Saturday, July 22, 2017
Los Angeles, CA
June 7, 1978
Mike Millard first gen via JEMS
The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Vol. Four
Recording B Info: Nakamichi CM-50 microphones > Uher CR-240 cassette recorder
JEMS 2014 Transfer: first-generation reel copy (3-3/4 IPS) made by Mike Millard for SG > Otari 5050 mkII azimuth-adjusted transfer > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > pitch correction > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC
101 A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
102 Love Her With A Feeling
103 Baby Stop Crying
104 Mr. Tambourine Man
105 Shelter From The Storm
106 Love Minus Zero/No Limit
107 Tangled Up In Blue
108 Ballad Of A Thin Man
109 Maggie's Farm
110 I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
111 Like A Rolling Stone
112 I Shall Be Released
113 Going, Going, Gone
114 Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35
115 One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)
116 You're A Big Girl Now
201 One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)
202 Blowin' In The Wind
203 I Want You
204 Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
205 Masters Of War
206 Just Like A Woman
207 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
208 Simple Twist Of Fate
209 Oh, Sister
210 All Along The Watchtower
211 All I Really Want To Do
212 Band Introduction
213 It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
214 Forever Young
(final song of the night, The Times They Are A-Changin', is missing but can be found on Volume three)
Seamless transfer, suggested break for CD burning above...
JEMS is pleased to release the fourth in a series of recordings made by legendary taper Mike Millard, AKA Mike the MICrophone, best known for his masters of Led Zeppelin in and around LA circa 1975-77.
Incredibly, our fourth installment is an alternative SECOND Millard recording from the final performance of Dylan's seven-night residency at the Universal Amphitheater in June 1978. That's right, the same performance as Volume 3 of our series, but a different recording made by Millard with a completely different rig. In addition to his familiar AKG 451E mics (CK-1 capsules) > Nakamichi 550 set up, Millard ran a pair of Nakamichi CM-50 microphones into a Uher CR-240 cassette recorder. We believe this is the first verified example of Millard recording on different gear and he uses the same set up for future shows in our series.
Nakamichi CM-50 photos http://www.nakmics.com/nak-cm50.htm
Uher CR-240 photo http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Uher-cr240_hg.jpg
This recording also marks the first time in the run that Mike was able to capture the show from the very start, the instrumental version of "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall." So we get the beginning of the show, but not the full encore, as the last song of the night, "The Times They Are A-Changin'," is omitted. (Note: It can be found on the Vol. Three recording of the same performance.)
The question you are probably asking yourself right about now is: OK, that's all interesting minutiae, but which recording is better? I would give the nod to this one, which sounds just a tad sharper, clearer and fuller. Samples provided.
Lossless Bob has no fewer than five entries for this show, though only identifies two distinct recordings, both of which are complete, so, like its predecessors, it is likely this Millard master is uncirculated.
We've marked this Recording B to distinguish it from Mike's other tape from the night. The notes on each reel (see image in the comments) clearly state that Mike himself made both recordings, so while there is no other known case where Millard ran two rigs, we can only assume that on this night he did or perhaps he did so with an uncredited partner, as we know he frequently had helpers.
Speaking of those helpers, JEMS' Millard series has sparked a lot of comments and dialogue. A fellow taper we've gotten in touch with was one of those helpers who attended many shows with Mike. He wanted to let folks know that despite what you may have read, Mike was no loner. He had several close friends, many of whom shared his passion for music. Whoever drew that conclusion and perpetuated the loner profile was mistaken.
If you'd like to learn more about Mike the MICrophone, the links below offer a glimpse of his story.
Millard's Wikipedia page
The best article written about Millard has been deleted from the original website but is reprinted here:
Thanks again to WG for finding the tapes and to SG for providing JEMS with another fascinating chapter of taping history. Also, JEMS is deeply appreciative of the work of mjk5510 for his continued assistance in getting these recordings into your hands. He is a vital part of the process at this point.
Here's to the late, great Mike the MICrophone and to finding more lost tapes.
BK for JEMS