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Beverly Hills 1981 [Mike Millard First Generation Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 81. Live at the Wilshire Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA; May 3, 1981. 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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James Taylor - Wilshire Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA; May 3, 1981

We continue to move in parallel by volume and year in the Lost and Found series, arriving at 81 on both counts and a lovely performance by James Taylor. He was on tour in support of his tenth album, Dad Loves His Work, which yielded the single “Her Town Too,” a duet with JD Souther, who joins for last several songs of this show.

Taylor offers a long, luxurious set that mixes originals and his many beloved covers, from “How Sweet It Is” to “You’ve Got A Friend.” It is a warm, inviting performance captured marvelously by Mike Millard from the sixth row in typical Mike the Mike fidelity and clarity. Taylor is backed by a crack band, led by ubiquitous guitar player to the stars, Waddy Wachtel, joined by Billy Payne on keyboards and Rick Marotta on drums among other notable contributors. James himself is in fine voice and charming throughout a winning evening.

Mike’s recording is highly satisfying, balancing the ambience of the theatre and up-close sound.

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Here’s what Jim R recalled about James Taylor in Beverly Hills 1981:

I attended the James Taylor concert with Mike Millard on May 3, 1981. It was at the Wilshire Theatre on Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills, not to be confused with the other Wilshire Theatre on 8th St in LA. A group of us met there; listening carefully, I can hear friends that sat next to us. This was helpful in that we knew they would be quiet and form a buffer. We sat in the sixth row on the aisle, just left of center, right in our sweet spot. We had very devoted fans around us.

Being an LA venue meant we had to get our choice seats from a ticket broker. Fortunately, we had a working relationship with a few of them and were able to buy our tickets at a decent price. No cameras were allowed, so I laid low and left my camera equipment at home.

The Wilshire Theatre is now called the Saban Theatre, with capacity a scant 2000. It opened in 1930 as a movie palace and in 1981 was converted into a stage venue. The venue naturally had excellent acoustics. Being in the sixth row was quite the intimate setting, fitting for a James Taylor concert.

JT, in addition to being a great songwriter, was quite the storyteller as you will hear throughout the show. As a side note, I had Mike make my copy in the next day or two after the concert.

I hope you enjoy the show as much as Mike and I did.

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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.

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.

Thanks to our tag-team partners: Professor Goody, who provided the pitch tuning guidance, and mjk5510, who keeps the Millard/JEMS trains not only running on time, but looking smart in their custom CD artwork.

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 First Generation Cassettes > Nakamichi CR-7A (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. You Can Close Your Eyes 9:03
Track 102. Mona 3:23
Track 103. Wandering 4:24
Track 104. Sweet Baby James 4:10
Track 105. Riding On A Railroad 4:17
Track 106. How Sweet It Is 7:51
Track 107. Stand And Fight 5:11
Track 108. Brother Trucker 3:51
Track 109. Hey Good Lookin 5:18
Track 110. Walking Man 4:36
Track 111. B.S.U.R. 3:55
Track 112. Hard Times 4:11
Track 113. It’s Gonna Work Out Fine 4:54
Track 114. Up On The Roof 5:38
Track 115. Fire And Rain 4:50
76 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Carolina In My Mind 8:58
Track 202. Millworker 4:54
Track 203. Twelve Gates To The City 3:48
Track 204. Steamroller Blues 7:00
Track 205. I Will Not Lie For You 4:33
Track 206. Daddy’s All Gone 4:32
Track 207. Handy Man 4:39
Track 208. Her Town Too 5:17
Track 209. You’re Only Lonely 5:11
Track 210. Faithless Love 4:22
Track 211. Your Smiling Face 3:12
Track 212. Mexico 3:52
Track 213. Country Road 5:33
Track 214. Money Machine 8:57
Track 215. You’ve Got A Friend 5:25
81 mins

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  1. 36 Responses to “JAMES TAYLOR - BEVERLY HILLS 1981 [MILLARD TAPE]”

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  12. hhh , dd , derrick. What do you guys think of the way President Biden and his VP are handling the border crisis? Harris goes to Guatemala and not to the Mexican border and that stupid laugh of hers . Can you guys believe that bitch is a heartbeat away from being president? That’s one scary thought.

    By Nelson on Jun 13, 2021

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    “Casler, who worked on Trump’s show, The Celebrity Apprentice, for nearly six years, said that the US President would often soil himself on set.”

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    By Donald J Trump on Jun 13, 2021

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    By HHH on Jun 13, 2021

  24. My mistake. I meant they were trying to portray the corpse as a moderate Democrat. Once in power kick joe blow to the curb and take over . The squad is running the country.

    By HHH on Jun 13, 2021

  25. Haven’t heard that before anywhere triple. Sometimes I think you must be the most boring person on the planet .

    By DD on Jun 13, 2021

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    By DD on Jun 13, 2021

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    By Donald J Trump on Jun 13, 2021

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    By Donald J Trump on Jun 13, 2021

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    By HHH on Jun 14, 2021

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    By HHH on Jun 14, 2021

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    By HHH on Jun 14, 2021

  34. stfu H you boring asshole.

    By Donald J Trump on Jun 14, 2021

  35. It’s me triple, just getting totally bored hearing the same old things from you and Derrick. Like I said on the Peter Gabriel post. Why can’t you comment about music or something?

    By DD on Jun 14, 2021

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    By LeftOfTheseRacistTwats on Jun 18, 2021

  37. Thanks for the JT!

    By xman62 on Jul 7, 2021

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