THE MOODY BLUES - INGLEWOOD 1978 [MILLARD TAPE]

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THE MOODY BLUES
Inglewood 1978
[Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]
The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 169. Live at The Forum, Inglewood, CA; December 11, 1978. 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 Moody Blues - The Forum, Inglewood, CA; December 11, 1978

Mike “The Mike” Millard taped the Moody Blues four times, including his second live recording ever, a January 30, 1974 show also at The Forum (Vol 99 in the Lost and Found series), as well as June 28, 1981 at the Long Beach Arena (Vol 68) and August 30, 1990 in Costa Mesa (Vol 131). This 1978 capture is therefore the last in the series from the band and ends their inclusion in the Lost and Found series on a high note.

The Moodys were on tour in support of Octave, released in June 1978. The band hadn’t toured since Mike caught them in 1974, and the occasion was big enough for them to perform two nights at The Forum (this being the first).

Millard was enough of a fan to make sure he got great seats. He’s in the second row for this one which helps explain the up-close sound. However, as is often the case in this era, Mike’s position is so close to the front he’s pulling instruments right off the stage (listen for the tambourine) but not getting direct PA sound in full which leaves the vocals a bit low in the mix.

Thankfully, modern mastering technology has given us tools to help correct for issues like this in ways that were unthinkable even five years ago. With the help of iZotope RX, we were able to pull more of the vocals forward to yield what on balance is an excellent recording.

The setlist includes seven songs from the aforementioned Octave, so if you’re a fan of that album, you should be pleased. The rest of the set looks back and of course includes the band’s best-known songs, “Tuesday Afternoon,” “I’m Just a Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band),” “Nights In White Satin,” “Question” and “Ride My See-Saw.”

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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.

We want to wish everyone in the extended JEMS family a Merry Christmas, and we extend holiday greetings to all who follow the series. We hope you continue to enjoy it. This week’s recording couldn’t have happened without the contributions of Rob S (who transferred and transferred again), Professor Goody on pitch adjustments and to my partner in all things JEMS, mjk5510. Last but not least, the Lost and Found series would have never happened if not for Jim R. All the best to you to as well my friend.

Finally, here’s 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 2022 Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassettes > Nakamichi Cassette Deck 1 azimuth-adjusted playback > Sound Devices USBPre2 > Audacity 3.1 capture > iZotope RX > iZotope Ozone > MBIT+ resample to 16/44.1 > Audacity > xACT 2.50 > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Steppin’ In A Slide Zone 5:38
Track 102. Tuesday Afternoon 4:37
Track 103. Twilight Time 3:40
Track 104. The Day We Meet Again 7:10
Track 105. The Story In Your Eyes 3:44
Track 106. I’m Your Man 4:48
Track 107. Top Rank Suite 4:24
Track 108. Isn’t Life Strange 6:23
Track 109. I’ll Be Level With You 3:51
Track 110. Driftwood 5:36
50 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Gypsy 3:30
Track 202. Survival 5:06
Track 203. The Balance 3:57
Track 204. I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band) 4:48
Track 205. Nights In White Satin 5:46
Track 206. Legend Of A Mind 12:31
Track 207. Question 6:57
Track 208. Ride My See-Saw 3:40
47 mins

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