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

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 52. Live at the Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA; September 8, 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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Known Faults:
- Rank Strangers: 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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Bob Dylan - Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA; September 8, 1989

After spending a few weeks in the heyday of Mike the Mike’s career, we fast forward to 1989 when Mike settled into doing much of his recording in the South Bay area of Southern California, often at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa where he would record some two dozen shows in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

For Bob Dylan, 1989 was the second year of the Never Ending Tour, which also hit Costa Mesa the previous summer. We’re still working out whether the tape we have of the 1988 show is a Mike master, but this one is verified, with the first generation cassette source for our torrent a copy made and labeled by Mike himself.

According to Lossless Bob, circulating copies of the Costa Mesa ‘89 show are mediocre, rating only a C, which should make the appearance of Mike’s excellent, up-close recording great news for Dylan collectors.

Mike himself recorded Dylan multiple times in 1978 and 1979 (extraordinary recordings, released as Volumes 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 in our series), so we can say he was a fan. Millard also seemed to have the Pac Amp (as he and his friends called the outdoor Costa Mesa venue) on lock, as seemingly every one of the shows he recorded there in this period sounds like it was done from the same location.

His Dylan capture bears his signature rich, full and up-close sound, without much annoying audience. The setlist is hard to quibble with as well with a nice mix of Dylan classics (”I Want You,” “Ballad of a Thin Man,” “Positively 4th Street”) and more obscure inclusions including one of just 18 known performances of Van Morrison’s “One Irish Rover” and one of just 26 of the Stanley Brothers’ “Rank Strangers.”

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JEMS is proud to partner with Rob, Jim R, Barry G and other friends 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, a thank you to Goody for providing pitch assessment and to mjk5510 for his essential support in our on-going campaign.

Finally, cheers to the late, great Mike the MICrophone. His work never ceases to impress. May he rest in peace.


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AKG 451E Microphones (CK-1 cardioid capsules) > Nakamichi 550 Cassette Recorder
Transfer: Mike Millard First Generation Cassettes > Nakamichi RX-505 (azimuth adjustment) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX8 and Ozone 6 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Most Likely You’ll Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine) 5:25
Track 102. Positively 4th Street 6:32
Track 103. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat 4:04
Track 104. I Want You 5:03
Track 105. Ballad Of A Thin Man 5:53
Track 106. Highway 61 Revisited 4:35
Track 107. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue 7:10
Track 108. Baby Let Me Follow You Down 3:28
Track 109. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right 5:41
48 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Rank Strangers 4:29
Track 202. One Irish Rover 4:02
Track 203. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry 5:35
Track 204. I’ll Remember You 4:09
Track 205. I Shall Be Released 5:07
Track 206. Like A Rolling Stone 6:59
Track 207. Mr Tambourine Man 7:38
Track 208. All Along The Watchtower 4:27
43 mins

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  1. 38 Responses to “BOB DYLAN - COSTA MESA 1989 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. Rumor has it that I fantasize about Bob’s penis . More rumors to come . . .

    By U L E on Nov 7, 2020

  3. Twernt me above nuther fake

    By U L E on Nov 7, 2020

  4. Rumor has it Bob gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Nov 7, 2020

  5. Bob is a Jew

    By U L E on Nov 7, 2020

  6. Jew have Big Pricks, Noses and Ears

    By U L E on Nov 7, 2020

  7. Also long pockets short arms

    By U L E on Nov 7, 2020

  8. R.I.P., Len Barry of the Dovells,78. Hits included Bristol Stomp, You Can’t Sit Down, 1-2-3.

    By ScarRad on Nov 7, 2020

  9. Hey fellas Rumor has it Trumps big Dic k just got smaller as Biden whipped out his much bigger one .

    By T J on Nov 7, 2020

  10. Wow didn’t know Millard caught this set from Bobby its astonishingly good!
    Thanks Big O
    Made my day!

    By swappers on Nov 7, 2020

  11. Welcome to power , Alexandria Occasio Cortez , Illian Omar , Kamala Harris ,Pelosi and the rest of the far left . Goodbye America as we once knew it .

    By T J on Nov 7, 2020

  12. Derrick, the kkk isn’t going to be able to save us . Third world , here we come .

    By T J on Nov 7, 2020

  13. Yeah , we is fucked .No doubt bout it . I think it’s fuckin voter fraud myself. DD , I know that you probably disagree wit that , but think about it . Trump has big leads in states like GA and Pennsylvania and afternoon the 90 percent mark , Biden starts gettin ever vote . Something fishy goin on . I bet that Jew bastard George Soros is behind this shit . He hates trump . He got Oreilly fired from Fox News

    By Derrick on Nov 7, 2020

  14. That Stacy Abrams bitch in ga , along wit that coon bitch mayor of Atlanta is probably gettin paid by Soros to turn the election . Pennsylvania more crooked shit . Arizona always votes republican cept this time . Something ain’t right

    By Derrick on Nov 7, 2020

  15. Don’t get me wrong, sic of trump , but he’s better than that old motherfucker Biden .

    By Derrick on Nov 7, 2020

  16. you guys and your election take it somewhere else you think the rest of the world gives a shit ?

    By Madame Phoot on Nov 7, 2020

  17. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm my first meal of the day turd and grits. later i will have beans and turd. mmmmmmmmmmmmm thats good eating

    By U L E on Nov 7, 2020

  18. fuck u swappers piece of cow turd

    By Derrick on Nov 7, 2020

  19. I guess this means Biden has the bigger Dic.

    By Cecil on Nov 7, 2020

  20. Rumor has it Old Joe has a couple of inches on the Donald . Donald’s Dic k is shrinking more every day . Welcome to the new socialist, open borders America . Goodbye Caucasians.

    By T J on Nov 7, 2020

  21. Cortez , Omar ticket for 2024

    By T J on Nov 7, 2020

  22. Yes TJ , but first we have Kamala time for four years , maybe more AOC and Towelhead may have to wait their turns . Biden will just be a figurehead for four years unless his dementia takes him out sooner

    By HHH on Nov 7, 2020

  23. DD , derrick, it’s already on the streets. Black apes , Muslims , Indians, gooks and other non Caucasians jumping up and down like savages. In four years more darkies will arrive as well as impregnating more of our mudshark white sluts . America is dead . It looks like Beirut in the streets .

    By HHH on Nov 8, 2020

  24. America 1776 , 2020 . Great while it lasted .

    By HHH on Nov 8, 2020

  25. Merkin politics? Not me D’reck! You should know about imposters by now fuckwit!
    Who cares?
    Nobody outside USA unless they are bombing everyone!
    Still I could see how all y’all are breathing a sigh of relief as you have got rid of the sociopath and can revert to normal politicking but if you morons think Biden et al are the extreme left then The Orange gonad has done his best
    Left wing? puhleeeeeeze!

    By swappers on Nov 8, 2020

  26. Hey Derrick, triple h, DD, just thought of something. Where is “THE WALL” that Donald was gonna build. He is/was all talk and no action.
    Goodbye fake tan man…

    By Nelson on Nov 8, 2020

  27. The sound is crystal-clear alright, but Dylan himself is unlistenable.

    He’s slurring his words, not even trying to fit any kind of actual rhythm… it’s just sad and frustrating.

    By Actually Talking About the Fucking Music on Nov 8, 2020

  28. Swappers , I repeat . This isn’t about the walking corpse Biden . He has always been a moderate. It’s the others who will leapfrog him into power. This was an anti Trump vote . No covid and Orange face wins in a landslide. The voters were really voting for Kamala time to begin, and with her come Pelosi , AOC , Towelhead and the rest of the far left loons .

    By HHH on Nov 8, 2020

  29. HHH is a pussy. He’s a 2″ dik bitch

    By U L E on Nov 8, 2020

  30. HHH, I repeat, nobody cares here. It’s about the music. Comment on a site that concentrates on Merkin sports (you know like fascism and racism) politics etc and leave the rest of us to get on with the music. I made a passing comment about your previous POTUS who has reduced the post to a global laughing stock and that is all. If you think this imminent change will leave you all to be taken over by Communism you are as deluded as the Orange twat who can’t count

    By swappers on Nov 8, 2020

  31. Communism/ socialism/ Shariah Law etc are all slow processes. They are called baby steps . The radicals are now emboldened by Orange faces defeat . Joe Blow Biden is just a Trojan horse , carrying the extremests inside . With his age and dementia. No one takes the corpse seriously.

    By HHH on Nov 8, 2020

  32. swappers go eat your turd and whey

    By Derrick on Nov 8, 2020

  33. Damn triple h - you are some kinda stupid .

    By DD on Nov 8, 2020

  34. above comment not me

    By DD on Nov 8, 2020

  35. the wall was another one of the orange bozos lies nelson

    By DD on Nov 9, 2020

  36. Gosh Mock D’reck your command of the English language, such wit and rapier like repartee! How do you manage to not off yourself with such luminescent skills at your command all the time?

    You poor dear in simpler language and I’ll try in words of one syllable but you appear to have all the brain power of a small damp pebble

    By swappers on Nov 9, 2020

  37. THANK YOU BIG O! The band for this leg of the 1989 Never Ending Tour was:

    G.E. Smith (guitar)
    Tony Garnier (bass)
    Christopher Parker (drums)

    They’re a lean outfit, and they sound great. It’s a killer setlist, too.

    I must have missed something. Was there an election?

    By Eric on Nov 9, 2020

  38. Thank you for the Dylan show and all the other Mike Millard tapes!

    By xman on Nov 11, 2020

  39. Trump is secretly a “Superhero fighting Crime” and he only pretends he is an incompetent fool favored by low IQ white trash supremacists. His elaborate ruse to appear as a complete idiot himself is reinforced by each and every fool he surrounds himself with. He pays Melania to act as his “wife” to further build the facade. Bob Dylan’s little pinkie finger is huge compared to the tiny minds and peckers of white supremacists. Your empty lives do have a highlight right here. The fans don’t even read what you post; we just download the music. -Big AL

    By Big AL on Nov 26, 2020

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