Every Word: A Tribute to Let's Active

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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: 7/22/2003
  • Label: Laughing Outlaw
  • UPC: 614511722629
  • Catalog Number: 61
  • Sales rank: 371,917

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Every Word Means No (2:57)
  2. 2 Horizon (3:36)
  3. 3 Waters Part - Doug Powell (4:57)
  4. 4 Make Up With Me (3:32)
  5. 5 Talking to Myself (3:26)
  6. 6 Last Chance Town (4:53)
  7. 7 Room With a View (4:22)
  8. 8 Writing the Book of Last Pages (4:07)
  9. 9 Crows on a Phone Line (4:00)
  10. 10 Fell (3:30)
  11. 11 Every Dog Has His Day - King Fly (4:59)
  12. 12 Mr. Fool - King Kilowatt (3:32)
  13. 13 I Feel Funny (3:09)
  14. 14 Bad Machinery - Velvet (3:25)
  15. 15 Blue (Pipe) Line - Failed Energu Giants (3:36)
  16. 16 Flags for Everything (3:29)
  17. 17 Too Bad (2:47)
  18. 18 Two Yous - Drop Quarters (3:19)
  19. 19 In Little Ways (3:40)
  20. 20 Badger (3:21)
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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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