Mad Season - Above (CD)

Mad Season

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  1. Performer
  2. Rock & Pop
  3. Grunge
Number of Items
Country of Origin
USA / Canada
Mono / Stereo
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..."
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Wake Up
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] All-Alone
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] X-Ray Mind
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] River Of Deceit
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] I'm Above
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Artificial Red
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Lifeless Dead
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] I Don't Know Anything
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Long Gone Day
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] November Hotel
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Wake Up
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] X-Ray Mind
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] River of Deceit
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] I'm Above
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Artificial Red
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Lifeless Dead
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] I Don't Know Anything
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Long Gone Day
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] November Hotel
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] All Alone
Release Date
23 March 1995
Mad Season

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.
The black and white lithographs by Layne Staley that dot the cover and liner notes of ABOVE are a subtle hint of what lies in wait on this disc. Gray shades of music ebb along, seared by an occasional lead instrument. Besides designing the artwork, Staley sings, while Pearl Jam's Mike McCready provides six-string back-up alongside bass player John Baker Saunders and Screaming Trees drummer/multi-instrumentalist Barrett Martin.
ABOVE aches with the pain of living in a world streaked by deception, betrayal and disgust. Lumbering rhythms occasionally rumble into Sabbathville ("X-Ray Mind" and "Lifeless Dead"). Staley nods through the sinuous confines of "Long Gone Day," coasting on a surreal Brazilian beat prodded along by Martin's vibraphone and Nalgas Sin Carne's sax solo. This hour of emotional bloodletting ends with a convoluted two-part piece: The instrumental "November Hotel" starts with a faraway tribal beat that builds up gradually as McCready's guitar eases in and unleashes a wave of effects-laden riffs that flow into a disembodied declaration of solitude called "All Alone."

Date Released
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Video Disabled
Limited (6 months)
Mad Season
John Saunders; Layne Staley; Mad Season; Mike McCready; Barrett Martin; Brett Eliason
Packaged weight
104.326 g
  1. Mad Season
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Sony Felho; Brett Eliason
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Grunge supergroup Mad Season's only album is sick!This album is one of Layne Staley's last recorded works. Cool, angry,soulfull & sad ; standout tracks are Above, I don't know anything,& Wake up. Definitely worth a listen if you're into Alice & Screaming trees.

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