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Los Angeles 1991 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 1CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 139. Live at the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA; May 22, 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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Pat Benatar - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA; May 22, 1991

Our spotlight on female artists recorded by Mike “The Mike” Millard continues with Pat Benatar and her unexpected foray into big band blues. In April 1991, Benatar released her eighth album, True Love, which saw her explore traditional big band and jump blues, backed by members of long-standing genre experts Roomful of Blues.

The album was a departure from Benatar’s classic rock hits and met with a mixed reception, though clearly this type of music was something near and dear to her. For the Wiltern show, she is backed by a full band playing songs from the album and other covers in the genre for what is ultimately a tight, 72-minute set.

The Wiltern became a rock concert venue in 1985 during Millard’s hiatus from recording and he only taped there three times, all in 1991. If you’ve been to the Wiltern, it has a very high ceiling and can sound quite roomy. While Mike makes a clear recording, it isn’t as up-close sounding as his best work. Still, hard to imagine there are many tapes of Benatar with the big band, so for fans this is hopefully a welcome addition to the canon.

If you’re wondering, Mike did record Benatar earlier, in 1983 on tour supporting Get Nervous, but that recording is currently missing in action.

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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.

From the road, we say thanks for this week’s contributions by Professor Goody on pitch adjustments and mjk5510, who pulled together the set list in addition his weekly, stalwart post production and artwork duties. Much appreciated.

Finally, here’s 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 Cassette > Nakamichi Cassette Deck 1 azimuth-adjusted playback > Sound Devices USBPre2 > Audacity 3.1 capture > iZotope RX > iZotope RX9 Advanced and Ozone 9 > MBIT+ resample to 16/44.1 > Audacity > xACT 2.50 > FLAC

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Track 01. Last Night 6:59
Track 02. I Ain’t Got Nobody 3:29
Track 03. That’s What Love Will Make You Do 4:16
Track 04. I Get Evil 5:12
Track 05. Sweet Baby Of Mine 2:34
Track 06. I Feel Lucky 5:20
Track 07. Help Me 4:49
Track 08. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss 3:16
Track 09. Don’t Happen No More 5:58
Track 10. True Love 5:03
Track 11. Bloodshot Eyes 3:12
Track 12. So Long 7:08
Track 13. Evening 4:41
Track 14. Don’t Start Me Talkin’ 4:12
Track 15. Band Introduction 1:00
Track 16. The Good Life 4:52
72 mins

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  1. 22 Responses to “PAT BENATAR - LOS ANGELES 1991 [MILLARD TAPE]”

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    By U L E on Sep 16, 2022

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    By Nelson on Sep 16, 2022

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    By DD on Sep 16, 2022

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    By Derrick on Sep 17, 2022

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    By Derrick on Sep 17, 2022

  10. Derrick you got two chances of ignoring people here ever happening- when you stop sucking dik and taking it up the ass

    In other words… THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN

    By DD on Sep 18, 2022

  11. Who starts these rumors?

    By Jocko P on Sep 18, 2022

  12. What’s wrong with people here ? It was getting bad a few years ago . Now it’s completely in the septic tank . I haven’t been here in awhile. Too bad , the music is very diverse and excellent. Something for all tastes . The trolls make it a joke .

    By Roger Dodger on Sep 18, 2022

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    By U L E on Sep 18, 2022

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    By U L E on Sep 18, 2022

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    By ELU on Sep 18, 2022

  16. To all the retards out there , I haven’t commented in some time . Mark and his Hebrew name stealers no doubt have taken over . I’m sure Anti , Derrick, Nelson Confederate Bob etc are victims of the name stealers brigade too . Morons and losers all

    By HHH on Sep 18, 2022

  17. Really nothing new to discuss., Dementia Joe Biden remains an incompetent old fool , controlled by AOC Towelhead Omar and the rest of the far left loons hell bent on destroying America . Open borders , progressive DAs and judges funded by that Jew Scumbag George Soros . Murderers and child molesters out on the streets when they should be executed in public squares. Classic example that black ape who grabbed, raped and murdered that jogger in Memphis. Out on the streets after serving almost 20 years for rape , he raped another woman a year earlier yet he was still out able to do it again . Yet hero cops like Derek Chauvin are spending 20 plus years in prison for eliminating these apes from the streets . Something is wrong with that picture

    By HHH on Sep 18, 2022

  18. Another example is that Memphis shooter who killed multiple people around the same time . Another black ape 19years old , no doubt another bi product of baby mama hip hop culture that has infested modern society

    By HHH on Sep 18, 2022

  19. I’m more retarded than the name stealers, my comments prove that.

    By HHH on Sep 18, 2022

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    By HHH on Sep 18, 2022

  21. Triple h has brain damage. He nearly suffocated, when his head got stuck in Trump’s fat ass. It was close

    By Derrick on Sep 18, 2022

  22. To all the meanies out there , I haven’t shit my pants in some time . Mark and his Hebrew name stealers no doubt have taken over . I’m sure Anti , Derrick, Nelson Confederate Bob etc are all the same idiot . A true moron and loser

    By HHH on Sep 18, 2022

  23. I swear that I’m going to report you idiots . Have fun being banned

    By HHH on Sep 18, 2022

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