Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
Easter's production of these records is rather great, full of pastoral sounds and colors layered on top of the band. His material is rather strong. The band play rather well. All in all, it's the state of the art for independent music circa 1984 and it's astonishingly good. However good you think this might be, it's better. In a fairer world, this would have been bigger than U2 or R.E.M. (as would the dBs' first two albums).
Eleven years ago, I happened upon an antiquated analog album - a cassette, of all dead media formats - at the dawn of the Age of the Digital Download. It was in a clearance bin along with a warped copy of The Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream that sounded like it had been submerged in dishwater. I was at Vintage Vinyl in the U. City Loop in St. Louis, MO, and I walked away with about ten albums that day: The aforementioned Pumpkins album, the Housemartins' The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death, and Depeche Mode's superb Some Great Reward, among others. But the prize catch was a beat-up copy of Let's Active's 1984 album Cypress. I had heard of Let's Active before, but I knew very little about them. It cost only a solitary dollar, and as an entry level public relations grunt, it was probably one of the only dollars I had.
I had no idea I was buying what would soon become one of my favorite records, and something of a lost album in the annals of rock `n' roll history. Sure, Cypress was reissued in 2003 through Collector's Choice by EMI, but it's already out of print again. On Amazon.com, Collector's Choice offers the following statement about the record: "One of the biggest gaps in `80s rock - nay, THE biggest gap - would have to be the absence on CD of R. E. M. producer and southern underground rock icon Mitch Easter's band Let's Active." Now that Cypress is out of print again, but still available in limited quantities for reasonable prices on the Web, its absence is like a gap in the grin of a 6-year-old whose front teeth are missing.Read more ›
Anyhow, buy Let's Active and hear it for yourself. The 80s scene went layers deeper than the famous headliners. The lesser known groups like Let's Active, The DBs or Guadalcanal Diary are a lot better than you might think. They're great groups that were overshadowed by the Michaelangelos of alt-pop. Take another (or a first) look and you'll see they stand on their own.
NB- It's my opinion that a regional "sound" is formed by a number of bands that feed off one another's influence. If you think some of this sounds like (early) REM, remember that REM sounds like them, too. History may be written by the supergroups, but these guys were peers in (and in fact the producers of) that jangly southern sound.
One of those rare tapes that I bought 20 years ago and still listen to every few months (The Jam's Snap and Setting Sons, and The Smith's Hatful of Hollow are 3 other tapes I never tired of).
Get this CD. Get it now! It is great. Thanks for reissuing it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My dad was in a band back in the day of which everyone went on to enjoy a great music career (fairly famous or studio musician), except my dad chose to quit and finish college. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Griff
catchy indie nerd pop from the mid-80's. yeah, so it never caught on and yeah, so mitch easter produced a lot of great music. Read morePublished on August 10, 2008 by peppergomez
Get it, Get it, Get it, Get it! There is no chance what so ever you won't love it. Just as much as a classic in 2008 as the early 1980'sPublished on February 28, 2008 by H.G. Lovecraft
that you will discover them very soon - buy this disc! Seriously, I had vinyl of both of these releases in college and as CD's took over replaced my vinyl with this. Read morePublished on March 30, 2006 by John
This is great news for me that these are available on CD now.
Having thrown away all my cassette tapes over 15 years ago, this is THE one I could not dream of losing. Read more
Incredibly smart yet accessible. Instantly catchy but not disposable. And more playful than the ( mostly ) willfully obscure early REM. Read morePublished on August 16, 2004 by J. Brady