PETER GABRIEL - WEST HOLLYWOOD 1977 [MILLARD TAPE]

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PETER GABRIEL
West Hollywood 1977 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 118. Live at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA; April 10, 1977 (late show). 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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Peter Gabriel - The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA; April 10, 1977 late show

We wrap 2021 and usher in 2022 with Mike “The Mic” Millard’s marvelous document of Peter Gabriel’s first solo tour captured live at The Roxy.

If we were to count Genesis and Gabriel shows together, collectively they would be Mike Millard’s most-recorded artist, such was his fandom for both. While he wasn’t fortunate enough to record Genesis before Gabriel’s departure, he was on the ground floor for the singer’s solo career, including a pair of legendary stands at The Roxy: this one from April 1977 and another supporting the second album in September/October 1978.

Mike recorded multiple nights of each stand. In 1977, he taped three sets, including the one simulcast on the radio (which he also had recorded on his behalf at home while he was at the club). Mike’s own tapes date the radio broadcast gig as the early show on April 9, though it is often listed as April 10.

This recording is the late set on April 10 which was also the final performance of the US tour, a fact PG himself acknowledges during the set. Mike was there with Jim R, whose photos appear on the cover art. The duo was in a Roxy sweet spot for this one, and Mike’s recording not only captures Gabriel’s performance brilliantly but the heightened atmosphere of the evening as well. Perhaps Robert Fripp’s guitar is a little lower in the mix than we might like, but that’s a minor quibble.

These early Gabriel sets showcase his eponymous debut album, every song from which is showcased, some multiple times: “Here Comes The Flood,” appears as the opening prelude and later in a longer rendition, while with only a limited repertoire, the final songs of the encore are a reprise of “Modern Love” and Gabriel’s seminal “Solsbury Hill.” We believe the latter may not have circulated before on other recordings or copies.

Beyond the first album songs there’s unreleased solo material, a version of Genesis’ “Back In NYC,” and two winning covers: Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar” and The Kinks’ “All Day And All Of The Night.” I love how often Gabriel addresses the audience in these shows, and as Jim’s photos show, he left the stage to venture among them leveraging what had to be a very early wireless microphone.

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Here’s what Jim recalled about Peter Gabriel at the Roxy on April 10, 1977

I went with Mike Millard to the Peter Gabriel concert on April 10, 1977, in this case, the late show. We went to the early show as well. Between shows, if you held tickets to the late set, the staff would let you stay inside and have first choice of tables before the patrons waiting outside were let in. We got a table against the stage where we could literally touch Gabriel if we wanted to. By the way, a Roxy table is a great way to hide recording equipment, particularly the Nak 550 and its two large VU meters, safely tucked away on the floor underneath.

Mike and I also went to both sets the night before on April 9. The Roxy shows were part of Peter Gabriel’s first tour as a solo artist, backed by a band that included legendary guitarist Robert Fripp (stage name Dusty Rhodes) and Larry Fast on keyboards. Not too shabby.

Peter Gabriel, especially when watched up close, is a mesmerizing performer. He was all over the stage, singing from the balcony and in the audience.

It was a great set of shows, I hope you enjoy this one as much as Mike and I did.

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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.

JEMS would like to thank everyone who helped the Lost and Found series deliver new titles each week of 2021. Happily, we plan to do so again in 2022 as there is still a lot left in the Millard archive. Stalwart regulars Professor Goody and mjk5510 helped out this week and every week. We couldn’t do it without them. We also want to shout out supportive players like cpscps, who helps spread Millard music wider and does important heavy lifting in the background, as well as others in the extended JEMS family: slipkid68, Exit Club, Slowburn (the name itself a nod to Gabriel), MS, ademotte, MJ, the late great Jared Houser and Stan Gutoski. To Jim R and Rob S, thanks for your partnership. Drinks are on me.

Finally, cheers to the late, great Mike the MICrophone. His work never ceases to impress. May he rest in peace.

BK for JEMS

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Lineage:
AKG 451E Microphones (CK-1 cardioid capsules) > Nakamichi 550 Cassette Recorder
Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassettes > Nakamichi RX-505 (azimuth adjustment) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture 2496 > MBIT+ resample to 1644 > iZotope RX8 > iZotope Ozone 8 > Audacity > xACT 2.50 > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Here Comes The Flood 2:19
Track 102. On The Air 4:15
Track 103. Moribund The Burgermeister 4:49
Track 104. Waiting For The Big One 8:34
Track 105. Song Without Words 3:50
Track 106. Excuse Me 3:43
Track 107. Solsbury Hill 6:20
Track 108. Ain’t That Peculiar 5:22
Track 109. Band Introductions 1:46
Track 110. Humdrum 5:37
47 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Slowburn 5:41
Track 202. All Day And All Night 4:25
Track 203. Here Comes The Flood 6:23
Track 204. Modern Love 5:26
Track 205. Down The Dolce Vita 8:50
Track 206. Back In NYC 7:45
Track 207. Modern Love 6:07
Track 208. Solsbury Hill 5:19
50 mins

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  1. 37 Responses to “PETER GABRIEL - WEST HOLLYWOOD 1977 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. I just wanted to post before the rest of the losers join in with their whining. I come here to bitch and complain about blacks and jews and blame them for all my problems because i’m can’t take responsibility for the fact that it’s actually my fault my life sucks. The way we constantly recycle the same insults toward women - is it any wonder our relationships are lacking. I am determined to keep sounding like a teenager because i refuse to grow up and be a man and be honest with myself. It’s quite clear that my own father was a failure of a man and he raised me to be just as big of an asshole.

    By Nelson on Jan 24, 2022

  3. P.S….i just wanted to thank all the other losers for supporting me while i keep my head up my butt

    By Nelson on Jan 24, 2022

  4. It doesn’sound like a “good audience recording” to me, but I guess it is as good as most audience recordings can be. Worth listening at least once, especially since the Peter Gabriel live band, rarely performed covers and Genesis songs. And here we have one of each.

    By Theo on Jan 24, 2022

  5. Serious commentators, I am sure that they would be glad the see bigozine doing something to stop the unrelated to music filth comments, posted relentlessly for the last two years, by some sick individuals.

    By Theo on Jan 24, 2022

  6. Rumor has it Peter gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Jan 24, 2022

  7. Don’t worry Nelson , any smart person knows that it’s Hebrew Mark again with his self righteous, condescending, holier than thou name stealing. He is a far left liberal black ape and jew loving socialist who believes in defunding police , open borders . Supports AOC and the squad , as well as progressive mayors and prosecutors who let black ape thugs on the streets to stab white people to death .

    By HHH on Jan 24, 2022

  8. The thing I dont get is why you troll and name steal that little fag U . It’s beneath you Hebrew mark .

    By HHH on Jan 24, 2022

  9. I ain’t worried about phonies who sign my name hhh . It happens to everyone here . Guess I should feel honored to be on the club . Mark is a nigger lover , who probably wants the bigger who stabbed that girl to get out . He probably supports black lives matter . Where’s Derrick, don’t hear much anymore from him .

    By Nelson on Jan 24, 2022

  10. The people that sign others names should get what Joe PESKI got in Casino

    By T J on Jan 24, 2022

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    By T J on Jan 24, 2022

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  13. Or what Phil Letardo got in the Sopranos. ( Crunch )

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  15. Or what Del got in the green mile

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  16. Or what the other Del got in Ozark

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  19. Or what Scorpio got in Dirty Harry

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  23. Or what Linda Lovelace got in Deep Throat

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  24. This guy gots a double size hoagie in his pants I heard . Very big .

    By ELU on Jan 24, 2022

  25. Who spreads these rumors?

    By Jocko P on Jan 24, 2022

  26. Jacko , who spreads Coc size rumors are groupie gals , and guys . Men’s room sightings and whip it out contests , made famous by Uncle Milte .

    By Scaromouch on Jan 24, 2022

  27. The people that sign others names should get what Christopher Plummer got in my all time favorite movie, The Sound Of Music.

    By HHH on Jan 24, 2022

  28. Who’s Uncle Milte?

    By Jocko P on Jan 24, 2022

  29. Thanks, BigO! This is great!

    The band here includes King Crimson greats Tony Levin and Robert Fripp (who usually played off stage as “Dusty Roads” but intoduced here as “Rusty Toads”).

    Cheers!

    By Wally on Jan 24, 2022

  30. Wow i made so many comments!!! I have so much time on my hands because i don’t have a life. I’m so pathetic. I have the IQ of a doorknob.

    By TJ on Jan 24, 2022

  31. Where’s Wally???

    By Jocko P on Jan 24, 2022

  32. Is the IQ of a doorknob very high??

    By Jocko P on Jan 24, 2022

  33. Great historic concert!!!!!
    Thank you Bigo Team!!!

    By rochacrimson on Jan 24, 2022

  34. As you read this somewhere in the world some brother is emptying his nuts into a Caucasian woman.

    Something to think about.

    By In despair on Jan 25, 2022

  35. Niggers who fuck white women should have their dik and balls cut off and Be forced to eat them

    By Confederate Bob on Jan 25, 2022

  36. Peter had a really big dik , he was also a bit of an asshole . He got really pissed off when I refused anal . Even after I sucked him dry and let him fuck me hard and fast . What the fuck more did he want . His big dik would have tore my asshole to pieces .

    By Groupie Chick Traci on Jan 25, 2022

  37. Not this brother, In despair, no chicks will fuck me. *sob*

    By U L E on Jan 25, 2022

  38. Your mom and sisters would never get laid if that happened, Confederate Inbred Loser Three-toed Hillbilly Buttfucker Diksucker Bob.

    By DD on Jan 25, 2022

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