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Santa Monica 1979 [Mike Millard First Generation Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 116. Live at the Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA; November 16, 1979. 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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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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Jethro Tull - Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA; November 16, 1979

The holiday season is upon us and the Mike Millard archive has gifts to deliver, starting with another welcome offering from one of his favorite bands: Jethro Tull.

The still-arena-sized act was performing a special benefit show for UNICEF at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica. Tull was on tour in support of Stormwatch, released in September 1979, several songs from which are featured here. The rest of the set is relatively career spanning and loosely follows the outline of the band’s late 1978 live album Bursting Out.

The show was also broadcast locally on KMET and off-air recordings circulate from that transmission. There’s an alternate audience tape out there as well, but I’m happy to report Millard’s capture is the best of the three. As Jim writes below, he and Mike were seated in their sweet spot and the result is a clear, close and powerful recording that seems to offer superior fidelity and dynamics to the broadcast and out delivers the other audie which sounds distant by comparison.

Mike captured at least one show and usually more on every Tull tour from 1975 to 1980, similar to his coverage of Yes, another Millard favorite, over the same period. This particular recording seems to be under-circulated if not uncirculated to all but Mike’s inner circle.

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Here’s what Jim R recalled about Jethro Tull Santa Monica 1979:

I went with Mike Millard to the Jethro Tull UNICEF Benefit concert at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on November 16, 1979. The Civic is a small venue with a capacity around 3000. It was a very hot ticket.

The day before this show, Tull finished a three-night stand at the much larger Long Beach Arena. Mike recorded one of those shows, too. The chance to see one of our favorite bands at such a small and desirable venue was an event we couldn’t pass up. We scored killer seats in Section C Row 2, two rows behind the pit and elevated a few feet above it. Ideal seats for viewing and for sound.

Tull always puts on a great show and this one did not disappoint. Ian is such a dynamic performer. As for the sound, to quote a friend who heard a preview of Mike’s recording, “This one smokes.”

By the way, two days after the Tull benefit, Mike and I caught Bob Dylan for a couple shows at this same venue on his infamous gospel tour. Busy week.

That’s all I got for this one, I hope you enjoy it as much as Mike and I did.

Cheers to my buddy Mike. RIP.

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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.

Shoutouts this week go to Professor Goody for help on pitch adjustment and to mjk5510 who continues his vital work on JEMS projects despite a busy holiday season. We thank them both for their unwavering 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
Transfer: Mike Millard First Generation Cassettes > Nakamichi RX-505 (azimuth adjustment; Dolby On) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX7 > iZotope Ozone 8 > xACT 2.50 > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro 3:24
Track 102. Dark Ages 10:21
Track 103. Home 2:56
Track 104. Orion 5:28
Track 105. Wond’ring Aloud 2:06
Track 106. Dun Ringill 2:42
Track 107. Elegy 4:07
Track 108. Something’s On The Move 5:23
Track 109. Aqualung 7:50
Track 110. King Henry’s Madrigal/Drum Solo 5:52
Track 111. Heavy Horses 6:58
58 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. One Brown Mouse 3:34
Track 202. No Lullaby/Flute Solo 11:43
Track 203. Songs From The Wood 3:43
Track 204. Jams O’Donnell’s Jigs 3:35
Track 205. Thick As A Brick 8:05
Track 206. Too Old To Rock ‘N’ Roll 3:08
Track 207. Cross-Eyed Mary 3:32
Track 208. Guitar Solo 4:03
Track 209. Minstrel In The Gallery 2:08
Track 210. Locomotive Breath 3:58
Track 211. The Dambusters March 2:35
Track 212. Minstrel In The Gallery (Reprise) 0:49
51 mins

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  1. 14 Responses to “JETHRO TULL - SANTA MONICA 1979 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. Rumor has it Jethro gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Jan 13, 2022

  3. There is nobody named Jethro, you fucking queer moron. Kill yourself ASAP. Thank you.

    By T J on Jan 13, 2022

  4. Jethro Tull is the guy with the flute . Rumor has it He gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Jan 13, 2022

  5. I see I’m now a member of the name theft club that last comment was not me . That person needs to get what Joe PESKIE got in Casino.

    By T J on Jan 13, 2022

  6. I’m sure U L E was referring to Ian Anderson aka Jethro Tull . Everyone knows he’s Jethro Tull . Just like Paul Hewson is Bono and Gordon Sumner is Sting.

    By T J on Jan 13, 2022

  7. I’m sure he means he has a big flute . Get your minds out of the gutter .

    By Dante on Jan 13, 2022

  8. Jocko, how about I whip out my hoagie and let you play with it.make sure to kiss the head and shaft

    By Mark on Jan 13, 2022

  9. Ian Anderson is indeed huge , a monster prick ..

    I loved giving him head , he would blow his first load in my mouth and on my face , then he would fuck me hard and fast with his 12 inch and blow another load in my pussy . Once he used his flute on me as a dildo . It was great

    By Groupie Chick Traci on Jan 13, 2022

  10. Traci , you are a disgrace to the current me too movement. Most 70s rockers would be in prison today . No groupies , no more stand up comedians telling ethnic jokes , basically no more fun . I wonder how Richard Pryor , Eddie Murphy, George Carlin , Sam Kinneson would be received today ? They’d be crucified by the pc police.

    By T J on Jan 13, 2022

  11. Richard Pryor once released an album called that niggers crazy . Can you imagine that today ?

    By T J on Jan 13, 2022

  12. I’m so bad. I should get what Joe Piscopo got in Johnny Dangerously.

    By T J on Jan 13, 2022

  13. I would love to get pounded by Mr Tulls dik and his flute too . Gosh , were all rock stars really big in the seventies? So many big Cocs . I’m only 21 so i obviously missed out sad to say .

    By Katie Kessler on Jan 14, 2022

  14. I played his skin flute several times.

    By Derrick on Jan 14, 2022

  15. Jethro Tool

    By Ion Andyson on Jan 15, 2022

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