BOB DYLAN - LOS ANGELES, JUNE 7, 1978 (Mike Millard Master Vol 3)

September 29, 2014 – 8:06 am

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Los Angeles 1978
The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Vol Three [Mike Millard first gen via JEMS, 2CD]

Live at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA; June 7, 1978. Very good to excellent audience recording. Incomplete show.

Vol One - click here

Vol Two - click here

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 third 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.

Our third installment is from the final performance of Dylan’s seven-night residency at the Universal Amphitheater in June 1978 (imagine playing a 27-30 song set for seven consecutive nights without a day off). Once again, the recording is not quite complete. Millard’s notes state, “Missed first song and most of second song.” In truth he missed the first three songs (the show-opening “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” “Love Her With a Feeling” and “Baby Stop Crying”) before he gets his trusty Nakamichi 550 up and running during “Mr Tambourine Man.”

Lossless Bob has no fewer than five entries for this show, though only identifies two distinct recordings, both of which are complete from the start, so, like its predecessors, it is likely this Millard master is uncirculated. And like nights one and three, what Millard did record is impressive.

We’ve marked this Recording A as, remarkably, Millard sent SG two different recordings of the show, done with two different tape decks and two different sets of microphones. The notes on each 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. Recording B will be Vol. Four in our series.

Bobtalk is particularly rich this night, including a highly entertaining moment towards the end of the show where Dylan says hello to some celebrities in the crowd, among them Joni Mitchell, Raquel Welch and Tom Petty. The transcription on Olof’s invaluable Still On The Road website also notes that Dylan offers that his favorite band is “a band I saw play with Bobby Blue Bland, 1968 I recall in New York. And this band comes as close to that band as I can find.” OK, now we know.

The June 7 set also includes three songs not featured in the sets on the other two Millard recordings from this run, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” “Simple Twist of Fate” and “Oh Sister.”

If you’d like to learn more about Mike the MICrophone, the links below offer a glimpse of his story.

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 greatly 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.


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Thanks also to Clapberry for the front cover.

Recording A 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 > pitch correction > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (Edit / Index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Mr Tamborine Man 2:02 (3.4MB)
Track 102. Shelter From The Storm 4:33 (7.6MB)
Track 103. Love Minus Zero No Limit 3:36 (6.1MB)
Track 104. Tangled Up In Blue 6:44 (11.3MB)
Track 105. Ballad Of A Thin Man 4:36 (7.7MB)
Track 106. Maggie’s Farm 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 107. I Don’t Believe You 4:48 (8.1MB)
Track 108. Like A Rolling Stone 6:28 (10.9MB)
Track 109. I Shall Be Released 4:20 (7.3MB)
Track 110. Going Going Gone 5:27 (9.2MB)
Track 111. Rainy Day Women 12 & 35 1:12 (2.0MB)
Track 112. One Of Us Must Know 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 113. You’re A Big Girl Now 4:55 (8.3MB)
Track 114. One More Cup Of Coffee 3:34 (6.0MB)
Track 115. Blowin’ In The Wind 4:39 (7.8MB)
Track 116. I Want You 2:53 (4.9MB)
69 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power) 5:29 (9.2MB)
Track 202. Masters Of War 4:14 (7.1MB)
Track 203. Just Like A Woman 5:45 (9.7MB)
Track 204. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right 4:54 (8.2MB)
Track 205. Simple Twist Of Fate 4:48 (8.1MB)
Track 206. Oh Sister 3:40 (6.2MB)
Track 207. All Along The Watchtower 4:08 (7.0MB)
Track 208. All I Really Want To Do 3:04 (5.2MB)
Track 209. Band Intoduction 3:30 (5.9MB)
Track 210. It’s Alright Ma 6:21 (10.7MB)
Track 211. Forever Young 6:49 (11.5MB)
Track 212. The Times They Are A-Changin’ 5:38 (9.5MB)
59 mins

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. 12 Responses to “BOB DYLAN - LOS ANGELES, JUNE 7, 1978 (Mike Millard Master Vol 3)”

  2. Thanks so much for this set too Big O
    It is appreciated and what a great way to continue to honour the memory of master taper Mike ‘Mic’ Millard.

    By swappers on Sep 29, 2014

  3. another excellent recording…

    long live the memory of mike…!!!

    tyvm to all by keeping it happening…

    By Jerry's Finger on Sep 29, 2014

  4. Another great Millard post. Thank you very much

    By arusha on Sep 29, 2014

  5. wonderful to have this, great of mr.millard to share his efforts and sad that he doesn`t get to know how much it is appreciated.

    By dropkick sarge on Sep 29, 2014

  6. Many thanks. Seventy-eight was a good year and it has kept well.

    By Canute on Sep 30, 2014

  7. Thanks - love these sets - can anyone explain who are JEMS ?

    By Woodstock on Oct 1, 2014

  8. Also, there’s more history to the recording of this legacy. Apparently, in ‘78 Dylan was targeted by the commercial bootleg community and was hot property to get tapes of these first US shows to the pressing plants. The TMOQ/TAKRL syndicate had a few folks go and tape all the concerts. The best were used for LP (later CD) masters and of course each night repeated most of the same setlists… then he played in Europe and that visit spawned many titles…. a magical time in bootlegging.

    By Woodstock on Oct 1, 2014

  9. Be sure to go to the trackback to hear the alternate version of this concert on different equipment by the same taper Marvelous Mike Millard! It includes the missing few songs, but it is missing much of the last song, which is full here, so both recordings are essential if you want the whole concert, that is! just saying…

    By Job Hunter on Oct 18, 2014

  10. found what i was lookin for, miss read comment it was songs not played on other nights not new songs not recorded ,sorry but thanks for the feedback and thanks to ScarRad

    By bronze medal on Jun 9, 2015

  11. Ha! Well, bronze medal, since I used to go by Job Hunter, you would think I would remember making the comment. But the radiation doctor did tell me yesterday that the brain MRI found nothing…
    Thankfully, the preliminary PET scan results also indicate nothing. So the chemo doc will have to eat his words Wednesday. He told me to my face that I still had cancer, and that these updated tests would prove it. Ha!

    By ScarRad on Jun 9, 2015

  12. What a great resource. Thank you.

    By Robin on Jan 11, 2016

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