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Inglewood 1978 [Mike Millard Original Master Tapes via JEMS, 1CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 26. Live at The Forum, Inglewood, CA; August 16, 1978. Very good audience recording.

Thanks to Mike Millard; Rob, Jim R; Barry G; JEMS; BK; and mjk5510 for sharing the show at Dime.

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Known Faults:
- Warrior: joined in progress.

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 2020, 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, Bill C. 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 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.

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Thin Lizzy - The Forum, Inglewood, CA; August 16, 1978

Our series rolls on with a crackling short set by Thin Lizzy opening for Kansas at the Fabulous Forum. Mike had the opportunity to see Thin Lizzy open for Queen in 1977, but Millardians may recall the Queen show is also joined slightly in progress, suggesting Jim and Mike arrived late and missed the opening act.

He didn’t make that mistake again in 1978, though we do join the set a minute or so into “Warrior.” Listening to this recording left two strong impressions: One, that Thin Lizzy was an incredibly tight and talented band who probably deserved bigger careers than they had, especially given their knack for catchy singles that still fit their overall musical aesthetic. Second, you can’t beat the sound of a Mike Millard tape of a great rock band at the Forum.

There might be better Millard masters, but in terms of capturing Thin Lizzy how they SHOULD sound, man does this tape do it. The energy is pouring out of them and Mike’s full-fidelity capture soaks it all in.

Thin Lizzy is ostensibly on tour supporting the Live and Dangerous live album, released two months earlier. The live single from that album, “Cowboy Song,” is featured. We also get a preview of “Waiting For An Alibi” which would be released on 1979’s Black Rose: A Rock Legend, plus classics like “The Boys Are Back In Town” and “Me And The Boys.” The set may not be long in duration but it packs a punch. Hard to believe the “Dust In The Wind” lads could hold their own in the wake of it.

Like many of Mike’s ‘70s masters, the Thin Lizzy tape was damaged and required surgery to repair. The plastic hubs in ’70s TDK tapes often fail, because the small sliding piece that holds the end of the tape leader to the plastic hub breaks. I’ve spliced leader and installed fresh hubs in new tape shells on about 25 of Mike’s masters so far.

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JEMS is proud 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. Some of you have written and I’m sure others have wondered, “Why didn’t Mike record this show or that show when we know he had recorded that band before?” A good example is Pink Floyd performing The Wall in 1980.

One thing to remember is that tickets to LA venues were controlled like no other market by ticket brokers. The stories Jim tells about the complete lack of tickets available to the public for something like the Wall tour in 1980 are hard to fathom. There were times when Mike and Jim simply couldn’t afford to see a show or attend multiple nights when tickets were exorbitant, especially when Mike wouldn’t settle for anything less than prime taping seats.

We can’t thank Rob enough for reconnecting with Jim and putting his trust in our Millard reissue campaign. He kept these precious tapes under wraps for two decades, but once Rob 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 unflinching support of our post-production supervisor mjk5510. His commitment to this weekly schedule is the only way it would happen.

In these unprecedented times we will continue to put more music in your hands and ears while everyone is bunkered in.

Please stay positive, help your neighbors, help strangers and let’s get to the other side of this intact. Better still, make a donation to a food bank or other key support organization helping out those who are struggling even more than you are to get by.

Lastly, cheers to the late, great Mike the MICrophone. His work never ceases to impress. 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 Cassettes > Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth adjustment; Dolby On) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX6 > iZotope Ozone 6 > MBIT+ resample to 1644 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Track 01. Warrior 3:01
Track 02. Waiting For An Alibi 4:30
Track 03. Still In Love With You 9:01
Track 04. Cowboy Song 4:47
Track 05. The Boys Are Back In Town 4:46
Track 06. Don’t Believe A Word 2:21
Track 07. Are You Ready 4:14
Track 08. Me And The Boys 5:36
39 mins

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