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

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 112. Live at the Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA; April 27, 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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Neil Young - Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA; April 27, 1991

We jump back to the ’90s this week and a sonic assault from Neil Young & Crazy Horse. They were on the road supporting Ragged Glory, a tour later chronicled on the Weld live album, released in October 1991.

April 27 was the last show of the tour and the second of two nights at the Sports Arena. Young didn’t vary the setlist much in 1991, but the caliber of the performances is hard to quibble with, nor could one resist the chonky guitar tone that dominates the sound.

Beyond classics like “Powderfinger,” “Hey Hey, My My” and “Like A Hurricane” we get future classic “Rockin’ In The Free World,” the epic “Crime In The City” and a curious cover of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind.” The Horse sounds great throughout as do Neil’s vocals.

Mike was seated in Arena 17, row 10, which is on the second section back on the side, stage right. That’s further back than Mike’s preferred sweet spot, but given the decibel level of the show, perhaps saved his hearing. The resulting recording has room ambience and a bit of distance, but is still a full, clear, guitar-saturated capture that does justice to Neil’s performance.

If you love Neil with Crazy Horse, Millard’s capture is a pure distillation of what we love about them. And like last week’s Frampton ‘76 release, this Neil recording offers another chance to compare and contrast Mike’s great audience recordings with an official live album. I know which I prefer.

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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.

As always, we recognize the essential contributions of Professor Goody helping out on pitch adjustment, Rob S for his excellent transfer and JEMS’ COO mjk5510 for post-production, artwork and all-around 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
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 > resample to 16/44 .wav > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black) 6:21
Track 102. Crime In The City (Sixty To Zero, Part 1) 8:32
Track 103. Blowin’ In The Wind 7:57
Track 104. Love To Burn 10:25
Track 105. Cinnamon Girl 5:19
Track 106. Mansion On The Hill 6:01
Track 107. Fuckin’ Up 9:37
55 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Cortez The Killer 11:06
Track 202. Powderfinger 5:54
Track 203. Love And Only Love 9:44
Track 204. Rockin’ In The Free World 9:22
Track 205. Like A Hurricane 17:47
Track 206. Roll Another Number 5:13
60 mins

Neil Young - guitar, vocals
Frank “Poncho” Sampedro - guitar, synthesizer, vocals
Billy Talbot - bass, vocals
Ralph Molina - drums, vocals

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  1. 29 Responses to “NEIL YOUNG - LOS ANGELES 1991 [MILLARD TAPE]”

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    By U L E on Mar 29, 2022

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    By U L E on Mar 30, 2022

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    By ELU on Mar 30, 2022

  7. What we have are conflicting rumors , maybe the groupies can clear it up

    By T J on Mar 30, 2022

  8. What’s average to some girls is big to others , and small to some others as well . For me average is about 8 to 9 inches in length and a 6 inch circumference ( width ) anything 10 and above is big , under 8 is small . All females have a different criteria.

    By Dee Dee Longley on Mar 30, 2022

  9. De de , how would you describe Uncle Milte ? He supposedly had close to a two footer

    By Scaromouch on Mar 30, 2022

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    By Scaromouch on Mar 30, 2022

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    By Dee Dee Longley on Mar 30, 2022

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    By U L E on Mar 30, 2022

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  14. M Berle wasn’t the biggest in Hollywood history. That distinction goes to Forrest Tucker . Great character actor who starred in the 60s western comedy F Troop

    By Porn Starr on Mar 30, 2022

  15. M Berle wasn’t the biggest in Hollywood history. That distinction goes to Forrest Tucker . Great character actor who starred in the 60s western comedy F Troop

    By Porn Starr on Mar 30, 2022

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    By U L E on Mar 30, 2022

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    By T J on Mar 30, 2022

  18. I would take that shit up my poop chute anytime and swallow all of it. HOLLA

    By Nelson on Mar 30, 2022

  19. I played at the Anderson Theater, New York with The Yardbirds
    On this day in 1968, The Yardbirds played the Anderson Theater in New York and Epic Records hoped to record the show.

    The remastered audio from this performance was released via on 5th November 2017, titled Yardbirds ‘68. In a combined statement, JP, Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty said: “we thought this might be lost forever, but we’ve rediscovered it, re-mixed it. It’s of great historical importance. We’re delighted to see the release.”

    By Jimmy Page on Mar 30, 2022

  20. Nelson, I wants to take it up the brown also. I loves real manmeat. I also loves being a sissyboy and doin gloryholes with my momma

    By Derrick on Mar 30, 2022

  21. Lots of homer sect yalls here. Go find an exorcist. Neil was at his peak back then; thanks Big-O.

    By Greg on Mar 30, 2022

  22. I don’t like to speak ill of the dead but this is, like, the Emperors new clothes. It’s a boomy distant audience recording. Use your ears.

    By Swappers on Mar 30, 2022

  23. Swappers where are your manners?

    Say Fanxt BigO. You usually manage it.

    Limey prick.

    By Mighty Meat on Mar 30, 2022

  24. What draws all these homers to this site? They can be pretty despicable. One day each of us will face our own Judgment, and man oh man, I hope they like it hot with flaming hot embers burning where they can guess. Those who’ve appeared back have warned all that it is nothing less than sheer h-e-l-l-oh that hurts.

    By Greg on Apr 1, 2022

  25. Alright, getting Yardbirds 68 CD. Sounds like a good one to listen to out in the garage. Thanks for the tip.

    By Greg on Apr 1, 2022

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    By Mark on Apr 1, 2022

  27. Greg, we cant help ourselves. We loves and worships man meat. I loves making it hard and watching it grows. Then I lowers my mouth around the head and start slurpin and suckin.I loves when the hunk forces my head down on it taking more of it in my mouth!

    By Mark on Apr 1, 2022

  28. Try taking a sip of holy water. It might alleviate the grip of the underworld on your soul. If you could see what these things look like, you’d run as fast as you could to find an exorcist.

    By Greg on Apr 1, 2022

  29. Fuck Neil Young. Freedom of Speech tour my ass. Hypocrite

    By PunkySkunk on Apr 3, 2022

  30. Thank you big O Amigos. Some of this will sound good after the NRA banquet on my way back to Thompson. As always, James

    By James on Jul 29, 2022

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