Above CD (1995)

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Mad Season!

by Alex on 8/20/2012

Great collab between Pearl Jam and Alice in Chain greats! If you like either band check them out. Read More

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great cd

by jackie on 8/3/2013

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Product Overview

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Label Sony
SKU 60107210
UPC 074646705728
UPC 14 00074646705728
Format CD
Release Date 3/14/1995
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Author Mad Season
Compilation Appearance Box Set Series:hard Rock
Technical Info
Engineer Sony Felho; Brett Eliason
Producer John Saunders; Layne Staley; Mad Season; Mike McCready; Barrett Martin; Brett Eliason
CatalogID 67057
Lable Name Sony Music Distribution (USA)
Released 03/14/1995
Original Release 1995
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00074646705728
Musical Guests
Mark Lanegan
Album Notes and Credits
Mad Season: Layne Staley (vocals, guitar); Mike McCready (acoustic & electric guitars); Barrett Martin (cello, vibraphone, marimba, acoustic bass, drums, percussion); John Baker Saunders (electric bass).
Additional personnel: Mark Lanegan (vocals); Nalgas Sin Carne (saxophone).
Recorded at Bad Animals, Seattle, Washington.
Personnel: Layne Staley (vocals, guitar); Mark Lanegan (vocals); Mike McCready (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Barrett Martin (cello, vibraphone, marimba, upright bass, drums, percussion); John Saunders (electric bass).
Audio Mixer: Brett Eliason.
Recording information: Bad Animals, Seattle, WA.
Illustrator: Layne Staley.
Photographer: Lance Mercer.
Think of the one-shot Seattle supergroup Mad Season as the grunge version of sober living. Guitarist Mike McCready, best known as the main six-string slinger in Pearl Jam, met bassist John Baker Saunders while in rehab, and the two paired with Screaming Trees' drummer Barrett Martin and Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley, partially in hopes of steering the singer onto the path of the straight and narrow. Ultimately, the plan didn't pan out, but for a brief while, the quartet -- who adopted the name Mad Season -- did have their moment of clarity, captured on the 1995 album Above. There was a single issued to modern rock radio -- "River of Deceit" -- but this record downplayed easy hooks and melody in favor of churning introspection and slow vamps that occasionally flirt with blues (the never-ending 12-bar "Artificial Red," balanced by the distorto riffs of "I Don't Everything"), but usually conjure nothing more than the dank sludge of Seattle. Mad Season aren't quite mired in the darkest areas of grunge -- they're clever enough to let a saxophonist lend color to "Long Gone Day" -- but the lack of melodicism is a bit of a drag over the long haul, turning Above into a bit of heavy mood music. In a sense, it's the id of Seattle run rampant: all the bands involved, outside of Saunders' Walkabouts and Martin's Trees (who were nevertheless considerably more popular than Saunders' group), enjoyed commercial success in 1995, so they could have gotten away with anything and, in a sense, they did, as a major-label actually released this turgid bit of soul-baring heavy rock. McCready gets plenty of room for his elliptical guitar, the players has space to dig into their minor-key vamps, Staley essays his only set of completely original lyrics, but the whole thing feels kind of inert and indulgent, which may be appropriate for a band treating rock & roll as therapy. [The 2013 Deluxe Edition of Above is loaded with bonus material, beginning with four tracks from Mad Season's unfinished 1999 album, finally completed with the Screaming Trees' Mark Lanegan as lyricist and vocalist. Lanegan adds a gravity the otherwise tortured Staley lacked -- as dynamic a frontman as Layne was, Lanegan feels made of granite -- and consequently these bonus tracks are little more compelling than the proper album. Elsewhere on the Deluxe Edition lies the entirety of the group's final gig, a performance at the Seattle venue the Moore from April of 1995, captured as both a CD (weighing in at 11 tracks) and a DVD (a seven-cut edit, followed by five bonus tracks). Elsewhere on the DVD are other live performances, including a full concert at RKCNDY and some highlights from Pearl Jam's Self Pollution Radio. These bonus cuts don't change the overall impression of the album, but they do give hardcore fans plenty of rarities to savor.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.66) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "They played desultory, head-clearing heavy blues on their lone album..."
Melody Maker (7/1/95, p.38) - "...At its best, it's a Country Sabbath combination of Alice and the Trees, in particular `I'm Above' and `Long Gone Day'...both of which make ABOVE at least a compulsory listen....A refreshing holiday from the pressures of corporate ultra-stardom..."
Disc 1
1 Wake Up
2 X-Ray Mind,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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