CHEAP TRICK - LONG BEACH 1977 [MILLARD TAPE]

October 26, 2020 – 5:47 am

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CHEAP TRICK
Long Beach 1977 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 1CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 49. Live at the Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA; December 31, 1977. 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:
- Big Eyes joined slightly 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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Cheap Trick - Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA; December 31, 1977

This week, the Mike Millard way-back machine takes us to New Year’s Eve 1977, where if you had been sitting in the Long Beach Arena, you would have caught a double bill of Cheap Trick and Kansas.

It might sound like an odd pairing in hindsight, but both bands were under the CBS/Epic Records umbrella and, in those days, it was not uncommon for label mates to take an opening act slot. Cheap Trick had released their debut album in February and its follow up, In Color, a mere seven months later. With their domestic breakthrough still a couple of years away, the band were in classic road warrior mode, opening for other bands hoping to build up a fanbase.

How many fans of Kansas’ prog-rock meets AOR-anthem style would succumb to Cheap Trick’s power pop brilliance is hard to say, but it wouldn’t be for lack of trying. The Pride of Rockford turns in a punchy set, rocking pretty damn hard for 40 minutes. They preview “High Roller” which would come out on their third album, Heaven Tonight, in 1978, along with their memorable cover of “Ain’t That a Shame” which would be famously memorialized on Live at Budokan.

While we don’t have Mike’s ticket stub for this one, we can tell from the recording of this and the Kansas set (which can’t be shared here) that Mike was in his sweet spot. The Cheap Trick capture is strong and presumably one of the better audies of the band from 1977.

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JEMS is proud to partner with Rob, Jim R, Barry G and others to release Millard’s historic recordings and to help set the record straight about the man himself.

We can’t thank Rob enough for reconnecting with Jim and putting his trust in our Millard reissue campaign. He kept Mike’s 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.

Once again, thanks to Goody for pitch checking this one and keeping us running at the right speed.

Unflinching post-production support via mjk5510. We’re all lucky to have his valuable time devoted to releasing so much music.

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 > Yamaha KX-W592 Cassette Deck > Sony R-500 DAT > Analog Master DAT Clone > Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 > Sound Forge Audio Studio 13.0 capture > Adobe Audition > iZotope RX8 > iZotope Ozone 8 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Track 01. Big Eyes 3:41
Track 02. Southern Girls 3:51
Track 03. Downed 5:39
Track 04. High Roller 4:24
Track 05. Ain’t That A Shame 4:54
Track 06. Oh Caroline 2:58
Track 07. Clock Strikes Ten 3:39
Track 08. Auf Wiedersehen 4:15
Track 09. He’s A Whore 3:09
Track 10. Goodnight 2:24
39 mins

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  1. 45 Responses to “CHEAP TRICK - LONG BEACH 1977 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. Hey DD , triple h , analytics and the motherfuckin baseball so called experts once again robbed Clayton kershaw or having a special moment in the postseason. Kershaw was cruising along once again in game 5 of the World Series when his genius manager Dave Roberts goes to the mound and takes him out for no good fuckin reason. Think he only thru 85 pitches . The few fans in the stands booed as they should have . His teammates looked upset too. Sadly this is why Kershaw can never be in the class of the past greats like Koufax , Gibson , Marichal, Palmer , Gaylord Perry , Catfish Hunter, Lolich , Seaver , Drysdale, Tiant , Whitey Ford , Carlton etc . Them guys pitched complete games and tons of innings.

    By Derrick on Oct 26, 2020

  3. 5 innings max by starting pitchers , every hitter swinging for the fences , no strategy no more , bunting , stolen bases anymore . Young pitchers not really developing the art of pitching, just throwing as hard as they can to just a few batters , inter league play , wild card bullshit . All this shit is what has ruined baseball. Kershaw would have been taken out even if he had a no hitter goin . Young folks today don’t give a shit cause they wasn’t around 40 50 years ago when baseball was the national pastime. They got nuthin to compare it to.

    By Derrick on Oct 26, 2020

  4. derrick, I looked it up . 118 career complete games for Roger Clemens , in 24 seasons. He pitched forever . Over 350 wins . That pales in comparison to Gibson’s 255 complete games in 17 seasons. Seaver also had over 220 in 20 plus seasons, likewise Jim Palmer .Clemens most complete games in one season was 18 in 1987 . That would be fantastic today , but nothing compared to the 25 plus complete games that the Seaver’s and Gibson’s would pitch in the sixties, seventies

    By HHH on Oct 26, 2020

  5. 231 career complete games for Tom Seaver in twenty seasons 61 career shutouts, 255 complete games for Bob a Gibson in 17 seasons 56 shutouts. Both had double what Clemens had in fewer seasons.

    By HHH on Oct 26, 2020

  6. 244 complete games in 16 seasons for Juan Marichal, 211 for Jim Palmer 20 seasons . You’re right , those guys went the distance practically every game .

    By HHH on Oct 26, 2020

  7. Baseball reference . Com gives a lot of info .

    By HHH on Oct 26, 2020

  8. Hey Derrick / HHH - you two oughta get a room! Or exchange email addresses ot phones numbers.

    By Nelson on Oct 26, 2020

  9. That’s right triple h , it was awesome back then . Do you remember Marichals high leg kick ? It went over his head . Luis Tiant had the same leg kick . Jesus, how I remember them pitching duels between Marichal and Gibson in the 60s . It was usually 0 0 or 1 nothin in the late innings. Cardinals vs SF Giants . Giants had Willie Mays , Willie McCovey, Jim Ray Hart , Jim Davenport , Cris Speir . A real murderers row lineup

    By Derrick on Oct 26, 2020

  10. Thank you for this BigO.

    By Derrick and the Dominos on Oct 26, 2020

  11. HHH and Derrick are the same person . Pathetic

    By U L E on Oct 26, 2020

  12. Hey Derrick… America’s Team 3 The Capitals 25
    What a result! But you don’t watch sports anymore do you…

    By DD on Oct 26, 2020

  13. Giants also had Gaylord Perry , another hall of fame pitcher . I remember back in 68 Red Schondiest the cards manager had the umps check out Perry on the mound for grease . They made him take off his cap , checked behind his ears , under his belt . Gaylord was Laughing the whole time . Funny as shit . He was always accused of greasin up the ball , but they never could find anything. The dude was a master showman . We need more Gaylord Perry’s today. Real characters., instead of these boring robots out there now

    By Derrick on Oct 26, 2020

  14. no wonder people around the world all agree that Americans are the most ignorant of all.Here, on a music site , the yanks take over as if this was their own personal site discussing baseball football etc as if the rest of the world gives two shits grow up.

    By Madame Phoot on Oct 26, 2020

  15. Fuck you up the Hershey canal

    By Derrick on Oct 26, 2020

  16. Cowboys ain’t my team no more DD . Maybe they will lose out and get Trevor Lawrence in the draft

    By Derrick on Oct 26, 2020

  17. My team is dik in my mouth.

    By Derrick on Oct 26, 2020

  18. All sizes, colors, and shapes. I’ll suck them all.

    By Derrick on Oct 26, 2020

  19. Madame Phoot- It’s just one sick troll with multiple IDs whose original ID was Corey M. BigO won’t block or delete his comments, I have no idea why not.

    Eli, Freddie Fender, CJ, Groupie Chick Traci, Derrick, U L E, Terrence, Bill, Smashmouth - You’ve really gone rabid repeating and talking to yourself. When you are treated like an adult, you ask for supervision/moderation! The word is self-restraint. Isn’t it obvious why you are not at other sites? They’ve have long banned you.
    By bigozine2 on Apr 26, 2018

    http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=4007#comment-2899390

    By everyone else on bigO on Oct 26, 2020

  20. Fuck you too . Don’t know none of them faggots . Just talking sports don’t make you no fuckin troll asshole . Mark and his name hijackers is the trolls around here

    By Derrick on Oct 26, 2020

  21. That’s quite a conspiracy everyone . I seriously doubt it’s one person, no one has that much time on their hands . Sports talk doesn’t bother me , the penis talk is irritating and childish.

    By Cris K on Oct 26, 2020

  22. Chris K- It might be two or three people at the most who use multiple IDs, just as BigO pointed out a while ago for that one troll.

    This is a music blog, there used to be a lot of excellent discussions about music here until the trolls arrived. They’re only here because this is the only web site that isn’t moderated. Why they’re not blocked, or having their garbage comments removed, is a mystery.

    By everyone else on bigO on Oct 26, 2020

  23. Fuck my mouth too. Cum on my tonsils. Beat my face with your limp dik. Make me beg for your jizz. Humiliate me. I’m a piece of shit.

    By Derrick on Oct 26, 2020

  24. Rumor has it that Derrick has a Lil Un

    By U L E on Oct 26, 2020

  25. When do we say, “Enough is enough”? To whom can we report these name highjackers? Their behavior here HAS to be illegal. All of us are tired of this nonsense. It’s time for this to end.

    By HHH on Oct 26, 2020

  26. The racist crap you spew is illegal also. Hate speech is not protected under the First Amendment. Be careful what you wish for.

    Besides, Bigo is outside of America, and I’m sure they love watching the filth that goes on here. It confirms their belief that all Americans (except me and maybe a couple of others) are disgusting assholes.

    By Mark on Oct 27, 2020

  27. Just looking at my last comment again I realize that I am just a big hypocrite as I type racist comments nearly ever day, like DD and Derrick, and sometimes Nelson. Now, that must be a crime for which I deeply apologise.

    By HHH on Oct 27, 2020

  28. Looking at a turd in my pants too. It’s a nice one. :-)

    By HHH on Oct 27, 2020

  29. Hebrew Mark , Black Apes are just as prejudiced against whites . Especially black ape females . You should see the look that white people get everytime you go tho Wall Mart or a fast food restaurant. ( Do any white people even work those places anymore ) ? They are rude , stupid , speak black ape slang , have names like Shaneeka , Tasheea , Jasmine , La seesha and on an on . Most probably have 10 or more little brats running around , the product of 10 different baby daddy’s , who themselves probably have 10 different baby mamas

    By HHH on Oct 27, 2020

  30. The black ape females hate whitey mainly because so many mudshark white slut women are taking their men away . I mean how many times do you see a white guy with one of those ugly female gorillas ? Not often . Black ape males ? Now that’s a different story . It’s everywhere. Go to any shopping mall or department store and chances are you’ll see mudsharks everywhere proudly arm and arm with their abusive gorilla by their sides with baby strollers and little kinky haired little half breed toddlers running side by side . Most of these white sluts have bruises from the beatings they get on a regular basis .Black ape males are violent . Remember OJ .

    By HHH on Oct 27, 2020

  31. HHH , isn’t OJ still looking for the real killers of Nicole and Ron ? That’s what he said he would do when he was found not guilty. The killers must be hiding on various golf courses around the country, because that’s where I heard OJ spends all his time .

    By Nelson on Oct 27, 2020

  32. OJ is one nigger who hates being black . That’s why he’s always had white wives , friends etc . The only time he played the race card was when he got arrested and went on trial. Then he became the Ace of Spades , with help from Johnnie Cochran.

    By Nelson on Oct 27, 2020

  33. Rumor has it this was a band of Lil Uns and Average Uns

    By U L E on Oct 27, 2020

  34. Nelson , the main reason the black ape males screw white mudshark women is to stick it to whitey , and like you said it makes them feel less black . Some self loathing maybe . They feel the Black women are beneath them . White women are trophies, like Indians with white scalps in the old west .

    By HHH on Oct 27, 2020

  35. As for the white mudsharks , low self esteem, wanting to shove it in their families faces and penis curiosity.

    By HHH on Oct 27, 2020

  36. Not that I’m racist mind…

    By HHH on Oct 28, 2020

  37. “It’s not a rumor at all. U L E has the smallest penis ever (not) seen.”

    By Sherlock on Oct 28, 2020

  38. Why does everyone hate us ? Nelson , do you know why ? Sure I’m a dikless , pants-shitter with no money , but I have other things to offer .

    By HHH on Oct 28, 2020

  39. OJ Simpson got away with fuckin murder .. He was beatin the shit out of Nicole for years before he sliced off her head and Goldman’s too

    By Derrick on Oct 28, 2020

  40. That’s what she gets for marrying a fuckin coon monkey

    By Derrick on Oct 28, 2020

  41. Hey DD , hadn’t heard from you in awhile. You doin OK . Don’t leave us like Anti did

    By Derrick on Oct 28, 2020

  42. Derrick , I’m sad to say that I think David is gone . He said that he was going to , “Blow a donkey” . I’m afraid that he may have been choked or stomped .
    He’ll be missed , if that’s the case . :-(

    By HHH on Oct 28, 2020

  43. Haven’t been to this site in a while. I see the same assholes are spewing the same not funny or interesting remarks. I now remember why I stopped visiting this site.

    By george on Oct 28, 2020

  44. George we have missed you, ever so much . Please consider visiting more often and please accept our apologies . I will speak to Derrick and the others and relay your concerns .
    Thanks so much for your input ! (k)

    By HHH on Oct 28, 2020

  45. Nice post. Thank you. From their 1st LP onward. BIGO! Please clean up these ‘allowed’ comments that have nothing to do with the posting itself?

    By datters on Oct 28, 2020

  46. Shut up datters you …

    By Derrick on Oct 28, 2020

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