STEVE HACKETT - WEST HOLLYWOOD 1981 [MILLARD TAPE]

July 29, 2021 – 5:57 am

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STEVE HACKETT
West Hollywood 1981 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 1CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 86. Live at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA; November 27, 1981 (Late Show). 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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Known Faults:
- First three songs probably missing
- Ace Of Wands: joined in progress
- I Hope I Don’t Wake: start slightly cut

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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Steve Hackett - The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA; November 27, 1981

Given Mike’s love of all things Genesis and a history of recording the band and Gabriel’s solo shows multiple times, it is no surprise that Mike the Mike was on site for Steve Hackett’s solo turn at the Roxy in late 1981. Hackett played early and late shows on November 26-27.

Like Gabriel, Hackett’s departure from Genesis in 1977 spawned a string of solo projects, the fifth album of which, Cured, released in August 1981, is the impetus for this show which showcases several of its best-known songs like “Hope I Don’t Wake” and “Picture Postcard.” Hackett also played at least a song or two from his first four solo records, including “Ace of Wands” from his first, 1975’s Voyage Of The Acolyte, which featured members of Genesis.

The Roxy can be considered another one of Millard’s home courts, along with The Forum and later the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa. As any seasoned taper knows, recording in a small room, a 500-seater, is different than an arena, both in terms of being much more exposed and having less of a directional PA sound, and more of ambient room sound, not to mention drums and guitar amps coming right off the stage.

Given his mastery of the audie medium, by 1981 Millard had his Roxy game down pat and was pulling outstanding “you are there” results (listen to Volume 33, Genesis May 25, 1980 for a textbook example). He gets virtually the same outcome with this Hackett capture, which is rich, immersive and very clear.

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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.

Rising to the occasion again this week are Professor Goody, pitch-tweaker extraordinaire, and mjk5510, who put the finishing touches on this one, helped sort out the setlist and did the cover art.

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
JEMS 2021 Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassettes > Nakamichi Cassette Deck 1 azimuth-adjusted playback > 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. Ace Of Wands 4:10
Track 02. Picture Postcard 5:24
Track 03. The Steppes 7:05
Track 04. Every Day 7:06
Track 05. The Red Flower of Tachai Blooms Everywhere/Tigermoth 6:30
Track 06. Blood On The Rooftops 1:59
Track 07. Horizons 1:39
Track 08. Kim 2:57
Track 09. Overnight Sleeper 4:24
Track 10. I Hope I Don’t Awake 4:40
Track 11. Slogans 7:23
Track 12. A Tower Struck Down 2:51
Track 13. Spectral Mornings 6:31
Track 14. Please Don’t Touch 8:15
Track 15. The Show 5:14
Track 16. Clocks 5:47
82 mins

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