ELTON JOHN - INGLEWOOD 1974 [MILLARD TAPE]

November 10, 2020 – 5:31 am

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ELTON JOHN
Ingelwood 1974 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 53. Live at The Forum, Inglewood, CA; October 5, 1974. 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:
- Some tape instability

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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Elton John - The Forum, Inglewood, CA; October 5, 1974

Before he upgraded to his legendary AKG + Nakamichi set up, Mike the Mike recorded 10 shows between late 1973 and early 1975 with his original rig, a pair of Shure microphones and a Sony TC-152SD cassette recorder. In March 1975, just ahead of Led Zeppelin’s return to Southern California, he upgraded to the Nak 550 + AKGs and the rest is history.

While there is no denying the upgrade affected by his new equipment, Millard’s early work given the gear available at the time holds its own. It is that period we revisit with this wonderful document of Elton John at the Forum, October 5, 1974.

John is on tour in support of Caribou, with this the third of four sold-out nights at the Fabulous Forum. As Jim R notes below, Mike was still developing his taping technique, but with excellent seats he makes a fine recording this night. It is one of, if not the best recording among his early efforts, perhaps only equaled by two other Forum shows: Yes 3/18/74 and The Moody Blues 1/30/74. For the latter, Mike also recorded the opening act Shawn Phillips.

That being said, due to the age of the tapes and condition when Rob transferred them to DAT, there is some swirling and wavering in the high end that becomes more pronounced in some parts of the show than others. You’ll also hear that sort of up and down movement that sometimes befalls old tapes, especially at the start of the show. That particular issue mellows out in time and largely gets masked by the music but it needed to be called out.

Setting those challenges aside, Mike’s capture is clear and close, and compared to other 1974 audience tapes and documents from this tour, Mike’s pull is largely a pleasure to listen to.

At 19 songs and running over two hours, Elton’s set is one of the longest of the few taped on the ‘74 US tour. It features generous helpings of songs from Caribou and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. There is no quibbling with quality of Elton performances in this period and like Vol. 28 in our series (San Diego 9/29/75), John does a lot of talking in addition to playing during what was undoubtedly a magical night.

Mike recorded the show on two TDK KR90 cassettes, a precursor to venerable SA90. In transferring the Millard collection, the hubs on many of the KR tapes have broken down and transferring them requires re-shelling and splicing the original tape onto new hubs. When Rob did his DAT transfers 15+ years ago, he saved some of the original shells and for this show we have those artifacts, labeled by Mike himself before his artwork style had fully emerged. He ostensibly signs the B sides of both tapes with his name, more like a signature than his future bubble/surfer lettering logo. We’re holding onto these for the Exhibition Hall in the Taper Hall of Fame.

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Here’s what Jim R recalled about Elton at the Forum 1974:

I attended the Elton John concert with Mike Millard at The Fabulous Forum on October 5, 1974. As usual Mike volunteered to drive us.

This concert was in the early days - Pre Nak and Pre Wheelchair - when taping life was simple. Mike would load dead batteries into his Sony tape deck and I would have a fresh set hidden inside a dummy lens case in my camera bag. If security hassled Mike about his taping gear he would simply offer to give up his batteries instead of taking the equipment back to his car. Mike told security that the equipment was expensive and did not want to risk getting it stolen out of his car. The Forum was not in the best of neighborhoods, so that worked in our favor. We would enter the building through separate turnstiles.

For this concert we did not sit together. I scored front row center seats on the floor from the box office when tickets went on sale. I had to sit there, as it was my first time sitting in the front row at a concert, though fortunately not the last. Mike obviously couldn’t record from the front row, so he granted my wish and sat further back on his own.

Mike sat in the Loge Section 12 Row D, which is about as far back as the 8th row on the floor and 5-7 rows up, in direct line of sight to the PA and stage. The location also had the advantage of avoiding any crowd rushing to the front and was more protected from the prying eyes of security, lowering the chances of getting caught. At the time Mike was taping his microphones to the arms of the chairs. The hat wouldn’t come into play until he got the AKGs. Also, we were still experimenting with the boundaries of our recording sweet spot. As I said before, it was the early days.

It was a great show. High energy. Elton was becoming a super star. This was the first time Mike recorded Elton. I hope you enjoy his work.

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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.

This week’s heroes again include the trained ear of Goody who gave us his pitch assessment and to mjk5510 for his tireless work in the JEMS factory. Special shout out to Rob S, who many years ago had the foresight to save the empty tape shells Mike had labeled for posterity. We’re so glad you did.

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:
(Probably) Shure microphones > Sony TC-152SD 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 RX6 > iZotope Ozone 6 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding 13:15
Track 102. Candle In The Wind 4:20
Track 103. Grimsby 4:13
Track 104. Rocket Man 5:26
Track 105. Take Me To The Pilot 6:55
Track 106. Bennie And The Jets 6:28
Track 107. Daniel 4:32
Track 108. Grey Seal 5:36
Track 109. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 3:51
Track 110. Burn Down The Mission 11:47
67 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Band Introduction 2:24
Track 202. You’re So Static 5:09
Track 203. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 6:18
Track 204. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me 6:30
Track 205. Honky Cat 7:10
Track 206. All The Girls Love Alice 9:12
Track 207. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting 9:13
Track 208. Crocodile Rock 5:53
Track 209. The Bitch Is Back 5:39
Track 210. Your Song 4:30
62 mins

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  1. 46 Responses to “ELTON JOHN - INGLEWOOD 1974 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. Fact be told that Elton has teenie weenie lil un. I sucked on it. I should know. It squirted at me

    By U L E on Nov 10, 2020

  3. Don\’t call me nigger, whitey!
    Don\’t call me whitey, nigger!
    Don\’t call me nigger, whitey!
    Don\’t call me whitey, nigger!
    Well I went down across the country,
    and I heard some voices rang.
    They was talkin\’ softly to each other
    and not a word could change a thing.

    By HHH on Nov 10, 2020

  4. btw i loves the village people y m c a cmon swapperoo you fuckin jew y m c a

    By HHH on Nov 10, 2020

  5. Twernt me above nuther fake

    By U L E on Nov 10, 2020

  6. Rumor has it Elton gots a Lil Un

    By U L E on Nov 10, 2020

  7. Rumor also has it Elton prefers Big Uns

    By U L E on Nov 10, 2020

  8. Elton has a tiny Coc , I actually fucked him backstage after this show . How ironic is that ? I had just finished my playboy centerfold shoot , and was about to become miss November 1974 . I was with Todd Rungren at the time , but we had an open relationship. Elton s Coc was so small that I actually started not to go thru with it , but reconsidered because after all he was Elton John . The biggest rock star in the world at the time . Certainly not the biggest Coc . .

    By Bebe on Nov 10, 2020

  9. This was certainly a wild and crazy time for me , a month earlier I fucked John Lennon , Harry Nilsson , and Keith Moon in LA. This was during Johns crazy drunk , party period when he was separated from Yoko . Once John , Harry , May Pang and I had a foursome . Johns Coc was very small , Harry was large .

    By Bebe on Nov 10, 2020

  10. i also prefer Big Uns,,, for the record.

    By U L E on Nov 10, 2020

  11. During 1974, I worked at a record shop. Top 40 LPs sold for $3.95 and regular LPs for $5.95. Elton John had 3 LPs in the top 20 at the same time. Back in 72, I had 2 friends that were brothers. Their dad was a locksmith. Elton John and Bernie Talpin lived together in Reseda California. My friends’ dad changed all their locks for them. They weren’t big superstars then, but Elton was getting known as a soft music performer.

    By ScarRad on Nov 10, 2020

  12. Eltons 71 thru 76 period was the closet thing to beatlemania I ever saw . Hit single after hit single . Scar Rad , you mentioned 74 . That year Greatest Hits and Caribou were released , both topped the charts around the same time , also goodbye yellow brick road was still flying high on the charts from 73 , the year before. It was phenomenal.

    By Bill on Nov 10, 2020

  13. I was a young teenager, living on my own , scary time struggling to survive. I remember Elton was and institution on top 40 radio . In the late spring , early summer of 74 , I was sick with a lung infection, could barely breath , during that time I was sandblasting and painting pipelines under bridges , despite my illness . Don’t let the sun go down on me was on the radio at the time . The stations played it constantly. Huge hit . I remember it as though it were yesterday.

    By Bill on Nov 10, 2020

  14. For what it’s worth , I’ve recently revisited my Elton album collection. This may be surprising. But Tumbleweed Connection has become my favorite EJ album . It wasn’t his biggest album , not close and had no hits . It was before he became The Elton John , but it may have been the best album he ever did . I never really listened to it that much back in the day , choosing instead his more popular albums . My loss . It’s outstanding.

    By Bill on Nov 10, 2020

  15. Elton John gave a famous interview around 76 where he comes out of the closet . Bad career move . His sales dropped off , and he never got the old magic back . Lots of anti gay sentiment back then .

    By CJ on Nov 10, 2020

  16. Don’t let me go down on Elton- too late, I already did. Several times.

    By Derrick on Nov 10, 2020

  17. Elton is my brown dirt cowboy, if you catch my drift tee hee.

    You didn’t?? Ok then, I ate his ass out several times. Understand now?

    By DD on Nov 10, 2020

  18. I’m here with my other ID’s- U L E, Bill, CJ, and Derrick. I’m a busy asshole today!

    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 Corey M on Nov 10, 2020

  19. I was a Elton John fan , until I found out he was a Dic suckin little queer who takes it up the ass

    By Derrick on Nov 10, 2020

  20. Hey DD , triple h , you guys called it . Biden said he was gonna open up the country for Muslim countries again as well as them gooks from China who created this virus shit and spread it across the world . He also said he was stoppin the border wall construction

    By Derrick on Nov 10, 2020

  21. Guess Biden will get all chummy wit that Cortez bitch and that Muslim bitch from Minnesota next , when he gets in office . We is headed to socialism or worse communism. I bet Biden is just a puppet for them left wing radicals. Hate Trump , but this old fart is way worse. We also gonna have a hi Yeller bitch for vice prez

    By Derrick on Nov 10, 2020

  22. I was an U L E fan , until I found out he was a Dic suckin little queer who takes it up the ass

    By Derrick on Nov 10, 2020

  23. Derrick, Joe Blow probably won’t get thru his first term . It s Kamala time . She’ll be calling the shots along with her squad friends AOC , Towelhead Omar , plus Pelosi . Open borders , Muslims allowed back in , defunding police , prosecuting hero cops like Chauvin and Rolfe . The Corpse will be in office until he croaks or his dementia gets worse.

    By HHH on Nov 10, 2020

  24. Derrick, triple h, please, please knock it on the head. You’re like two scratched records; stuck in the same groove, repeating over and over and over gain the same old boring comments. Either get over it or get a room guys!

    By DD on Nov 11, 2020

  25. Im pretty sure that last comment wasnt the real DD or David.

    By HHH on Nov 11, 2020

  26. Somebody should deport Occasio Cortez and that muslim terrorist with the headress Omar. ones a muslim the others a communist.I sure hope Biden distances himself from them. Also deport Bernie Sanders that socialist pig.

    By Nelson on Nov 11, 2020

  27. your right HHH. wasnt me. one of the dic sucking faggots that hijack our popular names

    By DD on Nov 11, 2020

  28. this country is fucked. trump whining like a lil bitch. shut the fuck up man u lost deal with it

    By DD on Nov 11, 2020

  29. DD , word is Don Trump Jr is there heir apparent. He may run for President in 2024.

    By HHH on Nov 11, 2020

  30. Big senate runoff’s in Ga in December will decide which party controls the senate. David Purdue a republican incumbent vs Democrat John Osoff a liberal Jew .Also republican Kelly Laughler vs some black ape liberal democrat.

    By HHH on Nov 11, 2020

  31. Raphael Warnock is the name of the democrat gorilla. Let’s hope the republicans can keep those seats , as it will keep AOC ,towelhead and co in check .

    By HHH on Nov 11, 2020

  32. DD , derrick, can you believe voters would actually vote for anti Americans like Cortez and Omar ? What the hell is wrong with people. Neither would have even been allowed to vote when Reagan was president. This country is fucked up . We actually have Muslims in Congress and the senate. What’s wrong with people? 9 / 11 wasn’t that long ago .

    By HHH on Nov 11, 2020

  33. I don’t know HHH. I don’t vote.

    By Derrick on Nov 11, 2020

  34. Thanks for the Elton!

    By xman on Nov 11, 2020

  35. Right now, i stopped watching politics. cant take all the hypocrites and morons. THE GOP is cared shitless of this orange face feeak. and Don Jr with his twat guilfoyle another trump hoowa

    By HHH on Nov 11, 2020

  36. Hey HHH, i dont watch anymore either. I cant stand trump and his whole crooked fsmily. He has become a living god in his mind

    By DD on Nov 11, 2020

  37. You two fembots don’t know shit about anything. All you know about is eating ass and shitting in your filthy drawers.

    By Derrick on Nov 11, 2020

  38. Remember when I showed how fucking stupid I am here when I told everyone that Trump was a great guy? What an asshole I was! I still am. Several people who knew better embarrassed me, so I pollute this forum with my filth and stupidity with all my fake IDs. I’m a pathetic asshole with no life and a severe mental problem. Wish I the guts to kill myself.

    “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

    Myley Beiber.

    By Corey M on Nov 11, 2020

  39. Corey what’s his face sounds like a motherfuckin, Dic suckin, coon abd hi Yeller lovin Jew bastard

    By Derrick on Nov 11, 2020

  40. DD , triple h , I hate the motherfuckin old demo fart Biden , but trump needs to let it go man . The motgerfucker lost plain and simple, he got his ass kicked by Joe fuckin Biden of all people. How fuckin pathetic is that ?

    By Derrick on Nov 11, 2020

  41. Don Jr is 42 , that Guilfoyle slut is past 50 . What the fuck does he see in that slut ?

    By Derrick on Nov 11, 2020

  42. Derrick, Kimberly Guilfoyle used to be married to California Governor Gavin Newsome . She was also employed by Fox News . She was part of the many leg cross shows at Fox

    By HHH on Nov 11, 2020

  43. Orange face won’t go quietly , more lawsuits over the election results . It will be hilarious if he’s escorted out of the White House in cuffs and leg irons .

    By HHH on Nov 11, 2020

  44. hey HHH I’m sure that’s not you making comments like that about fake tan man. Not your style at all.

    By DD on Nov 13, 2020

  45. not my comment above. this website has become who can be the most gross.

    By DD on Nov 13, 2020

  46. swappers how bout I whip up a nice bowl of mock turd soup. I gots the runs and thought a nice warm bowl of turd will cheer u up

    By HHH on Nov 13, 2020

  47. HHH just boring. Try something more original. Ask Mummy or Daddy to let you hang out with the bigger boys and girls. Bit late here and I imagine they will want you tucked up by 6pm . . . . . . still look forward to your playtime at the nursery tomorrow and hope that nice little girl with the freckles doesn’t bully you too much . . . . . . . . . ;)

    By swappers on Nov 14, 2020

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