JETHRO TULL - PASADENA 1977 [MILLARD TAPE]

October 29, 2020 – 5:14 am

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JETHRO TULL
Pasadena 1977 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 51. Live at the Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA; January 14, 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:
- Skating Away (On The Thin Ice Of A New Day: joined in progress
- Flute Solo: splice

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 - Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA; January 14, 1977

What a year 1977 was for Mike Millard. He recorded 30 concerts including Led Zeppelin, Yes, Peter Gabriel, Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt, Queen and Genesis. Mike’s fabled year began with two special shows by one of his favorite artists, Jethro Tull. We’ve previously released Millard’s capture from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on January 16 (Vol 12 in our series) and we now present the companion gig and first show Mike recorded in ‘77, opening night of the Tull tour at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 14.

The tour was in support of the forthcoming Songs From The Wood, which wasn’t released until early February, so Jethro Tull was playing songs the audience had yet to hear. As such, the Pasadena setlist contains several rarities and changes from the show two days later in Los Angeles, notably “Fire At Midnight” and “Crazed Institution.”

Tull Pasadena ‘77 is one of Mike the Mike’s finest recordings. Some circulating copies of the show list it as a soundboard and I understand why. The sound is incredibly up close and clear, even that much better than Millard’s fantastic capture of the Dorothy Chandler show two days later.

These two Tull recordings had never been formally attributed to Millard, but DIME member ninjadave, who posted both shows in 2017, correctly surmised they were made by Mike, writing:

“‘I’m nearly’ a 100 per cent sure it was taped by Mike ‘the Mic’ Millard (RIP) since he made some incredible tapes in the ’70s at various LA venues and this show just sounds like one of his when compared to his other tapes. If someone knows for sure, please advise. It’s one of the better audience tapes ever made at that time….THANKS MIKE!!!! THANK YOU SO FUCKING MUCH!!!! You were one of the the great taping pioneers!!!!” Once again, ninjadave, this one is for you.

Millard did make an incredible recording, and while the extant versions are excellent, this transfer of Mike’s master cassettes to DAT done by Rob S is an upgrade, sounding a sharper, more natural and less noisy. Samples provided.

If you’re a Tull fan, the set list speaks for itself. If you’re a Millard fan first, the quality of this one does too. There are moments of uncanny clarity and the soundstage is vivid to the point where you can almost see where each musician was standing just by listening. Samples provided.

Here’s what Jim R recalled about Jethro Tull’s first night in Pasadena:

I attended the Jethro Tull concert on January 14, 1977 with Mike Millard. It was at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. As usual, Mike drove us to the show. We sat together in Orchestra Row B near the center. Definitely our “sweet spot.”

This show was two days before the highly anticipated Dorothy Chandler Pavilion benefit concert, a venue known for its awesome acoustics. As it turns out, the Pasadena Civic Auditorium was no slouch either. It’s an older venue but the same size, approximately 3000 capacity. Pasadena had excellent acoustics as well, way better than any sports arena. In hindsight, the Pasadena show was longer than the Dorothy Chandler show two days later. Benefit setlists are typically shorter, due to the lower payout to the group.

We used the wheelchair to get in Mike’s equipment. The orchestra had a sloped aisle way with no steps. Our aisle seats aided in transferring from the wheelchair to our seats.

The Pasadena show was the first in 1977, but the band was well rehearsed and played tight as usual. Ian Anderson was on top of his game, a first class showman and band leader. One of the best.

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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’ve mentioned before that our records of Mike’s recording history have a gap, with no known recordings 1984-87 before restarting in 1988 (Like Michael Jordan, I guess this is something all GOATS do). We now have it on good authority that Mike did retire from taping for those four years and we are in the process of confirming details surrounding his decision. While Mike himself was dormant, we’ve also learned that it is probable some of his friends used his mics and/or recorder during his hiatus.

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.

This week we again thank Goody for providing pitch provenance and to mjk5510 for keeping the Millard reissue program on track week after week.

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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Disc 1
Track 101. Skating Away (On The New Ice Of A New Day) 4:26
Track 102. Jack-In-The-Green 3:32
Track 103. Crazed Institution 4:41
Track 104. Fire At Midnight 2:32
Track 105. Instrumental 3:16
Track 106. Thick As A Brick 13:55
Track 107. Songs From The Wood 5:20
Track 108. To Cry You A Song 2:37
Track 109. New Day Yesterday/Flute Solo/Living In The Past 14:08
Track 110. Velvet Green 7:51
63 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Too Old To Rock And Roll 6:56
Track 202. Bungle In The Jungle 2:10
Track 203. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony 3:22
Track 204. Minstrel In The Gallery 7:30
Track 205. Hunting Girl 5:31
Track 206. Cross-Eyed Mary 3:39
Track 207. Aqualung 8:23
Track 208. Guitar Solo 3:09
Track 209. Wind-Up 4:52
Track 210. Back-Door Angels 4:59
Track 211. Wind-Up Reprise 2:00
Track 212. Locomotive Breath 7:16
Track 213. Land Of Hope And Glory 1:28
62 mins

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  1. 18 Responses to “JETHRO TULL - PASADENA 1977 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. Rumor has it that Jethro gots a Lil Un

    By U L E on Oct 29, 2020

  3. Well the sound is incredible. To all you pervs in the comment section, well, who thought that Ian Anderson would one-up you. Gruesome. Really, Ian. Naughty, naughty, shame on you.

    By ScarRad on Oct 29, 2020

  4. And thus I show off my complete lack of musical knowledge. Not surprising really as the only thing I know and love is male genitalia.

    By U L E on Oct 29, 2020

  5. Thanks!

    By Tom on Oct 29, 2020

  6. Rumor has it that Ian Anderson has got a long un - flute!

    By L U E on Oct 29, 2020

  7. You guys are so mean! Don’t you get it? I don’t have anywhere else to go. Sob.
    All the other boards are sick of my penis fixation..

    By U L E on Oct 29, 2020

  8. Wow…been a while since I downloaded from here, but with the recent Millard Tull & Zeppelin posts, I’ve got a lot of listening to do. (Also would have grabbed the Allman show, but I already had this on the 40th Brothers & Sisters set). Thanks for sharing these fantastic and great sounding shows! Cheers…

    By MisterManiac on Oct 29, 2020

  9. Thank you Big O Amigos. “To Cry You a Song,” will be appropriate song for a wake this weekend in Thompson. Missy the Basset Hound, loyal guardian of the family and farm for 13 years passed away yesterday. I will sit by her grave with a pipe, brown ale and this and some Allman Brothers. She liked the Allman Brothers. It was what I often listened to while fishing, with her at my side on various family ponds out in the fields of Thompson.

    As always, James

    By James Smith on Oct 29, 2020

  10. I LOVE skin flute in my mouth!

    By Derrick on Oct 29, 2020

  11. In my ASS too!

    By Derrick on Oct 29, 2020

  12. Derrick, you are just one perverted pervert.

    By HHH on Oct 30, 2020

  13. Twernt me on any of the above . All fakes

    By U L E on Oct 30, 2020

  14. Rumor has it Ian gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Oct 30, 2020

  15. Last two twernt mine . I don’t care about men’s penises

    By U L E on Oct 30, 2020

  16. I LOVE sucking penises!! I’ll suck yours U, I don’t care how small it is!

    By Derrick on Oct 30, 2020

  17. Ian definitely had a Giant Coc . I fucked him many times in the seventies, always backstage of course . He would also use his flute on me as a dildo . True story .

    By Bebe on Oct 31, 2020

  18. Bebe, was there any chance that you did it onstage, of course?

    By Barbie on Oct 31, 2020

  19. Hi you guys, thanx a lot for your passion and else for music in general. I really respect your doing. Really great, best wishes from Berlin, Germany.

    Andreas

    By Andreas Bach on Nov 5, 2020

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