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West Hollywood 1978 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 1CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 155. Live at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA; September 30, 1978 (early show). 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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Peter Gabriel - The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA; September 30, 1978

Known Faults:
- Here Comes The Flood: start slightly cut

We’ve long established Mike Millard’s love of all things Genesis and Peter Gabriel. For all the famous concerts Mike recorded, his coverage of Gabriel’s 1977 and 1978 residencies at The Roxy are up there with his most significant work. All told, eight Gabriel performances were captured, four each year.

The 1978 run has previous history in the Lost and Found series. Before the majority of his masters were found, we released a compilation Mike made himself from multiple Roxy sets on Volume 14. The late show from 9/30/78 also came out as Volume 97. This week we release the early, 9pm show and what a fine recording it is.

The early set features three songs not included in the late show: “Slowburn,” “Indigo” and improvised opener “Me And My Teddy Bear.” By this point, Mike had The Roxy on lock and he captures this show in terrific quality, at least as good if not better than the outstanding late-show recording. The sound here is rich, full and close-sounding, a fresh as anything pulled today.

As for the performance, this is peak Gabriel, though to be fair he had a lot of peaks. What I like about 1978 is that his musical ambition is in full flight, but on stage he remains talkative, friendly and relatable, narrowing that invisible gap between artist and fan. I found this show a delight to listen to, especially in Mike Millard quality. Jim’s photos from the show don’t hurt either.

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Here’s what Jim R recalled about seeing Peter Gabriel at The Roxy in 1978:

I went with Mike Millard to the Peter Gabriel concert at The Roxy in West Hollywood on Sept 30, 1978 for the early 9pm show. The Roxy is a small club with a bar and tables, very intimate. Being the early show, we sat about halfway back, knowing all along we had late show tickets in our pocket and would move up close to the stage for the second set (see Vol. 97).

Mike and I had been big Gabriel fans since the Genesis days. If Peter was playing four gigs in town, we went to all four, automatically, just like the 1977 Roxy shows. We got our tickets directly from the Roxy box office, which results in a better ticket stub as you’ll see on the artwork.

Beyond back-to-back sets on the 30th, we also went to both shows the following night, October 1, resulting in four Gabriel gigs in just over 24 hours. That’s dedication! And exhaustion. But we were young.

Peter is a unique, mesmerizing performer. His band was great, notably Tony Levin on stick and bass, along with Larry Fast on keyboards and synths.

The sound at The Roxy can be hit or miss. Listening to Mike’s tape as I type this, to my aging ears it’s a hit, very similar to the late show, maybe a little better vocals. It was a rowdy and adoring crowd. We had great audience participation during “Lamb” at the end of the set.

I was able to smuggle in my camera bag, but only able to take one roll of 36 during the late show.

I hope you enjoy this as much as Mike and I did.

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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.

The JEMS Honor Roll for this week includes Professor Goody, who gave us his pitch prescription, and mjk5510 who worked his post-production magic (begone annoying whistlers) and designed the cover art.

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 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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Track 01. Me And My Teddy Bear 1:36
Track 02. On Presuming To Be Modern 2:48
Track 03. On The Air 4:21
Track 04. Moribund The Burgermeister 5:17
Track 05. Perspective 4:12
Track 06. Indigo 4:03
Track 07. White Shadow 5:18
Track 08. D.I.Y. 3:40
Track 09. Wating For The Big One 6:34
Track 10. Band Introduction 1:25
Track 11. Mother Of Violence 3:35
Track 12. Slowburn 5:07
Track 13. Flotsam And Jetsam 4:00
Track 14. I Don’t Remember 5:44
Track 15. Solsbury Hill 5:08
Track 16. Modern Love 4:31
Track 17. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway 6:13
Track 18. Animal Magic 4:17
Track 19. Here Comes The Flood 3:52
82 mins

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