Mad Season, featuring the late vocalist Layne Staley of Alice In Chains, guitarist Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, drummer Barrett Martin of the Screaming Trees and bassist John Baker Saunders of the Lamont Cranston Band, is seeing their only album get reissued in an expanded deluxe edition. Above was released in 1995 and certified gold and will come in a three disc set April 2nd. Above (Deluxe Edition) will include a 2 CD/1 DVD set featuring unreleased bonus and live tracks and a full-color collector’s booklet featuring unreleased photos and more.

Included on the CDs are unreleased tracks from the band’s unfinished second album with newly recorded vocals and written lyrics by Mark Lenegan, a remixed version of the band’s cover of John Lennon’s “I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier,” a full remastered audio set of the band’s historical concert at the Moore Theater in Seattle from April 1995 and more.

The DVD includes Live at The Moore, the band’s final performance ever, with newly remixed and remastered audio and newly edited in documentary style. Live at The Moore will feature four never-before-seen performances along with the fan favorite “Wake Up” as part of the first official DVD release of this show. DVD bonus content includes the band’s full concert from New Year’s Eve 1995 at RKCNDY in Seattle and both performances from Self-Pollution Radio.

In related news, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has provided insight into the band’s next album. He told Rolling Stone that Pearl Jam will definitely release a new album in 2013, their first containing all new material since 2009’s Backspacer. McCready says the album is more experimental than their last with influences of Pink Floyd and punk rock. The group has completed nearly seven songs already with 15 more lined up. No word on the release date yet, but I expect it will drop in the fall. Stay tuned to The Music Universe for more details as it becomes available.


CD 1: Above and bonus

  1. Wake Up
  2. 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
  11. Interlude
  12. Locomotive
  13. Black Book Of Fear
  14. Slip Away
  15. I Don’t Wanna Be A Solider (Remixed)

CD 2: Live At The Moore

  1. Wake Up
  2. Lifeless Dead
  3. Artificial Red
  4. River of Deceit
  5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier
  6. Long Gone Day
  7. I’m Above
  8. I Don’t Know Anything
  9. X-Ray Mind
  10. All Alone
  11. November Hotel


  1. Lifeless Dead (Live at The Moore)
  2. River Of Deceit (Live at The Moore)
  3. Long Gone Day (Live at The Moore)
  4. I Don’t Know Anything (Live at The Moore)
  5. X-Ray Mind (Live at The Moore)
  6. All Alone (Live at The Moore)
  7. November Hotel (Live at The Moore)
  8. Wake Up (Unseen Footage from The Moore)
  9. Artificial Red (Unseen Footage from The Moore)
  10. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier (Unseen Footage from The Moore)
  11. I’m Above (Unseen Footage from The Moore)
  12. Wake Up (Live at The RCKNDY -NYE Show 1995)
  13. Lifeless Dead (Live at The RCKNDY -NYE Show 1995)
  14. River Of Deceit (Live at The RCKNDY -NYE Show 1995)
  15. I Don’t Know Anything (Live at The RCKNDY -NYE Show 1995)
  16. I’m Above (Live at The RCKNDY -NYE Show 1995)
  17. Artificial Red (Live at The RCKNDY -NYE Show 1995)
  18. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier (Live at The RCKNDY -NYE Show 1995)
  19. All Alone (Live at The RCKNDY -NYE Show 1995)
  20. November Hotel (Live at The RCKNDY -NYE Show 1995)
  21. Lifeless Dead (Self Pollution Radio Broadcast)
  22. I Don’t Know Anything (Self Pollution Radio Broadcast (new edit))
  23. River Of Deceit (Music Video)