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Inglewood 1989 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 43. Live at The Forum, Inglewood, CA; November 29, 1989. Fairly to very good audience recording.

Thanks to Mike Millard; Rob, Jim R; Barry G; JEMS; BK; and mjk5510 for sharing the show at Dime.

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Known Faults:
- Occasional repaired but still audible right channel dropouts in the first 45 mins

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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Paul McCartney - The Forum, Inglewood, CA; November 29, 1989

Our exploration of Millard’s remarkable body of work finally reaches a Beatle with Mike’s recording of Paul McCartney on the final night of a five-show run at The Forum, November 29, 1989. The world tour marked Macca’s return to US stages for the first time since the Wings Over America tour in 1976.

Needless to say enthusiasm for his performances was extremely high as an entire generation had their first chance to hear Beatles songs performed by McCartney himself including several that the Fab Four never performed live.

That pent-up demand and unbridled enthusiasm translates to one of the loudest crowds I’ve yet to hear on the Millard master. Despite sitting very close (third row, dead center, Mike’s recording captures plenty of hooping, hollering, cheers, whistles and shouts as fans simply couldn’t control themselves.

Jim R offers this sympathetic assessment, “Seeing a Beatle is on another level compared to most acts. There is a constant feeling that you are witnessing history in the making. Hearing songs from your teens. Need I say more? So to those fans near Mike and picked up on his recording, I understand where you are coming from and I forgive you.”

I too am sympathetic having caught this tour a few months later in Seattle, where I can still recall the moment when Paul began “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band” and I was overwhelmed by the realization that this indelible rock masterpiece was actually being played live on this tour for the first time.

Despite the crowd noise, Mike’s master cassettes deliver a close, detailed and rich capture. We did a little work to help pull up the vocals, which can sometimes get lost when one is too close to the stage and the PA is essentially reaching beyond your seat, but otherwise Mike did all the heavy lifting.

The long set features many staples from the tours McCartney has done since. I particularly appreciate selections like “Things We Said Today” and “Coming Up.”

Mike the Mic also recorded opening night of the run on November 23, the first US show of the tour. I went with the last night for our series as two songs from 11/23 are featured on the official live album Tripping The Live Fantastic. We’ll find a home for the first night at another time and place.

Some of you may be wondering if Millard recorded Wings in ’76. He did, but 6/23/76 is also a show from which songs were culled for a live album. Again, we’ll find an alternate path for that classic recording.

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JEMS is proud to partner with Rob, Jim R and Barry G 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 these 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.

Hats off as well to mjk5510, for ensuring our releases meet or exceed his high standards. Without him, I assure you the trains don’t run on time.

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
Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassettes > Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth adjustment; Dolby On) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX7 > iZotope Ozone 8 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Figure Of Eight 5:25
Track 102. Jet 4:17
Track 103. Rough Ride 4:59
Track 104. Got To Get You Into My Life 3:05
Track 105. Band On The Run 5:34
Track 106. Ebony And Ivory 4:29
Track 107. We Got Married 6:47
Track 108. Maybe I’m Amazed 4:58
Track 109. The Long And Winding Road 4:36
Track 110. The Fool On The Hill 5:08
Track 111. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band 6:20
Track 112. Good Day Sunshine 2:55
Track 113. Can’t Buy Me Love 2:36
Track 114. Bourree/Put It There 3:12
65 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Things We Said Today 4:53
Track 202. Eleanor Rigby 2:44
Track 203. This One 4:56
Track 204. My Brave Face 3:19
Track 205. Back In The USSR 3:24
Track 206. I Saw Her Standing There 3:21
Track 207. Tewnty Flight Rock 4:49
Track 208. Coming Up 7:15
Track 209. Let It Be 4:49
Track 210. Ain’t That A Shame 4:00
Track 211. Live And Let Die 4:20
Track 212. Hey Jude 8:17
Track 213. Yesterday 2:57
Track 214. Get Back 4:17
Track 215. Golden Slumbers 2:51
Track 216. Carry That Weight 3:41
Track 217. The End 1:24
72 mins

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  1. 30 Responses to “PAUL McCARTNEY - INGLEWOOD 1989 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. Thanks!

    By Tom on Dec 5, 2020

  3. the best thing about Mccartney was Lennon and vice versa
    Paul provided the necessary pop and John provided the balls.

    By Madame Phoot on Dec 5, 2020

  4. I was hoping deeply that the June 23, 1976 Forum show had been recorded by Mike Millard, but also that you could make it available. None of those recordings ended up on the Wings Over America CD. My future wife and I got the tickets in Woodland Hills at a dealer for $25 each. There was a long wait outside. A Sgt.Pepper band marched around the Forum, which was round. 3 Limos w/tinted glass drove around the Forum (The big rumor was that it would be a Beatle reunion. Ha!) Ringo appeared at the very end of the long show, but did not perform. There were a lot of encores. Wings promotional videos were show on the big screen behind the band. Everyone was kept outside waiting, until a DC8 flew low over the top of the Forum. Then Wings opened with Jet. Cher and Elton John were sitting in the center of the front row. When Ringo came out, he leaned over to Cher and gave her a dozen red roses, then grabbed a guitar and did a pose like he would play it, but gave it back to a roadie, turned around, Paul and Ringo put their arms over their shoulders while they turned around, and headed straight back, to leave the stage.

    By ScarRad on Dec 5, 2020

  5. My friend Valerie, who belonged to the Beatles Fan Club in New York way back when, got to go to this performance, and afterwards gave me a cassette copy of it. But I recall it not being super good of a recording. I may even still have it somewhere. I have no idea who did the recording. She was a super Beatles fan. She was the secretary to the Vice President of Disney Channel. When my 6 year old nephew was ill and eventually died, she came over to my brother’s house and gave a little party for Garrett, and gave him a whole lot of Disney toys to enjoy. It was a sweet time, during a rough deal for him and the family.

    By ScarRad on Dec 5, 2020

  6. I forgot to mention that in 76, during the ten songs (or so) encore, lights were dimmed and laser beams went flying out in every direction over our heads!

    By ScarRad on Dec 5, 2020

  7. Twenty Flight Rock a cover of Eddie Cochran, who died in a car in England in 1960 when it took a bad bump and he flew up and hit the inside roof of the car he was riding in. Ain’t That A Shame a cover of Fats Domino, who lost his piano and most of his mementos in the New Orleans Katrina Hurricane.

    By ScarRad on Dec 5, 2020

  8. Nice info. Thanks, Scared.

    By Rex on Dec 5, 2020

  9. Dec 14th I go in for scans for cancer, which I had for 4 years. Dec 17th will mark the tenth anniversary of my wife’s death due to cancer. If I’m still around, I would really appreciate it if since you can’t post the June 1976 Wings Forum concert here, that you post here the date and where you’ve posted the alternate site. Thank you.

    By ScarRad on Dec 5, 2020

  10. Just noticing that Paul chose mostly Beatles songs to perform on this concert in 1989. With Wings in 1976 he was much more loathe to do Beatles tunes. He mostly performed Wings material. He had plenty of their hits to perform. Mostly he saved them for the encores. Paul’s wife Linda was playing keyboards in 76, and Joe English was on drums then. They also had a horn section then too. Joe English did a few albums and I saw him perform solo once.

    By ScarRad on Dec 5, 2020

  11. All the best, ScarRad - BG

    By Brian Griffin on Dec 5, 2020

  12. Rumor has it Paul gots a Lil Un

    By U L E on Dec 5, 2020

  13. As do all the Fab Four

    By U L E on Dec 5, 2020

  14. With John being the Lilst Un

    By U L E on Dec 5, 2020

  15. Rumor has it Linda preferred Big Uns

    By U L E on Dec 5, 2020

  16. Rumor has it Denny Laine gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Dec 5, 2020

  17. A very satisfied Linda on tour

    By U L E on Dec 5, 2020

  18. Scar Rad , I have a burned copy of McCartney and Wings . LA Forum 6 23 1976 . A Millard recording. Sounds very good . Paul in his prime . You’re right he didn’t want to perform beatles songs back then . The bad feelings from the breakup were still too fresh. As time went on everyone mellowed out and the bad feelings subsided somewhat. I still feel that if John had lived that there would have eventually been a Beatles reunion. Mark David Chapman destroyed all of that in 1980 .

    By Bill on Dec 6, 2020

  19. I’m pretty sure that the 76 forum show is available on some of these bootleg sites . Think I downloaded mine from Guitars 101

    By Bill on Dec 6, 2020

  20. Thanks Bill! I will check it out.

    By ScarRad on Dec 6, 2020

  21. Got To Get..last Beatle single, released by Capitol in 1974, reached #20 on the charts. I was working in a record shop in 1974, 45’s were 69 cents.

    By ScarRad on Dec 6, 2020

  22. Sick people here

    By Rex on Dec 6, 2020

  23. Twernt me above . I don’t post messages bout penis

    By U L E on Dec 6, 2020

  24. Paul McCartney and Wings June 23 1976 on YouTube at 360p.Audio only. The sound is good. Nice to have the first two songs to hear for the first time, since we were not able to get in until after the DC8 flew over to open Jet. Not much info on YouTube. At least it is proof that Mike Millard got in early. We were in the back, but it was still great sound, and we shared our binocular with each other. That’s how we spotted Cher and Elton John. I forgot to memtion that my wife’s brother-in-law worked security at the gig.

    By ScarRad on Dec 7, 2020

  25. 6 Wings Over America videos at 1080p. Heading claims to be Forum June 23 1976, but that’s an error, as it clearly shows Lady Madonna to be from San Francisco. It doesn’t show where the other songs were performed either.

    By ScarRad on Dec 7, 2020

  26. DC8 4 engine jet that flew low over the Forum when Paul McCartney and Wings played there June 23, 1976. Built by Douglas Aircraft in 1955, where both my parents worked during World War II before my dad was drafted to fight in the Philippines. My dad and his 3 buddies in a jeep were all shot by a sniper, and my dad was the only survivor.

    By scarRad on Dec 7, 2020

  27. Sorry, that’s ScarRad.

    By scarRad on Dec 7, 2020

  28. Well, I forgot after 44 years that I was there opening night June 21, 1976 at the Forum, with Cher, Elton John and Micky Dolenz of the Monkees there, along with the DC8. Mike Millard wasn’t there until the closing 3rd show on June 23rd. There’s photos of Ringo on stage from opening night, with a little video behind stage with Paul, Linda and others. So that’s how he got the first 2 songs on the setlist. Other than a couple short clips, there apparently are no decent recordings out there of opening night.

    By ScarRad on Dec 7, 2020

  29. A soundboard of 062376 exists at 1080p with some audience noise that was posted in early 2018, with the title of WINGS OVER LOS ANGELES (1976).

    By ScarRad on Dec 7, 2020

  30. Thanks for posting. I was at this show and was fortunate enough to meet Paul and Linda before the show. He was very gracious.

    By Belmo on Dec 7, 2020

  31. How refreshing to have (Mostly) Music based comments. They were interesting to read. Let`s hope the “Children”,have found another site to peddle their,puerile,and Deeply Unfunny,tripe.Thank You to all the contributors.I hope to see Paul McCartney one day. (yes i know,i better get a move on) Once Paul dies,His Genius will be Celebrated and Mourned,and His mawkish Tunes will not be an issue. The Beatles are my favourite Band,have been for 50 Years. I am a Punk,but never hid my Beatles obsession.The White album remains my number One choice.

    By David Scargill on Jan 6, 2021

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