ERIC CLAPTON - LAGUNA HILLS 1988 [MILLARD TAPE]

January 28, 2022 – 6:16 am

Fifty years ago today, Beatle George told us that All Things Must Pass. Then he told us about Living in the Material World. For 36 years, BigO has been trying to keep the spirit and history of the music alive. Before all things pass, we still need your help to live in this material world. You can help us to do this with a kind donation. Please give what you are happy to give…

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ERIC CLAPTON
Featuring Mark Knopfler
Laguna Hills 1988 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 109. Live at Irvine Meadows, Laguna Hills, CA; September 23, 1988. 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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Eric Clapton - Irvine Meadows, Laguna Hills, CA; September 23, 1988

Another week, another tremendous master recording by Mike “The Mike” Millard. BTW, Mike himself wrote his name as “The Mike” most of the time, though there are examples in his own hand of “Mike The Mic” as well. But I digress.

We turn the clock back to 1988 and what was only the fifth show Mike recorded after his self-imposed sabbatical from taping between 1984 and 1988, Eric Clapton and his pal Mark Knopfler performing at Irvine Meadows.

Mike’s history with Clapton goes back to 1974, recording one of EC’s Long Beach Arena shows with his original rig (Vol. 84 of the Lost and Found series). He also caught Eric at the Forum on August 14, 1975, released as Vol. 33. Curiously, he did not record Clapton again until this show, though Mike’s cassette collection includes a copy of the Santa Monica Civic shows in 1978 from the King Biscuit Flower Hour broadcast. Mike also caught the show at Pacific Amphitheatre in March 1990.

I’ve heard a fair number of Clapton live recordings from tours in the ’80s, ’90s and even 2000s, most of which leave something to be desired. Not because they are weak performances, but more that the sound and arrangements of Clapton’s classic songs can lack bite, sound thin and just don’t pack the punch I want them to–which explains why I was so happy with Mike’s capture of this 1988 show.

Perhaps due to Mark Knopfler role in the band and position high in the mix, the versions of “White Room,” “Badge,” “Layla” and other EC favorites are robust and to my ears superior to those from other modern tours. Clapton’s vocals are strong too, and points to drummer Steve Ferrone who is killing it. This is much closer to what I want Clapton to sound like, and that makes for a satisfying listen.

Mike’s recording does the performance justice, sounding punchy, rich and close. He did experience channel dropouts in a handful of spots during the show, and one channel was really low for about 25 mins in the middle of the set. We’ve applied fixes to those issues and we hope you are as satisfied with the results as we are.

I’d be remiss if I failed to point out Knopfler performing one of his own songs, Dire Straits’ hit “Money For Nothing,” as the second to last song of the show. “Money For Nothing” was only three years old at this point, and while the musical arrangement is relatively faithful save for the guitar solos, Knopfler sings it differently, even bluesy in spots, which helps make the song fit EC’s overall set.

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Here’s what Jim R had to say about Clapton Irvine Meadows 1988:

I did not attend the Irvine show, but I have a hunch what Mike was thinking and feeling as he did.

To Mike and me, Eric Clapton harkens back to our early teen years, when Cream ruled the airwaves. Cream was the first “Supergroup.” In fact, that’s probably when that term was coined. Oh how we longed for the the “Clapton is God” days, to relive that history: His silky smooth, effortless guitar playing and magisterial jamming. Listening to this show, with four Cream songs, brought me back and reminded me of moments that I would have loved to share with my buddy Mike.

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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 usual, it takes a village to present the weekly Millard releases. Thanks to Professor Goody his pitch assessment and to mjk5510 for applying his touch to the final production and artwork.

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 2021 Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassettes > Nakamichi RX-505 (azimuth adjustment; Dolby On) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX8 > iZotope Ozone 8 > convert to 16/44 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (320 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Please Do Not Hammer The Links. Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. The tracks should still be around. Please try again later.

Kindly email us if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files. Also email us if you have any rarities you’d like to share with our readers.

Disc 1
Track 101. Crossroads 7:47
Track 102. White Room 6:45
Track 103. I Shot The Sheriff 8:50
Track 104. Lay Down Sally 5:54
Track 105. Wonderful Tonight 7:11
Track 106. Tearing Us Apart 7:06
Track 107. After Midnight 6:06
Track 108. Can’t Find My Way Home 6:09
56 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Badge 8:19
Track 202. Same Old Blues 15:00
Track 203. Band Introductions 3:59
Track 204. Cocaine 5:57
Track 205. Layla 10:56
Track 206. Money For Nothing 6:27
Track 207. Sunshine Of Your Love 8:46
60 mins

Lineup:
Eric Clapton - guitar
Mark Knopfler
- guitar
Alan Clark
- keyboards
Nathan East
- bass
Steve Ferrone
- drums
Jody Linscott
- percussion
Katie Kissoon
- backing vocals
Tessa Niles
- backing vocals

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ELVIS COSTELLO - LOS ANGELES 1991 [MILLARD TAPE]

January 27, 2022 – 6:10 am

Fifty years ago today, Beatle George told us that All Things Must Pass. Then he told us about Living in the Material World. For 36 years, BigO has been trying to keep the spirit and history of the music alive. Before all things pass, we still need your help to live in this material world. You can help us to do this with a kind donation. Please give what you are happy to give…

HOW TO DONATE

Our costs will always be there. So readers who can donate towards the cost of the site, please open a Skrill account. Readers who wish to contribute to BigO will now have to use Skrill (click  here). We are no longer able to use PayPal to receive donations. Register an account at Skrill. To make a payment, use this e-mail address as recipient’s e-mail address in Skrill: mail2[at]bigomagazine.com. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE RUDE 5
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.

BK for JEMS

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Lineage:
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


Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (320 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Please Do Not Hammer The Links. Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. The tracks should still be around. Please try again later.

Kindly email us if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files. Also email us if you have any rarities you’d like to share with our readers.

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

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

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THE TUBES - LOS ANGELES 1978 [MILLARD TAPE]

January 26, 2022 – 6:13 am

Fifty years ago today, Beatle George told us that All Things Must Pass. Then he told us about Living in the Material World. For 36 years, BigO has been trying to keep the spirit and history of the music alive. Before all things pass, we still need your help to live in this material world. You can help us to do this with a kind donation. Please give what you are happy to give…

HOW TO DONATE

Our costs will always be there. So readers who can donate towards the cost of the site, please open a Skrill account. Readers who wish to contribute to BigO will now have to use Skrill (click  here). We are no longer able to use PayPal to receive donations. Register an account at Skrill. To make a payment, use this e-mail address as recipient’s e-mail address in Skrill: mail2[at]bigomagazine.com. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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THE TUBES
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.

BK for JEMS

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Lineage:
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

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (320 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Please Do Not Hammer The Links. Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. The tracks should still be around. Please try again later.

Kindly email us if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files. Also email us if you have any rarities you’d like to share with our readers.

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

  Click here to order Tubes releases.

GENESIS - SAN DIEGO 1977 [MILLARD TAPE]

January 25, 2022 – 6:25 am

Fifty years ago today, Beatle George told us that All Things Must Pass. Then he told us about Living in the Material World. For 36 years, BigO has been trying to keep the spirit and history of the music alive. Before all things pass, we still need your help to live in this material world. You can help us to do this with a kind donation. Please give what you are happy to give…

HOW TO DONATE

Our costs will always be there. So readers who can donate towards the cost of the site, please open a Skrill account. Readers who wish to contribute to BigO will now have to use Skrill (click  here). We are no longer able to use PayPal to receive donations. Register an account at Skrill. To make a payment, use this e-mail address as recipient’s e-mail address in Skrill: mail2[at]bigomagazine.com. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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GENESIS
San Diego 1977 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 115. Live at the Sports Arena, San Diego, CA; March 27, 1977. 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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Known Faults:
The presumed final song, “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway”/”The Musical Box”, is missing.

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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Genesis - Sports Arena, San Diego, CA; March 27, 1977

With the band currently on tour in the United States it seemed like a fine time to release another one of Mike “The Mike” Millard’s Genesis recordings. Their 1977 tour was in support of Wind And Wuthering (released in December 1976) and began at the top of the year and carried on through early July.

The San Diego show came three nights after the band played The Forum in Inglewood, which Mike also taped, and was part of the home stretch on the US leg which saw them work their way up the coast, finishing in Vancouver on April 2.

This era of Genesis featured Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Steve Hackett, with new addition Chester Thompson on drums, taking over from Bill Bruford who occupied the drum throne on 1976’s A Trick Of The Tail tour, which Mike so brilliantly recorded in Burbank (Vol. 23 in the Lost and Found series).

The San Diego set features a relatively generous five songs from Wind/Wuthering, four from Tail and classics like “Supper’s Ready.” The only downside set-wise is it would appear the final encore, “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway > The Musical Box” was missed along the way for unknown reasons.

We’re written a lot about the acoustic wasteland that is the San Diego Sports Arena, but we might need to revise that opinion based on the results Mike pulled here. Recording from the 16th row, Mike makes an outstanding recording that’s as close, full and clear as anything in the canon. Genesis surely toured with a better PA than most and likely one of the best FOH engineers, which combine to overcome the limitations (and reverberations) of the SD Sports Arena in what is the best capture we’ve heard from there.

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Here’s what Jim R recalled about Genesis San Diego 1977:

I went with Mike Millard to the Genesis concert down in San Diego at the dreaded Sports Arena on March 27, 1977. As usual, Mike drove like a maniac, turning a two-hour drive closer to 1.5 hours. Ironically, Mike’s dad owned a truck driving school and his dad taught him a few tricks on how to avoid the Highway Patrol.

We sat a bit further back than usual, Row 16 on the floor. But this was a blessing in disguise, as the Sports Arena’s sound was actually better 10-12 rows further back than usual. Maybe that was the secret all along. Of course, Genesis travels with an excellent sound system, one of the best.

Being in the 16th row also gave us a lot more cover to hide the equipment. But the downside was being so far away, I took only about a half roll of 36 exposure slide film. A couple of the better photos I shot that night are included in the artwork.

Mike and I had gone to The Forum show three days before and sat in the second row on the floor. Much better. These were the second and third times we saw Genesis, the first being the Starlight Bowl in 1976 where we became big fans. They played a diverse setlist including the classic “Supper’s Ready.” Also, the great Steve Hackett was still in the band.

As I view a handful of Genesis videos from their current 2021 tour on YouTube it’s sad to see Phil’s declining health, but still great that they are going around one last time.

Back to this show, I hope you enjoy the sights and sounds as much as Mike and I did.

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.

Week after week the Lost and Found series benefits from the contributions of many. Thanks this week to Professor Goody for pitch help, Rob for the transfer and mjk5510 for outstanding post-production and artwork.

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
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 > xACT 2.50 > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Squonk 7:26
Track 102. One For The Vine 10:21
Track 103. Robbery, Assault and Battery 8:46
Track 104. Your Own Special Way 7:31
Track 105. Firth Of Fifth 9:18
Track 106. Carpet Crawlers 6:45
Track 107. In That Quiet Earth 4:39
55 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Afterglow 4:29
Track 202. I Know What I Like 9:52
Track 203. Eleventh Earl Of Mar 10:13
Track 204. Supper’s Ready 25:15
Track 205. Dance On A Volcano 5:20
Track 206. Los Endos 6:03
62 mins

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PETER GABRIEL - WEST HOLLYWOOD 1977 [MILLARD TAPE]

January 24, 2022 – 6:37 am

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PETER GABRIEL
West Hollywood 1977 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 118. Live at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA; April 10, 1977 (late 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; April 10, 1977 late show

We wrap 2021 and usher in 2022 with Mike “The Mic” Millard’s marvelous document of Peter Gabriel’s first solo tour captured live at The Roxy.

If we were to count Genesis and Gabriel shows together, collectively they would be Mike Millard’s most-recorded artist, such was his fandom for both. While he wasn’t fortunate enough to record Genesis before Gabriel’s departure, he was on the ground floor for the singer’s solo career, including a pair of legendary stands at The Roxy: this one from April 1977 and another supporting the second album in September/October 1978.

Mike recorded multiple nights of each stand. In 1977, he taped three sets, including the one simulcast on the radio (which he also had recorded on his behalf at home while he was at the club). Mike’s own tapes date the radio broadcast gig as the early show on April 9, though it is often listed as April 10.

This recording is the late set on April 10 which was also the final performance of the US tour, a fact PG himself acknowledges during the set. Mike was there with Jim R, whose photos appear on the cover art. The duo was in a Roxy sweet spot for this one, and Mike’s recording not only captures Gabriel’s performance brilliantly but the heightened atmosphere of the evening as well. Perhaps Robert Fripp’s guitar is a little lower in the mix than we might like, but that’s a minor quibble.

These early Gabriel sets showcase his eponymous debut album, every song from which is showcased, some multiple times: “Here Comes The Flood,” appears as the opening prelude and later in a longer rendition, while with only a limited repertoire, the final songs of the encore are a reprise of “Modern Love” and Gabriel’s seminal “Solsbury Hill.” We believe the latter may not have circulated before on other recordings or copies.

Beyond the first album songs there’s unreleased solo material, a version of Genesis’ “Back In NYC,” and two winning covers: Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar” and The Kinks’ “All Day And All Of The Night.” I love how often Gabriel addresses the audience in these shows, and as Jim’s photos show, he left the stage to venture among them leveraging what had to be a very early wireless microphone.

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Here’s what Jim recalled about Peter Gabriel at the Roxy on April 10, 1977

I went with Mike Millard to the Peter Gabriel concert on April 10, 1977, in this case, the late show. We went to the early show as well. Between shows, if you held tickets to the late set, the staff would let you stay inside and have first choice of tables before the patrons waiting outside were let in. We got a table against the stage where we could literally touch Gabriel if we wanted to. By the way, a Roxy table is a great way to hide recording equipment, particularly the Nak 550 and its two large VU meters, safely tucked away on the floor underneath.

Mike and I also went to both sets the night before on April 9. The Roxy shows were part of Peter Gabriel’s first tour as a solo artist, backed by a band that included legendary guitarist Robert Fripp (stage name Dusty Rhodes) and Larry Fast on keyboards. Not too shabby.

Peter Gabriel, especially when watched up close, is a mesmerizing performer. He was all over the stage, singing from the balcony and in the audience.

It was a great set of shows, I hope you enjoy this one 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.

JEMS would like to thank everyone who helped the Lost and Found series deliver new titles each week of 2021. Happily, we plan to do so again in 2022 as there is still a lot left in the Millard archive. Stalwart regulars Professor Goody and mjk5510 helped out this week and every week. We couldn’t do it without them. We also want to shout out supportive players like cpscps, who helps spread Millard music wider and does important heavy lifting in the background, as well as others in the extended JEMS family: slipkid68, Exit Club, Slowburn (the name itself a nod to Gabriel), MS, ademotte, MJ, the late great Jared Houser and Stan Gutoski. To Jim R and Rob S, thanks for your partnership. Drinks are on me.

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
Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassettes > Nakamichi RX-505 (azimuth adjustment) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture 2496 > MBIT+ resample to 1644 > iZotope RX8 > iZotope Ozone 8 > Audacity > xACT 2.50 > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Here Comes The Flood 2:19
Track 102. On The Air 4:15
Track 103. Moribund The Burgermeister 4:49
Track 104. Waiting For The Big One 8:34
Track 105. Song Without Words 3:50
Track 106. Excuse Me 3:43
Track 107. Solsbury Hill 6:20
Track 108. Ain’t That Peculiar 5:22
Track 109. Band Introductions 1:46
Track 110. Humdrum 5:37
47 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Slowburn 5:41
Track 202. All Day And All Night 4:25
Track 203. Here Comes The Flood 6:23
Track 204. Modern Love 5:26
Track 205. Down The Dolce Vita 8:50
Track 206. Back In NYC 7:45
Track 207. Modern Love 6:07
Track 208. Solsbury Hill 5:19
50 mins

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JAZZ ON SUNDAY: MARY HALVORSON - PITTSBURGH 2021

January 23, 2022 – 6:34 am

Fifty years ago today, Beatle George told us that All Things Must Pass. Then he told us about Living in the Material World. For 36 years, BigO has been trying to keep the spirit and history of the music alive. Before all things pass, we still need your help to live in this material world. You can help us to do this with a kind donation. Please give what you are happy to give…

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MARY HALVORSON “THUMBSCREW”
Pittsburgh 2021 [no label, 1CD]

17. International Jazz Poetry Month. Alphabet City, Pittsburgh, PA; September 23, 2021. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).

Thanks to henrymucca for sharing the HDTV webcast at Dime.

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Throughout August 2021, Thumbscrew (Mary Halvorson, guitar; Michael Formanek, double bass; and Tomas Fujiwara, drums) were living on Sampsonia Way as part of their fourth City of Asylum residency, developing original compositions for their newest album. This concert, recorded on the final days of residency, is a showcase of their new material and a sneak peek of a forthcoming album.

Since 2005 September in Pittsburgh means it’s time to celebrate Jazz Poetry at City of Asylum. This year, Jazz Poetry 2021 melds all the opportunities of virtual programming with the thrilling return to in-person concerts, all while speaking to the very core of City of Asylum’s mission to protect and celebrate creative free expression.

There will be nine completely different concerts including 4 international commissions created specially for Jazz Poetry 2021. Some will be virtual, some will be live-streamed from Europe directly to Pittsburgh, and some concerts will be live at City of Asylum @ Alphabet City. All concerts will continue to be streamed on our virtual programming channel. There are plenty of options to tune-in and participate and we’re welcome to welcome back this community in whatever way suits you best.
All programs are streamed and can be watched at any time.

Missed a program? Don’t worry - all programs will remain on demand and accessible on Crowdcast page.

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Track 01. intro 1:08
Track 02. Untitled 4:59
Track 03. Untitled 7:50
Track 04. Untitled 5:36
Track 05. Untitled 6:24
Track 06. Untitled 4:40
Track 07. Untitled 7:38
Track 08. Untitled 9:22
Track 09. Untitled 6:12
Track 10. Untitled 5:58
Track 11. Untitled 9:01
Track 12. Untitled 7:14
76 mins

Mary Halvorson - guitar
Michael Formanek - double bass
Tomas Fujiwara - drums, vibes

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VARIOUS - NEW YORK 1997 [RONNIE SPECTOR R.I.P. 1943 - 2022]

January 22, 2022 – 6:31 am

Fifty years ago today, Beatle George told us that All Things Must Pass. Then he told us about Living in the Material World. For 36 years, BigO has been trying to keep the spirit and history of the music alive. Before all things pass, we still need your help to live in this material world. You can help us to do this with a kind donation. Please give what you are happy to give…

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RONNIE SPECTOR [R.I.P. 1943 - 2022]

Ronnie Spector, the lead singer of the Ronettes, the 1960s vocal trio that gave a passionate, bad-girl edge to pop’s girl-group sound with hits like “Be My Baby” and “Baby, I Love You,” died on January 12, 2022. She was 78. She died after “a brief battle with cancer,” according to a statement from her family, which gave no further details. With high-piled hair, tight outfits and seductive looks, the three young women of the Ronettes - Ronnie, born Veronica Bennett; her sister, Estelle; and their cousin Nedra Talley - transformed the virginal model that had defined female pop groups since the 1940s.

We weren’t afraid to be hot. That was our gimmick,” Ms Spector wrote in her 1990 memoir, “Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, or, My Life as a Fabulous Ronette.”

“When we saw the Shirelles walk onstage with their wide party dresses,” she wrote, “we went in the opposite direction and squeezed our bodies into the tightest skirts we could find. Then we’d get out onstage and hike them up to show our legs even more.”

The Ronettes disbanded in 1967, and Ms Spector married producer Phil Spector the next year. In her memoir, she wrote that he had essentially held her prisoner during their relationship, surrounding her with guard dogs and taking away her shoes, among other erratic and psychologically abusive behavior. They divorced in 1974. [Phil Spector passed away in prison in January 2021.]

“Every song is a little piece of my life,” she said in 2007. “I’m just a girl from the ghetto who wanted to sing.” - nytimes.com

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RONNIE SPECTOR, RUTH BROWN, WANDA JACKSON, LUCINDA WILLIAMS
New York 1997 [Two Of Us Master Series Volume 71, 2CD]

“Trouble Girls: The Rolling Stone Book Of Women In Rock” Publication Party. Live at Tramps, New York City, NY; November 13, 1997. Very good audience recording.

Thanks to mjk5510 and Two Of Us for sharing the show at Dime.

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Known Faults:
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus: splice
- That Train Doesn’t Stop Here: start cut
- 5-10-15 Hours: end cut
- Tears In Heaven: Intro Only
- Rockabilly Fever: start slightly cut

Between 1983 and 2002 there was likely not a taper or taping duo more active than the “Two Of Us”. For the better part of two decades they taped over 250 artists with an array being taped multiple times.

If you collect Springsteen then you are already familiar with some of their work, “fmcleanboots” has posted a half dozen or so of their “Tunnel Of Love” tour shows but has decided to pass the baton.

What you don’t know is their passion was not just for Springsteen but for music and that passion runs deep. It is astonishing how many artists they taped.

They followed tours taping club shows, theater shows, arena shows, big artists, mid-level artists and local artists. If they were following a tour and the tour had an off night they’d see who else was playing that night to tape.

Always focused on enjoyment of the show as the priority, tickets were for the most part acquired outside of the venue as they worked to obtain the best possible seats, continually trading up until the correct seats were acquired.

The results of this were the captures are uniformly excellent but on occasion the start of the show was sacrificed as a trade-off for the seats. The heavy lifting was done by the Sony WM-D6C and an external Shure Mic before moving to DAT for the last couple of years.

None of their masters have ever been circulated and have been safely stored for the past three to four decades in a climate controlled environment. Tapes transferred so far are in pristine condition.

Though we may do some mini releases of a series of shows in order for one portion of a tour for the most part shows will not be released in order, there are just too many of them.

This will be a very exciting series and we hope along the way we upgrade existing circulating audio and offer up shows that do not have any circulating audio.

We hope you enjoy the ride, this is definitely not a dark ride.

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“Trouble Girls: Book Of Women In Rock” Publication Party featuring Ronnie Spector, Ruth Brown, Wanda Jackson and Lucinda Williams @ Tramps - NYC November 13, 1997

You never know what is going to emerge as part of the “Two Of Us” recording legacy. We get a great cross section of national tours, regional tours and local artists.

Some of the most exciting shows to emerge are the “only in New York City” shows, this show clearly falls into that category and features three inductees in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and one that should be.

In 1997, Rolling Stone published “The Rolling Stone Book Of Women In Rock”. The release was promoted with a publication party at Tramps featuring Ronnie Spector, Ruth Brown, Wanda Jackson and Lucinda Williams.

And what a great party it was, Ronnie Spector opens the proceedings, an artist we have featured on a number of previous releases, we get a couple of nice additions to her standard set in “So Young” and “She Talks To Rainbows”. I’m a big Ronnie Spector fan, she always puts on a great show and like always she has the crowd eating out of the palm of her hand. We are pleased to add another Ronnie set to her live legacy.

The Queen of R&B is up next with a deep, bluesy set of some of her biggest hits. Any set that features “I Sold My Heart To The Junkman” is a show worth hearing. A great set of classics, we do only get the intro to her version of “Tears In Heaven”, I bet she brought the audience to tears with that one.

The penultimate set features the Queen Of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson. I’ve not been exposed to Wanda’s live performances previously, she can really get a crowd going. Another great set of classics there is a lot to like about her set.

Lucinda Williams closes the night in true Lucinda fashion, playing great music with complaints about her record label, men leaving the seat up and life in general. She is clearly happy playing Tramps, commenting on the great ladies of Rock sharing the bill that night and the great sound system. Her five-song set is heavy on songs from “Sweet Old World” and features “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road” eight months before it was released.

Thanks to “Two Of Us” and their dedication to capturing all these great shows, the HOURS and HOURS spent waiting in line, traveling, money on tickets as well as trusting me to be the caretaker of their life’s work, our little community is indebted to you both. Also, a big thank you to my friend “fmcleanboots” for putting me in touch and laying the groundwork that has resulted in all these great releases and finally to professor goody for always being “on call” to ensure we’re at the correct pitch… we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface.

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Transfer: Master Tapes > Nakamichi DR-01 (azimuth adjusted) > Sound Devices USBPre2 > Audacity > iZotope RX 8 / ozone 9 (mastered) > Peak Pro 6 (post production) > xACT 2.39 > FLAC

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Disc 1
Ronnie Spector
Track 01. Why Don’t They Let Us Fall In Love 2:25
Track 02. Baby, I Love You 2:49
Track 03. Say Goodbye To Hollywood 3:21
Track 04. So Young 2:51
Track 05. She Talks To Rainbows 3:49
Track 06. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 2:42
Track 07. Walking In The Rain 3:52
Track 08. (The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up 3:33
Track 09. You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory 4:13
Track 10. Be My Baby 4:22
34 mins

Ruth Brown
Track 11. That Train Don’t Stop Here 7:24
Track 12. 5-10-15 Hours 5:51
Track 13. I Sold My Heart To The Junkman 7:26
Track 14. Too Little Too Late 6:10
Track 15. If I Can’t Sell It, I’ll Keep Sittin’ On It 4:45
Track 16. Tears In Heaven (Intro only) 0:42
Track 17. Love Letters 7:25
40 mins

Disc 2
Wanda Jackson
Track 18. Rockabilly Fever 4:03
Track 19. Stupid Cupid 3:24
Track 20. Mean, Mean Man 3:04
Track 21. Fujiyama Mama 2:55
Track 22. Right Or Wrong 2:47
Track 23. Let’s Have A Party Medley 2:19
Track 24. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On 2:51
Track 25. Rip It Up 2:49
25 mins

Lucinda Williams
Track 26. Pineola 5:13
Track 27. Something About What Happens When We Talk 5:43
Track 28. Car Wheels On A Gravel Road 5:24
Track 29. Can’t Let Go 4:38
Track 30. Hot Blood 10:32
32 mins

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MILEY CYRUS - NAPA, CA 2021

January 21, 2022 – 6:15 am

Fifty years ago today, Beatle George told us that All Things Must Pass. Then he told us about Living in the Material World. For 36 years, BigO has been trying to keep the spirit and history of the music alive. Before all things pass, we still need your help to live in this material world. You can help us to do this with a kind donation. Please give what you are happy to give…

HOW TO DONATE

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MILEY CYRUS
Napa, CA 2021 [no label, 1CD]

Bottlerock Festival. Verizon Stage, Napa, CA; September 4, 2021. Very good audience recording.

Thanks to TJ (thomascirca) for sharing the show at Dime.

thomascirca noted:

I’m actually shocked by how good this recording turned out. After watching Run the Jewels and being on the rail I moved to behind the sound booth with my group so that we could have a dance party and get away from the crowd. I pointed the mics at the mini-repeater that was mounted behind the sound booth and hoped for the best and overall I think it sounds great. It does cut out at the end when the band was closing with an instrumental outro: the PCM-A10 flashed a “memory full” error and stopped recording but I have no idea why because there was plenty of storage left on the device. Oh well!

In terms of the performance Miley crushed it. I came away incredibly impressed at her on-stage presence and vocals. She definitely deserved that headliner spot! This was her second show back after her performance at the Lollapalooza Festival. Would love to see her again!

I run a Rage Against the Machine live archive at ratm.live. Please get in touch if you have any recordings of Rage!

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Track 01. We Can’t Stop (Pixies “Where Is My Mind” interlude) 6:44
Track 02. WTF Do I Know 2:51
Track 03. Plastic Hearts 3:37
Track 04. Heart of Glass (Blondie cover) 4:00
Track 05. Gimme What I Want 2:49
Track 06. SMS (Bangerz) 3:24
Track 07. Dooo It 2:08
Track 08. Love Money Party 2:56
Track 09. 23 (Mike WiLL Made-It cover) 4:29
Track 10. Malibu (Los Frequencies remix) 6:25
Track 11. Nothing Breaks Like a Heart (Mark Ronson cover) 8:07
Track 12. Maybe (Janis Joplin cover) 3:28
Track 13. 7 Things 3:56
Track 14. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) (Cher cover) 1:25
Track 15. See You Again 6:16
Track 16. Midnight Sky 4:18
Track 17. The Climb 3:39
Track 18. Can’t Be Tamed 3:20
Track 19. Wrecking Ball (Prince “Nothing Compare 2 U” interlude) 5:12
Track 20. Party in the USA 4:52
84 mins

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LORETTA LYNN - WESTBURY 1981

January 20, 2022 – 6:26 am

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LORETTA LYNN
Westbury 1981 [no label, 1CD]

ABC Radio - The Silver Eagle Cross Country Music Show #22. Westbury, NY; October 31, 1981 (broadcast November 21, 1981). Very good radio broadcast (vinyl rip).

In a career which spans six decades in country music, Loretta Lynn has released multiple gold albums. She is famous for hits such as “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)”, “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)”, “One’s on the Way”, “Fist City” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter” along with the 1980 biographical film of the same name. - wikipedia

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At the end of the song “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” it sounds like the speed changes. I re-recorded it and it is in the mix. It does not sound natural and maybe a drag in the master recording. I can’t remember the name of the backup group, but I heard from one of them that she called them her kids. So I refer to them as “The Kids” on the song they do. Some might know who Ray Burdett is and he is the bass singer with “The Kids” on this one.

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Track 01. Intro 1:10
Track 02. Everybody’s Looking For Somebody New 2:25
Track 03. You’re Lookin’ At Country 2:12
Track 04. Silver Threads And Golden Needles 2:25
Track 05. Somebody Somewhere 2:08
Track 06. Thank God I’m A Country Girl 2:36
Track 07. When The Tingle Becomes A Chill 3:24
Track 08. Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’ 2:04
Track 09. Love Is The Foundation 1:54
Track 10. You Ain’t Woman Enough 2:33
Track 11. She’s Got You 3:36
Track 12. One’s On The Way 1:45
Track 13. The Pill 1:11
Track 14. You Can’t Be A Beacon 6:09
Track 15. Fist City 4:42
Track 16. Rocky Top 1:41
Track 17. Gospel Medley - The Kids 5:59
Track 18. I’m A Honky Tonk Girl 2:44
Track 19. Walking The Floor Over You 0:58
Track 20. Blue Moon Of Kentucky 1:44
Track 21. There Stands The Glass 1:09
Track 22. It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels 1:02
Track 23. Crazy 2:18
Track 24. We’ve Come A Long Way Baby 1:19
Track 25. Blue Kentucky Girl 2:57
Track 26. God Bless America Again 3:11
Track 27. Coal Miner’s Daughter 3:36
Track 28. They Don’t Make ‘Em Like My Daddy 5:59
75 mins

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MARGO PRICE - FARM AID 2021

January 19, 2022 – 6:26 am

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MARGO PRICE
Farm Aid 2021 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the XFINITY Theatre, Hartford, Connecticut; September 25, 2021. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).

Thanks to indykid for sharing the HDTV webcast at Dime.

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Thom Duffy, billboard.com, September 2021:

As Farm Aid made its in-person return at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, Conn, on Saturday (September 25), Margo Price took the stage - as she has every year of the festival since 2016, including last year’s livestreamed show - and wowed the crowd with her mix of Americana poetry and pure bad-ass energy.

In front of a photo backdrop of a field of wildflowers, dressed in a brown fringed dress, Price turned to her band, then peeled out with “Letting Me Down,” “Four Years of Chance” and “Weakness” - three killer tracks in a row.

A short time later, she remarked: “We’ve been singing this for the women of Texas, but this goes out to anyone who feels disrespected.” Her cover of Lesley Gore’s 1964 hit “You Don’t Own Me” was a vocal tour de force.

Presented with a bouquet of roses as her set concluded, she gently tossed groups of buds into the audience; giving back even more on this early autumn night.

During the past several weeks, Price has been touring behind an exceptionally productive rush of recordings including her 2020 album, That’s How Rumors Get Started, and a live EP titled, Live From the Other Side, released in July and featuring a soulful Tina Turner-style cover version of “Help.”

This show marked Price’s first Farm Aid performance since it was announced in April that the singer had joined Nelson, Mellencamp, Matthews and Neil Young as a new member of the board of the organization - which, across 36 years, has raised some $60 million to support a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Nelson’s wife, Annie Nelson, also was named to the board in April.

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Track 01. introduction by Dave Matthews/Letting Me Down 7:11
Track 02. Four Years of Chances/Weakness 7:09
Track 03. Prisoner of the Highway 3:50
Track 04. Light Me Up 4:57
Track 05. Tennessee Song 6:10
Track 06. Homegrown (Neil Young cover, with Lukas and Micah Nelson) 3:26
Track 07. You Don’t Own Me (Lesley Gore cover)/A Little Pain 7:58
41 mins

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ROSANNE CASH - CINCINATTI 1981

January 18, 2022 – 6:04 am

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ROSANNE CASH
Cincinatti 1981 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Bogarts, Cincinatti, Ohio; June 2, 1981. Very good FM (Pre-FM?).

Thanks to morningcalm for sharing the show at Dime.

morningcalm noted:

This is not the streaming version found posted on-line in several places. That is the Wolfgang’s version. This is from a radio broadcast with an announcer. These files were on my hard drive and I am not sure of the source or lineage. Not sure if FM or PRE-FM.

MD5 file changed due to the file title not meeting Dime title requirements of date format, and track titles added. Info file changed with more information and deletion of some inaccurate info. Files look clean on a spectrum analyzer.

The first cut says the show is sponsored by Strohs. If anyone knows the source, please add it. I’m guessing it is an ABC Radio Networks or foreign show, but I don’t think it is Silver Eagle.

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Track 01. Rainin’ 2:30
Track 02. Baby Better Start Turning ‘Em Down 2:52
Track 03. Right Or Wrong 2:56
Track 04. Blue Moon With Heartache 4:03
Track 05. Seven Year Ache 3:10
Track 06. Hometown Blues 2:43
Track 07. Man Smart, Woman Smarter 2:55
Track 08. Seeing’s Believing 3:55
Track 09. No Memories Hanging ‘Round 2:54
Track 10. Oh Yes I Can 2:53
Track 11. My Baby Thinks He’s A Train 3:55
Track 12. What Kinda Girl 2:22
37 mins

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ANGEL OLSEN - SAN FRANCISCO 2021

January 17, 2022 – 6:51 am

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ANGEL OLSEN
San Francisco 2021 [no label, 1CD]

Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. Sutro Stage, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA; October 30, 2021. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).

Thanks to indykid for sharing the HDTV webcast at Dime.

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American singer/songwriter Angel Olsen certain hasn’t let the ongoing crisis in the world slow her down. Less than a year after releasing her fourth studio album, All Mirrors [October 2019], she released her fifth album, Whole New Mess [August 2020]. Interestingly, the new album features some stripped down versions of songs from Olsen’s last album.

Many of the songs on Whole New Mess are very stripped down, the opposite of All Mirrors, but both have showcased Olsen’s greatest weapon - her voice. It might be a cliché to say it, but she does seem to be a natural successor to Roy Orbison, the rock and roll legend who recorded some of the saddest songs of all time.

Olsen’s songs aren’t as sad as Orbisons’, but she is still able, as he was, to belt out a song with complete conviction and take over the instruments. The voice becomes the focal point. This is particularly true on Whole New Mess, as often the instrumentation is only Olsen and a guitar, and she takes command of each song from the opening note.

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Track 01. All Mirrors 4:53
Track 02. Spring 3:59
Track 03. Shut Up Kiss Me 5:33
Track 04. Forgiven/Forgotten 3:09
Track 05. Gloria (Laura Branigan cover) 5:09
Track 06. Impasse */Lark * 12:02
Track 07. Sister 9:45
Track 08. Chance * 6:11
51 mins

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JAZZ ON SUNDAY: JEAN-LUC PONTY - ENCINITAS 1976

January 16, 2022 – 6:22 am

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JEAN-LUC PONTY
Encinitas 1976 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the La Paloma Theater, Encinitas, CA; October 23, 1976 (Early Show). Very good soundboard.

Jazz fusion by itself is already a vast field. Violin jazz fusion might narrow things down somewhat and Jean-Luc Ponty stands out among its practitioners. Ponty might have been trained in classical music but under the influence of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, he switched to jazz and for someone who has played on John McLaughlin/Mahavishnu Orchestra albums, he certainly needs no introduction. And anyone who is endorsed by Frank Zappa is certainly worth at least a listen.

The mid-’70s was a fruitful period for Jean Luc Ponty. In May 1975, he released Upon The Wings of Music. He recorded Aurora in December 1975 and got it out in February 1976; and before the year was out, he had released Imaginary Voyage.

This is certainly not drive-time fusion or jazz for lounging in the afternoon. This is fiery red-hot fusion with Ponty attacking the music with a vengeance. One can only wonder what demons he was trying to exorcise.

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ledwhofloyd (Ross) noted:

Jerry Moore source 1: -1.5% because it was running fast
Sandy Troy source 2: +3.7% because it was running slow


The Jerry Moore source of this show has better sound quality than the Sandy Troy recording, but the Sandy Troy  recording is more complete. Both sources needed speed adjustment.

I used the Sandy Troy source to patch the first ~2 seconds of the show and during Jean-Luc Ponty’s chatter before  Renaissance from 53:58.804 - 53:59.603. Interestingly, the tuning break before Renaissance seems to be cut in the  Sandy Troy source. I crossfaded the sources for about 1 second when possible. The Sandy Troy source is louder than the Jerry Moore source so I had to deamplify it.

I copied the right channel to the left from 53:58.804-53:59.603 to “repair” a dropout during Lost Forest. Because there are significant differences between the channels in this stereo soundboard, this is somewhat noticeable.

The encore is entirely missing from the Jerry Moore source. The audio also fades out after Aurora at the same point on the Sandy Troy source so this source mix is still not continuous.

I did this work in Audacity on a combined single track. I exported the results as retracked FLAC files and used TLH to fix SBE/create a checksum.

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glasnostrd19, Dime:

great later Aurora/early IV tour show. thanks for fixing up and sharing this mix. the break after aurora was likely there to flip the reel over, if this was ever broadcast (I wasn’t sure if FM or sbd but think you’re right about it being a sbd) and possibly also for the sbd source of any FM broadcast that may have happened of this show. haven’t heard this in ages, so don’t recall the imaginary voyage “diversion” in here. sounds like the pitch is good here, I don’t recall how it sounded in the old version, which I got long before having any clue about what to do about problems like that. if one source is with dolby and the other not, that by itself would change the “dynamics” of the 2 sources considerably, (along with any other differing factors).

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sbd reel master was made on Sony TC-755,
playback of r.m. on Tandberg A20A > Technics 1506 (JM’s 1st gen),
1st gen reel playback on Sony TC-850>Teac an-180 nr
> sbm1 > cdr > eac > cd wave > flac
transfer by Rob Berger

Source 2 *: Sandy Troy, shared by propylaen in September 2020
Lineage: SBD > Sony TC-755 reel deck > ? > CD-R > FLAC > WAV > CDR > EAC > FLAC 8
Source Mix Lineage: FLAC > TAudioconverter (combine tracks) > Audacity > FLAC > TLH > FLAC 8

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Track 01. Imaginary Voyage 25:39
Track 02. Passengers Of The Dark 10:21
Track 03. Renaissance 8:51
Track 04. Question With No Answer 6:09
Track 05. Lost Forest 9:19
Track 06. Wandering On The Milky Way 3:54
Track 07. Aurora 13:18
Track 08. New Country 4:01
Track 09. Tarantula 3:04
85 mins

Lineup:
Jean-Luc Ponty - electric violin
Daryl Stuermer - guitar
Alan Zavod - keyboards
Tom Fowler - bass
Mark Craney - drums

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DAMON ALBARN - PARIS 2021

January 15, 2022 – 6:24 am

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DAMON ALBARN
Paris 2021 [no label, 1CD]

ARTE Concert Festival. La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France; November 5, 2021. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).

Thanks to calypso21 for sharing the HDTV webcast at Dime.

Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz) presents his latest solo project, “The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows”, a declaration of love to Iceland and a poetic live concert to which several guest musicians give orchestral opulence. (The Nearer The Fountain… was released on November 12, 2021. The Guardian calls it “a genuinely beautiful album”.)

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Track 01. The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows */The Cormorant * 9:25
Track 02. Royal Morning Blue */Lonely Press Play 7:08
Track 03. Go Back (Tony Allen cover) 5:10
Track 04. The Tower of Montevideo * 5:39
Track 05. The Poison Tree (The Good, The Bad & The Queen song) 5:08
Track 06. Hong Kong (Gorillaz cover)/Daft Wader * 7:29
Track 07. Out of Time (Blur song) 4:26
Track 08. El Mañana (Gorillaz cover) 4:17
Track 09. Darkness to Light/On Melancholy Hill (Gorillaz cover) 8:46
Track 10. Polaris * 5:48
Track 11. Particles * 4:17
Track 12. This Is a Low (Blur song) 7:09
75 mins

* Tracks from The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows.

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ERIC CLAPTON - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 1974

January 14, 2022 – 6:07 am

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ERIC CLAPTON
New York 1974 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY; July 13, 1974. Very good soundboard, with audience patches.

Thanks to grner1 for sharing the show at Dime.

grner1 noted:

This is by far the best sounding version of this show, now remastered to repair many gaps between songs and channel dropouts seamlessly.

Thanks to Prof Goody for this pitch-verified best source of this show, after he provided a pitch-offset amount for another version that I had already worked on. (This version here was already pitch accurate.) Please support the artists and live venues any way that you can. Enjoy and SHARE!

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Original seeder’s notes before this remaster: This is the lowest generation ever copy of this soundboard recording. The master tapes having been “borrowed” from a well known sound engineer during the early ’80s and transferred. When the original owner had no further use of the tapes he gave me a whole batch of them and they have remained uncirculated in this form and quality until now.

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Complete Soundboard with audience patches for the intro and encore.
Master Cassette Tapes > 1st Gen Cassette Tapes > BBE Sonic Maximiser & NR > BBE Burn-It CD-Recorder
grner1 2021-12-23: xACT (decoded to AIFF files > Macintosh with Digidesign MBox audio interface > Digidesign Pro Tools (merged SBD & AUD sections, removed many dropouts seamlessly, added missing applause sections from an alternate lesser quality version of this show, retracked with seamless disc change suitable for CDR burning) > AIFF files > xACT (Flac level 8 files, tagged with sector boundaries verified).

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Disc 1
Track 101. intro 4:10
Track 102. Smile 3:56
Track 103. Let It Grow 5:36
Track 104. Can’t Find My Way Home 5:13
Track 105. band intros 1:05
Track 106. Willie And The Hand Jive 4:37
Track 107. Get Ready 6:37
Track 108. Let It Rain 6:43
Track 109. Key To The Highway 8:15
Track 110. Badge 6:58
54 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Blues Power 8:40
Track 202. Have You Ever Loved A Woman 6:30
Track 203. Layla 4:53
Track 204. In The Presence Of The Lord 8:53
Track 205. Steady Rollin’ Man 3:46
Track 206. Crossroads 5:20
Track 207. Bright Lights Big City 7:19
Track 208. Little Queenie 7:29
53 mins

Lineup:
Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
George Terry - guitar
Carl Radle - bass
Dick sims - keyboards
Jamie Oldaker - drums
Yvonne Elliman - backing vocals
Todd Rundgren guests on Little Queenie

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