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Los Angeles 1978 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 114. Live at the Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CA; February 22, 1978. 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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The Tubes - Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CA; February 22, 1978

Welcome to another week of what might best be described as Mike “The Mike” Millard outliers, heretofore unknown and unexpected Millard recordings. This time its San Francisco’s own performance-art band, The Tubes, best known at this time for the provocative single “White Punks on Dope” and their charismatic frontman, Fee Waybill.

The Tubes were one of the first to take video projection, production design and other staging elements of the underground cabaret scene and merge it with rock ‘n’ roll. According to Wikipedia, this show was part of a multi-show stand at The Pantages that became a hot ticket in LA, attracting celebs and putting the band on the map in the city.

The appearances were ostensibly tied to the release of the live album What Do You Want From Live, recorded the previous November in the UK. Not dissimilar to Cheap Trick, the Tubes’ live album may have done more to break The Tubes than the three studio albums which proceeded it.

The nature of the show, heavy on visual elements, even short films, makes it difficult to capture fully via audio. The “Intermission” track here is in fact the sound from a movie the band screens mid-show. This is also the only Millard recording we have that he made at the Pantages, though we have recently learned that Mike may have recorded Bob Dylan there in May 1992, something we’re trying to track down.

Mike has a couple of minor issues with levels, but otherwise does a nice job preserving this unwieldy performance. For non-Tubes fans, the set does contain an alternate point of entry, a cover of The Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There,” but caveat emptor. One can only assume that quality recordings of The Tubes from this era are few and far between, unless Bay Area Deadheads were covering the band up there.

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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.

First among equals in the thank yous this week is mjk5510, who not only provided his usual, high-quality post-production support and cover art, but he figured out the Tubes’ challenging set list. Pitch adjustment was also a bit more vexing than usual, but Professor Goody rose to the occasion as always.

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 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Overture 6:55
Up from the Deep/Young and Rich/Madam I’m Adam/Mondo Bondage
Track 102. Got Yourself A Deal 6:41
Track 103. Show Me A Reason 4:03
Track 104. God-Bird-Change 4:47
Track 105. What Do You Want From Life 5:13
Track 106. Special Ballet 5:26
Track 107. Don’t Touch Me There 3:51
Track 108. Mondo Bondage 4:11
Track 109. Smoke (La Vie en Fumer) 8:16
Track 110. It’s Not Unusual 4:04
Track 111. Intermission 5:46
60 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Haloes 5:29
Track 202. Be Mine Tonight 3:28
Track 203. Crime Medley 3:47
Track 204. Getoverture 2:16
Track 205. Telecide 4:12
Track 206. I Was A Punk Before You Were A Punk 5:01
Track 207. I Saw Her Standing There (Beatles cover) 2:56
Track 208. Drum Solo 4:03
Track 209. Boy Crazy 9:53
Track 210. Stand Up And Shout 7:44
Track 211. White Punks On Dope 9:10
58 mins

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  1. 27 Responses to “THE TUBES - LOS ANGELES 1978 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. YUM! Was just playing some of their songs on Spotify the other night. They had a great run and thankfully are still together, back toward the artier things they were doing in the 1970s before She’s A Beauty.

    By Tony Pizza on Jan 26, 2022

  3. Rumor has it this was a bad of Average Uns

    By U L E on Jan 26, 2022

  4. Thank you BigO for these.

    By Derrick & the Dominos on Jan 26, 2022

  5. nice job with this one……

    By Darth Plastic on Jan 26, 2022

  6. Some double size hoagies in this band I hear . All big fellas .

    By ELU on Jan 26, 2022

  7. So which rumor is correct?

    By Jocko P on Jan 26, 2022

  8. I enjoy their flesh tubes.

    Twas me.

    By U L E on Jan 26, 2022

  9. Twernt me above , nuther fake . I get lots of girls

    By U L E on Jan 26, 2022

  10. I might be an expert on penis , but I’m not gay

    By U L E on Jan 26, 2022

  11. I get lots of girls… if watching them in the elementary school playground from my car counts.

    By U L E on Jan 27, 2022

  12. I’m not gay… I’m just obsessed with penises.

    By U L E on Jan 27, 2022

  13. Twas me above. Don’t believe the fake who denies it.

    By U L E on Jan 27, 2022

  14. Whats is a jock strap? Is it something I wear over my face?

    By Jocko P on Jan 27, 2022

  15. Whats a pig in a blanket?

    By Jocko P on Jan 27, 2022

  16. That your mother Jackoff the pig wrapped in a bunch of blankets after she has been manhandled and bukakked on

    By T J on Jan 27, 2022

  17. Whats a bukakke?

    By Jocko P on Jan 27, 2022

  18. Jocko- Your mom is a pig in a blanket, when she’s wearing a blanket.

    By U L E on Jan 27, 2022

  19. Jocko- A bukakke is your mom’s favorite pastime.

    By U L E on Jan 27, 2022

  20. Twas all me, don’t believe the fake who will deny it.

    By U L E on Jan 27, 2022

  21. What is a butt plug

    By Jocko P on Jan 27, 2022

  22. A butt plug is a person that makes comments on this website which doesn’t have any relevance to the actual music. They’re just tedious.

    By Bored Now on Jan 27, 2022

  23. Trolls trolling trolls . Boring .

    By Slew of Gold on Jan 27, 2022

  24. Only first ‘‘twas me , last nine all fakes

    By U L E on Jan 27, 2022

  25. Slew , the idiots who comment here are comedic entertainment for the powers that be here . It’s probably more entertaining to them than going to a funny movie . Reading the babblings of retards probably has them rolling on the floor .

    By Thomas on Jan 27, 2022

  26. To me it’s a microcosm of humans in the 21st century . Humanity is doomed

    By Thomas on Jan 27, 2022

  27. I’ll answer that earlier question . This was a band of horse dics . All very big to giagantic. I should know I fucked this band several times .Once was backstage after this show .

    By Pam Des Barris on Jan 27, 2022

  28. Twernt me above . All fakes

    By U L E on Jan 27, 2022

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