Friday, June 7

R. E. M. + Let's Active - One Night in Charlotte 1982

Let's Active
Viceroy Park
Charlotte, N.C.
Jan. 23, 1982

audience recording (sound quality VG to VG+; from best available, first-generation tape source; club show with a typical amount of chatter near the taper)

MITCHELL BLAKE (right), John Michael, Michael Edward & Peter Lawrence in 1982 

01 Single File  
02 I'm Sorry  
03 Safety In Numbers  
04 Counting Down 
05 Out of Sight, Out of Mind
06 Prying Eyes  
07 Dirty Reasons  
08 We Do the What If  
09 title unknown 
10 Make Up With Me  
11 Law of Averages 

TT: 38:12 mins.

MANY, MANY THANKS to kneesfudd for the analogue-to-digital transfer & generous sharing. Thanks also to the original taper & trader. One of Let's Active's first public shows, and the earliest-known live recording. 

Let's Active:
Mitchell Blake Easter - guitars, vocals
Faye Elizabeth Hunter (RIP) - bass
Sara Teresa Romweber
 (RIP) - drums

R. E. M. 
Viceroy Park
Charlotte, N.C.
Jan. 23, 1982

audience recording (sound quality VG to VG+; sounds like same tape source as the Let’s Active set; see above comments)

01 Ages of You
02 Catapult
03 Shaking Through
04 Laughing
05 Romance
06 Sitting Still
07 Permanent Vacation
08 Pretty Persuasion
09 That Beat
10 Gardening at Night
11 9-9
12 1,000,000
13 Wolves, Lower
14 Radio Free Europe

15 White Tornado 
16 Stumble
17 Ghost Riders In the Sky

TT: 1:1:04

Repaired & remastered by kneesfudd. MUCHAS GRACIAS to him and the original taper & trader, tomcannon.

R. E. M.:
John Michael Stipe - lead vocals
Peter Lawrence Buck - electric guitar
Michael Edward Mills - electric bass, backing vocals
William Thomas Berry - drums, percussion, backing vocals


  1. Many thanks for sharing this & to kneesfudd for his great work.
    Much appreciation all round.

  2. Mitch Easter is one of my musical gods. And although I'm not really one for live recordings, I've scooped up every single live Mitch set you've posted. And this one is even historical: the earliest live recording! Awesome.

    Love the blog. Jangle Pop is like music from heaven for me. Keep up the good work!


  3. Wow! I haven't heard this set before. A friend (not Tom) gave me a copy of his recording and I was thinking that it was this show. Turns out it was their other Viceroy Park appearance. If you want it, let me know. Oh and any chance that you have their 1982 Milestone appearance? That was a great show as well! (Warren Peace)

    1. HI Warren - I do have R.E.M.'s other show that year at Viceroy Park, but not the '82 show at the Milestone. Sorry about that...

  4. This is a gem of a set. Great sound, rare early tracks, an amazing combination....

    1. (to clarify, I was talking about the L.A. set...)

    2. Indeed! Pretty unique in the L.A. "canon".


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