YES - LONG BEACH 1977

April 24, 2020 – 5:19 am

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YES
Long Beach 1977 [Mike Millard Original Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 22.
Live at the Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA; September 26, 1977. Very good to excellent audience recording.

Thanks to Mike the MICrophone; Rob S; Jared Houser; Stan Gutoski; JEMS; BK; and mjk5510 for sharing the show at Dime.

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Welcome to JEMS’ Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone series presenting recordings made by legendary taper Mike Millard, AKA Mike the MICrophone, best known for his masters of Led Zeppelin done in and around Los Angeles circa 1975-77.

Until this year, the Lost and Found series presented fresh transfers of previously unavailable first-generation copies made by Mike himself for friends like Stan Gutoski of JEMS, Jim R and Barry G. These sources were upgrades to circulating copies and in most instances marked the only time verified first generation Millard sources had been directly digitized in the torrent era.

That all changed with the discovery of many of Mike Millard’s original master tapes.

Yes, you read that correctly, Mike Millard’s master cassettes, long rumored to be destroyed or lost, have been found. Not all of them, but many, and with them a much more complete picture has emerged of what Millard recorded between his first show in late 1973 and his last in early 1992.

The reason the rediscovery of his master tapes is such a revelation is that we’ve been told for decades they were long gone. Internet myths suggest Millard destroyed his master tapes before taking his own life, an imprudent detail likely concocted based on the assumption that because his master tapes never surfaced and Mike’s mental state was troubled he would do something rash WITH HIS LIFE’S WORK. There’s also a version of the story where Mike’s family dumps the tapes after he dies. Why would they do that?

The truth is Mike’s masters remained in his bedroom for many years after his death in 1994. We know at least a few of Millard’s friends and acquaintances contacted his mother Lia inquiring about the tapes at the time to no avail. But in the early 2000s, longtime Millard friend Rob S was the one she knew and trusted enough to preserve Mike’s work.

Here is Rob’s account of how Millard’s master tapes were saved:

After Mike left us, I visited his mom Lia occasionally, usually around the holidays. She’d talk about the grandkids and show me pictures. She had no one to help out around the house so I did some minor improvements like fixing a kitchen shelf that collapsed and another time a gate that hadn’t worked for years.

After a few visits, I explained to Lia how the tapes were metal, up to 25 years old already and would eventually deteriorate. She agreed to let me take the tapes and make copies. We went into Mike’s bedroom and it was exactly like I remembered it when I was there years before. I loaded up every tape I could find and went to work copying them. Oldest first, some requiring “surgery.”

Months later when I was done copying, I compared what I had copied to a list Mike had compiled of his masters and realized there were many shows missing. I returned the tapes and asked Lia if we could see if there were any more somewhere else in the house. We went into a back bedroom and found a bunch of boxes filled with more original master tapes. I loaded them up, thanked Lia and left. This was the last time I would see her. I copied the rest of the tapes and stored the masters in a cool dry place until late last year when Jim R. reached out. We had known each other through Mike. After speaking with Jim and later BK who had tracked him down, I knew their partnership was the “right way” to get this music out to everyone who wanted it. I’m sure Mike would agree.

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Initially, Rob copied a large batch of Millard’s master cassettes to DAT and returned them to the house. The second time around, he was given a large portion of the cassette collection, different from what he had copied to DAT.

The first round of DAT transfers features some of Millard’s most famous recordings of Led Zeppelin, ELP, the Rolling Stones and Jethro Tull. The second traunch of actual cassette masters includes his captures of Yes, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Rush and Pink Floyd.

As exciting as it is to access Millard’s masters of the shows we know and love, there are many new recordings in both batches from artists like Elton John, Queen, Thin Lizzy, Eric Clapton, The Who, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Guns N’ Roses, Linda Ronstadt, David Bowie, the Moody Blues, U2 and more.

Even with an information gap in the mid ‘80s (when Millard was surely taping but there is no tape or written evidence as to what he captured), we have confirmed over 290 shows Millard did record. Of those, there are master cassettes for approximately 100 shows, DATs off masters of another 75 and first generation analog copies for 30-35. Collectively, that nearly quadruples the number of extant Millard recordings.

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Yes - Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA; September 26, 1977

We continue our series with another one of Millard’s most famous and beloved recordings, Yes at the Long Beach Arena 1977. Mike was a major Yes fan, recording them 12 times between 1974 and 1980 and making many marvelous tapes, but this one stands out for its closeness, clarity and a kind of deep saturation to the recording that puts it among his very best.

The 1977 US tour was dubbed Yesshows, Donovan was the opening act and the tour was in support of the album Going For The One released in July 1977. The live set featured all five songs from the album, plus classics like “Close To The Edge,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Starship Trooper” and of course “Roundabout.”

Rick Wakeman was back on keyboards and he seemed to energize the band as performances from this tour have long been considered fan favorites. The playing here, captured so spectacularly by Millard, is breathtaking at times and if you’re a fan of Chris Squire you’re going to love this.

Millard’s recording has been around for years with at least four different versions in common circulation, making this release akin to the first master tape in our series, Pink Floyd Los Angeles ’75. Some of the circulating versions of Long Beach ’77 claim to be DAT sources directly off Mike’s master cassettes. We can’t confirm or deny those lineages and previous efforts do sound excellent, but we think the direct azimuth-adjusted transfer from the master is just that much clearer and full fidelity.

Here’s what Jim R recalled about that show:

Mike and I together attended the Yes concert at the Long Beach Arena on September 26, 1977. I pushed Mike in the wheelchair. We sat 7th row center on the floor, toward the back of our desired “sweet spot”.

Yes was one of our favorite bands of all time (Rob included) and deserves to be at the forefront of releases of newly discovered Millard master recordings. Mike and I attended every Yes show we could. In fact, I met Mike at a Yes concert at the same venue, Long Beach Arena, back in March of 1974. And here we were 3 1/2 years later.

Mike and I also attended and recorded the two previous shows at The Forum a couple days before, on the 23rd and 24th. The band seems to be a little tighter on this night, possibly because of playing in a smaller venue. At the time, the Long Beach Arena sat about 3000-4000 fewer than the Forum.

As usual the sound quality at the venue was excellent. Yes used Clair Brothers, a premier sound company.

What made this tour special was the return of Rick Wakeman to the band. The previous tour in 1975 had Patrick Moraz on keyboards - sorry Pat but you do not cut it. I’m sure many Yes fans agree with this statement.

I took photos at the show, but the pictures were damaged just like Fleetwood Mac pictures taken less than a month before included in our previous volume. Same Kodak lab. We restored the Yes images as best we could. In a couple of the group shots you can see how the stage layout is reflected in Mike’s stunning artwork on the cassette spines. A masterpiece. This kind of elaborate artwork is something Mike did often early on.

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JEMS is thrilled to partner with Rob, Jim R and Barry G to release Millard’s historic recordings and to help set the record straight about the man himself. We can’t thank Rob enough for reconnecting with Jim and putting his trust in our Millard reissue campaign. Rob kept these precious tapes under wraps for two decades, but once he learned of our methods and stewardship, he agreed to contribute the Millard DATs and cassettes to the program.

Our series would not happen without the support of our post-production lead mjk5510, whose essential work is the backbone of all JEMS projects.

In these difficult times we will attempt to accelerate our release schedule (which had been every other week) to put more music in your hands and ears while we are bunkered in. Please stay positive, help your neighbors, help strangers and let’s get to the other side of this intact.

Finally, cheers to the late, great Mike the MICrophone. May they rest in peace. Can’t wait to hear the heaven tapes someday.

BK for JEMS

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Lineage:
AKG 451E Microphones (CK-1 cardioid capsules) > Nakamichi 550 Cassette Recorder
JEMS 2020 Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassette > Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth adjustment; Dolby On) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX6 > iZotope Ozone 6 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC


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Disc 1
Track 101. Firebird Suite 2:49
Track 102. Parallels 6:08
Track 103. I’ve Seen All Good People 7:21
Track 104. Close To The Edge 19:54
Track 105. Wonderous Stories 3:53
Track 106. Colours Of The Rainbow 1:00
Track 107. Turn Of The Century 8:14
Track 108. Tour Song 2:51
53 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. And You And I 10:35
Track 202. Going For The One 5:27
Track 203. Flight Jam 4:14
Track 204. Awaken 17:59
Track 205. Starship Trooper 14:28
Track 206. Roundabout 9:46
63 mins

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  1. 59 Responses to “YES - LONG BEACH 1977”

  2. It’s not a rumor. Racists have little teeny weeny uns

    By George Lincoln Rockwell on Apr 24, 2020

  3. Who are these bozos?

    By Smashmouth on Apr 24, 2020

  4. Yes was a band of lil uns

    By U L E on Apr 24, 2020

  5. I should know as Ive been backstage with them and sucked them all off

    By U L E on Apr 24, 2020

  6. Listening to Roundabout now. The greatest lineup of this legendary band, rarely played on classic rock stations but whose music remains adventurous to this day. Mike Millard, again, did not disappoint and gave you a full concert experience as if you were in the first five rows.

    By Tony Pizza on Apr 24, 2020

  7. I love these guys. This is a kick-ass show. Thanks to Mike Millard. And thank you Big O.

    By Billy on Apr 24, 2020

  8. None of the posts n this thread are mine.

    By U L E on Apr 24, 2020

  9. Twernt me none of them . More fakes

    By U L E on Apr 24, 2020

  10. It’s true though. Rumor has it this was a band of Lil Uns

    By U L E on Apr 24, 2020

  11. Fuckin queers with all their Dic talk

    By Derrick on Apr 24, 2020

  12. Hey Anti , was tryin to watch the nfl draft but just can’t get into it . Pretty much all coons these days . It sucks

    By Derrick on Apr 24, 2020

  13. Hey Anti , was tryin to watch the nfl draft but I just can’t stop fantasizing about suckin them black bones . Pretty much all coons these days . I’m so turned on

    By Derrick on Apr 24, 2020

  14. Why don’t you get off your ass and get a job, Derrick? What the fuck do you do all day, other than watch TV?

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Apr 24, 2020

  15. Same here Derrick. I couldn’t get into it. I’m losing interest in all sports to be honest. Did you listen to the new rolling stones song. Billy what did you think

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Apr 24, 2020

  16. I believe Yes is not in the HOF just like ELP and King Crimson and The Nice

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Apr 24, 2020

  17. My bad. Yes was inducted in 2017 but the others still havent been inducted

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Apr 24, 2020

  18. I know them last four was not yours , Anti

    By Derrick on Apr 24, 2020

  19. They are all me Derrick. Just talking music and sports, status quo. Status Quo. Damn that was a hell of a band. How about some Status Quo Big O?

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Apr 24, 2020

  20. My ( Used to be ) favorite team Dallas Cowboys drafted ( big surprise ) another coon in the first round . Some receiver fromOklahoma named Dee Dee Lamb or somethin like that . Ugly ass coon with , tats , dreads and of course probably a white honey slut for a girlfriend. Yawn What the fuck else is new. I’m sure more coons is coming in the remaining rounds

    By Derrick on Apr 24, 2020

  21. That old buzzard Jerrah Jones has got a goal to make his team the grambling of the NFL ( all coons ) and no whites. I’m so sic of seein his ugly mug sittin in the owners box all the fuckin time

    By Derrick on Apr 24, 2020

  22. His dumb ass retard son Steven is waitin in the wings to take over once Jerruh croaks then there’s the grandsons. Guess the fuckin Joneses is here to stay . I’m fixing to get off that train . Anti , guess its how you must feel bout the Irsays who left Baltimore in the middle of the fuckin night .

    By Derrick on Apr 24, 2020

  23. I’ll try to check out that stones song . Is it on a album ? Don’t think the stones has put one out since bigger bang in 05 . Fifteen fuckin years

    By Derrick on Apr 24, 2020

  24. Sticky Fingers is my favorite Stones album, followed by Let it Bleed , Beggars Banquet, Aftermath, Goats head soup and Exile on Main Street

    By Derrick on Apr 24, 2020

  25. Pretty much all the Mick Taylor albums , cept aftermath which came out in 66 Liked Brian Jones era too. Ronnie Wood not so much . He was better with Rod Stewart and the faces

    By Derrick on Apr 24, 2020

  26. Everybody raves bout Exile bein the stones best album but to me it’s sticky fingers . Exile has some great fuckin songs like tumbling dice , happy , rip this joint , Rocks off , lovin cup , sweet black angel and all down the line , but it’s also got some Average songs too . Too long , would have been better if it wasn’t a double album

    By Derrick on Apr 24, 2020

  27. Oh yeah Sweet Virginia is another fuckin great song from exile

    By Derrick on Apr 24, 2020

  28. Ok , checking out before the asshole dic sucker name hijackers wake up

    By Derrick on Apr 24, 2020

  29. derrick, coons, as you refer to the black apes are drafted because that’s all that’s out there these days . The apes have taken over football and basketball.

    By HHH on Apr 24, 2020

  30. I was lucky to catch Yes at Wembley Arena in 78 and they were really on top of their game. Going For The One was arguably the last of the really classic albums from the band before the Trevor Horn/Geoff Downes years and the miriad of lineup changes, arguments and fragmentation that has hampered them since. Thanks for this one Big O

    By Graeme Wright on Apr 24, 2020

  31. Another great Millard recording. Just downloaded the Fleetwood Mac show from 77. I’m anxiously awaiting the Tom Petty show that’s supposedly out there .

    By Bill on Apr 24, 2020

  32. Around 77 78 were yes last great years before all The defections.

    By Bill on Apr 24, 2020

  33. Derrick and hhh, pretty soon mixed race people , half white half nigger will outnumber both whites and niggers . You already see it in sports . I blame the white women . Fucking cunts .

    By Nelson on Apr 24, 2020

  34. Hey I just saw something on CNN about the possibility that China created the coronavirus in a lab to spread all over the world . Slant eyed Coc suckers

    By Nelson on Apr 24, 2020

  35. Trump said it and is investigating. Sounds far fetched but Saddam Hussein used biological weapons on his own people so who knows.

    By Nelson on Apr 24, 2020

  36. Yeah well if Trump said it MUST be true

    By Derrick on Apr 24, 2020

  37. Im gonna inject myself with Dettol cause Trump says so

    By Derrick on Apr 24, 2020

  38. I really want to urge you all to try injecting yourselves with lysol like Herr Trump suggested. It knocked my Corona virus out overnight. It really works. You should all do it.

    By It's Smee on Apr 24, 2020

  39. I think it’s a good idea.

    By U L E on Apr 24, 2020

  40. I injected my nads with bleach, I heard it kills the niggeritis.

    By David Duke on Apr 24, 2020

  41. I want your nads on my chin David.

    By Derrick on Apr 24, 2020

  42. I wanna lick your nads David before I get a bleach injection with one of those heart needles from Vincent Vega.

    By THE HOMOCHRIST on Apr 24, 2020

  43. Derrick, Doesnt pay for us to chitchat like b4. Too many dumbasses. The stones single is pretty good not on analbum but their working on one

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Apr 24, 2020

  44. Anti , these assholes are a waste of time . Just ignore these fucks

    By Nelson on Apr 24, 2020

  45. can”t somebody stop these idiots who go on about penis and he”s got a big one,they are not serious music fans…so stop what you are doing….GET A LIFE!

    By jed on Apr 25, 2020

  46. Thank you Big O Amigos and thank you Mike Millard wherever you are. This will help the weekend in Thompson.
    Respectfully,
    James

    By James Smith on Apr 25, 2020

  47. So the real Derrick/Anti/HHH/Duke are okay with flooding the forum with racism but they are crying about fake people flooding the forum making fun of them? That’s so precious. Just goes to show bullies can dish it out but they can’t take it.

    On the other hand, it also shows that the fakers don’t have anything better to do.

    By Mark on Apr 25, 2020

  48. I’ll check out the song Anti . Fuck the assholes but they ain’t gonna keep me down the Dic sucking Jew bastards

    By Derrick on Apr 25, 2020

  49. I checked that song out and it sucks . Anti I like sticky fingers way more .

    By Nelson on Apr 25, 2020

  50. Derrick, Doesnt pay for us to chitchat bullshit racist homophobic misogynist comments like b4. We are two dumbasses. The stones single is pretty good not on analbum analbum analbum analbum analbum analbum but their working on one

    Fuck me Im so stupid

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Apr 25, 2020

  51. I didn’t post that last one!

    By THE AUNTIECRISP on Apr 25, 2020

  52. me neither

    By THE ANTECHRIST on Apr 25, 2020

  53. Anti , these assholes are a waste of time . The only asshole for you is mine . The way your itty bitty peepee slides along the sides makes me shiver . Just ignore these fucks

    By Nelson on Apr 25, 2020

  54. Anti suck my fat co¢k you wop .

    By Derrick on Apr 25, 2020

  55. I know, Mark- it is rich, ain’t it?
    With no sense of self awareness at all.
    Hmphh!

    By It's Smee on Apr 25, 2020

  56. Racists have no since of humor.

    By booger on Apr 25, 2020

  57. That be ’sense of humor’
    Oops

    By booger on Apr 25, 2020

  58. I got me one of those biker outfits like Derrick Von Zipper has in the Beach Blanket movies. I’m trying to learn how to give myself the finger.

    By Derrick on Apr 25, 2020

  59. She: Why did you kiss me like that.

    He: Just trying to figure out who finished the macaroons.

    By booger on Apr 25, 2020

  60. Boring comments from boring people. Judging from the amount of time they spend her, I would have to say the local Walmart’s closed. Fifth grade boys with too much time on their hands.

    By George on Apr 25, 2020

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