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Costa Mesa 1991 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 91. Live at the Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA; September 28, 1991. Very good audience recording.

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

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Known Faults:
- Loves Me Like A Rock: start slightly cut

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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Paul Simon - Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA; September 28, 1991

This week moves us up one year to 1991, staying in the same location as last week’s Santana show for Paul Simon at the Pacific Amphtheatre. He was touring in support of The Rhythm Of The Saints, released in October 1990, though the show has a healthy dose of the Grammy-winning Graceland as well, for which Simon had not done extensive touring after its release in 1986.

The sound of those albums and the large band Simon put together for this tour were ideal for late-summer, outdoor-venue performances and the Costa Mesa crowd was jubilant. Simon had played the Hollywood Bowl the night before; these shows came at the very end of the tour which would play its final date of the year at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in the Bay Area, the night after Costa Mesa.

The construction of the set list is most appealing, mixing newer material and classic solo tracks to start, dropping in a Simon & Garfunkel classic, staying relatively contemporary for another spell, then hitting a couple additional solo standouts before capping the night with four iconic Simon & Garfunkel numbers: “America,” “The Boxer,” “Mrs Robinson” and “The Sound of Silence.” I can think of many heritage artists who could take a lesson from this setlist approach.

Simon is in fine voice and the band is impeccable. We often refer to the Pacific Amphitheatre as one of Mike Millard’s home courts, and tonight he clearly has his preferred seats and taping location, resulting in another excellent recording, on par with his strongest work from the early ’90s era.

Mike taped 16 shows in 1991, in what we now believe was his last fully active year, though there were still recordings to come in 1992 and 1993 which we will revisit in our next two volumes.

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JEMS is proud to partner with Rob, Jim R, Ed F, 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.

This week Rob handled the transfer, Professor Goody the pitch-tuning and of course mjk5510 handled post production and artwork. Thank you all for your continued support.

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
JEMS 2021 Transfer: Mike Millard Master 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
Track 101. The Obvious Child 5:02
Track 102. The Boy In The Bubble 6:28
Track 103. She Moves On 6:07
Track 104. Kodachrome 4:16
Track 105. Born At The Right Time 5:16
Track 106. Train In The Distance 4:46
Track 107. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard 3:08
Track 108. I Know What I Know 4:54
Track 109. The Cool, Cool River 5:35
Track 110. Bridge Over Troubled Water 5:48
Track 111. Proof 5:43
Track 112. Instrumental 10:00
67 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. The Coast 6:53
Track 202. Graceland 5:28
Track 203. You Can Call Me Al 9:02
Track 204. Still Crazy After All These Years 3:48
Track 205. Loves Me Like A Rock 2:49
Track 206. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes 11:10
Track 207. Hearts And Bones 6:22
Track 208. Late In The Evening 4:59
Track 209. Gone At Last 4:28
Track 210. America 3:27
Track 211. The Boxer 4:44
Track 212. Mrs Robinson 3:03
Track 213. The Sound Of Silence 6:48
73 mins

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