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Seattle became an unlikely focal point of the music industry in the early to mid-'90s, with several of its leading alternative bands achieving commercial success far beyond bands in other regional scenes. This particular Seattle project had its origin in rehab, where Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready met Walkabouts bassist John Baker Saunders. Along with Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, they approached Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley in hopes of keeping everyone sober. This therapeutic set should strike a resonant chord with fans of the original bands. The deluxe edition adds four tracks from the unfinished follow-up album, with Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan adding the right amount of heaviness to complete the material. The band's final gig in April 1995 at The Moore in Seattle—which features a nine-minute take on John Lennon's "I Don't Want to Be a Soldier"—is also added to the deluxe edition. Sadly, Saunders died in 1999 and Staley passed in April 2002, both of drug overdoses.

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I cannot believe...

That the iTunes review was so shoddy. This is a fabulous album. Layne's voice is beautiful and amazing. The music is alternatively enchanting, pounding, and devastating. This is neither Alice in Chains, nor Pearl Jam, but rather a band all of its own right, with plenty of character and exceeding talent. When I choose to listen to this album, there is never a track that I skip. Every piece is strong in and of itself. My 9 year old son says that Mad Season is his favorite band - not because he has been conditioned to like it like the popular music he often hears, not because I play it for him all the time, and not because he understands the meaning of the lyrics: he truly feels the emotion of each song and the angelic quality of Layne's voice. This album is a real classic.

Simply - Amazing

This is one of those rare records that you own in your collection that makes your entire collection that much more special, complete, and whole. It is a shame more people don't know about this amazing album. "River of Deceit" is the radio hit, but "Wake Up" is the best song here, especially at 3 min 55 secs into the song. You can feel the depth of Staley's cry to God here. It's beautiful, tragic, and haunting. Above is the most stunning exercise of pain put into music that you will ever here. You should not miss this ablum, it is a classic beyond words.

Staley+Pain+Lyrics = Get it

This is a must-own album. “Wake Up” is, quite seriously one of those songs you will play over and over and over and I would rank in my top 10 of all time. I challenge anyone to find a singer dosing out more beauty, rage, and pain combined with such solid percussion and guitar. You will need to make sure your stereo is up to the challenge of the opening bass. “River of Deceit” again hits on this trend with another barrage of some of the best lyrics ever put down. I have heard that the group wrote these two songs in the first few hours of practice...myth? The remainder of the album is pretty hard (which is OK), yet I find the lyrics to be a little simplistic on some songs reative to Alice in Chains / Pearl Jam. A great sleeper album and #1 and #3 would be the best $1.98 you ever spent.


Formed: 1995 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Quite a few side projects containing members of renowned Seattle-based rock bands appeared through the '90s. Most failed to expand past a small cult following comprised mainly of fans of their main bands (Brad, the Rockfords, Three Fish, Tuatara, etc.), but there were a few exceptions to rule, especially Temple of the Dog and Mad Season. The latter outfit included members of Alice in Chains (vocalist Layne Staley), Pearl Jam (guitarist Mike McCready), and the Screaming Trees (drummer Barrett Martin),...
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