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Inglewood 1978 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 71. Live at The Forum, Inglewood, CA; April 17, 1978. 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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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 - The Forum, Inglewood, CA; April 17, 1978

We stay in Mike’s progressive rock sweet spot again this week with the third entry in our series from Genesis, this time from 1978 and the And Then There Were Three tour. The lineup Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford, joined by Chester Thompson on drums and percussion and Daryl Steurmer on guitar, taking the place of the departed Steve Hackett.

As Jim notes below, he and Mike caught multiple shows on this tour and were well prepared for this night on their home court at the Fabulous Forum. Speaking of sweet spots. the pair were recording from theirs and you’ll hear the tape pick up on-stage sound and PA in a fairly nice balance. The vocals were a little low so we’ve done some work to adjust that.

Speaking of work, the 1978 TDK SA 90s were not the easiest tapes to play for transfer. Remember, these are original master tapes, so one must tread lightly. There was a good amount of tape squeal which was only partially remedied by a re-shell. As is often the case with troubled tapes of this era, the end of a tape side/the last 10 mins of a side is where problems typically surface, as whatever friction is present gets exacerbated when the reel pulling the tape through gets larger and larger towards the end.

I’ve had other tapes of this age exhibit the issue in roughly the same place. Sometimes the remedy is baking, but I have found that method more straightforward and consistently effective with open reels compared to cassettes. While I wouldn’t fully recommend it, I have had some luck applying the LAST product Tape Preservative which seems to soothe friction. After three playback attempts I believe we got something that stays fairly steady.

Playback aside, Millard’s recording is otherwise another of his uncannily clear masters with fantastic instrument separation and rich fidelity. If you are fan of this era of Genesis, you are in luck.

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Here’s what Jim R recalled about Genesis at the Forum 1978:

I attended the Genesis concert at The Forum with Mike Millard on April 17, 1978. We also went two days before to the San Diego show to scout it out and determine the timing of the tape flips.

Mike and I were both big Genesis fans and we attended every tour since the Starlight Bowl show in 1976 (Lost and Found Vol. 23), including several tours beyond this one. Later in 1978 we saw Peter Gabriel several times at The Roxy.

I could not find my ticket stub; I know I have a missing bundle of stubs somewhere in the house. Judging by my pictures, we sat in our Sweet Spot around 5th row center.

The show was part of the And Then There Were Three tour which signified Steve Hackett leaving the group. He was replaced by the very capable Daryl Stuermer. Besides the typical high-quality sound system, the light show featured smoke and pivoting mirrors above the stage.

I hope you enjoy the sights and sounds as much as Mike and I did.

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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.

Shout out once again to Professor Goody for lending his ears and providing pitch guidance. The unflappable mjk5510 handled post production and artwork, for which he deserves praise each and every week.

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 505 (azimuth adjustment; Dolby On) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX8 > iZotope Ozone 8 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Eleventh Earl Of Mar 9:46
Track 102. In The Cage 8:25
Track 103. Burning Rope 8:38
Track 104. Ripples 10:37
Track 105. Deep In The Motherlode 6:49
Track 106. The Fountain Of Salmacis 9:36
Track 107. Down And Out 6:10
Track 108. One For The Vine 10:54
71 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Squonk 8:02
Track 202. Say It’s Alright Joe 6:55
Track 203. The Lady Lies 6:24
Track 204. The Story Of Romeo and Juliet 3:49
Track 205. Cinema Show 11:49
Track 206. Afterglow 4:34
Track 207. Follow You, Follow Me 4:51
Track 208. Dance On A Volcano 4:19
Track 209. Drum Duet 1:25
Track 210. Los Endos 7:28
Track 211. I Know What I Like 10:04
70 mins

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  1. 12 Responses to “GENESIS - INGLEWOOD 1978 [MILLARD TAPE]”

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    By Lobo on Apr 8, 2021

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    By U L E on Apr 8, 2021

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