A three-disc deluxe version of 1995’s “Above” will be released April 2 on Legacy Recordings, featuring unfinished material with new vocals and lyrics from the former Screaming Trees frontman among its bonus tracks.
The group included Pearl Jam‘s Mike McCready, Screaming Trees’ Barrett Martin as well as the late Lanye Staley ( Alice in Chains) and John Baker Saunders, who died in 2002 and 1999, respectively. The previously unreleased material stems from sessions for the group’s unfinished second album, shelved when Staley’s health prevented further work.
Lanegan, a contributor to “Above,” was chosen to work on three unfinished tracks: “Locomotive,” “Black Book of Fear” and “Slip Away.” Bonus tracks on the reissue will also include “Interlude” and a remix of “I Don’t Wanna Be a Soldier.”
The reissue will add “Live at the Moore,” a concert CD documenting the band’s April 29 Seattle show, and a DVD of the 1995 performance also including the band’s New Year’s Eve set from later that year.