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Burbank 1976 [Mike Millard Original Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 23.
Live at the Starlight Amphitheatre, Burbank, CA; May 1, 1976. 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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Genesis - Starlight Amphitheatre, Burbank, CA; May 1, 1976

We extend our series with the back end of a progressive rock double shot: from Yes 1977 to Genesis 1976. This outdoor show at the Starlight Amphitheatre in Burbank was the first time Millard recorded Genesis and he would do so at least a dozen times more in the future. The venue is on Pass Avenue in Burbank, a stretch of road I have driven dozens of times without knowing a large venue was hidden somewhere in plain sight.

Unbeknownst to me, the city-owned venue is still in active use, hosting the kind of acts that often play casinos these days under its current name, Starlight Bowl. Who knew?

The Starlight clearly hosted bigger names in previous decades (Bob Marley played there in 1978; Jeff Beck in 1976), though it doesn’t appear to be a venue from which a lot of live recordings originated, though curiously, there is a second, inferior recording of this show on YouTube with lots of entertaining though ultimately annoying audience chatter.

Mike’s recording of Genesis Burbank ’76 would appear to be in somewhat limited circulation. It doesn’t appear on some of the common lists of shows he recorded. In Genesis collecting circles there are four versions of the show out there, none of which are attributed to Millard, though it seems clear his recording and the one found on YouTube are both used as sources for the four.

Given the outdoor venue and perhaps a bit of light wind, these tapes sound different than classic Millard. The version up on YouTube sounds downright flat in fact. But the new, azimuth-adjusted transfer from the master tapes and some careful restoration and mastering work in iZotope RX has revealed a very nice recording and a great capture of the tour which was of course Phil Collins’ first taking over lead vocals after the departure of Peter Gabriel.

Here’s what Jim R recalled about the show:

Mike and I attended the Genesis concert together at the Starlight Amphitheater in Burbank on May 1, 1976. This was the only LA show on the A Trick Of The Tail Tour. The Starlight holds about 5000, so despite being outdoors the concert still had an intimate feeling.

It was our first time at the Starlight, so we didn’t know what to expect. We had total familiarity with the Forum and Long Beach Arena, which made Starlight a little mystical, so to speak.

I pushed Mike in the wheelchair. We sat in Section B Row L which is 12th row center. Unfortunately there was a grass area between the stage and the front row, so our seats were the equivalent to 18-20 rows back. This distance caused my pictures to be grainy looking (though they are used in the artwork here). The sound was pretty good despite our seat location.

This concert holds special significance in that it was the first of many Genesis concerts we would eventually attend together. In hindsight, Mike and I wished we would have witnessed the “Lamb” show at the Shrine Auditorium the year before.

The Burbank concert was incredible and we became instant hardcore fans. Phil Collins did a great job on lead vocals replacing Peter Gabriel. Phil also filled the role of primary MC for the evening. We both loved Mike Rutherford’s bass pedals. Steve Hackett and Tony Banks were impressive, Bill Bruford helped out on drums. “Cinema Show” and “Supper’s Ready” were particular highlights.

The Starlight presented a beautiful setting. The weather was perfect. An awesome night for a concert. They projected video onto a backstage screen that tied in perfectly with the subject of each song. For example, people crawling in slow motion during “Carpet Crawlers.”

It was truly a magical night and that comes through on the tape.

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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 heartbeat 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 he rest in peace.


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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 > Peak Pro 6 > xACT 2.37 > FLAC

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (320 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Dance On A Volcano 7:07
Track 102. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway 4:51
Track 103. Fly On A Windshield 2:42
Track 104. The Carpet Crawlers 6:15
Track 105. The Cinema Show 12:23
Track 106. Robbery, Assaut and Battery 6:34
Track 107. White Mountain 7:41
Track 108. Firth Of Fifth 9:59
58 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Entangled 6:44
Track 202. Squonk 8:57
Track 203. Supper’s Ready 24:23
Track 204. I Know What I Like 6:24
Track 205. Los Endos 6:57
Track 206. It/Watcher Of The Skies 6:33
60 mins

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  1. 26 Responses to “GENESIS - BURBANK 1976”

  2. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By John on May 1, 2020

  3. Very NICE!!!!! Great addition to the Genesis library!!
    Looking forward to more of the Millard recordings!!!!!

    By JEFF on May 1, 2020

  4. Rumor has it this was a band of Lil Uns

    By U L E on May 1, 2020

  5. Never got into Genesis, but because it’s Mike ( the mic ) I’ll download this . Millard , Lampinski and Mr Peach should all be in the RKn Roll hall of fame .

    By Bill on May 1, 2020

  6. Looks great - I’m looking forward to hearing this. Thank you BigO.

    By Brian Griffin on May 1, 2020

  7. Awesome. Thanks so much!

    By scott (the other one) on May 1, 2020

  8. Phil Collins was / is hung like a grain of rice . So small you’d need a magnifying glass to find it . The other fellas are small as well . All teenie weenies . Very disappointing.

    By Pam Des Barris on May 1, 2020

  9. What Pam said . Terrible experience for me as well .

    By Groupie Chick Traci on May 1, 2020

  10. Fortunately for me at least Kiss came to my town right afterwards, so that made up for it . All horse dics , especially Gene Simmons who was 14 plus and thick as my wrist.

    By Groupie Chick Traci on May 1, 2020

  11. That’s too much info Traci .

    By Gary on May 1, 2020

  12. Let’s get back to penises and stop all the racist and anti Semitic crap . Those were the days here . How about some more Sinatra? That always brings out the dicsters.

    By Gary on May 1, 2020

  13. Thanks Big O!

    By Tom on May 1, 2020

  14. I’m also not really into the music of Genesis, though a little of Phil Collins solo work. But the concert recording Is well done, concerning the circumstances involved. Must be one of the most expansive Wikipedia sites.

    By ScarRad on May 1, 2020

  15. Genesis is Awesome.
    Assholes are not.

    By It's Smee on May 1, 2020

  16. Just amazing. Incredible music, performance and recording.

    By jdallenx on May 1, 2020

  17. They’re fun to lick, Smee.

    By THE ANTISOCIALCHRIST on May 1, 2020

  18. Thank you Big O Amgos, a shot of Squonk will be good Saturday night. Be well and stay that way, James

    By James Smith on May 2, 2020

  19. Hey Antisocialchrist-

    You’re sooooo right. I should have clarified.

    Asshole people are not awesome, but actual physical anus openings/butt entries are awesome too lick.

    I love those videos you sent me of HHH reaming Derrick’s asshole with his tongue and fingers. He’s really so into it that it’s almost inspiring.

    Please send more if you have them :)

    By It's Smee on May 2, 2020

  20. Not me. More fakes.

    By U L E on May 3, 2020

  21. Fuck off U L E and stop using my name okay
    Ooops i forgot and used the wrong alias
    i meant to sign off Billy or was it Derrick?
    Who the fuck knows anymore

    By U L E on May 3, 2020

  22. Twerent me above yet again
    I’m so sick of this name stealing that i need to go and masterbate immediately just to keep calm

    By U L E on May 3, 2020

  23. This is getting ridiculous.

    By U L E on May 3, 2020

  24. hello!
    I’m trying to download Genesis live in Burbank 1976, but each time I click on a track, I only get to hear it play, but no download… can-you help?
    thanks a lot, and bravo for your work!
    from France with love

    By CHFAB on Jun 14, 2020

  25. CHFAB- try a right click to download.

    By sking on Jun 14, 2020

  26. oh yes, I got it (register target link) thanks a lot!

    By CHFAB on Jun 18, 2020

  27. I am a co¢ksucker. A real serious co¢ksucker. I will suck co¢k all day and all night. I love co¢k.

    By Nelson on Jul 3, 2020

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