NEIL YOUNG - COSTA MESA 1989 [MILLARD TAPE]

November 3, 2020 – 5:31 am

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NEIL YOUNG
Costa Mesa 1989 [Mike Millard First Generation Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 45. Live at the Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA; August 18, 1989. 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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Neil Young - Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA; August 18, 1989

Our exploration of Mike Millard’s stunning body of work continues with the first appearance by another one of his favorite artists, Neil Young, in a solo acoustic performance previewing material from his seminal album Freedom which would be released two months later. Those songs include the fantastic “Crime In The City,” “Wrecking Ball,” “No More,” “Too Far Gone” and two versions of his anthem “Rockin’ In The Free World.”

Such a strong new body of work seemed to revitalize Young after a more experimental period. He paired the new material with great acoustic versions of classics like “Sugar Mountain,” “Helpless,” “Pocahontas,” “The Needle And The Damage Done,” “After The Gold Rush, “Heart Of Gold,’ “Ohio” and “Powderfinger.” It isn’t a long show, but it is hard to quibble with the set list and tight performance. As someone so aptly put it: All killer, no filler.

As usual Mike is up close, and in a minor miracle for a Neil show, he somehow avoids significant audience chatter and crowd noise. Does any major artist’s audience talk as obnoxiously during shows as Young’s? Two nights later, Mike would catch the second night of Neil at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in comparable quality. We’ll get to that one down the road.

Millard’s capture is excellent. The only issue might best be described as teeny, tiny volume fluctuations in one channel at certain spots. Whether those were on the master or introduced when Mike made this first-generation copy, we don’t know. Thankfully, our pal Goody applied fixes while he was pitch adjusting the recording and it improved the issue considerably.

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JEMS is proud to partner with Rob, Jim R, Barry G and many 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 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 to Goody for continuing to be a vital JEMS ally, especially when shows have issues.

Shoutout to mjk5510 for running point on our weekly series, maintaining quality and consistency. He does a nice job on the cover art too, doesn’t he?

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 Cassette > Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth adjustment; Dolby On) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX7 > iZotope Ozone 8 > MBIT+ Resample to 1644 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue) 4:22
Track 102. Rockin’ In The Free World 5:43
Track 103. Sugar Mountain 6:19
Track 104. Helpless 5:16
Track 105. Pocahontas 5:25
Track 106. Crime In The City 9:41
Track 107. This Old House 6:50
Track 108. Too Far Gone 3:43
48 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Roll Anothe Number For The Road 3:28
Track 202. This Note’s For You 3:42
Track 203. The Needle And The Damage Done 3:12
Track 204. No More 6:09
Track 205. After The Goldrush 4:59
Track 206. Heart Of Gold 4:41
Track 207. Ohio 3:38
Track 208. Rockin’ In The Free World 5:18
Track 209. Powderfinger 5:07
41 mins

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  1. 51 Responses to “NEIL YOUNG - COSTA MESA 1989 [MILLARD TAPE]”

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    By Francis Pope on Nov 3, 2020

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    By Dave Smith on Nov 3, 2020

  16. THANK YOU BIG O!

    This here’s a show worthy of official release, and the sound is outstanding! 1989 was a pivotal year for Neil, and the songs from “Freedom” are every bit as good as the older songs in this show.

    By Eric on Nov 3, 2020

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    By HHH on Nov 4, 2020

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    By Derrick on Nov 4, 2020

  21. I hope I’m wrong . Can’t stand The orange man , but The Corpse is worse , The screening banshee Kamala is licking her chops at the prospect of taking over when Joe Blow either croaks or his dementia gets worse than it already is . The country is doomed regardless of who wins .

    By HHH on Nov 4, 2020

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    By Nelson on Nov 4, 2020

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    By Derrick on Nov 4, 2020

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    By HHH on Nov 5, 2020

  33. Go Joe Blow…I want the corpse to win. Looks like wisconsin, michigan and nevada are leaning to biden

    By HHH on Nov 5, 2020

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    By HHH on Nov 5, 2020

  38. Phonies just keep on with their retarded rhetoric. David Derrick, looks like it’s a victory for the corpse . Joe Blow almost at 270 electrol votes . Looks like it’s almost KAMALA TIME . The squad is about to take charge when Joe Blow croaks

    By HHH on Nov 5, 2020

  39. Kamala , AOC , Towelhead Omar , Pelosi are doing cartwheels, handflips

    By HHH on Nov 5, 2020

  40. Black apes , illegal immigrants are rejoicing. Socialism and open borders are coming. Whitey is going down , sad to say

    By HHH on Nov 5, 2020

  41. Disbanding police is also a possibility.

    By HHH on Nov 5, 2020

  42. Hhh , if that old fart Biden wins , you can thank all the niggers . Cubans voted for trump , so did most whites . Niggers flooded the polls . Trump fucked up with his virus shit

    By Nelson on Nov 5, 2020

  43. Looks like republicans did good in the house and senate though . Biden / Harris will be hard pressed to get much done with that many GOPs

    By Nelson on Nov 5, 2020

  44. HHH my friend, looks like the white corpse is our next prez. he spooks are doing cartwheeels. the squad pelosi, we is fucked my friend

    By DD on Nov 5, 2020

  45. I feel like crying. I’m so disappointed. Everything that I’ve worked so hard for, is disappearing before my eyes. It’s too bad that I’m a nutless pussy, who can’t do a thing about it. :-(

    By HHH on Nov 5, 2020

  46. The lawsuits are coming. Voter fraud.

    By Nelson on Nov 5, 2020

  47. I don’t vote cause elections is fixed . Biden is a fuckin puppet for them secular progressives. That hi Yeller bitch is the one that’s gonna call the shots . She can’t decide what color she is . Last year she was Asian American. Now she’s African . The coons got hold of her and told her to say she was black . That slanty eyed bitch is more gook than coon

    By Derrick on Nov 5, 2020

  48. But I guess Biden won because I didn’t vote. I coulda stopped it.

    By Derrick on Nov 5, 2020

  49. we is fucked derrick. camela will be prez within 1 yr as biden will be in a nursing home in a wheelchair with a blanket. wtf. the niggers are riding high. whitey is doomed.

    By DD on Nov 5, 2020

  50. i cant take it no more. the gutless pussy i am. i have to jackoff to lil 4 yr old boys to calm down

    By U L E on Nov 5, 2020

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    By U L E on Nov 5, 2020

  52. This is all YOUR fault Derrick. You shoulda voted - now look what you have done. Disgraceful.

    By HHH on Nov 5, 2020

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