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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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  • Vinyl (March 7, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000002B2S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wake Up
2. X-Ray Mind
3. River of Deceit
4. I'm Above
5. Artificial Red
6. Lifeless Dead
7. I Don't Know Anything
8. Long Gone Day
9. November Hotel
10. All Alone

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Above LP - Columbia - C2 67057 - Alternative Rock

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One of the best rock albums ever!
BRIAN C ARMSTRONG
This is an excellent deal because you get the original Mad Season CD as well as a CD of live music AND a DVD with a bunch of Mad Season Concert video footage.
Phstar
Mad Season isn't better than Alice in Chains or Pearl Jam, but they were really good and had a lot of potential to become great.
Joshua Miller

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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 2002
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 By Ryan C. Reichardt on 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 By Chris Edwards on July 21, 2003
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 By Amazon Customer on May 20, 2002
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 27, 2001
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ryan on August 7, 2004
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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