Jan. 7, 2013
-- 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
-based rock supergroup
. Formed in 1994, Mad Season is vocalist
Alice In Chains
(Screaming Trees) and bassist
John Baker Saunders
Lamont Cranston Band
The Deluxe Edition of Mad Season's Above is a three-disc set comprised of two CDs and one DVD. It includes the original studio album and a host of extras such as previously unreleased tracks from the band's unfinished second album with new lyrics and vocals by
(Screaming Trees), full audio plus the first official DVD release of Mad Season's last show ever performed - Live At The Moore, an unreleased full concert video of the band's
New Year's Eve
performance from now-defunct
club RKCNDY, a full-color collector's booklet and more (full details below).
Preorders for the Above Deluxe Edition begin on
January 7, 2013
at select retailers. The Deluxe Edition, and a separate digital configuration, will be available
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
. In addition, there will be a 12" 2LP expanded edition vinyl available on Record Store Day,
Content featured in the Above Deluxe Edition will be available through iTunes with audio mastered for iTunes and a separate standalone longplay video.
In 1994, four
-based musicians decided to embark on a side-project that took them into new and different musical territory. Formed by
, and bluesman
John Baker Saunders
, the group went on to form Mad Season, which made one seminal album in the history of
rock. That album, Above was released in 1995 and immediately struck a resonate chord with the public that sent the album into gold status within a few weeks. It is the only complete album of
's introspective and mystical lyrics, which were highlighted by additional vocals from Screaming Trees vocalist
-based saxophonist/percussionist Skerik.
Mad Season was essentially
's version of an extremely heavy blues band, anchored by the deep swinging rhythm section of Barrett's drums and Baker's bass lines, with Layne's haunting melodies and Mike's stadium-size guitar riffs soaring over the top. This unusual chemistry made the band absolutely unique in an era of post-grunge. In the almost 20 years since the original release of Above, new generations of music listeners have discovered the dark and lasting beauty of Mad Season.
In 1996, work began on a second Mad Season album with Mike, Barrett and Baker writing and recording the basic tracks for 15 new songs. Unfortunately, because of declining health, Layne wasn't able to make any of the recording sessions and the album was shelved. Fate subsequently took each musician in a different direction: Mike back to Pearl Jam and Barrett back to Screaming Trees. Tragically, both Baker (1999) and Layne (2002) passed away.