LINDA RONSTADT - LOS ANGELES 1977 [MILLARD TAPE]

March 30, 2021 – 5:42 am

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LINDA RONSTADT
Los Angeles 1977 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 1CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 72. Live at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA; October 1, 1977. Very good audience recording.

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

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Known Issues:
- First seven songs missing
- When Will I Be Loved?: joined in progress

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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Linda Ronstadt - Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA; October 1, 1977

This week’s title is a shorter, but no less sweet sequel to one of the most popular entries in our Lost and Found series: Mike the Mike’s recording of Linda Ronstadt on October 3, 1977, released on Vol 11. That show has been grabbed over 3,000 times on DIME alone, making it the most downloaded Millard Lost and Found release of all, if you don’t count releases in dual resolutions.

That Ronstadt recording was also the first tape we released after meeting Jim R which rekindled our series and ultimately opened the door to finding the majority of Mike’s tapes which we’ve been posting once a week ever since.

Mike adored Ronstadt and who could blame him? The October 3 show offers a flawless, peak performance captured in fantastic quality by Millard. But it turns out Mike recorded Linda twice during her epic 12-show Universal Amphitheatre residency. The bad news is Millard’s October 1 recording isn’t complete, missing the first seven songs of the show before he gets the deck up and running. The good news is what Mike did grab is as good as any master tape he ever made. This one in particular is uncannily soundboard-like, so close and so clear, I’m not sure how it could be any better other than to be complete.

Linda herself is again in outstanding form. Surely her voice has never sounded better than this and Mike’s recording captures every nuance. The versions of songs like “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” “Desperado” and “Tumbling Dice” might be considered definitive. Yes, the setlist is identical, but who doesn’t want another Millard recording of Ronstadt at the top of her game?

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JEMS is proud to join with Rob, Jim R, Barry G, Ed F 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.

It takes a village to keep the Millard train rolling. Thanks again to Professor Goody for his pitch guidance and to mjk5510, who absorbs my delivery delays with nary a complaint.

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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tracybjazz, Dime:

Almost didn’t dL this since it was a partial show… but what a mistake. WOW, what a recording. Thanks to all involved over the years and through the re-releasing of Mike’s recordings. What a time vault of great music.

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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

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Track 01. When Will I Be Loved 2:00
Track 02. Crazy 5:19
Track 03. Poor Poor Pitiful Me 4:04
Track 04. Desperado 3:46
Track 05. Love Me Tender 2:44
Track 06. Simple Man, Simple Dream 3:13
Track 07. Love Is A Rose 2:20
Track 08. Someone To Lay Down Beside Me 5:01
Track 09. Band Introductions 1:55
Track 10. Tumbling Dice 3:44
Track 11. You’re No Good 6:52
Track 12. Heart Like A Wheel 4:03
Track 13. Heatwave 3:17
49 mins

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  1. 10 Responses to “LINDA RONSTADT - LOS ANGELES 1977 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. Thanks Big O!

    By Roger S on Mar 30, 2021

  3. Great sound . Ronstadt is in her prime here , but where the hell is the rest of the bleeping show ? This is all she did ?

    By Pat Grooms on Mar 30, 2021

  4. Rumor has it Linda prefers Big Uns

    By U L E on Mar 30, 2021

  5. Rumor has it I prefer Big Uns too

    By U L E on Mar 30, 2021

  6. Pat Grooms. Please read the article above to answer you question. Don’t just look at the pictures.

    By Derrick as Police Woman on Mar 31, 2021

  7. When I went to a greatly anticipated concert, I made a point of being there EARLY. I can’t believe that someone would show up long after the opening act had performed and left and his “adorable” Linda Ronstadt was seven songs deep into her concert.

    By Tim Tjernlund on Apr 2, 2021

  8. @Tim Tjernlund. Never thought of that one before; I’ll have to remember that next time. Thanks for the tip.

    By swoppers on Apr 3, 2021

  9. Fantastic performance, fantastic sound quality. But it would be nice to know the names of the musicians.

    By buster on Apr 7, 2021

  10. DD on bass, Derrick - drums, HHH - keyboards,
    Nelson - rhythm gtr, & the one and only U-L-E on lead gtr.

    By bloodvessell on Apr 7, 2021

  11. I play skin flute- any length color and girth.

    By Derrick on Apr 7, 2021

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