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Long Beach 1977 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 1CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 57. Live at the Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA; August 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:
- Kohoutek: likely missed entirely to start the show
- Of A Lifetime: joined in progress

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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Journey - Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA; August 14, 1977

We stay at the venerable Long Beach Arena for another opening act, Journey, playing in front of Emerson Lake and Palmer who performed three nights at the arena, two of which were recorded by Millard (but are not sharable on DIME).

His recording captures the short-lived lineup of Journey with lead singer Robert Fleischman, who was replaced by Steve Perry just a few months later and the rest is history. The full lineup at the time was Fleischman, Neal Schon on guitar, Ross Valory on bass, Gregg Rolie on keyboards and Aynsley Dunbar on drums. Because this edition of Journey never released any studio recordings (save for one song, “For You,” years later on the Time Cubed box set. Mike’s tape documents a rare chapter in Journey history.

There’s a strong Beatles influence to this edition of Journey and, in fact, the set includes a cover of “It’s All Too Much.” Fleischman has a huge, impressive voice, different in timbre, but power wise not unlike his future replacement. The set draws primarily from the band’s 1976 album Look Into The Future. Interestingly, Fleischman shares songwriting for three songs that would appear on Journey’s next album, Infinity, including “Wheel In The Sky.”

As was often the case, Mike appears to have arrived late, joining the show in progress in the middle of “Of A Lifetime,” and he likely missed one or two songs at the start. Mike and Jim sat on the 5th row and the quality of the recording makes up for the duration as it is another up-close, clear and powerful Millard master.

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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 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.

Our thank you list this week are Professor Goody for pitch inspection and mjk5510, as always, for handling post-productions duties.

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 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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Track 01. Of A Lifetime 1:30
Track 02. She Makes Me (Feel Alright) 3:45
Track 03. Look Into The Future 8:19
Track 04. On A Saturday Nite 5:59
Track 05. It’s All Too Much/Drum Solo 7:58
Track 06. Guitar Solo/You’re On Your Own 8:59
37 mins

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  1. 19 Responses to “JOURNEY - LONG BEACH 1977 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. Rumor has it this was a band of Average Uns

    By U L E on Nov 17, 2020

  3. A 37 minute show ? Where is the rest ? Did they walk off the stage or what ?

    By CJ on Nov 17, 2020

  4. Rumor has it this was a band who wouldn’t piss on me, if I were on fire

    By U L E on Nov 17, 2020

  5. Steve Perry with a ‘fro ! LMAO !

    By HHH on Nov 17, 2020

  6. Last one twernt me, nuther fake

    By U L E on Nov 17, 2020

  7. The middle school moron phony name stealers can’t even get the facts right ? I’ve commented very little lately. That person in the picture is not Steve Perry , unless the pic is from a different show . This was before Perry joined the band . You fool .

    By HHH on Nov 17, 2020

  8. Neal Schon with the fro n handlebar ’stache and Perry did join in 77 (later so Perry not featured here as the text explains - any of you people actually read?)
    P.S. the name stealers are not exactly known for their erudition HHH?! Mind you you flatter them if you think any of ‘em made it to middle school!?

    BTW Perry is the one with the face like a squashed testicle
    Have a great day all y’all and do remember to pack the wax crayons away when you’re done . . . . . . . .

    By swappers on Nov 17, 2020

  9. Oil of U L E don’t worry about the name stealers, none of us would piss on you if you were on fire, nobody would ;)

    By swappers on Nov 17, 2020

  10. Hey swappers , thanks for backing me up . I appreciate your friendship and loyalty .

    By HHH on Nov 17, 2020

  11. yeah swappers, keep kissing triple h’s fat ass. don’t forget the chapstick.

    By Derrick's 2" Pecker on Nov 17, 2020

  12. Neil’s schlong has an afro too. I kept getting his kinky pubes stuck between my teeth.

    By Derrick on Nov 18, 2020

  13. swappers- these squashed testicles are on your chin.

    By Steve Perry on Nov 18, 2020

  14. Indubitable . Steve Parry never had a Afro . You must of been a middle-school retread . Your just to dum to no . I’m so tried of this name stealing .

    By HHH on Nov 18, 2020

  15. journey is like white wonder bread

    By Madame Phoot on Nov 18, 2020

  16. RIP Jim Tucker, 74 Turtle’s founding rhythm guitarist, recorded on Happy Together, She’d Rather be With Me, It Aint Me Babe, co wrote I Need Someone. cause unreleased.

    By ScarRad on Nov 18, 2020

  17. Stop using my name , asswipe !

    By HHH on Nov 19, 2020

  18. @CJ - the set is short because of two things:
    - Mike arrived late and missed a few songs
    - Journey were an opening act, not headlining

    By Proffesor Dumbassdor on Nov 21, 2020

  19. santana were the headline act, so a short but excellent set

    By Liam NSW on Dec 15, 2020

  20. I saw Journey open for Emerson Lake and Palmer at the Los Angeles Sports Arena about 1980? Both were good, but ELP were touring as the smaller version of themselves.

    By ScarRad on Dec 15, 2020

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