Every Word: A Tribute to Let's Active

Every Word: A Tribute to Let's Active

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While most rock fans know Mitch Easter as the man who seemingly produced every great jangle pop act of the 1980s and helped launch R.E.M. into the indie rock stratosphere (at a time when such a thing barely existed), his work as a musician and a songwriter never seemed to earn the same degree of attention, which is strange considering how goodSee more details below

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While most rock fans know Mitch Easter as the man who seemingly produced every great jangle pop act of the 1980s and helped launch R.E.M. into the indie rock stratosphere (at a time when such a thing barely existed), his work as a musician and a songwriter never seemed to earn the same degree of attention, which is strange considering how good most of it was. Easter's band Let's Active cut three albums and an EP which, by all rights, should have made him the darling of the college radio (and maybe even the pop charts) with their sharp hooks and insightful lyrics; but the band's following never seemed to grow beyond a small, but rabid, cult. Thankfully, that cult consisted of some pretty talented people, and a bunch of them have joined forces to pay homage to Easter's songs on Every Word: A Tribute to Let's Active. Significantly, the album's best performances are the ones that drift farthest from what Easter and his bandmates had in mind; most of the participants on Every Word seem to have their own take on what great pop means to them, and Tommy Womack's skiffle-ish cover of "Make up With Me," Failed Energy Giants' (featuring Tim Lee) transformation of "Blue Line" into a surf tune, and the arty, almost psychedelic re-imagining of "Room With a View" from Marti Jones testify to the diversity and malleability of Easter's compositions. And hearing tracks like "Waters Part" by Doug Powell, The Crowd Scene's "Writing the Book of Last Pages," "Talking to Myself" by The Saving Graces, and "Two Yous" by Drop Quarters is to hear great pop songs played with passion, intelligence, and imagination. If the original Let's Active recordings communicated the same message, as well (and often better), that doesn't change the fact that Every Word offers 20 solid examples of why Easter deserves to be acknowledged as one of the finer songwriters of his time and place.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2003
Label:
Laughing Outlaw
UPC:
0614511722629
catalogNumber:
61
Rank:
220850

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Lloyd   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Don Dixon   Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Marti Jones   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jim Brock   Percussion
Bobby Sutliff   Voices,Multi Instruments
John Baker   Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Kevin Campbell   Guitar,Group Member
Jamie Hoover   Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Jim Huie   Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Faye Hunter   Bass
Dave Keyes   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Doug Mayo   Bass,Group Member
Will Rigby   Drums
Chris Xefos   Multi Instruments,Group Member
Scott Yoder   Bass
Joe Procopio   Guitar,Group Member
Jimmie Rivers   Guitar,Keyboards,Group Member
Doug Powell   Sounds
Mark Spencer   Guitar
Neilson Hubbard   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Andrew Chalfen   Bass,Guitar,Casio,Group Member
Jon Graboff   Pedal Steel Guitar
Graham Davies   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Wurlitzer,Group Member
Beth Filla   Vocals,Group Member
Bret Tobias   Drums,Group Member
Anne Rogers   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Jerry Chapman   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals,Toy Piano,Fuzz Mandolin
Doug Edmunds   Drums,Group Member
Spike Priggen   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Mick Wilson   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Greg Arnold's Tricycle   Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Eddie Zweiback   Drums
Michael Slawter   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
John Holoman   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Drew Jenkins   Bass,Group Member
Nate Osgood   Drums,Group Member
Pat LaPlante   Guitar,Group Member
Tim Lee   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Betsy Ulmer   Background Vocals
Mark Stogsdill   Organ
Roland Couture   Bass,12-string Guitar,Group Member
Anand Gan   Drums,Tabla,Vocals,Loops,Group Member
Julia Goodwin   Vocals,Group Member
Jay Manley   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
"Eddy" Zwieback   Drums
Saul Foster   Drums,Group Member
Jane Francis   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Jeff Patterson   Drums
Doug Davis   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Bells,farfisa organ,Group Member

Technical Credits

Bill Lloyd   Engineer,Liner Notes
Richard Barone   Liner Notes
Don Dixon   Engineer,Liner Notes
Marti Jones   Liner Notes
Paul Rodgers   Composer
Don Grolnick   Composer
Bobby Sutliff   Engineer,Liner Notes
Angie Carlson   Composer
Michael Carpenter   Producer,Engineer
Jim DeMain   Mastering
Mitch Easter   Composer
Peter Holsapple   Liner Notes
Jamie Hoover   Liner Notes
Jim Huie   Producer,Liner Notes
Dave Keyes   Liner Notes
Robert Kirk   Engineer
Adam Lasus   Engineer
Doug Mayo   Engineer,Liner Notes
Fred Mills   Liner Notes
Gil Ray   Liner Notes
Kimberley Rew   Liner Notes
Will Rigby   Liner Notes
Ken Stringfellow   Liner Notes
Chris Xefos   Liner Notes
Mark Bosnian   Engineer
Jimmie Rivers   Engineer
Parke Puterbaugh   Liner Notes
Ira Robbins   Liner Notes
Doug Powell   Liner Notes
Paul Chastain   Engineer,Liner Notes
Neilson Hubbard   Producer,Liner Notes
Britt Uzzell   Engineer
Andrew Chalfen   Liner Note Adaptation
Scott Miller   Liner Notes
Tommy Womack   Engineer,Liner Notes
Graham Davies   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Jerry Chapman   Liner Notes
Spike Priggen   Producer,Liner Notes
David Bash   Liner Notes
Mick Wilson   Contributor
Soap Star Joe   Producer
Greg Arnold's Tricycle   Producer,Engineer
Michael Slawter   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Mark Pyskoty   Liner Notes
Tim Lee   Liner Notes
Stuart Coupe   Executive Producer
Failed Energu Giants   Producer
Anand Gan   Producer
Jay Manley   Liner Notes
John Micek   Liner Notes
Doug Davis   Programming,Producer,Liner Notes

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