THE KINKS - INGLEWOOD 1983 [MILLARD TAPE]

June 3, 2021 – 5:59 am

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THE KINKS
Inglewood 1983 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 1CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 83. Live at The Forum, Inglewood, CA; April 25, 1983. Very good audience recording.

Thanks to Mike Millard; Rob, Jim R; Barry G; JEMS; BK; Goody; 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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The Kinks - The Forum, Inglewood, CA; April 25, 1983

The Millard wayback machine arrives at 1983, which would prove to be a pivotal year in the history of Mike the Mike. This partial recording of The Kinks was one of a dozen shows he taped that year. We know there is a part two tape of this performance, but it is currently MIA along with seven of those 12 shows Mike did in 1983. They are affixed to our Wanted list and we continue to track down those who knew Mike back in the day in hopes of finding them.

This show finds The Kinks at peak of their second wave of popularity, driven by the success of the single “Come Dancing,” which hit No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 largely due to the power of MTV on which the video for the song was in heavy rotation. The album State Of Confusion would not be released for another few months, but the band was featuring several songs from it in the set beyond “Come Dancing” including “Don’t Forget To Dance,” “Bernadette” and the title track. The rest of the set favors recent successes like “Destroyer” and a few classics.

Mike only rated this recording as “Fair” on his list, and as we have come to learn, what Mike considered good or fair most would call excellent. There is perhaps more movement in the stereo image, but this is a very nice capture, sounding close and rich like most Millard masters do.

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Here’s what Jim R recalled about The Kinks at the Forum 1983:

Mike and I went together to The Kinks concert at The Forum on April 25, 1983. I could not find my ticket stub, but I remember we sat in the 7th or 8th row on the floor. In other words, at the back of our “sweet spot.” Still great seats and you get a little more camouflage there than in the third row. A payoff was used to get Mike’s equipment into the venue. I left my camera gear at home to be less conspicuous as was often the case as we moved from the relatively openness of the ’70s to the more restrictive ’80s.

This was our fourth Kinks tour. Being big fans since we first saw them in 1978, this was a “must see” show even though it was in an 18,000 seat arena. I admit that we were spoiled from seeing them at Universal Amphitheatre (capacity 6000) in ‘78 and ‘79 and The Hollywood Palladium (capacity under 5000) in ‘81. Much more intimate settings!

Despite The Kinks’ increased popularity as evidenced by playing The Forum (a benchmark venue), we were happy to see they were still a fun party band. We had plenty of exuberant fans around us embracing the high spirits.

I hope you enjoy this one. A little on the short side but still enjoyable. Cheers to my buddy Mike.

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JEMS is proud to partner with Rob, Jim R, Ed F, Barry G and many others to release Millard’s historic recordings and to help set the record straight about the man himself.

Of late we have tied each week’s volume number to the year of recording, but that ends this week. After taping the ARMS show in December 1983 (Vol. 65 in the Lost and Found series), Mike retired from recording for the next four and half years. As I’ve written before, the details behind his decision to stop are not entirely clear, but we believe it had something to do with Mike getting caught recording at a Robert Plant show at The Forum in September 1983.

We recently learned that Mike had been caught once before at a Pretenders show in September 1981, but that was at a small venue in Pasadena so there were no lingering consequences. Being caught at The Forum after taping there for years meant Millard believed he was a marked man and security would be looking for him.

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.

Special thanks this week to Professor Goody, for weighing in on proper pitch, and to mjk5510 for cover art and post production. Next week will be a wild card choice. Remember, due to the NAB list, some artists can’t be posted on DIME, so if a Saturday arrives and there is no Lost and Found release, Try To Discover another site where the rules are different.

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 First-Generation Cassettes > Nakamichi RX-505 (azimuth adjustment; Dolby On) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX8 > iZotope Ozone 8 > convert to 16/44 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Track 01. Around The Dial 5:52
Track 02. Definite Maybe/State Of Confusion 4:12
Track 03. The Hard Way 2:37
Track 04. Catch Me Now I’m Falling 3:28
Track 05. All Day And All Of The Night/Destroyer 4:54
Track 06. Yo-Yo 7:51
Track 07. Come Dancing 4:43
Track 08. Don’t Forget To Dance 5:00
Track 09. Lola 8:09
Track 10. David Watts 1:55
Track 11. A Gallon Of Gas 6:30
Track 12. Back To Front 6:29
Track 13. Art Lover 4:21
Track 14. Till The End Of The Day 2:33
Track 15. Bernadette 4:49
Track 16. All Day And All Of The Night 4:49
79 mins

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  1. 48 Responses to “THE KINKS - INGLEWOOD 1983 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. Rumor has it this was a band of Lil Uns and Average Uns

    By U L E on Jun 3, 2021

  3. Twernt me above nuther fake

    By U L E on Jun 3, 2021

  4. ‘‘Twas me on first . Last one was the fake .

    By U L E on Jun 3, 2021

  5. Ray Davis is a very underrated and influential songwriter
    up there with Pete Townshend and Mick and Keith
    Nice

    By The Balance on Jun 3, 2021

  6. Twernt me on any above nuther fake

    By U L E on Jun 3, 2021

  7. First one me , rest all fakes except the third which was a rebuttal on number two . All others from here on will be fakes . Take that fakes .

    By U L E on Jun 3, 2021

  8. Fakes fakes fakes . Who gives a shit . Would you trolls stop trolling other trolls ? Are there that many crazy nuts and retarded people out there with nothing better to do ? Apparently so . God people are stupid and a pain in the ass . What a fucked up world we live in today .

    By Larry on Jun 3, 2021

  9. Why isn’t there a moderator here ?

    By Larry on Jun 3, 2021

  10. I am the Moderator. Whats your beef chief?

    By Ron on Jun 3, 2021

  11. I met Ray after this show and we went out for a bite to eat together where he let me take one entire roll of pictures.
    I have pictures of every important star from the 70`s as well. Usually they looked for me .

    By Darth on Jun 3, 2021

  12. Fuck YOU Ron, you ain’t SHIT here.

    By Donald J Trump on Jun 3, 2021

  13. Larry- they don’t give a shit, that’s why.

    By Donald J Trump on Jun 3, 2021

  14. Lola was about me and my ‘lil Un.

    By U L E on Jun 3, 2021

  15. My blog is done so I’ll be posting my swill here.

    Don Jr., Eric, and Ivanka were the only people who read my conspiracy theory hate blog.

    SAD! LOSERS!

    By Donald J Trump on Jun 3, 2021

  16. Twernt me on any above all fake Uns

    By U L E on Jun 3, 2021

  17. anyone miss me ?

    By Darth on Jun 4, 2021

  18. Welcome back Darth. I photographed the Kinks twice, two different tours, same venue - Memorial Hall, Kansas City. Stay well, James

    By James on Jun 4, 2021

  19. How do we know thats actually darth ?

    By Larry on Jun 4, 2021

  20. Darth is another old timer coc sucker who bored for the USA on these boards till we took em over. Anyhow, this ain’t Darth, it’s just one of the name stealing bastards

    By Derrick on Jun 4, 2021

  21. I wonder if you gentlemen can help me. You know my husband Jerry, he sometimes posts on here. Last week I foolishly laughed at his performance in bed. The next day he went to the pharmacy for blue pills and on returning to our house he proceeded to shoot into each of my holes and then ran into the street shouting about having a “BigUn”. I haven’t seen him since but believe he was arrested in Kansas City for exposing himself to a horse. If you see him please send him home.

    By Mrs Disher on Jun 4, 2021

  22. Cmon Derriere, shake like a willow tree for me

    By swappers on Jun 4, 2021

  23. The gook i love has long black wavy hair. I got a mortgage on my body and a lien on my soul. The coon I love has her front teeth lined with gold. Shes my brown skin sugar plum. Why dont you come in my kitchen

    By Derrick on Jun 4, 2021

  24. Hey Derrick, if thats really u and not a name stealing jew bastard. Whats with the zeppelin lyrics? Seems like your missing them British boys.

    By DD on Jun 4, 2021

  25. Come in my kitchen- thats robert johnson

    Robert Johnson – Come On In My Kitchen lyrics

    Click on highlighted lyrics to explain.
    You better come on in my kitchen
    It’s goin’ to be rainin’ outdoors

    When a woman gets in trouble
    Everybody throws her down
    Lookin’ for your good friend
    None can be found
    You better come on in my kitchen
    It’s goin’ to be rainin’ outdoors

    By DD on Jun 4, 2021

  26. Fascinating…

    By HHH on Jun 4, 2021

  27. Indubitably

    By HHH on Jun 4, 2021

  28. Not me above! Now do fuck off there’s a dear . . . . . .

    By swappers on Jun 4, 2021

  29. …Prudence

    OR: Doe, a dear, a female dear
    Ray, a drop of golden sun
    Me, a name I call myself
    Far, a long, long way to run
    Sew, a needle pulling thread
    La, a note to follow Sew
    Tea, a drink with jam and bread
    That will bring us back to Do (oh-oh-oh)
    Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do
    So-do!

    By swappers on Jun 4, 2021

  30. Nope again not me . . . . . but we’re used to the name hi-jackers, talking nearly as much drivel as the trolls!
    :(

    By swappers on Jun 4, 2021

  31. derrick is a name stealer .

    By Darth on Jun 4, 2021

  32. You bell-ends pretending to be the others and posting as them do understand that you let the bosses here know who you are by having to give them your email right?

    Dumb as soup . . . . . . why it’s nearly funny!
    ;)

    By swappers on Jun 4, 2021

  33. Payback, swappers.

    By U L E on Jun 4, 2021

  34. What a schmuck. My email address I use is [email protected]. LOL. Now be a good boy swapperoo and suck on my lemon. squeeze my lemon till the juice runs down my leg.

    By Derrick on Jun 4, 2021

  35. . . .as soup the pair of ‘em
    Not a brain between the Dumb and Dumber brothers ha ha ha ha ha ha
    :)

    By swappers on Jun 4, 2021

  36. Perhaps I’m the dumb one then naively thinking people actually provide their personal email address. Doh!

    By swappers on Jun 5, 2021

  37. Ha ha ha ha not difficult to trace your IP you brain dead Twat!

    By swappers on Jun 5, 2021

  38. We are all going to prison, according to swappers!

    By U L E on Jun 5, 2021

  39. I assumed that’s where you posted from anyway U L E?
    ;)

    By swappers on Jun 5, 2021

  40. Thats right. Im getting rammed up the ass as I type to you dimwit dicbag

    By U L E on Jun 5, 2021

  41. For all I know, you could be the troll stealin and hijackin all our names. Oh Nurse Ratched, we have one that flew over the cuckoos nest. More meds please and put his brain to sleep

    By U L E on Jun 5, 2021

  42. And don’t forget… I’m such a hard nut!!

    By swappers on Jun 5, 2021

  43. Ha ha ha ha ha ha what do you want to do when you leave high school?

    “Do you want fries with that?”

    By swappers on Jun 5, 2021

  44. Do fries go with that shake swappers ???

    By HHH on Jun 5, 2021

  45. “Ain’t nothing shakin’ but the leaves on the tree” . . . . . . .

    ;)

    By swappers on Jun 5, 2021

  46. My dingleberries are shakin’.

    DD pick them off before you eat out my ass ok?

    By U L E on Jun 5, 2021

  47. I am a lowlife pathetic jew piece of garbage. I wear my yarmulke and people are always pointing and laughing at me. I wear the long jewy curls that grow on the side. I have a big nose big schmeckle and deep pockets. All jews do. Im a pedophile and love young boys. I love sticking my finger up my butthole and sucking on it. No woman wants me.

    By U L E on Jun 6, 2021

  48. Twernt me on the last one more fakes

    By U L E on Jun 6, 2021

  49. Swappers I want you to squeeze my lemon until the juice runs down my leg. If I can pork you, I’ll give you a reach around

    By U L E on Jun 6, 2021

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