PINK FLOYD - LOS ANGELES 1975 [MILLARD]

August 4, 2020 – 5:32 am

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PINK FLOYD
Los Angeles 1975 [Mike Millard Original Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 18. Live at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA; April 26, 1975. Excellent 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 Flaws:
Small cut/tape flip in “Have a Cigar” and “Any Colour You Like”

Welcome to a truly extraordinary new chapter of 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 LA circa 1975-77.

To date the Lost and Found series has 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 first time verified first generation Millard sources had been directly digitized in the torrent era.

Now, we are ecstatic to present what had been previously unthinkable, unimaginable, perhaps even impossible: a direct, high-resolution transfer from 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 assumptions that because the master tapes had never surfaced and Mike’s mental state was troubled, he would do something that rash WITH HIS LIFE’S WORK. There’s also a version of the story where Mike’s family dumps the tapes after he dies.

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 inquiring about the tapes after his death 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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Here’s 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, and I’m sure Mike would have agreed.

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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 collections from artist 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 now confirmed some 280 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 20-25. Together, that nearly quadruples the number of extant Millard recordings. In the coming months we will release more amazing shows from the recovered treasure, some familiar, some entirely new. But we had to start somewhere.

And so we begin this new era of Mike the MIC master tapes with one of the most beloved recordings in the Millard canon: his incredible capture of Pink Floyd on night four of the band’s five show stand at the Sports Arena in LA on the Wish You Were Here tour. This recording has been bootlegged and circulated in many forms, most recently from what are claimed to be (and in fairness probably are) first-generation sources that sound excellent. In fact, we were preparing to post Jim R’s first generation cassettes made by Mike (which have particularly brilliant cassette art) before this fortunate turn of events.

Mike’s master recording is sublime, a sonic marvel not merely for what it captures from the stage but for how little the audience can be heard, save for when you want to hear them. It is full, rich and close in a way that makes the argument for why the best audience recordings can be more satisfying than a soundboard tape. Mike used TDK KR 90 cassettes, an early chrome tape which would soon be rebranded to the more familiar SA 90.

The tapes were recorded Dolby on, but for this edition transferred Dolby off, as Mike did himself when he made copies for friends. The sonic signature should be familiar to those who have done close listening to the best first-generation sourced versions (like buffalofloyd’s update of Sigma’s Definitive Millard), but hopefully that title more accurately applies to this version.

To our ears, the Millard master transfer is everything you love about the extant recording and more: lower lows, clearer highs, less hiss. It is balanced, warm and immersive. We’ve made the recording available in both consumer friendly 1644 and audiophile 2496 editions, with mastering at a bare minimum to let the pure power of the capture shine through. Samples provided.

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Millard’s dear friend Jim R was with Mike at the show and shot the original unpublished photos we are fortunate to include with this release. Here’s what he recalls:

Mike and I attended the Pink Floyd concert on April 26, 1975. I pushed him in the wheelchair.

It was the fourth night of a five night stand at the LA Sports Arena. Due to Pink Floyd’s popularity, tickets were in extremely high demand and expensive. As a result, we attended only the one night. Since the LA Sports Arena was owned by LA County, all of the choice seats were controlled by downtown ticket brokers. Fortunately, we were in tight with several of them and had our choice of where to sit.

Ahead of time, we heard about the high quality sound system Pink Floyd was using and that it would be a Quadrophonic setup. Knowing that, we decided on seats a little further back than normal, in the 16th row in order to pickup some of the Quad sound. Indeed it was a fantastic sound system with PA stacks in each corner of the floor.

What really makes this show one of the most memorable of the 200 or so concerts Mike and I attended together was the fact that there were over 500 drug busts made during Pink Floyd’s LA run (detailed in a big LA Times story about the crackdown). Regardless, we were able to sneak in a Nakamichi 550 cassette recorder, which is the size of the yellow pages phone book and nearly 15 pounds. Amazingly, people got busted for a couple joints and somehow we smuggle in a huge tape deck and get away with it. What a rush!

The recording turned out superb and it was aided by a very polite crowd. At the very beginning of the recording Mike says “testing 123.” The lighting was on the dark side (pun intended), and since we sat 16 rows back, my pictures turned out a little on the fuzzy side. Oh well.

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Meeting Jim, then Barry and ultimately connecting with Rob has added incredible new chapters to my personal Mike the MIC story that started in 1986 when I first saw a box of Millard tapes and heard stories about how he recorded. I’m lucky and grateful that we all four of us share a deep appreciation for what Mike documented over the years and the on-going belief in his mission to share the music among friends, which is why we do this.

As joyous as this initial Millard master release has been, it is bittersweet. The person who showed me that original box of Millard tapes and told me the stories was Stan Gutoski, the S in JEMS. He met Mike face to face on two occasions and the pair had a few phone calls, sharing notes on how they recorded shows, comparing gear and ultimately trading copies of their recordings. Game respecting game. During a 1992 meet up in SoCal, they even spoke about losing their fathers and hugged each other in camaraderie, something Stan never forgot.

Sadly, on Friday, January 24, 2020, Walter Stan Gutoski, passed away. He was 74.

Stan had gone into the hospital in December because of a spinal infection that severely limited his mobility. I spoke to him at the time, sharing various JEMS updates which always lifted his spirits, even as he sounded weak. He was released, but his condition didn’t improve after he left the hospital, and in mid January I got updates from his son that didn’t sound promising. Last week, his son told me Stan was back in the hospital battling pneumonia, and it was clear his health was rapidly deteriorating. I began to consider how soon I could fly up to see him.

On Thursday night, I asked if there was an opportunity to call Stan in the hospital, and his son said perhaps he could put me on speaker phone for a minute if his dad was up to it. Sensing that might not happen, I followed up with a text: “Please tell Stan I love him dearly and that we found Mike Millard’s master tapes a few weeks ago.”

His son replied, “Wow. The taper’s ‘Ark of the Covenant.’ That’s amazing. I’ll tell him.”

Mid morning the next day, Friday, his son texted, “Good morning. My dad passed away a few minutes ago.”

It was the stomach punch I knew was coming, but not this fast. Way too fast. I started crying. His son then texted:

“My brother and I and my youngest son stayed with him until 6:30 am. He never went to sleep. He kept fighting it. He was impressed about the 280 shows [Millard recorded]. He kept making me repeat the number. He wanted to know what years and what cities/venues. I guess he can just ask him now in person. [They are] hanging with Jared watching Tom Petty and George Harrison play.”

If ever there was a moment of happiness and sadness at the same time, reading that text was it. While I’m not religious, the thought of Mike Millard, Stan Gutoski and our late, great friend Jared Houser (the J in JEMS) all hanging together in heaven is something I am only too happy to believe.

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JEMS is thrilled to partner with Rob, Jim R and Barry to release Millard’s historic recordings and to help set the record straight about the man himself. It has been 25 years since Mike passed away and his legend only continues to grow. Along with the tapes, Rob also had a copy of Mike’s tape list circa 1983, which details all his master tapes including his own quality rating system: Stereo-EX, Stereo-Good, Stereo-Fair and Stereo-Poor. He was a tough critic of his own work: the outstanding recording of the Rod Stewart and Faces 1975 show at the Forum only rated Good.

We can’t thank Rob S enough for reconnecting with Jim and putting his trust in our Millard reissue campaign. He has kept these precious tapes under wraps for two decades, but once he learned of our methods and stewardship, he agreed to contribute his DATs and cassettes to the program.

Our production support team also deserves credit. Thanks to Goody for giving this his stamp of pitch approval and to mjk5510 for his essential work on all JEMS projects. We can’t do it without you.

Finally, cheers to the late, great Mike the MICrophone, Jared Houser and Stan Gutoski. 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 (Dolby On)
JEMS 2020 Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassettes (TDK KR90) > Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth adjustment; Dolby Off) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX6 > iZotope Ozone 6 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

From the 2496 edition from the original Master Cassettes

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

Disc 1
Track 101. Millard Mic Test and Tuning 3:40
Track 102. Raving And Drooling 13:43
Track 103. You Gotta Be Crazy 15:22
Track 104. Shine On You Crazy Diamond Pts 1-5 12:37
Track 105. Have A Cigar 4:37
Track 106. Shine On You Crazy Diamond Pts 6-9 13:32
Track 107. Speak To Me 6:10
Track 108. Breathe 2:54
73 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. On The Run 4:33
Track 202. Time 5:26
Track 203. Breathe (Reprise) 1:04
Track 204. The Great Gig In The Sky 6:08
Track 205. Money 8:07
Track 206. Us And Them 7:55
Track 207. Any Colour You Like 8:39
Track 208. Brain Damage 3:39
Track 209. Eclipse 4:18
Track 210. Echoes 22:31
73 minsDick Parry - saxophone(s)
The Blackberries (Venetta Fields & Carlena Williams) - backing vocals


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  1. 60 Responses to “PINK FLOYD - LOS ANGELES 1975 [MILLARD]”

  2. Nearly night after night we are given supreme quality vintage concert recordings from the greatest bands of classic rock. Tonight no exception; a rare Pink Floyd show which is as close to soundboard (arguably better) than that protective band would ever allow with Roger Waters in it. And we have yet to hear the Zeppelin shows; they will come soon enough. EMBARRAsSMENT of riches!

    By Tony Pizza on Aug 4, 2020

  3. Another great show in a few weeks filled with them. And from a band notorious for nearly no soundboards from this era. Outstanding recording, thanks BigO for sharing it. “Money” sounds tremendous on this set.

    By Tony Pizza on Aug 4, 2020

  4. I was at the show the night before.4/25. Tickets were $8.50 - 7′50 or 6.50. We got the $8.50 and they were still close to the ceiling. There were cops & security everywhere. Saw them carrying people out on their shoulders. The police chief (who wanted to run for governor) declared the arena ‘No Smoking’ and anything that got lit up was pounced on. It was a great show if a bit paranoid. Someone lit off a string of fire crackers though. Wish You Were Here had not been released yet so nobody knew those songs. Great sound system in quadraphonic swirling sound. They had a round screen behind them to show images to go with the Dark Side portion. They were able to improvise at this show unlike The Wall were the music had to be timed to the building of the wall on stage.

    By Derrick on Aug 4, 2020

  5. Oops. That wasn’t Derrick that was me that was there.
    Steve

    By Derrick as Police Woman on Aug 4, 2020

  6. Fuck off Derrick - you weren’t there you asshole.

    By THE DEAD ANTICHRIST on Aug 4, 2020

  7. Sorry DEAD AUNTIE. I accidentally had someone else’s memory.

    By Derrick on Aug 4, 2020

  8. The only thing better than this fantastic recording is the wonderful story about the master tapes and sneaking the recording deck into the concert..thank you Mike Millard from every true classic rock music lover✌

    By Sotiris Tsamandanis on Aug 4, 2020

  9. Thanks to Rob, JEMS, Jim R, mjk5510, and everyone connected to this, including Big O. And most of all, thanks to Mike Millard for bringing us these excellent concerts, and to his mother for allowing such a treasure to be shared.

    By Acoustic Joe on Aug 4, 2020

  10. Amen!

    By Sotiris Tsamandanis on Aug 4, 2020

  11. “Hello my friends, So happy to see you again.” This is a Music site. (”Well, Shakespeare, he’s in the alley.”) As such I won’t run from the insecure coo-coo birds, masquerading as people. They have lamentable, debilitating psychiatric issues - with Blacks, Jews, Muslims, Gays and other minorities. These weak cowards exhibit an afflicted range of unstable sociopath qualities having - but not limited to: Extensive Antisocial Problems. Simply diagnosed: “Clinical Inability To Think.” Symptoms include: Bias, Predispose, Discrimination, and Bigotry. They Don’t dig words like “Community”, “Justice”, “Civility”, and “Impartiality”. For them: It IS imperative to seek comprehensive Medical attention including across-the-board Hospitalization. (”With twenty pounds of headlines Stapled to his chest.”) While Unlikely, with Generous amounts of remedial tutoring they May learn something known as “manners” through a very advanced concept called “Cognizance.” However, Scientific tests - Globally - show a .00001% chance of their acquiring encyclopedic brain activity leading to possible intellect through “attention” span. Further please note: Recent data reveals implausible acumen or “Grasping” as in “grasping” an idea. (”An’ now people just get uglier, An’ I have no sense of time.”) Finally, a Compassionate Note regarding these non-music nut jobs: Exhaustive, yet methodical reports acknowledge Actual evidence their bed wetting episodes may be moderately treated w/a gentle anally provided enema.
    Remember: We, as Music Lovers, will be Here - Long, Long (ie Long) after their deteriorating brain washed condition collapses. Heaven Research: “Pointing their plastic finger at me
    They’re hoping soon my kind will drop and die
    But I’m gonna wave my freak flag high, high
    Wave on, wave on”

    By harmon on Aug 4, 2020

  12. This is a great show

    By Edward on Aug 4, 2020

  13. THE Listen to this Eddie recording and the other Zep forum shows are fantastic with the crowd going nuts in The Song Rem aims the Same intro etc…but i think the recent Sabbath post especially ..and this one are even better recordings..not a who fan so I can’t comment on the quality of that show but this is a superb recording along with the Sabbath show

    By Sotiris Tsamandanis on Aug 4, 2020

  14. Oh yet another rendition of Dark Side Of The Moan…
    zzz… zzz…

    By HHH on Aug 4, 2020

  15. hey triple h , if you don’t like it , don’t listen to it

    By Derrick on Aug 4, 2020

  16. Thanks Big O!

    By Tom on Aug 4, 2020

  17. Swallowing some guy’s jizz must have gave me his memory of that show.

    By Derrick on Aug 4, 2020

  18. I wanna kiss the dark side of Samuel Jackson’s moon. I bet it’s tasty.

    By David Duke on Aug 4, 2020

  19. I shit myself when I fell asleep. Nice.

    By HHH on Aug 4, 2020

  20. I wants to kiss the backside of HHH derriere and DD

    By Mark on Aug 4, 2020

  21. then jizz all over my ugly swapperish face

    By Mark on Aug 4, 2020

  22. I ain’t commented once on this fuckin post . Never saw Floyd in 75 , caught em in 73 and again in 77 , animals tour . Why can’t the motherfuckin Dic suckin , coon and hi Yeller lovin , Jew bastards use their own names . Assholes

    By Derrick on Aug 4, 2020

  23. They should all get what George Floyd got in Minneapolis and Rayshard Brooks got in Atlanta

    By Derrick on Aug 4, 2020

  24. A man sized knee to the necks , or a 45 in the back , them great American cops . Chauvin and Rolfe doin the honors

    By Derrick on Aug 4, 2020

  25. This is a fuckin awesome soundin Floyd show , wish I had been there unlike that name hijackin Bull shitter above . He’s probably lyin through his Jew teeth bout bein there

    By Derrick on Aug 4, 2020

  26. Hey Anti / DD , triple h , check out this Floyd show , great sound . That sabbath show from earlier sounds great too . How’s bout LED Zep . 6 21 77 Listen to this Eddie . Nuther great one from mike the mic

    By Derrick on Aug 4, 2020

  27. Derrick, I’m still working on turning these middle school morons in. We will have the last laugh. We shouldn’t have to suffer like this. The name stealers need to face consequences for their actions.

    By HHH on Aug 4, 2020

  28. A man sized coc in the mouth , or a 4″ pecker up the ass , them great American cops . Chauvin and Rolfe doin the honors

    By Derrick on Aug 5, 2020

  29. But then again if it gives people something to laugh about in these covid times, well keep calm and carry on!

    By HHH on Aug 5, 2020

  30. Hey Big-O,

    THANK YOU!

    …that is all…

    By Paul on Aug 5, 2020

  31. I don’t go so far as to use their names to post gross stuff, but if snowflake racists are suffering, that’s fine with me.

    By Mark on Aug 5, 2020

  32. i love bein a sissy

    By Mark on Aug 5, 2020

  33. Thank you Big O Amigos. Live Floyd is always welcome in Thompson. Respectfully, James

    By James Smith on Aug 5, 2020

  34. root te toot im madame phoot

    By Madame Phoot on Aug 5, 2020

  35. anyone know if Mike Millard ever recorded the Allman Bros?

    By dropkicksarge on Aug 5, 2020

  36. Derrick , David , the real ones of course, I’ve been laying low somewhat lately . None of these comments on this post have been mine until now , which should be obvious to anyone with a brain .

    By HHH on Aug 5, 2020

  37. Nothing has changed recently, covid remains a problem, Trump , Pence , and their brown nosing governors like De Santis and Kemp remain clueless idiots who are trying to kill us by not listening to medical professionals. Jews remain corrupt, as well as pedophiles and rapists . Black apes are still , well black apes , banging and beating the crap out of their women , kids and mudshark white hoes .

    By HHH on Aug 5, 2020

  38. And of course the phonies/ middle schoolers/ 60 year old plus losers who live in basements continue their copycat stupidity here . Same ole same ole

    By HHH on Aug 5, 2020

  39. Great Floyd show by the way . Millard was very good at capturing these great shows . Amazing that he never got caught in twenty years . He no doubt had help , as probably paying security to look the other way .

    By HHH on Aug 5, 2020

  40. Same here HHH. Great recordings. Did you hear the reporter tell the president over 150,000 people have died from the virus and he answers it is what it it is. dumbass

    By David Duke on Aug 5, 2020

  41. I’d still let Trump piss in my mouth, however.

    By David Duke on Aug 5, 2020

  42. yes he did dropkicksarge. I was blowing him while he was recording the allmans at the atlanta pop festival

    By Mark The Sissy on Aug 5, 2020

  43. yeah imitation duke and let him shit in your mouth also. degenerate pedophile

    By David Duke on Aug 5, 2020

  44. Rumor has it that David Duke has a li’l one. Hence, his fussy moods.

    By U L E on Aug 5, 2020

  45. hey use asshole I’m on my period, dumbshit!

    By David Duke on Aug 5, 2020

  46. Hey DD , do you wants to fart in my mouth ?

    By Derrick on Aug 5, 2020

  47. DD , Trump is an idiot. He’s the reason that we’re in this mess . Egomaniacal narcissistic bombastic asshole .

    By HHH on Aug 5, 2020

  48. He berates his medical advisers publicly? Really Donald ?

    By HHH on Aug 5, 2020

  49. David , Derrick, I never realized Trump was a doctor with a medical degree. He knows more than Fauci and Birdz . The man is amazing. We need to all ingest Lysol and Clorox . If he says it’ll work it must work .

    By HHH on Aug 5, 2020

  50. And perhaps that one great country is now totally fucked!!

    By HHH on Aug 6, 2020

  51. it is what it it is. dumbass

    By David Duke on Aug 6, 2020

  52. Rumor has it The Donald gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Aug 6, 2020

  53. Stormy Daniels would know U L E .

    By C Tony on Aug 6, 2020

  54. So would several Miss teen USA contestants.

    By C Tony on Aug 6, 2020

  55. And the 13 year old he raped:

    “The lawsuit accusing Trump of raping a 13-year-old girl, explained”

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/3/13501364/trump-rape-13-year-old-lawsuit-katie-johnson-allegation

    By Corey M on Aug 6, 2020

  56. They can’t do shit to Trump . He’s President . He can do any damn thing that he wants to

    By Derrick on Aug 6, 2020

  57. Dump Trump. Fuckin orange haired buffoon. He bought his college and masters degree, fuckin shill

    By David Duke on Aug 6, 2020

  58. You’d better get used to Trump . He ain’t goin nowhere

    By Snead on Aug 6, 2020

  59. I know for a fact that trump has the stars and bars tatooed on the tip of his schlong

    By U L E on Aug 6, 2020

  60. THANK YOU, BIG O!

    It’s great to have this! Sounds great; great show.

    By Eric (The Other Eric) on Aug 6, 2020

  61. Thank you BigO for sharing this here and the great stories that go with it.

    By Matt on Aug 14, 2020

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