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Paul McCartney
The Forum
Inglewood, CA
November 23, 1989
Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS
The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 133

1644 & 2496 Editions

Recording Gear:
AKG 451E Microphones (CK-1 cardioid capsules) > Nakamichi 550 Cassette Recorder

JEMS Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassettes > Nakamichi RX-505 azimuth adjustment) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture 2496 > iZotope RX8 > iZotope Ozone 8 > (MBIT+ resample to 1644 - 1644 Edition only) > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

01 Figure Of Eight
02 Jet
03 Rough Ride
04 Got To Get You Into My Life
05 Band On The Run
06 Ebony And Ivory
07 We Got Married
08 Maybe I'm Amazed
09 The Long And Winding Road
10 The Fool On The Hill
11 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
12 Good Day Sunshine
13 Can't Buy Me Love
14 Put It There > Hello Goodbye
15 Things We Said Today
16 Eleanor Rigby
17 This One
18 My Brave Face
19 Back In The USSR
20 I Saw Her Standing There
21 Twenty Flight Rock
22 Coming Up
23 Let It Be
24 Ain't That A Shame
25 Live And Let Die
26 The Hustle > Hey Jude
27 Yesterday
28 Get Back
29 Golden Slumbers
30 Carry That Weight
31 The End

Known Faults:
-Maybe I'm Amazed: first few notes cut

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.

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.

Paul McCartney, The Forum, Inglewood, CA, Novembrer 23, 1989

Given Beatle Paul is about to hit the road again at the ripe old age of 79, it seemed a good time to revisit the last of Mike Millard's McCartney recordings. This Forum show was opening night of Macca's first US tour since Wings Over America in 1976. Needless to say anticipation was extremely high to see a Beatle doing Beatles songs.

Paul played five nights at the Forum all told, and we've previously released Millard's capture from the last Inglewood concert on November 29 (Vol. 43 of the Lost and Found series). Of course Mike the Mike also famously recorded McCartney on the aforementioned Wings Over America tour on June 23, 1976 (Vol. 61).

As Jim R wrote in the notes for Vol. 43, “Seeing a Beatle is on another level compared to most acts. There is a constant feeling that you are witnessing history in the making. Hearing songs from your teens. Need I say more?"

I saw this tour in Seattle a year later and had much the same feeling, albeit in the severely sound-quality challenged Kingdome (may she rest in peace) where I just so happened to be seated next to Nancy Wilson of Heart. For opening night Mike sat on the main floor in the 12th row, ideal for recording.

Macca had already toured Europe earlier in the year and was in fine form for opening night in SoCal, so much so that the performance of "Sgt. Pepper" from the show was included on the live album Tripping The Live Fantastic.

As has been the case on all modern McCartney tours, the setlist is generous, packed with great Beatles songs and solo material. The explosions in "Live And Let Die" popped Mike's meters, but other than that he makes an excellent recording of an excellent performance. 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.

As always, thanks to the extended JEMS family for their support, notably Professor Goody, who made sure the pitch was optimized and mjk5510 who gives each week's release a nifty cover for you old school CD burning types.

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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