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A.R.M.S. Concert 1983 [Mike Millard First Generation Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 65. Live at The Forum, Inglewood, CA; December 6, 1983. 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 Fualts:
- Everybody Oughta Make A Change: 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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A.R.M.S Concert - The Forum, Inglewood, CA; December 6, 1983

We close out a horrible year in general but a remarkable year as it relates to legendary taper Mike “The Mike” Millard with what we hope is another special release from his incredible archive of master recordings: The A.R.M.S. Concert at the Forum on December 6, 1983.

These special shows united the three legendary guitarists from the Yardbirds - Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton - plus Joe Cocker and an all-star backing band to benefit Action Into Research for Multiple Sclerosis. Small Faces/Faces bassist Ronnie Lane suffered from MS and was the catalyst for pulling the incredible lineup together. The original benefit gig took place in London, followed by nine US dates spread across Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

Mike and Jim were in the crowd for the second night in LA, and as we alluded to in our Vol 63 release of Steve Winwood, the A.R.M.S. show proved to be the last recording Mike would make for four and a half years until Winwood in ‘88, as he retired from taping, the specific impetus for which we’re still trying to sort out.

In fact, Mike hadn’t recorded a concert since September 1983. Though we are as yet unable to corroborate details, it has been suggested (through admittedly fuzzy memories) an incident took place at a Robert Plant show that may have contributed to Millard hanging up his mics. But then why record again in December? It is pure speculation on our part, but the line-up for the A.R.M.S. show may have been just too special to miss, so Mike elected to go out on a high note and risk it one last time.

Beyond the guitar heroes, the US A.R.M.S. shows featured Joe Cocker, Paul Rodgers and a backing band that included the Stones’ Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts, Andy Fairweather Low, Ray Cooper, Kenny Jones, Jan Hammer, Simon Phillips, Chris Stainton, Ian Stewart and Fernando Saunders.

Clapton, Cocker, Beck and Page played their own mini-sets, Clapton playing familiar classics, Beck mixing in a little fusion and Page drawing from the Death Wish II soundtrack, plus his set-closing instrumental version of “Stairway to Heaven.” Page’s performance also featured Paul Rodgers, with whom he would go on to form The Firm. The finale was led by Clapton and Cocker, then Lane took over for “April Fool” and “Goodnight Irene.”

It seems the December 6 show is the rarest of the domestic A.R.M.S. performances in the collecting world. The extant recording of the complete show is mediocre, and a higher quality partial version (Mike’s recording perhaps?) only has the Page set + “Layla.”

This should be the first release of Mike’s complete recording, transferred from first generation cassettes he dubbed for Ed F, another close friend in Mike’s circle of taping and concert-going friends.

Mike’s capture is excellent, with up-close sound and wide fidelity. The only quibble is beyond his control, which is the use of multiple drummers and percussionists results in an occasionally busy mix.

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Here’s what Jim R recalled at the A.R.M.S Show on December 6:

I attended the A.R.M.S. Benefit concert with Mike Millard at The Forum on December 6, 1983.
This was well after the wheelchair era. Our equipment was smuggled via a “tip” to a security staff member.

If memory serves, we sat around the 5th row center on the floor. This can’t be verified since my ticket stub is heat damaged and not readable. I happened to notice the heat damage after the show and while we were still on the floor, I found a Loge ticket stub lying on the ground and picked it up to include in my collection.

This concert interrupted the beginning of Mike’s multi-year retirement from taping, but as a one-off show with an all-star line-up, the temptation was too great. Come on, Page, Clapton and Beck on the same bill? We had to at least try to tape it. And we were successful.

It was a fun night seeing each major artist take their turn. The instrumental “Stairway,” followed by “Layla” was worth the price of admission alone.

I hope you enjoy the recording.

As BK writes, Mike retired from taping for several years after this show. Beyond speculation about a specific incident, I can think of several factors that could have influenced Mike to stop. Thanks to scalpers, tickets were getting very expensive and as we got older with full-time jobs, we couldn’t camp out for tickets.

So Millard’s relatively modest income as an A/V clerk at a small college made it challenging to buy the seats he wanted. Also, the absence of a taping buddy with the financial means to purchase tickets and help Mike record at the venue is another factor. In the middle of Mike’s retirement period, around the end of 1985, I stopped going to concerts due to health reasons, so Mike lost me as a taping buddy.

In addition, the Nakamichi 550 was breaking down a lot and expensive repairs were frequently needed.

In terms of Mike getting busted, while I don’t recall one specific event, there is no doubt Mike was getting pretty well known as a taper by the security company that was hired at most of the venues in the LA area. In late 1983, Mike the Mike was a marked man.

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JEMS is proud to join with Rob, Jim R, Barry G, Ed F 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.

We close out 2020 with several thank you, first and foremost to Rob and Jim R, for their partnership over the last 12 months. That we have reached Vol. 65 in our Millard series is nothing short of amazing and we have them to thank. Better still, this is but year one in what will be a multi-year campaign. And tapes or no tapes, they have become good friends. Shout outs to Barry, Ed and others who have contributed their stories and tapes as well.

Professor Goody also chipped in many pitch checks and on occasion some heavy heavy lifting to ensure these recordings are presented to you in the best possible quality. Slipkid68 is always in the JEMS mix, carrying the always important Who torch among other artists. Finally, the unwavering work of mjk5510 is the engine behind the entire JEMS team. Without him, our output would be sporadic at best. He is the JEMS MVP 2020.

Because this is the final Millard release of the year we wanted to do something extra special and our pal JR created wonderful original cover art for this release. She’s a student of vintage bootleg LP design like the work of William Stout, who drew many of the original TMOQ cover inserts. Her A.R.M.S. cover is an homage to the colored paper artwork that adorned so many early bootleg vinyl classics, but in her own marvelous style. Thank you, JR.

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 CR-7A (azimuth adjustment; Dolby On) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX8 > iZotope Ozone 8 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Disc 1
Eric Clapton
Track 101. Everybody Oughta Make A Change 2:04
Track 102. Lay Down Sally 5:29
Track 103. Wonderful Tonight 4:27
Track 104. Rita Mae 7:26
Track 105. Sad Sad Day 4:03
Track 106. Have You Ever Loved A Woman 3:49
Track 107. Ramblin’ On My Mind 2:00
Track 108. Cocaine 4:50

Joe Cocker
Track 109. Don’t Talk To Me 4:04
Track 110. Watching The River Flow 3:34
Track 111. Worried LIfe Blues 4:10
Track 112. You Are So Beautiful 3:58
Track 113. Seven Days 4:47
Track 114. Feelin’ Alright 3:59

Jeff Beck
Track 115. Star Cycle 5:15
Track 116. The Pump 5:02
Track 117. Definitely Maybe 5:04
74 mins

Disc 2
Jeff Beck cont’d.
Track 201. Blue Wind 6:33
Track 202. People Get Ready 5:14
Track 203. Going Down 6:27

Jimmy Page
Track 204. Prelude 2:38
Track 205. Who’s To Blame 4:30
Track 206. City Sirens 3:55
Track 207. Boogie Mama 4:20
Track 208. Midnight Moonlight 10:02
Track 209. Stairway To Heaven 9:55

All-Star Finale
Track 210. Layla 7:24
Track 211. With A Little Help From My Friends 8:18
Track 212. April Fool 4:41
Track 213. Goodnight Irene 4:18
79 mins

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  1. 23 Responses to “VARIOUS - A.R.M.S. CONCERT 1983 [MILLARD TAPE]”

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    By Big O Moderator on Jan 16, 2021

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    By Big O Moderator on Jan 17, 2021

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    By Lee on Jan 17, 2021

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    By Arnold Lane on Jan 17, 2021

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    By dropkicksarge on Jan 17, 2021

  12. If they were, then they were good ones!

    By HHH on Jan 17, 2021

  13. You fucking morons thought that was actually the BigO moderator???


    By Corey M on Jan 17, 2021

  14. BigO doesn’t give a fuck about moderating, losers.

    By Derrick on Jan 17, 2021

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    By DD on Jan 17, 2021

  16. “BigO Moderator” is laughing his ass off right now. I’m I’m shitting my ass off in my pants.

    By HHH on Jan 17, 2021

  17. i doubt that thats a BigO moderator. theyve replied to people who pointed out mistakes in the concert descriptions, so im sure theyre reading the comments and are well aware of the filth posted here. why they dont do anything about it is a mystery.

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    By barth on Jan 17, 2021

  18. I would love to see Big O do something about all the vile comments. I can’t say thank you enough for all the great music posted on here over the years. I bet I’ve got at least 1000 bootlegs off here. So much great music. Some artists or bands I appreciate way more now (like Neil Young), and other bands or artists I didn’t know about and was turned onto their great music. Thanks for everything you do Big O!! Keep up the great work!!

    By Big Dave on Jan 17, 2021

  19. to all you fuckin knuckle dragging halfwits incuding mr kow it all swapper, . you get of the problem by getting rid of the JUDEN. when are you imbeciles gonna realize that. jews are the scourge of society. the world would be a better place if we are rid of this vermin. They killedChrist and they killed christian babies to make matzo with newborn blood.

    By DD on Jan 18, 2021

  20. think of all the beautiful women these ugy jew bastards raped. our aryan women had to spread her legs for every ugly big nose jew. the thought of that makes me sick

    By DD on Jan 18, 2021

  21. Have you taken something DD? Can we get a doctor for you?

    By Derrick on Jan 18, 2021

  22. As the Brits like to say, BRILLIANT FRONT COVER ART!

    By ScarRad on Jan 22, 2021

  23. This is a concert that I have read about for years. It was a great cause, and the musicians who participated not only world-class artists, but generous with their time and talent. The instrumental “Stairway to Heaven” is particularly evocative as a reminder of Led Zeppelin’s heyday, which seemed like a distant memory by the MTV era. The quality of the recording is remarkable, too. Any flaws have to be put into context: this is the BEST recording available. If a multi-track soundboard tape is sitting in a vault somewhere, it should be mixed and mastered and released. But I doubt it exists. The industry didn’t make one, and if they did, it burned, got thrown away, or is lost in a heap of never-to-be opened canisters. In the end, Mike Millard cared more about the music and preserving its history than the entire recording industry, and did a better job of archiving and preserving it than the rich assholes who control it. He’s a hero.

    I am pretty sure that the one loser trolling this site is the “whoo-hoo” guy who ruined so many live performances for the audience and the tapers by hooting incessantly. I don’t know why some people delight in making other people unhappy, but I have noticed that they are scared to do it unless it’s anonymous. They are cancer in human form.

    By Eric on Jan 23, 2021

  24. I needs to shoot me some coons. Wanna joins me HHH/DD. Lets string up some black sambos

    By Derrick on Jan 23, 2021

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