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Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- "Locomotive," one of the bonus tracks from the forthcoming expanded edition of Above (the first and only album to be completed by
Seattle-based rock supergroup
premiered as a stream on RollingStone.com.
Fans pre-ordering the newly expanded edition of Above on iTunes will receive an instant "Locomotive" download with each order.
"I am excited to have fans hear 'Locomotive' for the first time. Mark did an amazing job singing over this track from the elusive
Disinformation. 'Locomotive' hits like one!," said Mad Season guitarist
"'Locomotive' is a song that best represents the direction Mad Season was going for on our second, unfinished album.
Mark Lanegan's lyrics and powerful voice captures that time perfectly," said
Barrett Martin, echoing McCready's sentiments. "The Mad Season collection is the best tribute we could pay to our dear friends Layne and Baker. We miss them terribly but the music they left behind is a great spiritual gift."
Formed in 1994, Mad Season was comprised of vocalist
Layne Staley (
Alice In Chains), guitarist
Mike McCready (
Pearl Jam), drummer/percussionist
Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) and bassist
John Baker Saunders (The Walkabouts,
Lamont Cranston Band). In 1995, the band released one extraordinary album,
Above, an emblematic touchstone of the
Seattle alternative rock scene, and began work a year later on a follow-up to be called
Disinformation. Though much promising groundwork--writing, rehearsing and recording--had been completed for
Disinformation, the album was shelved due to Layne's deteriorating health. 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.
In 2012, the two remaining Mad Season members, Mike and Barrett, along with
Above's original producer
Brett Eliason, convened in
Seattle to sift through the original magnetic tapes from that second album's sessions to revisit the unfinished songs. They called on
Mark Lanegan to pen lyrics and sing on three of the best of those songs, including the mind-bending "Locomotive."
Mad Season was essentially
Seattle'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.
"When I think of the triumph and tragedy of the Mad Season
Above record and the few shows we played, I am overcome with emotion," said
Mike McCready. "When people tell me it's their favorite record, it somehow makes the loss of Layne and Baker sting less. I believe they would have been proud that people still resonate with the music they created. Layne's lyrics are prophetic and deep and Baker's bass is subtle and tough. I hope people enjoy the re-release of the brief, elegant and dark Season we all shared."
Legacy Recordings -- the catalog division of
Sony Music Entertainment -- announced the release of a newly expanded
Deluxe Edition of
Above, the first and only album to be completed by
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
Mark Lanegan (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
Seattle club RKCNDY, a full-color collector's booklet and more (full details below).
Deluxe Edition will be at physical retailers on
Tuesday, April 2, 2013. The digital version of the album will include all of the audio content featured in the
Deluxe Edition with a separate standalone long form video available. iTunes will feature the album with audio mastered for iTunes. In addition, there will be a 12" two LP expanded vinyl edition available on Record Store Day,
April 20, 2013.
Tracklisting for 3-disc Mad Season Above Deluxe EditionCD1 – Above tracklist
River of Deceit
I Don't Know Anything
Long Gone Day
PLUS bonus tracks:
Interlude (previously unreleased)
Locomotive (Lyrics/vocals by Mark Lanegan)
Black Book Of Fear (Lyrics/vocals by Mark Lanegan)
Slip Away (Lyrics/vocals by Mark Lanegan)
I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier (remix)
CD2 - Live at The Moore
Previously unreleased full audio set of Live at The Moore performance from Seattle, WA, April 29, 1995.
Includes "Wake Up" "Artificial Red" "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier" "I'm Above" (featuring Mark Lanegan).
DVD - Live at The Moore + Bonus Footage
Full video set of the Live at The Moore performance from Seattle, WA performance, April 29, 1995. Remixed and remastered for 5.1 sound, and newly edited by director Duncan Sharp.
Plus, more bonus footage, including a full concert of the band's performance from New Years Eve 1995 at RKCNDY in Seattle, and both performances from the Seattle-based Self-Pollution Radio specials, one newly edited.