BLACK SABBATH - LONG BEACH 1975 [MILLARD]

July 25, 2020 – 5:25 am

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BLACK SABBATH
Long Beach 1975 [Mike Millard Master Cassettes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 36. Live at the Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA; September 7, 1975. 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: Imperceptible cut in “Black Sabbath”

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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Black Sabbath - Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA; September 7, 1975

Our journey through the Millard catalog continues with Mike’s master cassettes of Black Sabbath at the Long Beach Arena, on tour in support of Sabotage. We believe this recording to be wholly uncirculated, perhaps due in part to the “Poor” rating Mike assigned this work on his tape list.

How anyone would judge this recording as poor is beyond me. While I’m no expert in Sabbath, I find it hard to believe there are many if any recordings from this tour as good as Mike’s capture, which I don’t hesitate to call excellent. So why did Mike rate it Poor?

If there’s a pattern to his negative ratings, they are often applied to shows where he is extremely close to the stage, picking up more on-stage monitors than PA, which can sometimes result in an unbalanced, unsually guitar-heavy recording (stay tuned in the coming weeks for Fleetwood Mac 1980 which is almost all Lindsey Buckingham).

The Sabbath show has some of that, with Tony Iommi’s guitar way up front, but there’s something to be said for it. Afterall, his tone IS Sabbath’s sonic signature along with Ozzy’s voice. As the recording starts, Mike takes a few minutes to settle into optimal position, but once he does he stays pretty locked in which, judging by the firecrackers, took some doing in a presumably rowdy crowd.

With mastering work, we’ve attempted to bring the rest of the band into better balance and pull Ozzy’s vocals forward. The result is to our ears an impressive capture of the sultans of sludge that’s sure to please the discriminating Sabbath collector.

The setlist doesn’t spend too much time on the new album, dipping in for three songs, “Hole In The Sky,” “Symptom Of The Universe” and “Megalomania.” The rest plays out as is a greatest hits of sorts, with fine versions of “Snowblind,” “Paranoid,” “Iron Man” and “Children Of The Grave.”

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

Mike and I attended the Black Sabbath concert on Sept 7, 1975 at the Long Beach Arena. We sat in the 3rd row, dead center at the front of our sweet spot for sound quality.

The wheelchair era was fully established by this point in 1975. I pushed Mike into the building and helped him to his seat next to me. It was also was an extremely active concert year: Mike and I attended and recorded many shows including Jethro Tull, Faces, Zeppelin, Yes, Pink Floyd, The Stones, Clapton, Elton John and The Allman Brothers.

The Sabbath concert was sandwiched three weeks after Eric Clapton (Vol 33) and three weeks before Elton John San Diego (Vol 28).

Mike was not that into Sabbath, but he agreed to record it as a favor to me. I was the bigger fan. In fact, my first concert ever in 1972 was Sabbath with Yes as the opening act. What a bill. My favorite member of the band was Geezer Butler, the wild bass player. The show was typical Sabbath. A mix of old and new tunes. Ozzy shouted multiple “We Love You” and “Get Higher” exclamations. Geezer was his energetic self. Iommi was steady on lead guitar. Bill Ward hammered away on the drums.

On this tour the band did a lot more jamming than previous ones, especially compared to the first time I saw them in 1972, where each song played live sounded pretty much like the album.

I hope you enjoy the show… Cheers to Mike.

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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. We’ve written before about the care and creative Mike applied to his cassette labeling and this Sabbath show is a particularly fine example, with the band’s logo in red letters on a blue background on the tape spine and the black and red S emblazoned on the main panel. Someday we’ll publish a coffee-table book so you can see them as the works of art that they are.

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 releases would be nearly as compelling without Jim’s memories and photos. His Sabbath images are particularly good.

As always, post-production was done by mjk5510, our partner and friend. Thanks as well to Goody for giving the pitch his thumbs up.

Finally, 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:
AKG 451E Microphones (CK-1 cardioid capsules) > Nakamichi 550 Cassette Recorder
Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassettes (TDK KR90) > Nakamichi RX-505 (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. Killing Yourself To LIve 9:34
Track 102. Hole In The Sky 4:41
Track 103. Snowblind 6:22
Track 104. Symptom Of The Universe 4:38
Track 105. War Pigs 8:57
Track 106. Megalomania 11:22
Track 107. Sabbra Cadabra 13:16
59 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Sometimes I’m Happy 6:56
Track 202. Supernaut 2:06
Track 203. Iron Man 6:47
Track 204. Orchid 4:28
Track 205. Rock N Roll Doctor Jam 3:22
Track 206. Black Sabbath 7:19
Track 207. Spiral Architect 5:29
Track 208. Embryo 0:25
Track 209. Children Of The Grave 6:06
Track 210. Paranoid 3:15
47 mins

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  1. 36 Responses to “BLACK SABBATH - LONG BEACH 1975 [MILLARD]”

  2. Maybe the best single week of shows in the long history of my following this site, going back to Bob Lefsetz talking about a Robert Plant/Allison Krauss live show at Meriwether Post Pavillion. (Justified by the way, the show kicks). Please keep these stellar shows coming!

    By Tony Pizza on Jul 25, 2020

  3. DD, , Anti,triple h,now we is fuckin gettin it. Maybe the motherfuckers is listing to us bout the classic rock.Ozzy ,Tony,Geezer and Bill Ward.Sabbath at their peak.That Millard was awesome man. Got a lampinski show of sabbath from providence a month earlier this tour.Did you know that Kiss opened for Sabbath for awhile on this tour? The bands didnt get along.Sabbath demanded that Kiss leave the tour so they did

    By Derrick on Jul 25, 2020

  4. got both the kiss and sabbath shows from providence 75.Both Dan Lampinski tapes.Killer,just like this

    By Derrick on Jul 25, 2020

  5. forgot who replaced kiss as the opening act.Heard that Sabbath thought Kiss was tryin to show them up.Kiss was still up and comin at that point.Heard that geezer and Ace Frehley got into a fight backstage

    By Derrick on Jul 25, 2020

  6. By the way BigO, I know we’re not doing many restarts these days. But since we’re celebrating Millard how about reopening some of the earlier shows (Yes Long Beach 1975 among others).

    By Tony Pizza on Jul 25, 2020

  7. DD, , Anti,triple h,now we is fuckin gettin it. I’m holding my ass cheeks open so everyone can fuck me in my corn hole

    By Derrick on Jul 25, 2020

  8. Derrick/HHH fuckin tony iommi is wailing on supernaut

    By David Duke on Jul 25, 2020

  9. Two days prior to this show I saw Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Peter Frampton & Brownsville Station at the outdoor Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino. All for $6.50. Skynyrd still had all 4 guitar players. Between their set & Sabbath were the famous garbage war. People were climbing the offstage speaker towers and the crowd began throwing bottles and trash at them. The whole floor of the arena exploded with trash flying then slowly Quieting down before the show continued. Good times! Thanks for this BigO.

    By sking on Jul 25, 2020

  10. DD , please shut the fuck up

    By Derrick on Jul 25, 2020

  11. Give Us Some Rod Stewart And The Faces

    By Adam on Jul 25, 2020

  12. I again have nothing to say on the matter.

    By HHH on Jul 25, 2020

  13. Does Anyone Here Like Rod Stewart??

    By Adam on Jul 25, 2020

  14. Or The Faces?

    By Adam on Jul 25, 2020

  15. I never knew Skynyrd opened for Sabbath. Wild times when rock was king , unlike today’s soul less computer generated crap . I remember seeing Elton John and The Who in 75 . What an era for music .

    By Bill on Jul 25, 2020

  16. Led Zeppelin was in my area that year too and I just missed them . Caught them in 77 , their last US tour . The stones toured America in 75 as well . Remember seeing McCartney and Wings in Atlanta the next summer 76 . Wings over America tour .

    By Bill on Jul 25, 2020

  17. Hey dude , I think there is a Rod Stewart and faces Millard show out there

    By Derrick on Jul 25, 2020

  18. It stinks so bad here in hell.

    By THE DEAD ANTICHRIST on Jul 25, 2020

  19. I just heard that Peter Green has died in his sleep. Age 73.

    By sking on Jul 26, 2020

  20. Back in 86 along with some of the guys from Overkill I worked on the video shoot for Ozzy’s Shot in the Dark. There were problems with the lightning effect machine which wasted daylight and our scene had to be cut.

    Since we weren’t allowed to take pictures all day we pleaded for just a few since we had told all our friends we were going to be working with him and would have had no proof otherwise. They only took my camera and one other guy’s and took 2 photos from each. After they gave us the paychecks, Ozzy came out and handed each of us some more cash and told us to get another tattoo, since we were picked for the video because of the ink we already had.

    That night I did what I was told and got a tattoo on my stomach and a few days later I learned that the other guy’s photos didn’t come out so I had the only ones from the set.

    Ten years later, 1996, I’m on an AOL chatroom telling the story when a girl tells me she was going to interview Ozzy after the upcoming show. A few hours later she tells me that Ozzy & Sharon remembered the day and would love to see my photos!
    Obviously, they meet thousands of people a year and didn’t remember me, but I got free tickets and backstage passes and gave them blowups of my pictures.

    I also had Ozzy sign my photos and my stomach, just above the tattoo of a girl’s face I had gotten back in 86. He called me crazy! After the show I went right to my buddy who tattooed right over the sharpie autograph! A few years later I saw him again and have pictures together showing off my tattoos with him.

    Just one of the crazy episodes from my sweet misspent youth!!

    By Sumdh Umfuq on Jul 26, 2020

  21. Sounds like bullshit to me

    By Derrick on Jul 26, 2020

  22. Why would anyone make up a ridiculous story like that?

    Post your email address and I’ll send you the pictures!

    By Sumdh Umfuq on Jul 26, 2020

  23. Here you go: [email protected]

    By Derrick on Jul 26, 2020

  24. I ain’t commented since I said there was a faced show out there . Why can’t these motherfuckin Jew bastards get their own fuckin names ?

    By Derrick on Jul 26, 2020

  25. Rumor has it this was a band of Big Uns

    By U L E on Jul 26, 2020

  26. With Ozzy being the Biggest Un

    By U L E on Jul 26, 2020

  27. Sumdh , did Ozzy show you his Coc ? Was it big ?

    By C Tony on Jul 26, 2020

  28. Saw this show at a collage football stadium in San Berdoo. with Brownsville Station, Peter Framton, (after Humble Pie), and the Original Lynard Skynard. WHATTA SHOW!! Rowdy people, things thrown on stage, young girls pukin calling for there mommies! Lynard Skynard Blew everybody away! and Sabbath was at there best!
    Will never forget that one. And the chick I took, MARRIED ME ANYWAY!!!!

    By snotty on Jul 27, 2020

  29. Not only did he show me his beautiful coc, he also let me suck it reak good until he blew his load of my sand nigger face

    By Sumdh Umfuq on Jul 27, 2020

  30. She blew the whole band and I still married her. The slut sucked off frampton and marriot at the same time. then she sucked off jerry shiryley and clem clempson. I still kissed her after she swallowed 4 loads

    By snotty on Jul 27, 2020

  31. It sounds like your wife loves Big Cocs and big loads snotty . Do you have an open marriage? Does she suck black Dic too ? Mississippi black snake ?

    By C Tony on Jul 27, 2020

  32. Oooooh now I’m getting faked! And bonelicker Derrick calls me out and posts a fake address so I can’t send the photos to put him in his place. Go get a free gmail account to post and I’ll send them on, unless your’e a poor miserable fool like everyone says.

    By Sumdh Umfuq on Jul 27, 2020

  33. I’m turnin you in to BigO , asshole

    By Derrick on Jul 27, 2020

  34. I’m no snitch even though snitches get stitches and end up in ditches.

    By Derrick on Jul 27, 2020

  35. Actually I dont know how to turn anywon in

    By Derrick on Jul 27, 2020

  36. The clowns are uniting and threatening to expose the rational thoughts of those interested in the free music discussion yet they still whine about their racist, and antisemitic woes.

    By Sumdh Umfuq on Jul 28, 2020

  37. Thanks for sharing Dan Lampinski’s Black Sabbath recording!

    By xman on Jul 29, 2020

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