Long Beach, CA
June 8, 1978
Mike Millard first generation cassettes via JEMS
The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Vol. 15
Recording Gear: AKG 451E microphones (CK-1 cardioid capsules) > Nakamichi 550 cassette recorder
JEMS 2019 TRANSFER: first-generation cassettes made by Mike Millard for Jim R > Nakamichi CR-7A azimuth-adjusted transfer > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > iZotope RX and Ozone mastering > Peak Pro 6 (post production) > xACT 2.39 > FLAC
01 Jamaica Say You Will
02 Looking Into You
03 Something Fine
04 Linda Paloma
05 The Times You've Come
06 Song For Adam
07 The Fuse
08 Fountain Of Sorrow
09 Here Come Those Tears Again
10 Before The Deluge
11 Your Bright Baby Blues
12 Rock Me On The Water
15 For A Dancer
16 Doctor My Eyes
17 These Days
18 For Everyman
19 Running On Empty
20 Love Needs A Heart
21 Nothing But Time
22 You Love The Thunder
23 The Load-Out > Stay
24 The Pretender
25 The Road And The Sky
JEMS is pleased to continue our 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 LA circa 1975-77. For further details on how some tapes in this series came to be lost and found again, as well as JEMS' history with Mike Millard, please refer to the notes in Vol. One: http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=500680
Our latest installment finds Millard capturing a special performance by Jackson Browne at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach. The theater is part of the Long Beach Convention center and seats 3,000. The concert was a benefit for the Anne Sippi Clinic, an organization and treatment center that helps those with mental illness. Anne struggled throughout her lifetime with severe and persistent mental illness. In her early teens she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and referred to a day services program in Hollywood, CA. At the time it was felt as though the available residential treatment environments were lacking the services that Anne, and many like her desperately required, and therefore efforts were undertaken to purchase a residential treatment center.
With the help of Anne's mother, and musician Jackson Brown a benefit concert took place, and the seed money was found to open the Anne Sippi Clinic in Eastern Los Angeles. In 1978 the Anne Sippi Clinic, a residential treatment center was named after her. Anne lived successfully at the treatment center for more than 20 years, ultimately passing away from a heart condition. You can read about the history of the center here: http://schizophrenia-help.com/history/
While Jim doesn�t have as many vivid memories about this show as he does others, a few things still stuck out. �I remember it was a benefit concert and we sat somewhere on the side of the main floor. Based on the sound, we couldn�t have been more than a third to halfway back. David Lindley�s playing really stood out, especially on pedal steel. My other memory is an amusing one but confirmed by the tape: at one point a woman yells out, �Love your butt, Jackson.�
To the best of our knowledge there is no known tape of this concert in general circulation (at least in the torrent era) so this can be categorized as a previously uncirculated Millard recording and it does not disappoint. The acoustic and electric sets sound marvelous and clear (samples provided), and the performance is nothing short of outstanding.
While prepping the show for release, we discovered in our own archive a copy of the show from a different recorder, which may account for the availability of a set list online though no record of the audio. Millard's recording is the superior source.
The third leg of the "Running On Empty" Tour ended on April 20th with a show in Iowa City, Iowa. Immediately after that Jackson began a "Benefit Blitz" playing at least eight separate benefits in a row. This show was the last of those eight benefits and it is not your standard 1978 era show.
While the "official" portion of third leg of the tour stuck to the standard setlists, things began to get interesting for the benefits. At the April 21st "Palmetto Alliance" benefit show in Columbia, SC he blew up the standard set list, adding a number of different songs and with one notable absence dropping "Here Come Those Tears Again" for the fist time in well over a year. More on that in a moment.
The first glimpse this was going to be a special night comes when Jackson and David Lindley kick things off with a beautiful acoustic "Jamaica Say You Will" followed by five more acoustic numbers featuring David Lindley on guitar, pedal steel and violin. During this portion Jackson is loose, interacting with the crowd, telling stories and is clearly at ease and energized by the intimate setting.
At this point the set slips back into the more familiar 1978 Tour show with fantastic versions of "The Fuse" and "Fountain Of Sorrow". We are then treated to the next unique moment of the evening. As mentioned previously, Jackson had dropped "Here Come Those Tears Again" from the set on the 21st, who knows why. One of his biggest hits not played, bored with it? Or it might have been to do a re-arrangement of the song. Introduced as "a song you probably all know", Jackson goes on to say "this is a song I wrote with a friend who lives in France now, it's suppose to be a country song. She wanted to play this song with Ray Price, it didn't come out so country with me. We gotta do it that way". With that David Lindley's pedal steel kicks off the most unique versions of a hit song you may ever hear with a straight up country arrangement of "Here Comes Those Tears Again".
This appears to be one of only two times it was played in this unique arrangement that was captured on tape with the other being two nights later at the 5th Annual Mountain Aire Concert. Incidentally, set lists online indicate the exact same set is played at the Mountain Aire Concert, but this appears to be inaccurate based on the circulating tapes that have "The Fuse" opening the show and the first six acoustic numbers not played.
The balance of the show stays closer to the standard 'Running On Empty" tour sets however, Jim is entirely correct when he says David Lindlley's playing really stood out. Lindley dominates this show and never sounded so good. We're sure the beautiful quality of Mike's capture has something to do with it, but Lindley is a highlight and absolutely makes this show something special.
There are varying degrees of Jackson Browne fans among the JEMS and JEMS extended family but after hearing this show...we're all fans and agree this is one of Jackson's all-time greatest performances.
JEMS is thrilled to partner with Jim R to release more of Millard�s fantastic recordings and to help set the record straight about the man himself. It�s been 25 years since he passed away, and the Internet version of his life story is highly speculative and often inaccurate.
One thing we have come to appreciate through this new cache of tapes is the incredible artwork Mike made by hand for every cassette he gave to friends. While he is famous for the cartoony, �bubble� lettering he used on his Led Zeppelin tapes and others, for many artists he made his own logos, sometimes drafting on their album artwork, sometimes not. Working with what I presume to be a rainbow of Flair pens, Mike would sit in his room as he dubbed copies and label the cassettes and j-cards in his unique style, making every tape a mini work of art.
We can�t thank Jim enough for trusting us with your legacy in partnership with Mike. Tip o� the cap as well to mjk5510 for his essential contributions to the Lost and Found series and to Exit Club for taking the Millard journey with us. We hope our efforts honor and celebrate the man and the music he so brilliantly preserved.
Finally, cheers to the late, great Mike the MICrophone and to finding more lost tapes. May he rest in peace.
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