Los Angeles, CA
August 13, 1989
Mike Millard First-Generation Tapes via JEMS
The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 191
Recording Gear: AKG 451E Microphones (CK-1 cardioid capsules) > Nakamichi 550 Cassette Recorder
JEMS 2023 Transfer: Mike Millard First-Generation Cassettes > Nakamichi RX-505 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
01 For America
02 Tender Is The Night
03 In The Shape Of A Heart
04 Enough Of The Night
05 Chasing You Into The Light
06 For Everyman
07 World In Motion
08 Anything Can Happen
09 For A Dancer
10 Call It A Loan
12 How Long
14 Lawless Avenues
15 The Word Justice
16 Running On Empty
17 Band Introduction
18 The Pretender
19 When The Stone Begins To Turn
20 The Load-Out
22 Doctor My Eyes
Introduction to the Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Series
Welcome to JEMS� Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone series presenting recordings made by legendary taper Mike Millard, AKA Mike The Mike, best known for his masters of Led Zeppelin done in and around Los Angeles circa 1975-77. For the complete details on how tapes in this series came to be lost and found again, as well as JEMS' long history with Mike Millard, please refer to the notes in Vol. One: http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=500680.
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 1993.
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.
The full back story on how Mike�s master tapes were saved can be found in the notes for Vol. 18 Pink Floyd, which was the first release in our series transferred from Millard�s original master tapes:
Jackson Browne, Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA, August 13, 1989
This week we present the last of a series of "missing" Millard recordings filled in by Jim Ri from his personal collection of first-generation copies made for him by Mike himself.
Jackson Browne was on tour in support of World In Motion, released in June 1989, seven songs from which feature here. David Lindley opened the show (a recording previously released as Vol. 62 in the Lost and Found series) and he joins Browne on a handful of songs starting with "For A Dancer."
Browne is in fine form at the Amp and excellent voice, performing a generous 23-song set. His between-song talking is both personal and political, which reflects the song selection of the night. There's definitely a "modern" feel to some of the arrangements compared to '70s Browne performances but there's no doubting the conviction.
While we don't know exactly where Mike was sitting, he was close because the sound quality of his recording is, shocker, outstanding, with great fidelity across the spectrum and a very upfront Browne vocal. Samples provided.
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.
Our copy of Mike's Jackson Browne '89 recording is again courtesy of Jim Ri and we're deeply grateful he was generous enough to share his first-generation, Millard-dubbed cassettes of several of the shows we were missing. Professor Goody gave this a pitch check and a double check; and mjk5510 took care of the vital post production and artwork elements needed to get our shows out to you each week.
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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