Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Los Angeles, CA (06/07/78)

bob Dylan - Los Angeles - 1978 millard_june_7_1978_nak_reel

Bob Dylan
Universal Amphitheater
Los Angeles, CA
June 7, 1978

Download: FLAC/MP3

A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall *
Love Her With A Feeling *
Baby Stop Crying *
Mr. Tambourine Man
Shelter From The Storm
Love Minus Zero/No Limit
Tangled Up In Blue
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Maggie’s Farm
I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
Like A Rolling Stone
I Shall Be Released
Going, Going, Gone
Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35
One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)
You’re A Big Girl Now
One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)
Blowin’ In The Wind
I Want You
Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
Masters Of War
Just Like A Woman
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Simple Twist Of Fate
Oh, Sister (Bob Dylan‚ Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
All Along The Watchtower
All I Really Want To Do
Band Introduction
It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
Forever Young
The Times They Are A-Changin’**

*Missing from Source 1
** Missing from Source 2

Source 1:

LB- 11702
Mike Millard first gen via JEMS
The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Vol. Three

Recording A Info: AKG 451E mics (CK-1 capsules) > Nakamichi 550

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 > iZotope RX3 > pitch correction > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (Edit / Index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

JEMS is pleased to release the third 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. For further details on how these tapes 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 third installment is from the final performance of Dylan’s seven-night residency at the Universal Amphitheater in June 1978 (imagine playing a 27-30 song set for seven consecutive nights without a day off). Once again, the recording is not quite complete. Millard’s notes state, “Missed first song and most of second song.” In truth he missed the first three songs (the show-opening “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” “Love Her With a Feeling” and “Baby Stop Crying”) before he gets his trusty Nakamichi 550 up and running during “Mr Tambourine Man.”

Lossless Bob has no fewer than five entries for this show, though only identifies two distinct recordings, both of which are complete from the start, so, like its predecessors, it is likely this Millard master is uncirculated. And like nights one and three, what Millard did record is impressive. Samples provided.

We’ve marked this Recording A as, remarkably, Millard sent SG two different recordings of the show, done with two different tape decks and two different sets of microphones. The notes on each 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. Recording B will be Vol. Four in our series.

Bobtalk is particularly rich this night, including a highly entertaining moment towards the end of the show where Dylan says hello to some celebrities in the crowd, among them Joni Mitchell, Raquel Welch and Tom Petty. The transcription on Olof’s invaluable Still On The Road website also notes that Dylan offers that his favorite band is “a band I saw play with Bobby Blue Bland, 1968 I recall in New York. And this band comes as close to that band as I can find.” OK, now we know.

The June 7 set also includes three songs not featured in the sets on the other two Millard recordings from this run, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” “Simple Twist of Fate” and “Oh Sister.”

If you’d like to learn more about Mike the MICrophone, the links below offer a glimpse of his story.

Millard’s Wikipedia page
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Millard

The best article written about Millard has been deleted from the original website but is reprinted here:
http://www.classicrockforums.com/forum/f6/led-zeppelin-official-thread-6185/index164.html

Thanks again to WG for finding the tapes and to SG for providing JEMS with another fascinating chapter of taping history. Also, JEMS is greatly 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

Source 2

LB-11720

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

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. For further details on how these tapes 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

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
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Millard

The best article written about Millard has been deleted from the original website but is reprinted here:
http://www.classicrockforums.com/forum/f6/led-zeppelin-official-thread-6185/index164.html

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

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