YES - HOLLYWOOD BOWL 1975 [MILLARD TAPE]

December 18, 2020 – 5:47 am

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YES
Hollywood Bowl 1975 [
Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 59. Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA; June 21, 1975. 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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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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Yes - Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA; June 21, 1975

We revisit another one of Mike’s favorite bands with this Yes performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Millard’s recording is well traveled on bootlegs like Same Old Yes Songs and Sorcerer’s Apprentice, along with numerous traded and torrented versions.

This was the band’s Relayer tour which started the previous November and featured keyboard player Patrick Moraz in the place of Rick Wakeman, a change that did not prove popular with Yes fans. Wakeman did his own solo tour this year which a future Millard release will document.

The Bowl show features what was the standard setlist for the tour, highlighted by songs like “Close To The Edge,” “And You And I” and “Long Distance Runaround,” plus an encore of “Roundabout” and “Sweet Dreams.”

As Jim notes below, he and Mike had good seats for recording, but getting a great pull from the Hollywood Bowl remains tricky to this day. To the good, there are no issues with room acoustics; to the bad, sound level restrictions often mean the PA isn’t loud enough.

Not surprisingly Mike the Mike overcomes this to capture an excellent recording. Previous versions of his tape have always had what I would describe as a boxy, unbalanced sound. This new transfer from Millard’s master cassettes along with a bit of mastering help improve the sound spectrum.

It should be said that his 45-year-old cassettes were in fragile (no pun intended) condition and needed considerable restoration to play properly. The first tape proved the most challenging so while we have upgraded the overall sound, it is possible you’ll hear differences in this new transfer from ones done decades ago.

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Here’s what Jim R recalled about Yes at the Hollywood Bowl:

I attended the Yes concert at the Hollywood Bowl with Mike Millard on June 21, 1975.

Being a summer of ‘75 concert meant I pushed Mike into the Bowl in his wheelchair. You might call this the middle of the “Wheelchair Era”: Led Zeppelin was three months before, and the Stones were the following month.

I smuggled in extra D cell batteries in a fake lens case; if Mike got busted he would offer up his batteries knowing all the while I had backup.

Yes was one of our favorite groups, but this tour featured Patrick Moraz on keyboards. I know he is considered an excellent musician but I and many others prefer Rick Wakeman. But what can you do?

Yes had an elaborate stage set up and an excellent sound system. Any concert at the Hollywood Bowl is magical, it is such a special venue. The band was tight as usual. We sat in Box 221, which at the time was in the 3rd row of boxes on the right side of center. Mike and I also saw them two days later at the Long Beach Arena, where we sat in the 7th row on the floor. Of course we recorded that one as well.

I hope you enjoy Yes at the Hollywood Bowl as much as Mike and I did.

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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.

Professor Goody put extra effort into this one, for which we offer extra thanks in addition to calling out the continued work of our post-production partner and resident cover artist mjk5510.

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 Cassette > Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth adjustment; Dolby On) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX8 > iZotope Ozone 8 > MBIT+ resample to 1644 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Firebird Suite 4:03
Track 102. Sound Chaser 10:31
Track 103. Close To The Edge 20:25
Track 104. To Be Over 10:07
Track 105. Gates Of Delirium 22:09
68 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Your Move 2:07
Track 202. Mood For A Day 2:52
Track 203. Long Distance Runaround 1:55
Track 204. Moraz Solo 3:36
Track 205. Clap 4:06
Track 206. And You And I 11:07
Track 207. Ritual 26:04
Track 208. Roundabout 8:15
Track 209. Sweet Dreams 6:50
67 mins

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  1. 17 Responses to “YES - HOLLYWOOD BOWL 1975 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. I remember when Yes was originally called No. I have literally hours and hours of them on tape [remember tape] arguing about a band name change.

    By Darth on Dec 18, 2020

  3. Thanks BigO. I went to the show 2 days later in Long Beach. It’s mentioned above as being recorded. I sure hope BigO will post that show too. I believe that was my first Yes show.

    By sking on Dec 18, 2020

  4. Thanks Big O! Any Yes is appreciated..

    By Tom on Dec 18, 2020

  5. Thanks, BigO! And thanksto the late, great Mike Millard and the JEMS team for making this available!

    I saw this tour at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, NJ the year before the fabled concert that has been shared on this site as “Open the Gates” (http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=177).

    In my less-than-humble opinion that Patrick Moraz added an intensity to the band that resulted in a much more electric interplay between Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Moraz. They became almost Mahavishnu Orchestra-like in their improvisational soloing.

    Cheers!

    By Walter on Dec 18, 2020

  6. I saw this show as part of the World Series of Rock in Cicero, Illinois in August of 1976. The bands on the bill were Gary Wright, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Peter Frampton and Yes. I arrived late to this show, missing Gary Wright. I remember a lot of this show for some reason — considering how little I remember of the rest of the 70s. I remember that besides the people standing in front of the stage, people had about half-filled the grandstand of Hawthorne Race Track as well. Peter Frampton and his band had developed quite a reputation for holding up signs saying, “Show us your [boobs]!” and women would happily comply. It was so prevalent during the show that we worked our way upfront so we could get a better view BACK towards the crowd.
    Frampton was rocking the crowd doing his Comes Alive album, I remember Lynyrd Skynyrd doing the same with a 90-minute set, and although I w did not know much of their material I became a fan For me, this show still stands out as one of the most exciting concerts I ever saw, and it was a marker during a pivotal time in my life. “Sound Chaser” was such a devasting piece of music, watching the band perform it was astounding. What was shocking to me was Steve Howe played pedal steel for Gates of Delerium.
    Moraz’s work here destroyed any apprehension about him replacing Wakeman, although he seemed better at being intense than at being melodic (which was Rick’s strength). Jon’s vocal interlude was a brief eye in the hurricane of Steve and Patrick’s solos. Because of time constraints, the set was shorter than we are used to from Yes. But I still remember the improvised harp and synthesizer solo by Moraz and Jon. For anyone who was a romantic or mystic, the concert was just one big affirmation of life.

    By Tunafan on Dec 19, 2020

  7. I saw this show in Newcastle in April 1975. I remember I was about to take exams and going to the gig didn’t go down too well at home.

    I think Patrick Moraz brought something different to Yes. I had seen him previously with Refugee, who never seemed to get out of the shadow of The Nice.

    By Brian Griffin on Dec 20, 2020

  8. Rumor has it this was a band of Lil Uns

    By U L E on Dec 20, 2020

  9. With Jon being the Lilst Un

    By U L E on Dec 20, 2020

  10. Small is right . All pencil dics , every last one of them . Very nice gentleman, but god what a disappointment in the size dept .

    By Pam Des Barris on Dec 20, 2020

  11. Fortunately for me Kiss was the next band I fucked . All horse Dics , especially Gene . Paul Stanley was pretty goddamned big too . In fact they all were .

    By Pam Des Barris on Dec 20, 2020

  12. Pam is correct, I also fucked yes . In fact it was backstage at this very show . How ironic is that ? I didn’t normally fuck bands with small Cocs , but yes members were so sweet , I thought I’d make an exception.. they took turns with me and I felt nothing at all . My little finger got me off better . Pam is also right about Kiss . All Giant Cocs , Gene Simmons in particular was huge . I fucked then often in the 70s and 80s . Once Gene and I had a threesome with Shannon Tweed , before they got married . It was at the playboy mansion, after Shannon was named playmate of the year . Hef watched us along with other playmates and I think Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor were there too . It was a wild time .

    By Bebe on Dec 20, 2020

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  18. Thanks for another Holy Grail recording from Yes in their prime.

    By Sass on Jan 13, 2021

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