Mad Season

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    Mad Season band photo 1995
    [L-R] Barrett Martin, Layne Staley, John Baker Saunders and Mike McCready

Mad Season Biography

The renowned Grunge supergroup Mad Season was conceived in 1994 when Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and bassist John Baker Saunders returned to Seattle, Washington USA after a stint in a Minneapolis rehab center. McCready called an old friend, singer Layne Staley from Alice In Chains who joined the band and Barret Martin, the Screaming Trees drummer, joined them too.

The band recorded and released only one album, "Above", in March, 1995 which peaked at #24 on The Billboard 200 and was certified Gold becoming an essential touchstone in the history of Seattle Rock. Also featured on the album was Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan. The lead-off single, "River Of Deceit", hit #2 on The Mainstream Rock chart and #9 on The Modern Rock Tracks; this was followed by another Mainstream Rock top 20 entrant, "I Don't Know Anything" and a minor hit single: "Long Gone Day".

Two tragedies eventually put an end to Mad Season, Saunders died on January 15, 1999 from an overdose and Layne Staley succumbed to a debilitating drug addiction on April 5, 2002.

In April 2013 was released the deluxe edition of "Above", a 3-disc set comprised of two CDs and one DVD. Disc 1 features the original album plus an unreleased acoustic instrumental titled "interlude", three new songs from the band's unfinished second album with newly recorded vocals and lyrics by Mark Lanegan including the Rock radio single "Locomotive".

 

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Above (1995)

Above
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

Above [deluxe edition] (2013)

Above - deluxe edition
DISC #1:
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
11. Interlude
12. Locomotive
13. Black Book Of Fear
14. Slip Away
15. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier [remix]

DISC #2 [live at The Moore]:
1. Wake Up
2. Lifeless Dead
3. Artificial Red
4. River Of Deceit
5. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier
6. Long Gone Day
7. I'm Above
8. I Don't Know Anything
9. X-Ray Mind
10. All Alone
11. November Hotel
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