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San Diego 1977 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 115. Live at the Sports Arena, San Diego, CA; March 27, 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:
The presumed final song, “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway”/”The Musical Box”, is missing.

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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Genesis - Sports Arena, San Diego, CA; March 27, 1977

With the band currently on tour in the United States it seemed like a fine time to release another one of Mike “The Mike” Millard’s Genesis recordings. Their 1977 tour was in support of Wind And Wuthering (released in December 1976) and began at the top of the year and carried on through early July.

The San Diego show came three nights after the band played The Forum in Inglewood, which Mike also taped, and was part of the home stretch on the US leg which saw them work their way up the coast, finishing in Vancouver on April 2.

This era of Genesis featured Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Steve Hackett, with new addition Chester Thompson on drums, taking over from Bill Bruford who occupied the drum throne on 1976’s A Trick Of The Tail tour, which Mike so brilliantly recorded in Burbank (Vol. 23 in the Lost and Found series).

The San Diego set features a relatively generous five songs from Wind/Wuthering, four from Tail and classics like “Supper’s Ready.” The only downside set-wise is it would appear the final encore, “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway > The Musical Box” was missed along the way for unknown reasons.

We’re written a lot about the acoustic wasteland that is the San Diego Sports Arena, but we might need to revise that opinion based on the results Mike pulled here. Recording from the 16th row, Mike makes an outstanding recording that’s as close, full and clear as anything in the canon. Genesis surely toured with a better PA than most and likely one of the best FOH engineers, which combine to overcome the limitations (and reverberations) of the SD Sports Arena in what is the best capture we’ve heard from there.

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Here’s what Jim R recalled about Genesis San Diego 1977:

I went with Mike Millard to the Genesis concert down in San Diego at the dreaded Sports Arena on March 27, 1977. As usual, Mike drove like a maniac, turning a two-hour drive closer to 1.5 hours. Ironically, Mike’s dad owned a truck driving school and his dad taught him a few tricks on how to avoid the Highway Patrol.

We sat a bit further back than usual, Row 16 on the floor. But this was a blessing in disguise, as the Sports Arena’s sound was actually better 10-12 rows further back than usual. Maybe that was the secret all along. Of course, Genesis travels with an excellent sound system, one of the best.

Being in the 16th row also gave us a lot more cover to hide the equipment. But the downside was being so far away, I took only about a half roll of 36 exposure slide film. A couple of the better photos I shot that night are included in the artwork.

Mike and I had gone to The Forum show three days before and sat in the second row on the floor. Much better. These were the second and third times we saw Genesis, the first being the Starlight Bowl in 1976 where we became big fans. They played a diverse setlist including the classic “Supper’s Ready.” Also, the great Steve Hackett was still in the band.

As I view a handful of Genesis videos from their current 2021 tour on YouTube it’s sad to see Phil’s declining health, but still great that they are going around one last time.

Back to this show, I hope you enjoy the sights and sounds 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.

Week after week the Lost and Found series benefits from the contributions of many. Thanks this week to Professor Goody for pitch help, Rob for the transfer and mjk5510 for outstanding post-production and 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
Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassettes > Yamaha KX-W592 Cassette Deck > Sony R-500 DAT > Analog Master DAT Clone > Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 > Sound Forge Audio Studio 13.0 capture > Adobe Audition > iZotope RX8 > iZotope Ozone 8 > xACT 2.50 > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Squonk 7:26
Track 102. One For The Vine 10:21
Track 103. Robbery, Assault and Battery 8:46
Track 104. Your Own Special Way 7:31
Track 105. Firth Of Fifth 9:18
Track 106. Carpet Crawlers 6:45
Track 107. In That Quiet Earth 4:39
55 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Afterglow 4:29
Track 202. I Know What I Like 9:52
Track 203. Eleventh Earl Of Mar 10:13
Track 204. Supper’s Ready 25:15
Track 205. Dance On A Volcano 5:20
Track 206. Los Endos 6:03
62 mins

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  1. 26 Responses to “GENESIS - SAN DIEGO 1977 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. Thanks for this, and for the PG show last night. One of my favorites eras for Genesis; A Trick of the Tail for me is their best album.

    By Tony Pizza on Jan 25, 2022

  3. Some hoagies on these guys I heard , very big guys .

    By ELU on Jan 25, 2022

  4. Hey TJ thanks for a wonderful night. I’ve never experienced such tenderness with another man before. Valentines day is coming up so i hope we can spend more intimate moments together. You really shouldn’t be so embarrassed by the acne…there are many people with pimples on their ass….and i accept you for who you are. With love, HHH

    By HHH on Jan 25, 2022

  5. Name stealer above. Very lame Hebrew Mark . ( Eye Roll )

    By HHH on Jan 25, 2022

  6. Rumor has it this was a band of Lil Uns

    By U L E on Jan 25, 2022

  7. With Phil being the Lilst Un

    By U L E on Jan 25, 2022

  8. So who’s correct ? U L E or elu ? Big or small . Seems to be a disagreement here .

    By T J on Jan 25, 2022

  9. Who spreads these rumors ?

    By Jocko P on Jan 25, 2022

  10. Your mom, Jocko Penisbreath. She spreads her legs a lot too. I don’t care, I have TJ.

    By HHH on Jan 25, 2022

  11. Jocko’s mom won’t fuck me either. *sob*

    By U L E on Jan 25, 2022

  12. Last one twernt me nuther fake

    By U L E on Jan 25, 2022

  13. Hebrew Mark you are in the gutter now with these homos . Name stealer again .

    By HHH on Jan 25, 2022

  14. Hmm, Hebrew Mark sounds like somebody i’d like to know. Maybe…just maybe the name stealer is someone who has come to this site for years because of the music but has grown tired of the daily shit posted by these imbeciles. If your such a hater racist why don’t you go out and put a swastika on your arm and do something? Probably not because you are what i think you are….a little bitchy coward whose dissatisfied with his life and blames everybody else for it. So you’ve got this little self help group of idiots on ( of all places ) a bootleg music forum. Do you think people want to come here every day and see these juvenile comments? U L E seems to have a constant fascination with penises so maybe you and U L E and the rest of the group can get together and have a circle jerk and shut the fuck up. Don’t be fooled….you are a loser….if you ever want to do the world a favour…..get a rope and kill yourself.

    By HHH on Jan 25, 2022

  15. Hangman, hangman, hold it a little while
    Think I see my friends coming
    Riding a many mile
    Friends did you get some silver?
    Did you get a little gold?
    What did you bring me my dear friends
    To keep me from the gallows pole?
    What did you bring me to keep me from the gallows pole?

    By Mark on Jan 25, 2022

  16. couldn’t get no silver, I couldn’t get no gold
    You know that we’re too damn poor
    To keep you from the gallows pole
    Hangman, hangman, hold it a little while
    I think I see my brother coming
    Riding a many miles
    HHHDid you get a little silver
    swappers.did you get a little gold
    What did you bring me, my brother
    To keep me from the gallows pole?

    By Mark on Jan 25, 2022

  17. Thank you Big O Amigos. Squonk will sound good on the way home from the Harrisburg or Sturgeon basketball tournaments this weekend and taking in the outer-Thompson scenery. Be well, James

    By James on Jan 26, 2022

  18. Hey HHH You got burned!!! Ha Ha

    By Jackson on Jan 26, 2022

  19. I was going to say to HHH that he got burned as well but that comment from the name stealer HHH bypassed the burn unit and sent HHH straight to the morgue. I don’t usually comment here but HHH does come across as a whiney little girl.

    By WoWee on Jan 26, 2022

  20. Twernt me on any here . All fakes

    By U L E on Jan 26, 2022

  21. Twernt me on any here . All fakes . I don’t think of care about other men’s genitals

    By U L E on Jan 26, 2022

  22. Twernt me. All I think about and care about talk about is other men’s genitals.

    By U L E on Jan 26, 2022

  23. I wish I could wear a jockstrap

    By Jocko P on Jan 26, 2022

  24. Last three twernt me more fakes

    By U L E on Jan 26, 2022

  25. If I knew what a jockstrap is/was

    By Jocko P on Jan 26, 2022

  26. Twas me. All I think about and care about talk about is other men’s genitals.

    By U L E on Jan 26, 2022

  27. Great post Bigo Team!!! Hope for the next days or weeks, one of my wishlist posts : Genesis : Transmission Impossible (3CDs-2020).
    Thank you very much Bigo Team!!!

    By rochacrimson on Feb 10, 2022

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