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Inglewood 1988 [Mike Millard First Generation Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 47. Live at The Forum, Inglewood, CA; October 7, 1988. Very good audience recording.

Thanks to Mike Millard; Rob, Jim R; Barry G; JEMS; BK; and mjk5510 for sharing the show at Dime.+ + + + +

Known Faults:
- Distortion and cuts in the first two minutes as Mike gets set up.

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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Jimmy Page - The Forum, Inglewood, CA; October 7, 1988

The hero comes home.

This week’s jewel from the Millard mine captures the return of Jimmy Page to what one might call his home court in America, the Fabulous Forum, for the one LA show on what remains to date Page’s only proper solo tour. In fact, outside of his performances with Robert as Page/Plant, since the end of Led Zeppelin in 1980 Jimmy has only performed 60-70 proper concerts depending on one’s definition, 37 on this 1988 trek.

Jimmy Page back at the Forum for a single show on his one and only solo tour was indeed a momentous occasion for fans and the man himself. “I’m really looking forward to playing tonight, Jimmy says earnestly at the top of the show. “Every time I’ve been here before it’s been fantastic.” You know he meant every word.

For Millard, the excitement had to be nearly as high. While he had recorded Page at the ARMS Concert in the same venue in 1983, this was the first full concert appearance by Page in Los Angeles since Led Zeppelin wrapped its six-night Forum ’77 stand on June 27.

Millard, of course, was hardly alone in terms of anticipation, and the crowd is fully engaged in the show, though in true Mike the Mike fashion, he manages to avoid detrimental audience noise on his recording for the most part. But he did have some recording challenges.

As noted above, Mike took a couple of minutes to get his levels right and mics set up, the result of which is a bit of distortion at the start of the show and a few longish dropouts which we have mitigated to the best of our abilities. Also, somewhere in the microphone to tape deck cable chain, which includes a stop at the microphone power packs, something wasn’t plugged in correctly which caused his recording to go out of phase for most of the show. It flips back and forth on part one and stays steadily out of phase for the remainder of the set.

Happily, phase issues are easily corrected by inverting one channel, which only takes a few clicks of the mouse to do seamlessly on a modern digital audio work station. The result after those fixes are applied is a much narrower, nearly mono recording compared to Mike’s typical stereo spread. While pure speculation on my part, the Nakamichi 550 has three microphone inputs, not the usual two: Left, Right and Blend. I have a hunch Mike may have plugged into the blend input which would explain the narrow sound field.

Technical difficulties aside, this is an excellent recording and likely one of the best captures of the Outrider tour, which saw Page joined by Jason Bonham on drums (fresh off the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary Zep reunion), singer John Miles and bassist Durban Laverde. Mike sounds like he is near his sweet spot and the capture is clear and powerful. Samples provided.

The tour setlist is an interesting blend of songs from Outrider, other Page solo work, a few Firm tracks, plus songs from the Led Zeppelin oeuvre: “Over The Hills and Far Away,” “In My Time of Dying,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Custard Pie,” “Train Kept A-Rolln’” and of course “Stairway to Heaven.”

All of the Zep-related songs are played with purpose and having not really heard much from this tour before, I was impressed with Jimmy’s playing. For me, “Over The Hills” stands out with some cool extra riffs in the arrangement. “Custard Pie” is interesting as it was never performed live by Led Zeppelin. Finally, Page made a great decision to perform “Stairway” as an instrumental, letting the song’s magical arrangement and musicality carry the day, while also saving Miles from having to attempt to sing it.

As noted above, Page knew his return to the Forum was special and while the setlist is the standard one for the tour, I’m sure this is one of the best performances he gave in 1988.

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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 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.

Big ups to Goody for pitch checking as well as helping address some of the phase and other issues on the recording.

As always, we tip our hat to mjk5510 for his on-going support on JEMS work and beyond. We have friends and we have allies: mjk5510 is both.

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; Dolby On) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX7 > iZotope Ozone 8 > Audacity > Peak Pro 6 > xACT 2.39 > FLAC

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

Disc 1
Track 101. Who’s To Blame 4:34
Track 102. Prelude 2:10
Track 103. Over The Hills And Far Away 6:34
Track 104. Liquid Mercury 1:15
Track 105. Wanna Make Love 5:43
Track 106. Writes Of Winter 4:21
Track 107. Tear Down The Walls 5:10
Track 108. Emerald Eyes 4:26
Track 109. Midnight Moonlight/Black Mountain Side 12:31
Track 110. In My Time Of Dying 11:26
59 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. City Sirens 0:47
Track 202. Drum Solo 6:28
Track 203. Someone To Love 5:18
Track 204. Prison Blues 7:17
Track 205. The Chase 2:50
Track 206. Bow Solo/Dazed And Confused 13:38
Track 207. Wasting My Time 4:59
Track 208 Blues Anthem 4:58
Track 209. Custard Pie 3:51
Track 210. Train Kept A-Rollin’ 6:09
Track 211. Stairway To Heaven 10:31
67 mins

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  1. 41 Responses to “JIMMY PAGE - INGLEWOOD 1988 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. Saw him on this tour at the Phildelphia Spectrum in 1988; he was promoting the Outrider album, his only proper solo LP. The man gave a clinic; had an army of guitars onstage. Only for the encore when he came out with the double neck, did the audience knew what he would do. The man’s lack of recording the last 15 years or so in inexcusable considering how little great, traditional rock is in the market.

    By Tony Pizza on Nov 12, 2020

  3. Derrick, HHH nelson, fuckin JIMMY PAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By DD on Nov 12, 2020

  4. Rumor has it that Jimmy gots a Lil Un

    By U L E on Nov 12, 2020

  5. DD, I have fucked Jimmy Page

    By Derrick on Nov 12, 2020

  6. DD , ignore the name hijackin assholes

    By Derrick on Nov 12, 2020

  7. So what did ya think of this show DD ? I never listened to outrider , but I just picked up a cd copy at a thrift shop , gonna give it a listen

    By Derrick on Nov 12, 2020

  8. Twernt me above nuther fake

    By U L E on Nov 12, 2020

  9. Rumor has it Jimmy gots a Average Un

    By U L E on Nov 12, 2020

  10. What is considered large for white men is small for most blacks . I know that first hand . Average for white men is around 5 to 6 inches. Average for blacks is 9 to 10 . That would be large for whites , Large for blacks is anywhere from 13 to 16 inches. I once had a black Dic that measured close to two feet . No shit .

    By Rhonda on Nov 12, 2020

  11. Also girth , black men have it over whites all day long in thickness. Many whites have skinny pencil Dics

    By Rhonda on Nov 12, 2020

  12. Rhonda you must have a twat as big as the Grand Canyon

    By T J on Nov 12, 2020

  13. It is a shame it is an audience recording. It deserves to be a soundboard!

    By Betillo on Nov 12, 2020

  14. prelude is astoundingly beautiful too bad people can`t shut up and listen for two minutes

    By Madame Phoot on Nov 12, 2020

  15. Hey Derrick,

    This is a great show. I was never crazy about Outrider but the Outrider tour was great. He mixed it up with songs from Zep, The Firm. Does a great version of STairway without vocals and Train Kept A rollin is fuckin fantastic

    By DD on Nov 12, 2020

  16. Rhondas twat must be like the HOLLAND Tunnel. The Gran Canyon and The Lincoln Tunnel. Mudsharks like her deserve to be gangfucked by a bunch of homeless nigger drifters

    By U L E on Nov 12, 2020

  17. Madame, dont know if your a he-she but your right. People cant shut up and cant follow and wear a mask. We have to treat adults like children as u can see from the comments here

    By swappers on Nov 12, 2020

  18. again pas moi but that is the WEIRDEST troll imposter comment yet!
    Perhaps the imp left it in play after the last impressionist diatribe . . . . . .otherwise I am sure no one cares . . . . . least of all me!

    By swappers on Nov 12, 2020

  19. ha ha ha swappers the Ahole is being trolled. HA HA HA

    By U L E on Nov 12, 2020

  20. Jimmy bowed my ass once. It was good!

    By DD on Nov 12, 2020

  21. No wait, it was Yo Yo Ma.

    No wait, it was Yo Mama.

    By DD on Nov 12, 2020

  22. I’d lick Jimmy’s doubleneck any time! It’s a huge dik, right?

    By Derrick on Nov 12, 2020

  23. I shit my pants to Jimmy’s “Dazed And Confused” solo every time!

    I also shit my pants to “Me And You And A Dog Named Boo”.

    I shit my pants to just about anything, actually.

    By Derrick on Nov 12, 2020

  24. I’m the pants shitter here Derrick, don’t use my ID again dik breath!!

    By HHH on Nov 12, 2020

  25. DD , does outrider got any vocalists? I love jimmys collaborations wit David Coverdale

    By Derrick on Nov 13, 2020

  26. yeah, it has vocals but like i said its not great its ok

    By DD on Nov 13, 2020

  27. Never seen so many misfits on one website. THis must be the place to go after u been booted from snapchat,twitter facebook etc. fucking pathethic huh HHH, DD Derrick

    By Nelson on Nov 13, 2020

  28. I just ropped a load listening to turd i meant train kept a rollin

    By HHH on Nov 13, 2020

  29. Derrick, HHH nelson - what about this countrywide lockdown for 4-6 weeks. Should be a laugh.

    By DD on Nov 13, 2020

  30. DD- Sucking dik won’t be as much fun if there’s a shutdown. I prefer a wide variety of diks in my mouth, sucking the same diks gets boring.

    You know what I mean, right, ass eater?

    By Derrick on Nov 13, 2020

  31. True, but the taste of ass varies according to how clean the ass was wiped before I eat it- what the person ate recently changes the taste of their shit.

    Other variables are if they just had a sweaty workout, or were sitting down for a while. The inactive ass usually tastes stale. Drinking a good double IPA beer helps when eating stale ass.

    By DD on Nov 13, 2020

  32. Ignore the phony name stealers guys .

    By HHH on Nov 13, 2020

  33. DD , Joe Blow Biden is as clueless as orange face . Politicians should just stay out of this virus shit . Let the medical professionals deal with it . But of course they won’t .

    By HHH on Nov 13, 2020

  34. HHHm its time for the orange man with the fake phony tan to concede. This bs bout voter fraud is all smoke and mirrors. This is right out of the goebbels nazi handbook. tell the lie often enough and it becomes reality.

    By DD on Nov 13, 2020

  35. I would love to suck on Jimmys fender stratocaster

    By U L E on Nov 13, 2020

  36. I really don’t know what to make of this covid stuff . The death percentages are extremely low compared to the number of positive cases . Look at how many politicians, mainly republicans have tested positive, yet not one has been seriously ill , many pro athletes have also come down with covid , and of course no one is very sick . In my mind that’s why people don’t take all of this seriously.Maybe it was a media creation used to get rid of trump .

    By HHH on Nov 13, 2020

  37. If trump , Cris Christie , Kellyanne Conway , That little twat press secretary Kaliegh McAnany or any number of Trumpsters had gotten sick or gone to ICU , more people would have thought covid was a big deal . The fact that you have all these positive cases and very few get sick is why it’s just shrugged off as no big deal .

    By HHH on Nov 13, 2020

  38. I don’t know shit about shit except shit.

    By HHH on Nov 13, 2020

  39. U L E dear boy I refer you to my previous comment over on the last Beatles post
    I just assume I am living in all the troll’s heads for free as they struggle to find a dictionary to read plain English. You know, like YOU. At least this guy was talking about music! Off you run numbnuts


    By swappers on Nov 13, 2020


    By DD on Nov 13, 2020

  41. ha ha ha ha put the wax crayons down. swap u kill me.

    By TJ on Nov 13, 2020

    Well it saves me repeating the same old bs that I keep coming out with day after day.

    By HHH on Nov 13, 2020

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