Mad Season – the Seattle super group comprised of Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), the late Layne Staley (Alice in Chains), and the late John Baker Saunders – will reissue their sole album, 1995’s Above, as part of an extensive new box set on March 12th (via Antiquiet).
Martin broke the news in a recent interview with The Sun Break. Both he and McCready oversaw the set, which will contain the remastered album, a Live at the Moore DVD, and an assortment of unreleased live recordings.
“The most exciting stuff: three songs that Mark Lanegan wrote lyrics and sang on, songs that we started to record for the second album but never finished because of Bakers and Laynes deaths,” Martin explains. “One of the songs Peter Buck wrote with us, and the other two are from me and Mike. They are three of the heaviest and most beautiful songs Mad Season did, and I know Layne and Baker will love them.”
It’s been a surreal year for surviving members Martin and McCready. Back in May, the two reunited on-stage at Seattle’s Showbox Theatre, where they performed River of Deceit alongside vocalist Jeff Rouse (Loaded) and bassist Rick Friel. Replay the performance below and stay tuned for more details on their forthcoming box set.