Post by request: Rolling Stones Oakland Coliseum Oakland, CA November 5, 1989 Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 142 1644 Edition
Post by request:
November 5, 1989
Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS
The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 142
Recording Gear: AKG 451E microphones (CK-1 cardioid capsules) > Nakamichi 550 cassette recorder
JEMS 2022 Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassettes > Nakamichi RX-505 (azimuth adjustment; Dolby On) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX8 > iZotope Ozone 8 > convert to 16/44 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC
01 Start Me Up
03 Sad Sad Sad
04 Undercover Of The Night
05 One Hit (To The Body)
06 Tumbling Dice
07 Miss You
08 Ruby Tuesday
09 Play With Fire
10 Rock And A Hard Place
11 Mixed Emotions
12 Honky Tonk Women
13 Midnight Rambler
14 You Can't Always Get What You Want
15 Little Red Rooster
16 Can't Be Seen
18 Paint It Black
19 2000 Light Years From Home
20 Sympathy For The Devil
21 Gimme Shelter
22 It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (But I Like It)
23 Brown Sugar
24 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
25 Jumpin' Jack Flash
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: [www.dimeadozen.org
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:
Rolling Stones, Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA, November 5, 1989
This week's release was meant to celebrate the Stones' return to European stages, but with Mick's positive COVID test it instead becomes a substitute for the real thing.
We released the first night at Oakland Stadium 1989 as Vol. 108 in the Lost and Found series. Now it is time for the second show on November 5, which features three setlist changes from night one, all of them welcome as far as I'm concerned, with "One Hit (To The Body)," "Play With Fire" and "Little Red Rooster" replacing "Harlem Shuffle," "Angie" and "Can't Be Seen" respectively.
I give the Stones points for performing songs like "Undercover" and "One Hit" on the 1989 Steel Wheels tour, as they came from albums released during the band's hiatus from touring 1983-1988. They also dipped somewhat deeper into their back catalog in '89, at least in terms of playing songs that long felt difficult to pull off in a stadium, such as "Ruby Tuesday" and "2000 Light Years From Home" which are highlights here as is "Play With Fire."
As we've written before, Mike "The Mike" Millard was no fan of stadium shows, but Steel Wheels featured reserved seating up close. Mike had an inside connection to get good seats, which allowed him to record the show at something approaching his legendary standards. One small bit of trivia, in 1989 Millard switched from his long-standing preferred blank tape, TDK SA 90, to Maxell XLII-S 100 minute tapes, giving him more runway to flip without missing a song. Those Maxells are the tapes used for this show and the night before.
While he may not have favored stadiums, Mike gets better results than most out of them. The sound on his October 5 recording is relatively close and balanced, with limited audience interference. Samples provided.
There are still several Stones shows left to come in the Millard archive, though most of what's left from 1975 isn't DIME friendly. Nor are Mike's Guns N' Roses recordings of their extended sets opening for the Stones at the Coliseum in LA. All told there are 20-30 shows that will eventually need to come out through other means. In time, they will.
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.
Month after month we rely on the contributions of many to keep the Lost and Found series rolling. Thanks this week to Professor Goody for pitch work, mjk5510 for post-production and artwork, and kif for the updated JEMS logo that graces this week back cover.
Finally, cheers to the late, great Mike the MICrophone. His work never ceases to impress. May he rest in peace.
BK for JEMS