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Santa Ana 1980 [Mike Millard First Generation Tapes via JEMS, 1CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 58. Live at The Clubhouse, Santa Ana, CA; June 17, 1980. 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 Issues: Left channel dropouts during “Intruder” patched with the right channel.

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 Clubhouse, Santa Ana, CA; June 17, 1980

We proudly continue our Mike Millard series with this tasty slice from what might be considered the middle years of his recording career: Peter Gabriel on opening night of the US tour in support of his third album, performing at the The Clubhouse in Santa Ana, CA. This was one of those announced at the last minute, dress-rehearsal sort of shows as Gabriel had not performed in three months. Two nights later he was headlining the considerably larger Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Millard was a major Gabriel fan, also taping him in 1977, 1978, 1982 and 1983.

The band for what Gabriel curiously called the Tour of China 1984 was John Ellis on guitar, Jerry Marotta on drums, Larry Fast on keyboards, Tony Levin on bass and John Giblin also on bass. The set learned heavily into his eponymous third album, referred to by many as the melting face album from its provocative cover photograph.

The website Genesis-The Movement refers to the Santa Ana gig as The Show That Was Interrupted and with good reason. After playing 11 songs, Gabriel was informed that the fire marshal and police were going to shutdown the show because the venue was over its legal safety capacity of 342.

Despite Gabriel’s personal attempts to negotiate a reprieve (while the crowd chanted “Clubhouse sucks”), the show ended prematurely. That meant fans and Mike missed roughly six or seven additional songs Gabriel performed at other shows on the tour, notably omitting “Games Without Frontiers,” “Biko” and “Here Comes The Flood.”

But rather than focus on what was missed, what Mike did capture is an electric Gabriel performance with he and the band in fantastic form for the opening night of a tour. Our source for this volume is a first generation cassette made by Mike himself for Rob S. Millard’s recording is outstanding, especially for such a small venue, with wide fidelity and clarity.

Genesis-The Movement lists two versions of the show in circulation, one rated a B, the other a B+. is less kind, rating the recording titled The Show That Was Interrupted! only good and noting tape speed and static issues. I don’t know if these sources derive from Mike’s recording, but we can safely say this new transfer is going to be a major upgrade of a short, but very sweet Gabriel performance.

Our report from the scene this week comes from Deb, who was friends with Mike, Rob S and the Millard crew:

For perspective, this was in the days before the Internet and social media. Mike knew how much I loved Genesis with Peter and Peter solo, so he gave me a call and tipped me off to a rumor he heard about a possible show featuring solo Gabriel at a dive called the Clubhouse in Santa Ana.

I showed up very early, alone and made it in with no problem. The place was pretty empty. We waited and waited for Gabriel for hours, not sure if he was really gonna show. I did not see Mike there, but wasn’t surprised I couldn’t spot him because the place filled up FAST once word started spreading… very packed, very chaotic.

I got right up front at the stage and held my ground because it felt like you could get crushed or seriously hurt. Peter finally came out and did several songs (I remember “Humdrum”) and then the Clubhouse manager actually interrupted Peter’s set and said the show was shutting down by orders of the fire marshal.

Peter looked totally bewildered and attempted to get one more song in before the bouncers began trying to herd us out. Once they escorted Peter from the stage, many of us defied the order to leave and held our spot at the stage thinking he may come back on once enough of the folks in the back left. We kept the vigil for about an hour and were finally forced to leave.

Not long after this memorable show, Mike gifted me a Gabriel “Greatest Hits” tape he painstakingly made from all the choicest performances he recorded, which I treasure to this day. That’s the kind of person he was: so kind, so generous, a true gentleman, the consummate taping professional and all around great friend. Love and miss you Mike! He was, and still is, THE BEST.

Mike and I were fortunate to meet Gabriel and the band backstage at Long Beach, but that’s another story for another tape.

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

Our thank you list this week includes Professor Goody for another spot of pitch guidance, Deb for sharing her memories, Rob S for the transfer and mjk5510 for overseeing final fit and finish.

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 2020 Transfer: Mike Millard First Generation Cassette > Nakamichi DR-1 Cassette Deck > Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 > Sound Forge Audio Studio 13.0 capture > iZotope RX8 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Track 01. The Intruder 6:45
Track 02. The Start/I Don’t Remember 6:23
Track 03. Solsbury Hill 5:31
Track 04. Family Snapshot 7:22
Track 05. Milgram’s 37 5:11
Track 06. Modern Love 4:18
Track 07. Not One Of Us 5:24
Track 08. Lead A Normal Life 5:25
Track 09. Moribund The Burgermeister 4:46
Track 10. Mother Of Violence 4:05
Track 11. Humdrum 4:31
Track 12. Gabriel Announcement 3:17
63 mins

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  1. 16 Responses to “PETER GABRIEL - SANTA ANA 1980 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. I caught the Tour Of China 1984 show at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in March 1980 (thankfully the venue was within its capacity limit and my gig continued to a very satisfactory encore of On The Air and Here Comes The Flood). Peter’s band at the time was on top of the game and the communication between the five key members was musically perfect. Thanks for the Millard tape of the Santa Ana show, Big O - a big improvement on other recordings of the US leg of the 80 tour that I’ve heard. The audience background noise is, at times a bit overpowering but to be expected. As is the reaction to Peter’s announcement that the gig is closing early due to over crowding

    By Graeme Wright on Dec 12, 2020

  3. Thanks Big O Always enjoy some live Peter G
    The notes are really interesting too
    Keep ‘em coming!

    By swappers on Dec 12, 2020

  4. Afternoon Swappers, hope you’re safe and well.

    How you continue to put up with the cretin (I suspect there’s only one) on here. I do not know, but I admire your patience.

    By Brian Griffin on Dec 12, 2020

  5. Would love using your ugly face as toilet paper. Ignore above comment someone trying to act intelligent

    By The AntiSwappers on Dec 12, 2020

  6. Thanks Brian . . . ignore the troll(s) they are merely a minor irritation. Occasionally fun to poke them through the bars with a pointy stick but at the end of the day meaningless . . . . . .
    Hope this finds you well also and I send you the best of the season and hope next year is better for you too

    By swappers on Dec 13, 2020

  7. Rumor has it Peter gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Dec 13, 2020

  8. Peter gots a big Peter , right U L E ? I heard he was 1/3 rd black .That would explain it .

    By C Tony on Dec 13, 2020

  9. Blacks , Italians , Hispanics, Arabs and Jews all have big scholongs . Milty ( Uncle , a Jew probably had the biggest Coc on record . Definitely the biggest In show biz history.

    By C Tony on Dec 13, 2020

  10. Whites are average, Asians have the smallest Cocs based on statistics.

    By C Tony on Dec 13, 2020

  11. Peter Gabriel was part black ? That’s something I didn’t know .

    By John on Dec 13, 2020

  12. Let’s talk about penis . I love penis

    By U L E on Dec 14, 2020

  13. Last one twernt me nuther fake

    By U L E on Dec 14, 2020

  14. Although I do love penis

    By U L E on Dec 14, 2020

  15. Unfortunately, my small penis made me comment later than I usually do.

    By U L E on Dec 15, 2020

  16. I went to this show. He also played the Greek a day or two before or after this show. I seem to recall this show was delayed from starting on time for some reason. This club didn’t last very long.

    By Mike Villano on Dec 16, 2020

  17. BigO - thank you so much for this awesome post.

    However, when I right click and try to save the files, I receive an error that says I cannot download due to an error.

    can you please check the coding on the page in case something in the JavaScrip[t or other coding is preventing the right click menu from being used?

    thanks in advance :)

    By Geter Pabriel on Dec 25, 2020

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