Up, River of Deceit and the latin-tinged Long Gone Day showcase that incredible potential for creativity and change that seemed to be everywhere in the early '90s. Sadly, this potential was never realized as most of the important bands have either split or lost members due in large part to the daemons that drove their projects in the first place.
Still, at certain moments Above provides a glimpse into a deeper, more sophisticated 'grunge' (a stupid, inaccurate term, but it is useful here) that was never fully realized.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For All Seasons August 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Mad Season is something of a Seattle supergroup with Alice In Chains lead vocalist Layne Staley joining up with Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and the drummer from the Screaming Trees. The one album they made together, Above, is a stirring collection of songs that take on dark subject matters like death and addiction, but the album is not in the traditional grunge sound. There are some heavy guitar passages like in the psychedelic instrumental blast of "November Hotel" and bluesy "Artificial Red", but overall, the album has a loose, almost jazz like quality. "Wake Up" has a pounding bass with a strong vocal and "River Of Deceit" is an absolutely gorgeous song with great instrumentation. Mad Season unfortunately was a one-off project, but it would have been interesting to see where the band could have gone if they decided to make a second album.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the last stand of grunge August 7, 2004
By ryan
Format:Audio CD
mad season isn't just some other side project, they were an amazing glimmer of light. only 1 cd, and that was all, but i think it should stay like this. side bands like mad season who only produce one album, produce one album for probably the purpose of making it an amazing stand out, so you could look back and say "man, that band was truly amazing"

"wake up" in my opinion is the best track here, even if it is an opener. it introduces you to the soft and hard side of "above" and the lyrics are emotionally grabbing, you understand staley. and "all alone" is a great closer, few lyrics, and just a slow goodbye after the storm. sort of like a door closing on grunge.

layne staley was truly an amazing artist, r.i.p layne.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gone to soon!
what can I say! Just awesome! Love the DVD that came with it!
Published 2 days ago by Blitz714
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the album a lot
I like the album a lot. Any appreciation of Layne is only greater with this effort. There is no one like him and the band has good chemistry.
Published 14 days ago by Curtis H. Mcmurtrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very cool cd great buy for any alice in chains fan
Published 15 days ago by M. Strodel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All time fav!
Published 17 days ago by syhow29
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad
This is a good collection of a lot of music including live performances.
Published 17 days ago by Pseudobliss
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exactly what I want!
Published 19 days ago by Melvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy and great sound quality.
Published 23 days ago by Ken Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Layne Staley and Mike McCreedy are at their best and so are the boys...
The whole album rocks. Layne Staley and Mike McCreedy are at their best and so are the boys from Screaming Trees. Excellent!
Published 1 month ago by Rick Sember
5.0 out of 5 stars Grunge rock at its best
This is my favorite album from the 1990's. I wish this grunge rock supergroup had made more than this one album. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Victoria Truver
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the remastered version of this album even more than ...
I love the remastered version of this album even more than the original. The sound on the remaster is nothing short stunning. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Brown
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Anyone Know the Dynamic Range of this Re-release?
Check out this thread for impressions: http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/mad-season-above-deluxe-edition.309557/

I think the original sounds fantastic, but based on those comments, it doesn't sound like the remaster is bad. It's worth owning for the new songs and the Moore concert...
May 10, 2013 by Maverick785 |  See all 5 posts
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