JETHRO TULL - INGLEWOOD 1975 [MILLARD]

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JETHRO TULL
Inglewood 1975 [Mike Millard Original Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 30. Live at The Forum, Inglewood, CA; February 9, 1975. Fairly to 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:
My God > Flute Solo: splice

Introduction to the Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Series

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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Jethro Tull - The Forum, Inglewood, CA; February 9, 1975

Our series carries on with yet another Millard fave, Jethro Tull, on tour in support of War Child released the previous October. Though I knew Jethro Tull was popular in the ’70s, I clearly underestimated just how big they were. This show was the fourth of five sold-out nights at The Forum, which means the band played to some 100,000 fans in the LA market alone. On top of that, they sold out two additional concerts at the San Diego Sports Arena. A year later, Tull played LA’s Memorial Coliseum, site of two Olympic Games in front of an estimated 80,000. Talk about big in SoCal.

This show holds an interesting place in Mike’s taping history as the final recording he would make on his original taping rig before buying the Nakamichi 550 and AKG mics. Jim R believes Mike used Shure mics and the deck was the Sony TC-152SD.

While we all know the AKG + Nak combo would create “juicy sonic magic” for Millard, he was getting good pulls prior to that, though curiously Mike rated this recording “Poor” on his own list. He does have some set-up problems in the first couple of minutes, reflected in a few channel dropouts and cuts we’ve fixed as best we can. But once things get on track, this is a highly satisfying recording and a big find for Tull collectors.

DIME user and Tull expert ninjadave tells us there are no other recordings of five LA ’75 shows, save for a partial tape of the final night on February 10 which he describes as “not very good.” Other Internet research suggests there are few high quality audience recordings from the entire tour, so this should prove to be a major addition. The sound is roomy, possibly because Mike and Jim were in the third row and not in direct line with the PA, but still very clear. It reminds me of the sound of the recently posted Fleetwood Mac ’77 without the richness of the AKG mics and Nak deck.

I’m not enough of a Tull fan to judge the performance but it appears to be a cracking one, with huge audience response. Ninjadave seemed especially excited to have a Millard recording from the War Child tour: “INCREDIBLE!!!!”

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Here’s what Jim R recalled about the Tull show:

Mike and I together attended the Jethro Tull concert on Feb 9, 1975. We sat on the floor, 3rd row center, right in the sweet spot!!!

This show was in the “Pre Wheelchair Era,” as concert security was more relaxed at the time. I smuggled in fresh batteries in a fake lens case at the bottom of my camera bag. If Mike was stopped by security, he would simply offer up his batteries, knowing all the while I had a fresh set if needed.

This was also the “Pre Nak Era.” Mike used a Sony TC-152SD and Shure mics. It was the final concert for the Sony, which was retired in order to usher in the famous Nakamichi 550 in time to record Led Zeppelin’s area shows the following month. Mike had not yet utilized the hat for holding his microphones. Instead, Mike taped the Shure mics to the armrests on his chair. We then covered them up with a jacket with the mic heads sticking out.

Tull was exploding on the concert scene and played five nights at the Forum which for 1975 was the highest level status for almost any rock band. A lot of this was due to “Bungle in the Jungle” getting a lot of FM airplay at the time.

This was our first Tull show together. Though we were not sure what to expect, our expectations were far exceeded. We became instant, diehard fans. We had to go the next night, scraping up tickets at the last minute. For that fifth and final show we sat in the Loge section, close to the stage. To my knowledge (and based on his list) Mike did not record the last night.

Tull frontman Ian Anderson gives a masterful performance. He is such a dynamic musician and entertainer. At times he is also very funny and you can hear Mike quietly chuckle at various points of the recording. The rest of the band is very tight.

In hindsight the sound quality was decent, not excellent. And when combined with the mics being about 2 feet lower (than in the hat), with less line of sight to the sound system, this resulted in sound quality a bit below Mike’s standards set in the following years. Mike was in the midst of perfecting his craft.

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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. As Jim notes, this Jethro Tull show was in the “pre wheelchair era.” The wheelchair Mike and Jim ultimately came to use actually belonged to Mike’s father, who had mobility issues due to an old leg injury. He upgraded his wheelchair and Mike found a new use for had dad’s decommissioned one.

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 lie fallow without the unwavering support of our post-production chief mjk5510. We appreciate everything you do.

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.

BK for JEMS

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Lineage:
(Probably) Shure microphones > Sony TC-152SD Cassette Recorder
Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassettes > Yamaha KX-W592 Cassette Deck > Sony R-500 DAT > Analog Master DAT Clone > Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 > Sound Forge Audio Studio 13.0 capture > Unfilter > iZotope RX6 > iZotope Ozone 8 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC


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Disc 1
Track 101. Minstrel In The Gallery Guitar Intro 1:11
Track 102. Wind Up 4:52
Track 103. Critique Oblique 1:46
Track 104. Thick As A Brick 14:45
Track 105. Wond’ring Aloud 4:46
Track 106. My God/Flute Solo 13:11
Track 107. Sealion 3:47
Track 108. Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of A New Day 6:02
Track 109. Ladies 4:13
Track 110. Drum Solo 5:35
61 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. War Child 6:10
Track 202. War Child Suite 6:29
Track 203. Cross-Eyed Mary 4:14
Track 204. Bungle In The Jungle 2:09
Track 205. The Story Of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles 0:56
Track 206. Aqualung 9:47
Track 207. Guitar Solo 2:02
Track 208. Back-Door Angels 7:46
Track 209. Locomotive Breath 5:39
Track 210. Hard Headed English General 4:18
Track 211. Back-Door Angels Reprise 1:19
51 mins

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  1. 28 Responses to “JETHRO TULL - INGLEWOOD 1975 [MILLARD]”

  2. Not up to the usual Millard standards where you felt you were literally beside him on the first row. Still though, fine recording by a band at the top of its creativity and popularity. Jethro Tull was in a class all by themselves. Thanks BigO for this wonderful show.

    By Tony Pizza on Jul 21, 2020

  3. I gots a brother and three cousins named Jethro.

    By David Duke on Jul 21, 2020

  4. I wish I could suck Ians flute

    By Derrick on Jul 21, 2020

  5. I love sitting on park bench eyeing lil boys with bad intent

    By Derrick on Jul 21, 2020

  6. St Louis couple charged for pointing guns at protesters - hilarious. They’re goin down!

    By David Duke on Jul 21, 2020

  7. So is my mom, on a black dude.

    By David Duke on Jul 22, 2020

  8. My mom is cross eyed too!

    By David Duke on Jul 22, 2020

  9. I tried to suck off a locomotive once to see what locomotive breath was like. It was too big so I sucked off a Lionel train instead.

    By Derrick on Jul 22, 2020

  10. I play the skin flute very well.

    By HHH on Jul 22, 2020

  11. Derrick we all know you now as crossed eyed fairy

    By HHH on Jul 22, 2020

  12. I especially love playing with the black skin flute the best right Derriere

    By HHH on Jul 22, 2020

  13. Scarlet by The Rolling Stones and featuring Jimmy Page is released
    On this day in 2020, Scarlet by The Rolling Stones, featuring me, is released.⠀

    I was invited to Ronnie Woods’ house in Richmond to do a session in October 1974. It was said that Keith Richards and Ian Stuart (Stu) would be there. It sounded a good opportunity to catch up with old friends.⠀

    There was Keith Richards on electric guitar, myself on electric guitar, Rick Grech on bass and a drummer and engineer I had not met before. Keith kicked it off and I began to mould a riff around his guitar part to augment the arrangement. It began to lock-in pretty soon with the musicians and we all got a successful take that evening. I’d had a good time working with Keith. ⠀

    By Jimmy Page on Jul 22, 2020

  14. Rumor has it Ian gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Jul 22, 2020

  15. Any other comments after this are fakes

    By U L E on Jul 22, 2020

  16. I think about penises all of the time.

    By U L E on Jul 22, 2020

  17. None of the comments here are mine. All fakes

    By U L E on Jul 22, 2020

  18. Ian Anderson has a Giant Coc . I actually fucked him backstage right here after this show . His Coc was longer than his flute , which he also used on me as a dildo . I fucked him several times in the seventies. Our backstage encounters were always memorable.

    By Bebe on Jul 22, 2020

  19. I’m playing the recorder right now, I love it’s penis-head shaped mouthpiece.

    Oh wait… that’s a brown man’s penis… that’s even better!!

    By Derrick on Jul 22, 2020

  20. Great music here , but dumb ass comments . Can’t the trolls even have original usernames? Everyone just uses the same names . DUMB .

    By Jerry on Jul 22, 2020

  21. All these comments are mine.

    I’m really fucked up.

    Sob.

    Mylie Bieber.

    By Corey M on Jul 22, 2020

  22. Corey, I forgive you.

    By Jerry on Jul 22, 2020

  23. Hey dd and triple h , you guys still here ? Have you guys heard this latest crap about the nfl ? I gotta show you this

    By Jerry on Jul 22, 2020

  24. Bebe,please teach me your blowjob technique

    By Billy on Jul 22, 2020

  25. Bebe is Derrick, using a fake name.

    By Jerry on Jul 22, 2020

  26. Billy, I’ll teach you as soon as I’m done sucking off President Trump.

    By David Duke on Jul 22, 2020

  27. Jerry, And I’ll teach you as soon as I’m done sucking off President Trump too.

    By David Duke on Jul 22, 2020

  28. Bebe is not Derrick. I assure you

    By U L E on Jul 22, 2020

  29. love that Tull era….

    By richard on Aug 2, 2020

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