BOB DYLAN - LOS ANGELES, JUNE 1, 1978 (Mike Millard Master Vol 1)

August 10, 2014 – 3:53 am

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Los Angeles 1978
The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Vol One [Mike Millard first gen via JEMS, 1CD]

Live at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA; June 1, 1978. Very good to excellent audience recording.

Thanks to Mike Millard for the recording; JEMS for the efforts; and to mjk5510 for sharing this at Dime.

Original notes:

JEMS is pleased to release the first 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.

The 14 first-generation tapes (10 cassettes and four reels) were sent by Millard to SG, the beloved S in JEMS, in the mid-’80s after the pair had met in person in Orange County on two occasions. To the best of our knowledge, none of the eight shows (spanning the 14 tapes) has ever been attributed as a Millard recording. In fact, there are no extant references we are aware of to Millard ever recording Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen, the two artists captured on the tapes.

Several of the tapes we believe are uncirculated; others may be out there, but not credited as Millard’s work. Even those that turn out to be previously circulated (and there is at least one confirmed so far) will be released in this series from verified first-generation tapes made by Millard himself and marked/notated in his signature manner. As such, we expect all of them to be upgrades at a minimum and new sources in many cases.

At this point you might be asking yourself, “So if JEMS received these Millard tapes in the mid-’80s, why haven’t they circulated previously?” Fair question. And, in condensed form, here is the answer, which also provides the “Lost” portion of our series title:

Twenty-six years ago, Millard sent SG a box of tapes. I remember having it my hands in 1986 at SG’s house, right after it arrived in the mail. But that was the last time I ever saw the box. It disappeared. Nearly all of SG’s tapes have since been consolidated into the JEMS North archive, but we never found the box of Millard tapes. Over the years, my memory faded of what was in the box. I thought there were Springsteen shows, but that fuzzy notion was all I could recall.

Now to the “Found”: A few months ago, WG, a long-time collector friend of SG, contacted him and said, “I found a box of tapes of yours when I was moving furniture.” Sure enough it was the Millard tapes and more. Turns out WG borrowed the tapes and some other SG masters after a Dylan show in 1986 and the box wound up misplaced and forgotten about by both parties, only to be rediscovered 28 years later.

Once the box was returned, SG sent it to me at JEMS South where we proceeded to make fresh transfers of its contents.

If there’s any mildly disappointing element to this otherwise charming story, it is that none of the lost Millard tapes are of previously uncirculated shows; there are other recordings by other tapers of all of them. But the good news is the quality of most of them is indeed up to Millard’s legendary standards. There are some excellent pulls here and, in at least one case, Millard’s recording is more complete than the circulating source.

Our series opens with Dylan’s summer residency at the Universal Amphitheatre in June 1978. This recording is of the opening night of the run, but the tape is incomplete. Millard’s notes state: “Missed first half of concert. Only recorded from intermission on.”

But what Millard did record is, to my ears, awfully good. I haven’t compared it to the two other known recordings (per Lossless Bob) of this show, but it is hard to imagine they could top this. The notes don’t confirm Millard’s infamous wheelchair taping set up, but they do confirm exactly what microphones were used (AKG 451E with CK-1 capsules) and his familiar Nakamichi 550 recorder. Interestingly, at another show in this run, Millard used a completely different set of gear, but we’ll get to that when the time comes.

Millard’s notes also famously warn the recipient, “This tape has been electronically coded. If this recording is reproduced and falls into the wrong hands I will know where the original source came from. Please do not reproduced (sic) this tape.” Sadly, we can’t request Millard’s permission, given his untimely passing in 1990. But we hope enough time has passed that we can honor his work by sharing it in a manner he could have never dreamed would be possible three decades ago.

Here’s to Mike the MICrophone and to finding lost tapes.

Millard’s Wikipedia page

The best article written about Millard has been deleted from the original website but is reprinted here:

Thanks to WG for finding the tapes and to SG for providing JEMS with another fascinating chapter of taping history.

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Recording Info: AKG 451E mics (CK-1 capsules) > Nakamichi 550
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 > iZotope RX3 > Peak 6.0 with iZotope Ozone 5 (pitch correction) > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (indexed) > xACT 2.2.1 > 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.

Please Do Not Hammer The Links. Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. The tracks should still be around. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Incomplete show (only after the Intermission)

Track 01. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 3:23 (5.7MB)
Track 02. One Of Us Must Know 4:12 (7.1MB)
Track 03. You’re A Big Girl Now 4:52 (8.2MB)
Track 04. One More Cup Of Coffee 3:32 (5.9MB)
Track 05. Blowin’ In The Wind 5:12 (8.7MB)
Track 06. I Want You 2:53 (4.8MB)
Track 07. Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power) 5:36 (9.4MB)
Track 08. Masters Of War 4:06 (6.9MB)
Track 09. Just Like A Woman 5:46 (9.7MB)
Track 10. To Ramona 4:50 (8.1MB)
Track 11. The Man In Me 3:57 (6.6MB)
Track 12. Band Introduction 2:07 (3.5MB)
Track 13. It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) 6:23 (10.7MB)
Track 14. Forever Young 7:39 (12.8MB)
Track 15. The Times They Are A-Changin’ 5:48 (9.7MB)
71 mins

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A month later in July 1978, Dylan did a series of shows in Paris that many fans considered excellent audience recordings. Give them a listen and let us know what you think.

Paris - July 3, 1978 - click here.

Paris - July 4, 1978 - click here.

Paris - July 5, 1978 - click here.

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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  1. 17 Responses to “BOB DYLAN - LOS ANGELES, JUNE 1, 1978 (Mike Millard Master Vol 1)”

  2. Love the Millard recordings, and this one is no exception, thanks!

    By jdallenx on Aug 10, 2014

  3. If when searching the internet for a boot of your favorite old band, and you find a real, working link to a concert taped by Mike Millard, do yourself a big favor and snag it. As these stories state, it will be of superior quality. I have only a modest couple; 2 Led Zeppelin shows from 1977 and 1 Pink Floyd from 1975. The quality of each is astounding. There is no commercially available live Zep that comes close, and the Floyd bridges WYWH to Animals spectacularly. Zeppelin live were pretty awful; long mindless solos prevail, and 1977’s best performance was in Cleveland. I was at one of the April 1977 shows in Chicago, and came away disappointed in my favorite band. But I found two shows decades later taped by M the M in L.A. that I swear re-kindle the old interest. PF from 1975 is simply fabulous. And again, I feel these ROIOs exceed commercial in every regard. Here’s to you Mike, RIP.

    By Mr. Jimmy on Aug 10, 2014

  4. ROIOs…but here they aren’t indeterminate, are they?

    By Mr. Jimmy on Aug 10, 2014

  5. Fantastic article on Mike the Mic Millard and his legendary bootlegger status is confirmed by this wonderful set, albeit only partial, from Bob in ‘78
    Thanks also for re-floating the legendary Paris 78 July gigs

    Top notch stuff, Big O bro’!!

    By swappers on Aug 10, 2014

  6. …Would simply “to-die-for” a post of that Floyd 1975 gig. The transition from WYWH to Animals in the live environment provided music crucial to any fan’s collection. Bless this gut for his work. Who’s that other guy - Dan Lampinski? His recordings are awesome as well. And thanks big o for Mike Millard’s story. But so tragic an end. Dammit. . .

    By Daniel Kershner on Aug 10, 2014

  7. Sorry - I naturally meant “guy” instead of “gut” in my post above. My spell-check skills are obviously questionable…

    By Daniel Kershner on Aug 10, 2014

  8. thanks for your work mr millard.

    By sluggo on Aug 11, 2014

  9. Wow! Sounds great!! THANK YOU! I”m looking forward to the rest of the tapes.

    By Paul Best on Aug 11, 2014

  10. Right On, Big-O…Right On, Mike The Mike!!! More?….Please!!!

    By RollingStoner on Aug 12, 2014

  11. Fantastic recording, wonder if he captured more of the Bob Dylan shows the other dates in LA ?

    By C on Aug 12, 2014

  12. Daniel Kershner
    Can’t find a current link to the ‘75 Millard Pink Floyd show, but here’s the Lampinski if it helps -

    By jdallenx on Aug 13, 2014

  13. heres the 75 floyd millard one but i didnt check if the links still work. its from 27 months ago -

    By darth on Aug 13, 2014

  14. this is a list of the recordings that it seems are out there of mike’s -

    i found a few others but im not sure if it is ok to post links to zep shows here so i wont.
    of this list.. i have at least 20 of these in my collection. i am also sure that he did 30-40 others that i had/have in my collection.
    he did a bunch of grateful dead shows that can be found on sugarmeg and
    if u do a search on the latter site they will come up.

    By darth on Aug 13, 2014

  15. jdallenx: Massive thanks to you! And they just posted the Millard Floyd show. Xmas has come early! Darth, thanks for your post as well. A collective effort!

    By Daniel Kershner on Aug 13, 2014

  16. Same date as the Trackback but on different equipment also Mike Millard

    By Job Hunter on Oct 18, 2014

  17. Hello, always i used to check website posts here in the early hours in the break of day, because i like to gain knowledge of more
    and more.

    By recording studio time los angeles on Mar 25, 2015

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