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

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 104. Live at The Forum, Inglewood, CA; September 23-24, 1977. 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:both sets joined in progress; 9/24 set missing at least five songs.

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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Donovan - The Forum, Inglewood, CA; September 23-24, 1977

This week’s entry in the Lost and Found series pairs together two opening sets performed by Donovan and his band performing before Yes played their headlining slot at the Forum in September 1977.

Donovan was supporting his recently released self-titled solo album. While he has continued to perform up through present day, he hasn’t toured a lot or played anywhere near the number of shows he did in 1977.

Donovan sounds great here and does a fair amount of talking as he intros the songs, including a mention of Elvis Presley who had died the month before. His set features three songs from his self-titled 1977 album, his best known songs “Sunshine Superman,” “Hurdy Gurdy Man” and “Mellow Yellow,” plus the title track and his decidedly peculiar paean to astronauts, “The Intergalactic Laxative” from 1973’s Cosmic Wheels.

We’ve written before that Mike didn’t record opening acts most of the time, but he made an exception for Donovan, and must have enjoyed it enough to tape him both nights. On September 23, Mike joins “Cosmic Wheel” in progress. We’re not sure if it was the first song of the set, perhaps it was second, but Millard gets most of the set in typically excellent quality. On the 24, the sound quality is even better, sounding closer presumably due to better seats, but Mike only catches the last five songs of the set. Given the second night recording is so short, we felt it was best served to bundle both Donovan sets in a single release.

Our friend Jim R went with Mike to see both Yes shows at The Forum and had this to say about the opening act: “In 1977, we saw Donovan as an Oldies guy, but Mike thought enough of “The Hurdy Gurdy Man” to record both sets (we must have got there late again). I played along, too, taking a couple of photos to memorialize the moment. We had great seats both nights, topped off with second row dead center on the floor for the 24.”

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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.

It takes a village to keep the Lost And Found series rolling every week. We acknowledge the vital contributions of Professor Goody and give a special shoutout to JEMS’ own mjk5510 for his ongoing post-production supervision and original CD artwork.

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 RX-505 (azimuth adjustment; Dolby On) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX8 > iZotope Ozone 8 and Unfilter > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Track 01. Cosmic Wheel 1:42
Track 02. Sunshine Superman 4:09
Track 03. Brave New World 3:59
Track 04. Lady Of The Stars 3:28
Track 05. Hudry Gurdy Man 3:26
Track 06. The Intergalactic Laxative 4:25
Track 07. Local Boy Chops Wood 4:08
Track 08. The Light 4:36
Track 09. Mellow Yellow 4:50
Track 10. Atlantis 4:26
Track 11. The Intergalactic Laxative 4:45
Track 12. Local Boy Chops Wood 3:45
Track 13. The Light 4:23
Track 14. Mellow Yellow 5:14
Track 15. Atlantis 4:22
62 mins

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  1. 25 Responses to “DONOVAN - INGLEWOOD 1977 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. track 5 is Hurdy not Hudry

    By dropkicksarge on Nov 10, 2021

  3. My idiotic comments will be posted soon.

    By U L E on Nov 10, 2021

  4. This guy gots a hoagie in his pants I hear . BIG

    By ELU on Nov 10, 2021

  5. Twernt me above nuther fake

    By U L E on Nov 10, 2021

  6. Rumor has it Donovan gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Nov 10, 2021

  7. Thanks for another gem from the great Mike the mic. Millard should be in the Rock n Roll hall of fame alongside Dan Lampinski, Steve Hopkins , Mr Peach . All legendary tapers .

    By Bill on Nov 10, 2021

  8. This dude was a horse dic alright , but it took him way to long to blow his load . First in my mouth , then in my tight pussy. I think he got pissed when I said no to my asshole . He would have ripped me apart with that thing , so I told him no way . Several hung rockers wanted me to do that . Don’t know what it is about anal with these guys . Maybe it’s a way to degrade women .

    By Pam Des Barris on Nov 10, 2021

  9. Huey Lewis who was probably the biggest I ever had and I had plenty , really got pissed off when I refused anal . I thought he was going to slap me .

    By Pam Des Barris on Nov 10, 2021

  10. Pam , was Huey going to dic k slap you ? I thought that was a part of foreplay .

    By T J on Nov 10, 2021

  11. Pam’s correct , Donovan had a really big prick , it was great . He got off fine with me mouth , twat and asshole . It actually felt good in my ass . Didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would . Body felt a rush of heat when he came inside of me . Nice sensation. Anal never bothered me .

    By Groupie Chick Traci on Nov 10, 2021


    By bart on Nov 10, 2021

  13. Just like your mom, bart. That scag wouldn’t fuck me either. *sob*

    By U L E on Nov 10, 2021

  14. Last one twernt me nuther fake

    By U L E on Nov 10, 2021

  15. Bart , show some respect for Mike Millard . This sounds great . You need a hearing aid . Asshole !

    By CC Ryder on Nov 10, 2021

  16. Barts mom gave me great head. I saw her spread eagle for a dogs’ coc k

    By U L E on Nov 11, 2021

  17. Twasnt me on any of the above. All fakes

    By U L E on Nov 11, 2021

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    I’ll stick around a while.

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    By Heartlands Patriot on Nov 11, 2021

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    By Heartlands Sissy on Nov 11, 2021

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    By HHH on Nov 11, 2021

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    Not a brain cell between ‘em and really boring. The few yanks that comment are in the minority but boy they are dull. Damn Merkins think they run the gaffe. Nearly funny but not quite . . .

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    By swappers (the real one) on Nov 11, 2021

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    By U L E on Nov 11, 2021

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    By U L E on Nov 11, 2021

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