As previously reported, a reissue of Mad Season‘s lone record, Above, will be released April 2. The record will feature three new songs with vocals by Mad Season contributor Mark Lanegan taking the place of the late Layne Staley.
I’ve been spending the past few days listening to an advance copy of the record an it sounds fantastic. The remastering is excellent, the new songs all work well in the context of the original record and fans are going to love listening to a full Mad Season concert. I’ll have more words about the reissue soon, but in the meantime check out a stream of “Locomotive,” one of the new tracks featuring Lanegan. It’s not my favorite of the new songs (that would be the solemn, six-minute “Black Book”, during which Mike McCready seems to borrow a bit from his “Yellow Led Better” riff) but it is a solid indication of what to expect from the rest of the new Mad Season material.
You can listen to the song, which is by far the most upbeat of the three new tunes, over at Rolling Stone.