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The Eagles -
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA;
July 29, 1980;

Recording Gear: (presumed) AKG 451 Microphones > Uher CR-240 cassette recorder

JEMS 2018 Transfer: First-generation cassette copy made by Mike Millard for BC > Nakamichi CR-7A azimuth-adjusted transfer > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > iZotope RX and Ozone mastering > MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro 6 (post-production) > xACT 2.39 > FLAC

01 Saturday Night
02 After The Thrill Is Gone
03 Keep On Trying
04 Seven Bridges Road
05 Pretty Maids In A Row
06 Hotel California
07 Already Gone
08 In The City
09 The King Of Hollywood
10 The Sad Cafe
11 Lyin’ Eyes
12 I Can’t Tell You Why
13 Desperado
14 Those Shoes
15 Heartache Tonight
16 In The Long Run
17 Life’s Been Good

JEMS is happy to return to our Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone series, presenting 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 other tapes in this series came to be lost and found again, as well as JEMS' history with Mike Millard, please refer to the notes in Vol. One: :: EzTorrent v0.7.0r484 :: Login

This is one of four previously unknown, unattributed and probably uncirculated Millard recordings (the other three were Bruce Springsteen shows from 1988 and 1990) provided to JEMS by BC, longtime friend of Mike the MIC who attended dozens of concerts with him over the years.

It captures the third and final night of the Eagles’ Thank You Los Angeles concerts. Some performances from the shows were used on EAGLES LIVE, the double album released later that same year, albeit with a lot of overdubs and studio tweaking. It’s also the second to last show that band would play until reuniting in 1994 (the final show on the Long Run tour was Long Beach Arena on the 31st).

We presume Millard used the same gear as he did the previous year recording Bob Dylan at the same venue, and while the results aren’t quite up to that incredible standard, it is another typically impressive Millard capture, full, clear and mostly away from audience noise. Santa Monica Civic was something of a home court for Millard: he certainly knew how to get impressive results there.

While I would not characterize myself as a big Eagles fan, every time I hear a live recording from this era, I’m impressed not only by how beautifully they play but how charming they are on stage. They are a much better live band than I ever gave them credit for.

As luck would have it, this same show was also recorded by John, Mark (the B-Man) and Mike, and posted by our pal Flying M Productions about six years ago from his own master tapes. Flying M’s post is the complete show; unfortunately the second of BC’s tapes has been lost, so we only have part one, the 100-minute cassette that Millard personally dubbed for him (and labeled in his signature style, which you’ll see in the artwork).

JEMS thanks BC for reaching out and not only loaning us his Millard first generation cassettes, but for sharing stories and helping fill in some gaps in the story of this legendary taper. BC says that the Mike Millard he knew would have loved the sharing community and the continuing interest in his work. Thanks as well to mjk5510, who helped make the connection to BC and, as usual, handled the last mile.

Here's to the late, great Mike the MICrophone and to finding more lost tapes.


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