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Los Angeles 1978
The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Vol Four [Mike Millard first gen via JEMS, 2CD]
Live at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA; June 7, 1978. This is the same show as Vol 3 in the series. However, it is an alternate recording - Recording B master. Very good to excellent audience recording. Incomplete show.
Vol One - click here
Vol Two - click here
Vol 3 - click here
Thanks to Mike Millard for the recording; JEMS for the efforts; and to mjk5510 for sharing this at Dime.
Click here for the lossless flacs.
JEMS is pleased to release the fourth in a series of recordings made by legendary taper Mike Millard, AKA Mike the MICrophone, best known for his masters of Led Zeppelin in and around LA circa 1975-77.
Incredibly, our fourth installment is an alternative SECOND Millard recording from the final performance of Dylan’s seven-night residency at the Universal Amphitheater in June 1978. That’s right, the same performance as Volume 3 of our series, but a different recording made by Millard with a completely different rig. In addition to his familiar AKG 451E mics (CK-1 capsules) > Nakamichi 550 set up, Millard ran a pair of Nakamichi CM-50 microphones into a Uher CR-240 cassette recorder. We believe this is the first verified example of Millard recording on different gear and he uses the same set up for future shows in our series.
Nakamichi CM-50 photos http://www.nakmics.com/nak-cm50.htm
Uher CR-240 photo http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Uher-cr240_hg.jpg
This recording also marks the first time in the run that Mike was able to capture the show from the very start, the instrumental version of “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” So we get the beginning of the show, but not the full encore, as the last song of the night, “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” is omitted. (Note: It can be found on Vol Three of the series.)
The question you are probably asking yourself right about now is: OK, that’s all interesting minutiae, but which recording is better? I would give the nod to this one, which sounds just a tad sharper, clearer and fuller.
Lossless Bob has no fewer than five entries for this show, though only identifies two distinct recordings, both of which are complete, so, like its predecessors, it is likely this Millard master is uncirculated.
We’ve marked this Recording B to distinguish it from Mike’s other tape from the night. The notes on each reel clearly state that Mike himself made both recordings, so while there is no other known case where Millard ran two rigs, we can only assume that on this night he did or perhaps he did so with an uncredited partner, as we know he frequently had helpers.
Speaking of those helpers, JEMS’ Millard series has sparked a lot of comments and dialogue. A fellow taper we’ve gotten in touch with was one of those helpers who attended many shows with Mike. He wanted to let folks know that despite what you may have read, Mike was no loner. He had several close friends, many of whom shared his passion for music. Whoever drew that conclusion and perpetuated the loner profile was mistaken.
Millard’s Wikipedia page
The best article written about Millard has been deleted from the original website but is reprinted here:
Thanks again to WG for finding the tapes and to SG for providing JEMS with another fascinating chapter of taping history. Also, JEMS is deeply appreciative of the work of mjk5510 for his continued assistance in getting these recordings into your hands. He is a vital part of the process at this point.
Here’s to the late, great Mike the MICrophone and to finding more lost tapes.
BK for JEMS
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Thanks also to Clapberry for the front cover.
Recording B Info: Nakamichi CM-50 microphones > Uher CR-240 cassette recorder
JEMS 2014 Transfer: first-generation reel copy (3-3/4 IPS) made by Mike Millard for SG > Otari 5050 mkII azimuth-adjusted transfer > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > pitch correction > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC
Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
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Track 101. Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall 3:56 (6.6MB)
Track 102. Love Her With A Feeling 2:39 (4.4MB)
Track 103. Baby Stop Crying 5:33 (9.3MB)
Track 104. Mr Tambourine Man 5:11 (8.7MB)
Track 105. Shelter From The Storm 4:34 (7.7MB)
Track 106. Love Minus Zero/No Limit 3:32 (5.9MB)
Track 107. Tangled Up In Blue 6:46 (11.4MB)
Track 108. Ballad Of A Thin Man 4:41 (7.9MB)
Track 109. Maggie’s Farm 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 110. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) 4:29 (7.5MB)
Track 111. Like A Rolling Stone 7:03 (11.9MB)
Track 112. I Shall Be Released 4:43 (7.9MB)
Track 113. Going Going Gone 4:47 (8.0MB)
Track 114. Rainy Day Women #12 & #35 1:15 (2.1MB)
Track 115. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) 3:56 (6.6MB)
Track 116. You’re A Big Girl Now 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 201. One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below) 3:36 (6.0MB)
Track 202. Blowin’ In The Wind 4:49 (8.1MB)
Track 203. I Want You 2:56 (4.9MB)
Track 204. Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power) 5:27 (9.2MB)
Track 205. Masters Of War 4:18 (7.2MB)
Track 206. Just Like A Woman 5:37 (9.4MB)
Track 207. Don’t Think Twice 4:51 (8.1MB)
Track 208. Simple Twist Of Fate 4:55 (8.3MB)
Track 209. Oh, Sister 3:41 (6.2MB)
Track 210. All Along The Watchtower 4:12 (7.0MB)
Track 211. All I Really Want To Do 3:15 (5.5MB)
Track 212. Band Introduction 3:28 (5.8MB)
Track 213. It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) 7:00 (11.8MB)
Track 214. Forever Young 5:25 (9.1MB)
215. The Times They Are A-Changin’
This track is missing here but can be downloaded on Vol 3 (click here).
64 mins (without Track 215)
Bob Dylan - guitar, vocals
Billy Cross - lead guitar
Alan Pasqua - keyboards
Steven Soles - rhythm guitar, backup vocals
David Mansfield - violin, mandolin
Steve Douglas - horns
Jerry Scheff - bass
Bobbye Hall - percussion
Ian Wallace - drums
Helena Springs - background vocals
Jo Ann Harris - background vocals
Carolyn Dennis - background vocals
In 1979, Dylan released Bob Dylan At Budokan, which was recorded on February 28 and March 1, 1978. Click here to order the album.
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