ELTON JOHN - LOS ANGELES 1979 [MILLARD TAPE]

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ELTON JOHN
Los Angeles 1979 [Mike Millard First-Generation Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]
The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 153. Live at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA; September 29, 1979. 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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Elton John - Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA; September 29, 1979

Known Faults:
- Tonight: end cut

Back in the USSA is what Elton John called his 1979 tour, which makes its Lost and Found Series debut courtesy of first-generation cassettes Mike “The Mike” Millard made for Jim Ri, becoming the fourth Elton recording to be released so far

With still more John masters to come, it’s clear that Elton is up there in Millard’s top ten favorite artists along with the likes of Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, The Who, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt and Yes.

This was a special tour in that it featured Elton playing solo in the first part, which he had not done since the start of his career, then accompanied by percussionist and on-stage foil Ray Cooper for what was in effect a second set and encore. The solo format encouraged Elton to dive deeper into his catalog and the set features a generous 32 songs, including several unplayed on recent tours.

Interestingly, Elton had not played Los Angeles since he wrapped his 1975 West of the Rockies tour with two legendary nights at Dodger Stadium. Not to be outdone, Elton’s 1979 return was a whopping ten-show stand at the Universal Amphitheatre, with this being show four. Mike also recorded the October 6 concert, closing night.

Jim R offers detailed memories of this show below and he took nice photos featured in the artwork. The taping location was prime and Mike pulls the fine, full show, albeit with scattered channel dropouts that were patched for this release. Given it was Elton in a relatively small venue in LA after a four-year wait, the crowd is exuberant to say the least, and more obtrusive than a typical Millard recording from this venue. Thankfully, SVP of Post Production mjk5510 used his digital toolkit to tame those audience interruptions and leave more of the music for your listening pleasure.

If you’re a deep Elton fan, there is so much to like about this setlist and performance. We’re thrilled we were able to expand our Millard archive to include this historic recording.

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Here’s what Jim R recalled about seeing Elton John at the Universal Amphitheatre in 1979:

Mike and I saw Elton John with Ray Cooper at the Universal Amphitheater on Sept 29, 1979, where we sat in the first row behind the Orchestra Pit. Section 1, Row AA, dead center, a great location from which to record. This was the fourth night of a ten-night stand at Universal.

We also attended the October 6 show, closing night of the residency, where we sat in the sixth row of the Orchestra Pit on the left side directly in front of Elton’s piano bench, perfect seats. We are saving the final ‘79 recording for the future, so stay tuned Elton fans.

With Universal being near Hollywood, the LA ticket brokers controlled most of the choice seats for this one. Even with ten concerts, choice seats were expensive–we could only afford to go to two shows. Elton had loads of devoted fans, many of whom would go multiple times, so they scooped up a lot of the good tickets thus increasing ticket demand.

With Elton you have to pick and choose your seat location wisely. We learned this over the course of seeing him several times leading up to this tour. In those days, his piano was on the left side of the stage. If you got seats close up on the right, all you would see is the piano and his feet, maybe the top of his head if he stood up. Not good. But Mike and I played it right.

Elton John was playing with only percussionist Ray Cooper, instead of a full band, so we were thinking, “How is this going to work?” They pulled it off. Ray Cooper was quite the entertainer. He and Elton were playing off each other and it was funny at times. The songs had a different sound to them too but it worked.

The stripped-down approach allowed Elton’s piano playing skills to be on full display. If memory serves, Ray Cooper did not appear until well into the set during “Funeral For A Friend.”

It just so happens that only two nights before on 9/27, Elton collapsed on the Amphitheatre stage, memorialized by an item in Rolling Stone magazine’s Random Notes column that included a photo showing an assistant pulling him off stage. A quick intermission was called, then ten minutes later Elton came back and finished the set. What a trooper, despite a bout with the stomach flu.

Despite going to two shows, I only shot a couple rolls of 36 slides total, keeping a low profile so Mike would not get busted.

I hope you enjoy the sights and sounds of this one.

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.

We are deeply thankful to Jim Ri for loaning us his copy of this show and helping expand the Millard archive. Professor Goody gave the show a pitch check, and the aforementioned mjk5510 did yeoman work prepping this for final release including the cover art. Cheers to them all.

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
JEMS 2022 Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassettes > Nakamichi Cassette Deck 1 azimuth-adjusted playback > Sound Devices USBPre2 > Audacity 3.1 capture > iZotope RX > iZotope RX9 Advanced and Ozone 9 > MBIT+ resample to 16/44.1 > Audacity > xACT 2.50 > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Your Song 4:51
Track 102. Sixty Years On 5:43
Track 103. Daniel 4:12
Track 104. Skyline Pigeon 3:54
Track 105. Take Me To The Pilot 7:08
Track 106. Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time) 8:48
Track 107. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me 5:49
Track 108. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 4:55
Track 109. Roy Rogers 3:29
Track 110. Candle In The Wind 4:21
Track 111. Ego 4:22
Track 112. Where To Now St Peter 4:16
Track 113. I Heard It Through The Grapevine/Singing In The Rain 7:49
70 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Funeral For A Friend 4:34
Track 202. Tonight 4:21
Track 203. Better Off Dead 3:11
Track 204. Island 3:49
Track 205. I Think I’m Going To Kill Myself 3:22
Track 206. I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford) 3:40
Track 207. Scott Joplin Intro/Bennie And The Jets 9:15
Track 208. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word 3:30
Track 209. Mama Can’t Buy You Love 3:31
Track 210. Part-Time Love 2:54
Track 211. Crazy Water 6:04
Track 212. Song For Guy 7:03
Track 213. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting 5:26
Track 214. Pinball Wizard 4:57
Track 215. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On 0:48
Track 216. I Saw Her Standing There 1:49
Track 217. Twist And Shout 1:20
Track 218. Crocodile Rock 1:14
Track 219. Back In The USSR 1:08
72 mins

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  1. 37 Responses to “ELTON JOHN - LOS ANGELES 1979 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. I know Elton has a lil un but I would still let him prickslap my face. I am Derrick, HHH, TJ, Anti, swappers, Mark, RightupDias. I have no life so I pretend I do. I make The Elephant Man look handsome

    By U L E on Oct 21, 2022

  3. Thanks for this one, BigO. Just Elton, piano, and percussion shows the strength of these songs was more than just Gus Dudgeon’s excellent production. Nice thing too is this set includes some small 1978-79 hits (”Ego,” “Part Time Love”) he would not perform in concert on subsequent tours. And to think a few months later he would release “Victim of Love,” up to that time the nadir of his career.

    By Tony on Oct 21, 2022

  4. Great music thank you for posting

    By Steffenie Hungwell on Oct 21, 2022

  5. My Lil Un gets hard just thinking about sweet Elton

    By U L E on Oct 21, 2022

  6. I love to suck Elton’s diсk.

    By Derrick on Oct 21, 2022

  7. Elton has face fucked me many many times

    By U L E on Oct 22, 2022

  8. hey swappers, did 7you go to this concert also uyou lowlife donkey faced babboon

    Eric Clapton - 14 October 2022, Zurich, Hallenstadion

    By Rightup Dias on Oct 22, 2022

  9. First three twernt me , all fakes

    By U L E on Oct 22, 2022

  10. Rumor has it Elton gots a Lil Un

    By U L E on Oct 22, 2022

  11. This dude got a big ole foot long hoagie in his pants I hear . Big in the britches

    By ELU on Oct 22, 2022

  12. We seem to have different opinions on the size of Elton’s junk. Maybe the groupies can clear it up. He’s gay by the way.

    By T J on Oct 22, 2022

  13. Who starts these rumors?

    By Jocko P on Oct 22, 2022

  14. Elton didn’t turn gay until the mid seventies. He came out fag in that 76 rolling stone interview. I believe he said he was bi. Bad career move . He was never the same. His sales plummeted after that . His fans couldn’t believe he was a fag . Some things are best left private.

    By Sim Mason on Oct 22, 2022

  15. I agree, back decades ago celebrities were suspected of being gay , But it wasn’t talked about as much .. only rumors, plus the press protected them. Think Rock Hudson and Monty Clift among others . It was considered a mental illness, a perversion. These days everyone wants to shout it from the rooftops. Personally I think it’s a mental problem. Shock therapy was used in the 40s and 50s , also religious counseling has help some of these sick individuals recover.

    By John on Oct 22, 2022

  16. Elton lets me suck his dik but that doesn’t mean either one of us is gay

    By The AntiChrist on Oct 22, 2022

  17. Hey John, I’ll fuckin counsel you. Drink my jizz you dinosaur.

    By The Jizzmeister on Oct 22, 2022

  18. My Lil Un got so hard typing those comments about sweet Elton

    Tee hee

    By U L E on Oct 22, 2022

  19. Elton is the anti uncle milte.

    By Porn Starr on Oct 22, 2022

  20. OK guys, I’m back. Accept no substitute, only the real Rightup is yo man.

    Keep it hard. Keep it lubed. Keep it Rightup Dias.

    By Rightup Dias on Oct 22, 2022

  21. Last one twernt me nuther fake

    By U L E on Oct 22, 2022

  22. Spread your cheeks, Porn Starr

    By Rightup Dias on Oct 22, 2022

  23. Hey everybody I think we have our first trans poster, Steffenie Hungwell. Welcome Steff, I can’t wait to suck your clit (I assume that’s what you call your penis). Oh, I’m so excited

    By swappers on Oct 22, 2022

  24. Tough shit Swappers I’m post op and you ain’t getting anywhere near my new pussy. Go and look at some pictures on your hard drive, you limey pervert

    By Steffenie Hungwell on Oct 22, 2022

  25. You ready foe some action, Steff?

    By Rightup Dias on Oct 22, 2022

  26. I’m the first trans poster here, swappers. I’ve been a transvestite for years, I’m wearing lace panties and a bra right now honey

    By Rightup Dias on Oct 22, 2022

  27. Im a closet transvestitie. I love when my wife goes shopping. I gets to wear her make up and panties and heels.

    By U L E on Oct 22, 2022

  28. Hey Jizzmeister, I dare you to spunk on my face you two bit phony sissy

    By U L E on Oct 22, 2022

  29. @U L E, I’m not wasting my jism on the likes of you. Anyways I’m storing it up right now before the All-American distance shooting championships. They are being held in Thompson.

    By The Jizzmeister on Oct 23, 2022

  30. Senores, senores… some of my amigos especiales are tvs but I ain’t trans - Rightup Dias (he, his)

    By Rightup Dias on Oct 23, 2022

  31. Oh yeah, and I can fuckin spell baboon. Idiot.

    By Rightup Dias on Oct 23, 2022

  32. I suck off baboons, oh yeah it’s fun when they kick me in the head while I’m sucking them off and fingering their asses

    By Rightup Dias on Oct 23, 2022

  33. I may be able to spell baboon but I don’t get it on with apes. I leave that to HHH.

    By Rightup Dias on Oct 23, 2022

  34. I do it with apes. They do the Tarzan yell when they cum in my mouth and I squeeze their nutsacks.

    By Rightup Dias on Oct 23, 2022

  35. Thank you.

    By Brandon Denton on Oct 24, 2022

  36. Brandon is my cousin.

    By Derrick Denton on Oct 24, 2022

  37. Please Jizzmeister. Dont hold back. Spray my face with that manly cum

    By Rightup Diass on Oct 25, 2022

  38. I am tired of the steelers

    By Derrick Denton on Oct 25, 2022

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