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Los Angeles 1991 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 107. Live at The Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA; June 3, 1991. 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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Elvis Costello - The Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA; June 3, 1991

We add another artist name to the wall of Mike the Mike masters with the premier appearance by Elvis Costello. Millard first recorded Costello in 1979, again in 1989 and twice in 1991 so we can assume he was a fan. In terms of Millard’s overall taping career, this master is among the last 15 or so that he made.

The Wiltern performance is early in the tour supporting Mighty Like A Rose, released in May 1991. Most of the musicians who played on the album joined Elvis on tour as The Rude 5, with The Attractions’ Pete Thomas taking over the drum stool for Jim Keltner who played on the album. The quality of musicianship on display is something at which to marvel.

The Mighty Like a Rose promo cycle kicked off with an appearance on Saturday Night Live, followed a week later by the tour opener in Santa Barbara, then five shows at the Wiltern. That run was broken up by a pair of Berkeley gigs on May 31 and June 1, and the taping of MTV Unplugged the same day as this evening’s performance, the fourth of the five-show Wiltern residency. Mike also recorded the second night.

Costello’s setlist focuses heavily on his most recent albums (Mighty Like A Rose and Spike, the first two for Warner Bros. Records), but pulls in nice selections from the catalog too, including King of America’s masterful “Suit of Lights,” plus classics like “Accidents Will Happen,” “(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes,” “Alison, “Temptation” and “Pump It Up.” I collected a lot of recordings from this era at the time, but listening now after a long hiatus spurred re-appreciation. This is an excellent performance.

With its vaulted ceilings, The Wiltern can sound a bit hollow on audience tapes. Mike’s master recording isn’t as close sounding as his very best, but there’s something appealing about his Costello capture just the same. It is rich and full fidelity, with outstanding instrument separation that reveals just how good these players are. It also benefits from an unusually respectful audience (especially by today’s standards) who clap when they should and aren’t obtrusive at all.

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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.

Once again lending a hand to make this release as good as it can be are Professor Goody, who guided the pitch adjustment, and JEMS’ mjk5510, who continues to kill it on post production and cover art. We thank you.

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 Master Cassettes > Nakamichi Cassette Deck 1 azimuth-adjusted playback > Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 > Sound Forge Audio Studio 13.0 capture > Adobe Audition > iZotope RX8 > iZotope Ozone 8 > MBIT+ resample to 1644 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Accidents Will Happen 3:09
Track 102. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes 3:26
Track 103. Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head 4:02
Track 104. Deep Dark Truthful Mirror 6:03
Track 105. The Other Side Of Summer 5:01
Track 106. Suit Of Lights 4:48
Track 107. Must You Throw Dirt In My Face 5:07
Track 108. Invasion Hit Parade 6:34
Track 109. Watch Your Step 5:12
Track 110. Temptation 4:56
Track 111. So Like Candy/I Want You 7:31
Track 112. Veronica 4:55
61 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. All Grown Up 5:13
Track 202. Hidden Charms 4:01
Track 203. Strange 3:17
Track 204. Everybody’s Crying Mercy 7:03
Track 205. Hurry Down Doomsday 5:07
Track 206. Couldn’t Call It Unexpected No. 4 5:13
Track 207. How To Be Dumb 6:30
Track 208. Sweat Pear 4:53
Track 209. Bama Lama Bama Loo 2:52
Track 210. Band Introductions 1:00
Track 211. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love And Understanding 5:32
Track 212. Alison 7:15
Track 213. Pump It Up 5:00
63 mins

Elvis Costello
The Rude 5
Marc Ribot - lead guitar
Jerry Scheff - bass
Larry Knechtel - keyboards
Pete Thomas - drums

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  1. 23 Responses to “ELVIS COSTELLO - LOS ANGELES 1991 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. A little too distant by Millard’s considerable quality standards. But still, a fine set of music from an artist just on the other side of his prime. EC’s Warner Brothers years were a mixed bag, but these represent the best of the bunch what was basically was rock’s version of Cole Porter.

    By Tony Pizza on Jan 27, 2022

  3. Rumor has it Elvis gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Jan 27, 2022

  4. So both Elvises got big uns U L e? Costello and Presley? Elvis P is said to have put rolled up socks in his pants onstage.

    By T J on Jan 27, 2022

  5. So has Robert Plant , Roger Daltry, Freddie Mercury , Bruce Springsteen and mist rockers .

    By T J on Jan 27, 2022

  6. T J , your knowledge of penis is impressive

    By U L E on Jan 27, 2022

  7. Who are these mist rockers T J ?

    By Jocko P on Jan 27, 2022

  8. That’s quite a diverse band! Thanks bigO.

    By barth on Jan 27, 2022

  9. Whats a Nantucket Sleighride?

    By Jocko P on Jan 28, 2022

  10. I wants to feel what its like to get boned up the ass

    By Jocko P on Jan 28, 2022

  11. Last one twernt me nuther fake

    By U L E on Jan 28, 2022

  12. Plant , Daltry , Mercury , and Bruce did not have socks in their pants , you needle dics . They all had horse dics , long and thick every one of ty . I know dics as I’ve had many . Believe me those guys I mentioned were all DIC . Not sure about Presley as I never fucked him . Costello is another horse dic who I fucked several times .

    By Pam Des Barris on Jan 28, 2022

  13. For some reason drummers usually had huge horse dics . Don Brewer of Grand Funk comes to mind . Phil Collins was one of the smallest drummers I screwed .

    By Pam Des Barris on Jan 28, 2022

  14. Oh for the days before me too .

    By T J on Jan 28, 2022

  15. Elvis ( Costello) used to like to cum all over my face and tits . Yes he has a huge Coc

    By Groupie Chick Traci on Jan 28, 2022

  16. I wish I had a horse dic k

    By Jocko P on Jan 28, 2022

  17. No, Traci, I used to piss on you after my roadies jerked off all over you. You were too wasted to know who it was.

    You’re right, I have a huge coc, but you’ll never see it, suck it, or be fucked by it, you pathetic wretch.

    By Elvis C on Jan 28, 2022

  18. Oh what I would do to suck off Don Brewers beautiful coc k

    By U L E on Jan 28, 2022

  19. Twernt me on last one , nuther fake

    By U L E on Jan 29, 2022

  20. Twernt me above , nuther fake

    By U L E on Jan 29, 2022

  21. Elvis used to like to cum all over my face and butt cheeks . Yes he has a huge Coc

    By T J on Jan 29, 2022

  22. Nuther fake on last one twernt me

    By U L E on Jan 30, 2022

  23. Nuther fake on last three twernt me

    By U L E on Jan 30, 2022

  24. Nuther fake on last four twernt me

    By U L E on Jan 31, 2022

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