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Costa Mesa 1991 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]
The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 144. Live at the Pacific Amphitheatre
Costa Mesa, CA; November 9, 1991. 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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Tom Petty - Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA; November 11, 1991

It’s time for another of Mike “The Mike” Millard’s excellent recordings of the late, great Tom Petty.

With the Heartbreakers in tow, Petty hit the Pac Amp in support of Into The Great Wide Open. It was their second visit in as many years, having played there the previous March, another fine recording released as Volume 25 in the Lost and Found series.

The album would be his last for MCA Records and came on the heels of his solo breakthrough Full Moon Fever. Songs from both records dominate this set, which also includes three notable covers and acoustic versions of two Petty classics, “Listen To Her Heart” and “American Girl.”

A review of the Costa Mesa show in the Los Angeles Times reveals there were on-stage elements that Mike’s recording couldn’t capture:

“The show included some visual jokes, played out on a fairy-tale stage set dominated by an immense gnarled tree. At one point a dragon-headed butler sauntered out of the tree to serve Petty a harmonica on a platter, which the singer tooted while Lynch took over the vocals during an exuberant version of the old Count Five garage-rock hit, “Psychotic Reaction.” Later, during a frenzied, strobe-lit ending to “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” Petty was harried by pursuers wearing oversize Reagan, Nixon and Bush masks. He eventually warded them off with a glowing peace sign the circumference of a truck tire.”

As was often the case in Costa Mesa, Mike is in his sweet spot and his recording is close, full and rich, though as an outdoor venue, the audience is louder than usual. We’ve done our best to mitigate the most annoying elements in post-production.

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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.

Back pats all around for our valued contributors and allies this Fourth of July weekend including Professor Goody, who helped us set the proper pitch, Rob S, who keeps going deeper into the hobby and handled the DAT transfer of this one 20 or so years after his original copying of Mike’s master cassettes to DAT, and tireless mjk5510, who brought his patent pending audience-taming processes to bear on this recording in addition to his vital post-production and artwork contributions.

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
JEMS 2022 TRANSFER: Mike Millard Master Cassettes > Yamaha KX-W592 Cassette Deck > Sony R-500 DAT > Analog Master DAT Clone > Sony DTC-670 DAT > Sound Devices USBPre2 > Audacity 3.1 capture > iZotope RX > iZotope RX9 Advanced and Ozone 9 > Audacity > xACT 2.50 > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Kings Highway 4:02
Track 102. Too Good To Be True 5:58
Track 103. I Won’t Back Down 3:59
Track 104. Free Fallin’ 4:53
Track 105. Out In The Cold 7:32
Track 106. Psychotic Reaction 5:51
Track 107. Ben’s Boogie 2:59
Track 108. Don’t Come Around Here No More 13:36
Track 109. Learning To Fly 4:46
Track 110. Listen To Her Heart 2:54
Track 111. Mystery Man 3:02
Track 112. Here Comes My Girl 5:23
65 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Breakdown 5:28
Track 202. Into The Great Wide Open 3:46
Track 203. I’m Tired Joey Boy 3:30
Track 204. Yer So Bad 3:16
Track 205. You Got Lucky 4:21
Track 206. Straight into Darkness 3:53
Track 207. Love Is A Long Road 4:01
Track 208. Refugee 6:06
Track 209. Runnin’ Down A Dream 5:34
Track 210. The Waiting 5:29
Track 211. American Girl 4:05
Track 212. Built To Last 6:09
Track 213. Lonely Weekends 2:55
Track 214. Makin’ Some Noise 5:08
64 mins

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  1. 51 Responses to “TOM PETTY - COSTA MESA 1991 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. A great sounding Tom Petty recording AND a Count Five cover! Thank you, yet again Big-O………………T

    By ToeKneeF on Aug 17, 2022

  3. Rumor has it that Tom Petty was an average un

    By Confederate Bob on Aug 17, 2022

  4. You should know, Gay Bob!

    By Derrick HHH Anti Nelson DD on Aug 17, 2022

  5. well it looks like the 5 year olds are at it again, oh nurse take away their wax crayons dumb as a can of paint

    By Guess Who Said It on Aug 17, 2022

  6. I know more than Bob does

    By U L E on Aug 17, 2022

  7. Always good to have more Tom Petty. Good sound quality as ever.

    By Trevor Smith on Aug 17, 2022

  8. a Charlie Rich cover too! thanks BigO

    By barth on Aug 17, 2022

  9. Go away barth . I hate you

    By Derrick on Aug 17, 2022

  10. Hey everybody, it looks like that limey blowhard Swappers is back, reading the posts above. Speaking of blowhard, it would be good I’d Scaramouchy could explain how anybody gave Uncle Milte head, if he was so big.
    Or perhaps TJ might know, I get the feeling he’s sacked some big uns in his time.

    By Rightup Dias on Aug 18, 2022

  11. Hey Dias, your right swappers is a maricon. He loves to boast about concerts that he attended and then he gives his sermon about the bandd and how they performed. A regular Siskel and Ebert. He can suck my big prick anytime. Fuckin limey cocsucker

    By David Duke on Aug 18, 2022

  12. Your also right about T J. me thinks the same that he has sucked a few uns in his lifetime

    By David Duke on Aug 18, 2022

  13. Hey DD glad to see that you took a break from suckin your uncle’s pecker to join us . Are your lips still stuck to trump’s fat asshole ?

    By Derrick on Aug 18, 2022

  14. Fuck off fuckface

    By David Duke on Aug 18, 2022

  15. David, this aunty milty dude was the first rupaul man. Do you remember Johnny Holnes aka Johnny Wadd. Dont believe anything tht Scarapooch fellow is claiming its all hearsay

    By Rightup Dias on Aug 18, 2022

  16. The real story is that this Scarapooch bedwetter Millty couldnt believe what he saw when Johnny Holmes whipped it out in one of those 70’s adult flicks. Milty hunted him down and asked Johnny is that all you your packin. Holmes slowly took it out and Milty eyes bulged out when he saw the monster and said you got me beat kid ad walked away. I never hear that from Poochie the MiltyHomo

    By Rightup Dias on Aug 18, 2022

  17. What a load of crap in those two posts. 100% pure horseshit.

    I still wanna know how anyone gave Uncle head if he was as big as Scaramouch says.

    By Rightup Dias on Aug 18, 2022

  18. Ask you mom, she did it. Maybe she can give you a few tips so you can suck coc better.

    By Rightup Dias on Aug 19, 2022

  19. Uncle Milte Was the biggest ever , bigger than Johnny Wadd Holmes

    By Scaromouch on Aug 19, 2022

  20. Even bigger than Harry Reems

    By Scaromouch on Aug 19, 2022

  21. It was hard for him to receive head , for women it was up the Pussy or the poop chute , for men and boys it was strictly pound the brown

    By Scaromouch on Aug 19, 2022

  22. According to legend he once pounded Rock Hudson so hard and fast up the poop chute that Rock. couldn’t walk for a month

    By Scaromouch on Aug 19, 2022

  23. Frank Sinatra had Uncke Milte banned as a special guest at the rat packs legendary sauna gang bangs . Frank was jealous of his endowment. That plus when he saw him pounding Sammy in the sauna . Frank hated homosUncle Milte Was kicked out after that

    By Scaromouch on Aug 19, 2022

  24. Uncle Milte never lost a whip it out contest . There usually was big money on the line . Frank was smart enough not to challenge him . Tom Jones was soundly defeated in Vegashe talked about it once on the Howard Stern show

    By Scaromouch on Aug 19, 2022

  25. I love big penises, but this Milte fella sounds like a freak . He’d scare the shit out of me : 12 inches is the perfect size

    By Dee Dee Longley on Aug 19, 2022

  26. Who starts these rumors?

    By Jocko P on Aug 19, 2022

  27. Last one twernt me nuther Fake

    By U L E on Aug 19, 2022

  28. Rumor has it Tom had a Lil Un

    By U L E on Aug 19, 2022

  29. An Internet bot, web robot, robot or simply bot, is a software application that runs automated tasks over the Internet, usually with the intent to emulate human activity on the Internet, such as messaging, on a large scale

    Meet Scaramouch

    By Rightup Dias on Aug 19, 2022

  30. Many thanks for another great recording from Mike the mic Millard . This was the into the great wide open tour . A great Petty album ; somewhat dismissed by the critics when released. Personally I liked it better than full moon fever .

    By Bill on Aug 19, 2022

  31. Fuckin Scaramouchie is a bot. Thats why he is always saying the same thing over and over bout Long Dog Silver

    By Rightup Dias on Aug 19, 2022

  32. Hard to believe Toms been gone almost 5 years now

    By Bill on Aug 19, 2022

  33. Some big ole hoagies and trouser trout on these dudes I hear. They was big in the britches

    By ELU on Aug 19, 2022

  34. Who starts these rumor s?

    By Jocko P on Aug 19, 2022

  35. By Jove I think rightup dias has got it. This site is filled with fuckin bots programmed by Big O to make us think it is us and not them. Makes sense now why the room is never monitored. They must be laffin their fuckin asses off. Stupid dumb musclehead Americans. Also makes sense why they never closed the comment section. I bet U L E is a bot. He is programmed to talk about big uns and lil uns. And we all are entertainment for the slopeheads. Well fuck my brown

    By Confederate Bob on Aug 19, 2022

  36. Jocko P is a bot. No one can be that stupid. He asks the same thing over and over. We all have been hoodwinked by the fucking slopes

    By Rightup Dias on Aug 19, 2022

  37. Great conspiracy theory. Then ELU is another bot that says the same things over and over. We all are a bunch of fuckin jerkoffs for not picking up on this

    By HHH on Aug 19, 2022

  38. Yeeees, but how far can this theory be taken, guys? Derrick may be a bot, his shit about Joe Pesci’s been repeated fifty times. And what about Bill, whining about TP (”Oh Tom, Tom, shove your ectoplasmic dic up my ass while you’re singing Wildflowers to me”). Oh yeah and that bozo, can’t remember his name, who went on about restaurant workers not wearing hairnets.

    Who the fuck’s not a bot? Swaphole? That guy who used to post in French? Jesus Christ Almighty…

    By Rightup Dias on Aug 19, 2022

  39. Mr Dias, I think you’ll find that out loud Jesus Christ ain’t no bot. I do not like those who blaspheme and take His name in vain.

    If you’re looking for bots what about that dude James from Thompson… people tells me that on weekends he becomes Jane from Thompson but I ain’t interested in that because I am and remain straight. Johnny Straight.

    By Johnny Straight on Aug 19, 2022

  40. Me thinks Johnny Straight may be a bot. He’s always saying that he is straight

    By Rightup Dias on Aug 19, 2022

  41. Derrick is not a bot. We have had many conversations about sports and football and baseball etc. Not a bot nor is HHH a bot.

    By The AntiChrist on Aug 19, 2022

  42. Fuck off Rightup. I can see from your name why you is interested in bots. Be a nan, show some interest in pussy for once.

    By Johnny Straight on Aug 19, 2022

  43. Wang dang sweet poon tang

    By Johnny Straight on Aug 19, 2022

  44. ick finger in my mouth wanna upchuck. Im not puttin my big beautiful beef jerky into a smelly fishy pussy. No way. Rather jack off to kiddie porn. Right Mark

    By HHH on Aug 19, 2022

    GO AWAY CHINK!!!!!!

    By swappers on Aug 19, 2022

  46. Me thinks swappers likes being hog-tied and then fucked in the bum. limeys like it in the bum

    First Bum Fuck Porn Videos @ ✊️ Letmejerk.com › first-bum-fuck

    By Nelson on Aug 19, 2022

  47. Well what do you know, the fuckin gooks managed to disable the hyperlinks. givin the slopeheads and kimchi crushers the middle finger then turning around pulling down my pants bending over mooning the big o dicwads

    By Nelson on Aug 19, 2022

  48. Who was this Tom Petty character?

    By Lil Elvis on Aug 19, 2022

  49. I wish I could really get into pussy like my alter-ego but I just like it up the ole Hershey Highway

    By Johnny Queer on Aug 19, 2022

  50. Derrick is not a bot, he sucks dik just like I do. We have had many conversations about sports and football and baseball etc. before during and after our blowjobs and fucking each other’s asses, our sweaty fat hairy bodies wrapped around each other. Not a bot nor is HHH a bot. No bot would shit his pants like H does.

    By The AntiChrist on Aug 19, 2022

  51. suсk my сock Tom and i’ll suсk your сock!

    By Derrick on Aug 19, 2022

  52. Who start s these rumors?

    By Jocko P on Aug 19, 2022

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