GENESIS - WEST HOLLYWOOD 1980 [MILLARD]

September 5, 2020 – 6:30 am

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GENESIS
West Hollywood 1980 [Mike Millard First Generation Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 44. Live at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA; May 25, 1980. 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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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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Genesis - The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA; May 25, 1980

We return to one of Mike’s favorite bands for a very special show as Genesis moved out of arenas for one-off surprise club gig at The Roxy in front of less than 500 lucky people. As Jim R details below, the band made the entire event special from the moment tickets went on sale through a setlist that included special inclusions.

For fans, the chance to see Genesis in such an intimate venue was extraordinary and you will hear their excitement and enthusiasm on Mike’s outstanding capture. He wasn’t the only taper on the scene that night. There’s another high quality recording out there, reportedly made on a Sony D5 and Sennheiser MKH 404 mics and perhaps even one more that’s said to be of lesser quality. The version I found on YouTube is mono; Mike’s is stereo and one of his best Roxy recordings, punchy and full, another “you are there” type of capture.

Genesis were touring in support of Duke and songs from the album feature prominently, but they did add in a few rarities including “The Carpet Crawlers,” “The Knife” and “Say It’s Alright Joe.” Overall, it’s a stirring performance from the era.

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Here’s what Jim R recalls about the Genesis Roxy show:

“Mike and I attended the Genesis concert at The Roxy on May 25, 1980. We were huge Genesis fans and extremely stoked to be able to attend such an exclusive event.

A payoff to security enabled us to get Mike’s equipment in the door. We didn’t want to take any chances sneaking the equipment in any other way for such an important concert.

Unlike the Springsteen show at The Roxy in July 1978, we did not have a table up against the stage. Our location was in the second or third row of tables. Of course in the middle, Mike’s preferred location to get his signature balanced sound. It should be noted that this tour included several smaller venues which likely prepared the roadies to scale down the sound system to fit inside the building as The Roxy only holds just under 500. Yikes!!!

The crowd was very loud and rowdy, but thankfully polite during the quiet parts. True Genesis fans I must say. In all fairness, Mike can be heard making a handful of comments himself here and there, including a few chuckles.

This show has to be at or near the top of my list of the over 300 concerts I attended.

The ticket sale was an event in itself. Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks were sitting in the box office helping to sell the tickets. They were also autographing them. On my stub, Phil Collins’ autograph is obvious. Along the bottom, looks like Rutherford’s. Then in the upper right (the scribble), Tony Banks? You tell me.

I did not take pictures at The Roxy, though I did shoot two days later at The Greek Theatre.

I hope you enjoy this most memorable show.”

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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 can now confirm the existence of Mike Millard master DAT recordings, done with his AKG mics and a Panasonic portable DAT recorder. These were done a full year after the last known Millard analog tapes, moving Millard recording history into 1993. More to come on this interesting development.

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 not be nearly as compelling without Jim’s memories, photos and other background contributions. As many of you have noted, the stories offer an entertaining complement to Mike’s incredible audio documents.

Thanks as always to mjk5510, whose steadfast support is essential to the JEMS Archive in myriad ways.

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 First Generation Cassettes > Nakamichi DR-1 (azimuth adjusted) > Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 > Sound Forge Audio Studio 13.0 capture to 24/96 .wav > iZotope RX6 > iZotope Ozone 8 > MBIT+ resample to 1644 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Deep In The Motherlode 6:00
Track 102. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight (Intro) 1:56
Track 103. Carpet Crawlers 5:31
Track 104. Squonk 8:04
Track 105. One For The Vine 10:53
Track 106. Story Of Albert 4:09
Track 107. Behind The Lines 5:26
Track 108. Duchess 6:48
Track 109. Guide Vocal 1:39
Track 110. Turn It On Again 4:33
Track 111. Duke’s Travels 1:12
Track 112. Say It’s Alright Joe 10:36
77 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. The Lady Lies 8:33
Track 202. Ripples 13:44
Track 203. Misunderstanding 3:54
Track 204. In The Cage 7:28
Track 205. Colony Of Slippermen 1:11
Track 206. Afterglow 4:33
Track 207. Follow You, Follow Me 4:29
Track 208. Dance On A Volcano 4:36
Track 209. Drum Duet/Los Endos 7:03
Track 210. I Know What I Like 9:45
Track 211. The Knife 3:55
70 mins

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  1. 24 Responses to “GENESIS - WEST HOLLYWOOD 1980 [MILLARD]”

  2. THANKS.
    LOVE GENESIS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By John on Sep 5, 2020

  3. every now and then a reply is in order……nice.

    By Darth Plastic on Sep 5, 2020

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

    By U L E on Sep 5, 2020

  5. With Phil being the Lilst Un

    By U L E on Sep 5, 2020

  6. Phil Collins was hung like a tootsie roll. Not much of a dic k on him at all . Very disappointing. In fact all off the band members were small except Peter who was very large . I believe he had left them in the seventies.

    By Pam Des Barris on Sep 5, 2020

  7. What Pam said . Soooo small , all of them . Poor boys .

    By Groupie Chick Traci on Sep 5, 2020

  8. yeah U L E, Phil Collins wasn’t very tall was he. Mike Rutherford on the other hand was quite tall

    By Derrick on Sep 5, 2020

  9. That little baby on the Nirvana album cover always gave me a chubby

    By U L E on Sep 5, 2020

  10. I’ve got erectile malfunction.

    By David Duke on Sep 6, 2020

  11. They still got my syphilis. STD’s don’t care about size.

    By Groupie Chick Traci on Sep 6, 2020

  12. My gash is so stretched a bus is the only thing I can feel in it.

    By Pam Des Barris on Sep 6, 2020

  13. I wish I was a groupie slut like both of you. Seems like you scored some of the best man meat at the time

    By Sarah Novack on Sep 6, 2020

  14. I want to die so bad. Im such a pathetic troll. Forgive me derriere,hhh, david dookie, nelson for saying those horrible things about u

    By Corey M on Sep 6, 2020

  15. I fucked mostly roadies. I got in a lot of photos with rock stars, but very few actually fucked me because they knew that I was nympho bimbo whose pussy was about as tight as the Lincoln Tunnel.

    By Pam Des Barris on Sep 6, 2020

  16. Same for me Sarah, gang bangs are usually the only time I was fucked, and it wasn’t the stars most of the time, just roadies, promo guys, and local DJs.

    I rode on a few tour buses, but I was just fucked constantly in every hole, even while I was comatose after snorting too much of everything. Sometimes I’d get leftover pizza and warm beer, with an STD on the side.

    Don’t be a stupid hagged out whore with venereal diseases like us. Sob.

    By Groupie Chick Traci on Sep 6, 2020

  17. Thank you very much for these tracks BigO.

    By HHH on Sep 6, 2020

  18. Oh you people. You just can’t find your own user names . Morons all , even when it’s not offensive, still have to copy . That was not me . I Don’t even like this band .

    By HHH on Sep 7, 2020

  19. You don’t like anything do you David.

    By David Duke on Sep 7, 2020

  20. Well this is a surprise: Genesis rocking a small, packed club. Very nice, thank you!

    By Pip25252 on Sep 7, 2020

  21. I meant triple H!!

    By David Duke on Sep 7, 2020

  22. Couldn’t actually believe you were making a comment about music triple h. That’s not what we’re here for is it.

    By David Duke on Sep 7, 2020

  23. Triple H, you don’t like Genesis? what’s wrong with you man? Theyre grate. And there on the comeback trail i here too.

    By Derrick on Sep 7, 2020

  24. I can’t stop thinking about penis. It’s all that I think about.

    By U L E on Sep 9, 2020

  25. Thank you for this one. Very nice show.

    By Matt on Nov 7, 2020

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