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Above [Import]

Mad Season Audio CD
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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 (29 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000002B2T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,239 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Wake Up (Album Version) 7:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. X-Ray Mind (Album Version) 5:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. River Of Deceit (Album Version) 5:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I'm Above (Album Version) 5:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Artifical Red (Album Version) 6:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Lifeless Dead (Album Version) 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Don't Know Anything (Album Version) 5:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Long Gone Day (Album Version) 4:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. November Hotel (Album Version) 7:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. All Alone (Album Version) 4:120.99  Buy MP3 

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Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley teams with Seattle pals Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) in the tradition of other part-time grunge aggregations like Brad and Hater. These 10 numbers--mostly somber, acoustic-hued ballads like the single "River of Deceit"--are a therapeutic soul-cleansing for the troubled Staley. Core fans of any of the aforementioned bands will rank this with the solo work of Screaming Tree frontman Mark Lanegan (a guest vocalist here). --Jeff Bateman

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Mad Season ~ Above

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good album 5 Aug 2005
By P. Philips VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As others have said, this album deserves to be better known.
The 4 musicians together produce a warm, mellow album that sounds quite unlike anything by their usual bands. I feel that
Layne Staley is the real star of the album since he wrote virtually all the lyrics and plays a fair bit of guitar, whereas with Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell wrote most of their material.
The standout tracks I think are Wake Up(the opening track), River Of Deceit, Long Gone Day and Lifeless Dead.
As well as the excellent guitar work of Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and drums by Barrett Martin of the Screaming Trees,
'Above' serves as a worthy tribute to both Layne Staley and bassist John Baker Saunders who both later died tragically of drug overdoses.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it!! 29 May 2013
Format:Audio CD
A brilliant mix of blues, rock and grunge...The "new" Mark Lanegan songs stand up to the rest of the album (although the haunting voice of Layne Staley is sadly missed)....Probably Mike McCready's finest hour?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Above light 6 May 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A truly honest piece of work from four men with severe sensitivities and a great level of artistic creativity. One of the groups i would always put on a "would have liked to have seen live" list.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic 4 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The original album was great, but this is fantastic, live at the Moore, more previously unseen footage, and the three new songs featuring Mark Lanegan are the icing on the cake, they really stand out. Just buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle, moving, and simply beautiful 28 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
It's hard not to be completely in awe of Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley's vocals and lyrical ability. This singer as well as the troupe of Screaming Trees and Pearl Jam members that make up this album, were the voices of my twenties. The recording, made after an extended Jam session at a Seattle cafe with Staley and Peal Jam went exceptionally well, features vocals hewn from pain, sorrow, and remembrance of things past. At times it feels like a jam more than a directed recording, but why should that be a bad thing - the opening "Wake Up" is unmatched for its cascading chorus, the mellow tints - it's so engulfing you fancy the light in the room might be dimming in time with the quieter moments. Screaming Trees fans will enjoy Mark Lanegan's guest appearance on 2 tracks. It is a sad testament to the march of heroin that 2 of the band (Baker and Staley) have died from an overdose. There is one more song (a John Lennon song cover) on the Lennon Tribute Album "Working Class Hero" called I don't Wanna be a Soldier." Other than that, these songs are all we ever got.

Rest in Peace.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly obscure 27 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
It's unlikely that your after this album unless your familiar with the works of Alice in Chains (Layne Staley) or Pearl Jam (Mike McCready), the two main 'stars' of this side project. However 'Above' is not reminiscent of either of the above bands in terms of sound; rather it has a much more subdued, Jazzy/Bluesy feel to it. Why this album is not more widely acclaimed is beyond me, perhaps because its probably the least commercial album to come from the grunge era. Don't expect a continuous masterpiece as with Pearl Jams 'Ten', although it would be foolish not to own this album. The opening track 'Wake up' is worth the money alone, alongside a handful of other undiscovered works of art. Skip through the distinctively ordinary tracks and be inspired.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ----- -- ---- ------ 23 Jan 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is really really good.
The opening track epitomises Layne's vocal abilities, harsh and beautiful. It sounds so soulful that you can't help being sucked into the world of the music. It's not samey (appart from maybe Mike's solos, which at times sound all too familiar to previous efforts) and thusly makes it always interesting and always great to listen to. I think Layne Staley is one of the greatsest singers and this is no exception. Best songs?
... 'Wake up', 'River of deceit' and 'i'm above'.
Buy it if you like any of the artists involved or even if you don't!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ephemeral, mad season... 3 Jun 2004
By Robert
Format:Audio CD
Mad Season - existence of the band was a season, indeed. "Above" is the first and simultaneously the last album of this ephemeral project. Mad Season's specific sound was due to Layne Staley (Alice In Chains) and Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) who - when played together - emitted an incredible dose of energy (what can be seen on their concerts). I strongly recommend MS. In my opinion, "Above" is one of the most mature grunge albums ever - an absolute must-have! Season bands (or rather projects?) are the best - consider the example of Temple of the Dog ;)...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic re-issue.
late grunge era classic - great package all together. DVD is great.
Published 25 days ago by DEEoftheDEAD
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality
Layne Staley,s voice is instantly recognisible but the rest of the band make some sweet music. A must own for all music lovers
Published 1 month ago by Craig Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
If you are a fan you'll love this (has the bonus tracks, too).
We had the old version and were very excited with this as we're big fans. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ds
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
Bought the original when it came out back in the day but i wanted this for the extras, namely Live at the Moore which is a legendary concert. No filler tracks.... All killer! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dogglllzzz
4.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic and a fitting finale to Layne Staley
Whilst Layne Staley would still later record with Alice in Chains, his heart was never really there. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Colonel Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album well Done
Beautiful 180gm reissued deluxe edition
of best Seattle supergroup Album ever laid down
Listening to the Vinyl is way better than the CD
or MP3. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bigmac
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This is one of the best CD/DVD packaged I have ever bought. I am a big fan of rock blues and jazz music from the 50's to the present day and found this package through my interest... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. David Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive collection of a much-missed band.
As a huge Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains fan, I was clearly going to love Mad Season. It's a shame they never managed to get a second album out before Layne's tragic passing, but... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Superbeasto
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad Season
I love the live performance dvd
I wish I could have been to one of their two concerts in the US
Published 11 months ago by Mr. M. Johnstone
5.0 out of 5 stars alice in chains
One for my daughter who is mad about Alice in chains i also listened to it and thought it very good
Published 11 months ago by G P CHAFFEY
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