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Los Angeles 1989 [Mike Millard First-Generation Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 106. Live at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA; July 29, 1989. 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: Rebels - start 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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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA; July 29, 1989

After last week’s Bob Dylan show from the Greek Theatre in LA, we stay in 1989 for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, playing the first show of a three-night stand at the Universal Amphitheatre. Petty was riding high on the release of his first credited solo album, Full Moon Fever, and the hit single “Free Fallin’.” Follow-up singles “I Won’t Back Down” and “Running Down a Dream” also became hits, cementing Full Moon Fever as one of Petty’s most successful albums.

Though he was supporting what was officially deemed a solo album, the Full Moon Fever tour featured the Heartbreakers and served as a showcase not only for the new album and key catalog cuts, but several choice cover versions.

The show opens with The Byrds’ “Feel A Whole Lot Better,” and later in the set Petty assays the first Elvis record he ever owned, “Milk Cow Blues” (written by Kokomo Arnold). There’s also a fun double shot of The Clash’s “Should I Stay Or Should I Go,” and, joined onstage by members of The Georgia Satellites, their hit “Keep Your Hands To Yourself.”

While most sets on the Full Moon Fever tour concluded with “Jammin’ Me,” Petty elects to play one more tune, the rare “How Many More Days” from Let Me Up I’ve Had Enough. If is to be at least directionally trusted, Petty played the song less than a dozen times.

Mike’s recording is probably closer to his very good work than his best work, but that’s only by his high standards. The first 40 or so minutes of the show the crowd around Mike is frustratingly participatory, which means a lot of close clapping, whistles, yelling and chatter. Things improve somewhat the rest of the night, and the whole performance proves quite enjoyable.

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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.

Lending an essential hand as always are Professor Goody, who weighed in to help us adjust pitch, and mjk5510, who prepped this one for your ears and, through his always-welcome cover art, your eyes, too.

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 First-Generation Cassettes > Nakamichi RX-505 (azimuth adjustment; Dolby On) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX8 > iZotope Ozone 8 > MBIT+ resample to 1644 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better 3:41
Track 102. Don’t Do Me Like That 3:29
Track 103. American Girl 5:32
Track 104. Free Fallin’ 6:27
Track 105. The Waiting 5:39
Track 106. Breakdown 8:18
Track 107. I Won’t Back Down 5:06
Track 108. Ben’s Boogie 2:07
Track 109. Don’t Come Around Here No More 7:22
Track 110. Even The Losers 5:17
Track 111. Milk Cow Blues 4:37
58 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. A Face In The Crowd 4:50
Track 202. Something Big 5:28
Track 203. Yer So Bad 3:17
Track 204. You Got Lucky 4:33
Track 205. Rebels 3:14
Track 206. Should I Stay Or Should I Go 3:59
Track 207. Keep Your Hands To Yourself 4:56
Track 208. Refugee 4:48
Track 209. Runnin’ Down A Dream 5:02
Track 210. Here Comes My Girl 5:57
Track 211. Jammin’ Me 5:43
Track 212. How Many More Days 4:09
56 mins

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  1. 12 Responses to “TOM PETTY - LOS ANGELES 1989 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. Rumor has it Tom had a Lil Un

    By U L E on Dec 4, 2021

  3. Very good show , although they were starting to become geezers at this point . Why the hell is rebels incomplete? It’s one of my favorite Petty songs . A real buzzkill.

    By Pat Grooms on Dec 4, 2021

  4. Tom had a very small Coc . I felt nothing the times I fucked him in the seventies and eighties, always backstage of course. In fact all of the heartbreakers had small a Cocs except Stan Lynch the drummer who had a very big Coc . I don’t usually fuck men with small Cocs more than once , and that’s only when I can’t get out of it . Tom was such a sweet guy though , so for him I made an exception.

    By Bebe on Dec 4, 2021

  5. “Southern Accent” is my favorite Petty song, especially Johnny Cash’s version.

    By Mark on Dec 4, 2021

  6. Was a big fan . My parents took me to several shows as a child in the eighties. I sort of remember the first one in 85 , southern accents tour . I was 4 or 5 at the time . I started having wet thoughts and dreams about Tom as a preteen. I naturally assumed that his prick was huge . Finding out he had a small one has been another devastating disappointment, similar to finding out that the beatles were all small too .

    By Dee Dee Longley on Dec 4, 2021

  7. Bebe, you’re oh, so caring .

    By DD on Dec 4, 2021

  8. Thanks for another gem from the incomparable Mike the mic . The fan noise is a bit irritating, and I agree about rebels . Rebels really rocks live. Too bad it’s not complete. Mike was probably flipping the cassette tape and missed the beginning. A common problem when you tape a concert. Still miss Tom ,music hasn’t been the same . Over4 years and counting.

    By Bill on Dec 4, 2021

  9. Wow @Mark,that’s really fascinating.

    By Brian Griffin on Dec 5, 2021

  10. Twernt me above . More fakes

    By Dee Dee Longley on Dec 5, 2021

  11. Hi everyone I’m new here.

    What lovely music there is on this site. I wish I’d found it before now.

    I’m looking forward so much to talking with you all. My name is Huck but my friends call mr HH it’s short for Huck the Homo.

    By HH on Dec 5, 2021

  12. Some little ones on these guys I heard . Some real tiny sausage links .

    By ELU on Dec 5, 2021

  13. Bill, just saw this Professor of Rock episode about the background story of Dont Come Round Here No More. It is a real wild story about Stevie Nicks and what she said to Joe Walsh, and about the fact 3 people had something going on, but that actually meant 3 sets of 2 each were couples. I said it was wild.

    By ScarRad on Jan 3, 2022

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