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[OK, so either Vimeo or WordPress won’t allow me to link to the video. Never had that happen before. Go to Vimeo and look for COMMITTEE OF ONE – STAN GUTOSKI”. However, since it’s a private video that may not work either. In that case just look for the last Pink Floyd – Seattle 1975 upload on dime, it has the link.]

“One year ago this weekend, JEMS lost a second founding member, Stan Gutoski, the beloved S in JEMS. The loss came less than four years after the death of Jared Houser, our imitable J. Two down. Two still standing.

Stan was one of the kindest and humblest people I ever met. He took me on as an apprentice in the mid-’80s and taught me everything I know about taping. He also gave me access to his archive, and the act of doing so was in effect the beginning of JEMS, as we began to treat our collective recordings as a single entity.

Stan and (Mike) Millard were acquaintances and well aware of each other’s work even before they met face to face on two occasions when Stan was taking a family vacation to Disneyland. The pair got together in Orange County where they talked taping and did some dubbing of each other’s master tapes. Stan later told me that he felt a kinship with Mike that went beyond music. They both lost their fathers around the same time and they talked about that loss during one of their meetings. I still vividly recall seeing a box of Millard-labeled tapes that arrived at Stan’s house in the mid-’80s and how intrigued I was by their design, the quality of the recordings and the incredible story Stan told me about how Millard got his gear into venues using a wheelchair. That box going missing for almost 30 years became the impetus for my journey to learn more about Mike and track down his tapes. Six years ago, the re-discovery of the misplaced box launched and named our Lost and Found series and led to the Millard releases we’ve been carrying on ever since. It would be easy to say Stan was the Mike Millard of the Seattle area, but perhaps Mike Millard was the Stan Gutoski of Southern California.

Stan started taping a year before Mike did and both made a key decision to buy what they believed to be the best tape recorder available to do the job right. For Mike, that was the Nakamichi 550 in 1975. For Stan in 1972, it was a Tandberg Model 11 portable, full-track mono reel to reel. Both decks were capable of very high quality recording, especially for the era, and were a step above the gear that was being used by many early tapers. Mike and Stan shared a sense of mission and purpose when it came to taping and preserving shows, which helps explain their prolific output. While both were fans of many artists, there was an element of duty to their efforts that went beyond just being a fan, recognizing that it was culturally significant to document live performances. They also enjoyed the thrill of getting away with it, which itself can be intoxicating and addicting.

I met Stan when I was just out of high school. I owned some bootleg LPs and had tried my hand at taping a couple of shows with limited success. Friends of my parents made the intro and Stan and I became fast friends despite our 20 year age difference. Just a few weeks later, Stan and I were sitting in the back row of the Paramount Theatre in Seattle in his preferred taping seats in row JJ, planting our microphone in the curtain sash and recording R.E.M. on the Fables of the Reconstruction tour. Stan showed me how to set levels, read meters, flip a tape without looking, pretty much everything you need to know to successfully capture concerts. After that came Van Morrison, Simple Minds and eventually dozens of other concerts. I would often hang out in Stan’s basement looking through his tapes and picking out something to play on one of his beloved Revox reel to reels, one of which he loaned to me. In 1986, Stan and I had the good fortune to uncover a large batch of previously uncirculated songs from Dylan’s Basement Tapes sessions. When “Sign on the Cross” came on that borrowed Revox and the fidelity was clear (unlike all previous bootlegs), I remember Stan getting tears in his eyes and saying something like, “Wow. I can’t believe we found it.” I also remember spending several hours in Stan’s car staking out a home in Seattle that belonged to the parents of a guy who supposedly video taped one of Dylan’s 1974 Seattle concerts. The taper/filmer lived in Hawaii and was said to be home only once a year for the holidays to see his family. Stan thought we could just wait outside their house and intercept him.

Needless to say we never did, but whiling away the hours with Stan was always enjoyable. He loved to tell jokes, eat at the best drive-ins and diners, and regale me with taping and trading stories. I don’t think I ever saw Stan get mad. He had a deep sweetness and always exuded a kind of “just happy to be here” vibe. Because he worked at the post office, Stan had to get up in the wee hours of the morning, but that never stopped him from taping a show in Seattle or for that matter Vancouver. Hell, he even showed me his secret parking spot near the Paramount which I used successfully for years. Through Stan, I met other tapers (Mr. Gaddy, Mr. Lee, Mr. Severson and Mr. Bratton) and my interest in live taping and collecting grew into a lifelong passion. Without Stan, there is no JEMS.

It also bears repeating that Stan’s primary recorder, the Tandberg, is an audacious piece of gear for a stealth taper. If you don’t know about the Tandberg, it was a remarkable piece of gear in its day, not only capable of recording at 3-3/4 and 7-1/2 IPS, but in full-track mono. I won’t do the math, but compared to a cassette, the surface area of tape capturing the music is orders of magnitude higher, which is why so many of Stan’s Tandberg masters from the likes of David Bowie, Elton John, Led Zeppelin and Bruce Springsteen are considered by some audience-recording classics. The Tandberg required 10(!) D-cel batteries to operate, is roughly the size of a compact typewriter and weighs around ten pounds. Imagine sneaking that into a show and your respect for what Stan accomplished only grows.

Today, with the help of my friend Exit Club and others, I am thrilled to share a short film that will give you an even better sense of Stan as a person and a taper. Because Jared’s cancer was so advanced and we knew his time was short, we made a point of filming an interview with him about his taping history, the footage of which turned in to this tribute video which we have shared before. During that process, we also shot an interview with Stan. It wasn’t as extensive as what we did with Jared, because we thought we had future opportunities to film him again. Alas, we never did schedule a follow-up. But what we did shoot with Stan captures his spirit, good-natured humor and humility. To mark the one year anniversary of Stan’s passing, we present to you Committee Of One, a video tribute to the late, great Stan Gutoski, one of the pioneers of our hobby and a first ballot inductee into the Tapers Hall of Fame whenever it gets built.

Stan was admitted to the hospital in December [2019] because of a spinal infection that severely limited his mobility. I spoke to him at the time, sharing various JEMS updates which always lifted his spirits, even as he sounded weak. He was eventually released, but his condition didn’t improve after he left the hospital. In mid-January [2020], I got updates from his son that didn’t sound promising. Ken told me Stan was back in the hospital battling pneumonia, and it was clear his health was rapidly deteriorating. I began to consider how soon I could fly up to see him. A few days later, I asked if there was an opportunity to call Stan in the hospital, and his son said perhaps he could put me on speaker phone for a minute if his dad was up to it. Sensing that might not happen, I followed up with a text: “Please tell Stan I love him dearly and that we found Mike Millard’s master tapes a few weeks ago.” Ken replied, “Wow. The tapers’ ‘Ark of the Covenant.’ That’s amazing. I’ll tell him.”

Early the next day his son texted, “Good morning. My dad passed away a few minutes ago.” It was the stomach punch I knew was coming, but not this fast. Way too fast. I started crying. His son then texted: “My brother and I and my youngest son stayed with him until 6:30 am. He never went to sleep. He kept fighting it. He was impressed about the 280 shows [Millard recorded]. He kept making me repeat the number. He wanted to know what years and what cities/venues. I guess he can just ask Millard now in person. [They are] hanging with Jared watching Tom Petty and George Harrison play.” If ever there was a moment of happiness and sadness at the same time, reading that text was it. While I’m not religious, the thought of Mike Millard, Stan Gutoski and our late, great friend Jared Houser all hanging together in heaven is something I am only too happy to believe. May Stan rest in peace. And may all of you come to know just a little of the great man I was fortunate enough to call my friend for 35 years. BK for JEMS”

The following list of shows recorded by Stan Gutoski is likely not complete but it’s the first attempt to compile one, as far as I can tell. Do leave a comment if you know of other confirmed Stan recordings or have a correction.

Neil Diamond * 1972-07-23 * Seattle Center Coliseum * Seattle, WA

Chicago * 1972-07-24 * Seattle Center Coliseum * Seattle, WA

Uriah Heep * 1973-03-10 * Seattle Center Arena * Seattle, WA

Neil Young * 1973-03-17 * Seattle Center Arena * Seattle, WA

The Everly Brothers * 1973-03-23 * Paramount Theatre * Seattle, WA

J Geils Band * 1973-04-27 * Hec Edmundson Pavilion * Seattle, WA

Bob Dylan * 1974-02-09 * Seattle Center Coliseum * Seattle, WA (afternoon show)

Bob Dylan * 1974-02-09 * Seattle Center Coliseum * Seattle, WA (evening show)

Bob Dylan * 1974-02-11 * Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum * Oakland, CA (afternoon show)

Bob Dylan * 1974-02-11 * Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum * Oakland, CA (evening show)

Joni Mitchell * 1974-03-12 * Seattle Center Arena * Seattle, WA

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young * 1974-07-09 * Seattle Center Coliseum * Seattle, WA

George Harrison * 1974-11-04 * Seattle Center Coliseum * Seattle, WA

The Faces * 1975-03-12 * Hec Ed Pavillion * Seattle, WA

Led Zeppelin * 1975-03-21 * Seattle Center Coliseum * Seattle, WA

Pink Floyd * 1975-04-10 * Seattle Center Coliseum * Seattle, WA

Doobie Brothers * 1975-05-18 * Seattle Center Coliseum * Seattle, WA

Jethro Tull * 1975-07-25 * Seattle Center Coliseum * Seattle WA

The Eagles * 1975-08-21 * Seattle Center Coliseum * Seattle, WA

Elton John * 1975-10-16 * Seattle Center Coliseum * Seattle, WA

Elton John * 1975-10-17 * Seattle Center Coliseum * Seattle, WA

David Bowie * 1976-02-03 * Seattle Center Coliseum * Seattle, WA

Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) * 1976-02-08, Seattle Center Arena * Seattle, WA

The Who * 1976-03-25 * Seattle Center Coliseum * Seattle, WA

Cat Stevens * 1976-03-26 * Seattle Center Coliseum * Seattle, WA

Peter Frampton * 1976-04-30 * Seattle Center Arena * Seattle, WA

The Who * 1976-10-14 * Seattle Center Coliseum * Seattle, WA

Lou Reed * 1976-12-09 * Paramount Theater * Seattle, WA

Boston * 1977-03-09 * Seattle Center Arena * Seattle, WA

Thin Lizzy * 1977-03-13 * Seattle Center Arena * Seattle, WA

Queen * 1977-03-13 * Seattle Center Arena * Seattle, WA

Carole King (and opening act Navarro) * 1977-08-19 * Seattle Center Arena * Seattle, WA

Rod Stewart * 1977-10-03 * Seattle Center Coliseum * Seattle, WA

Warren Zevon * 1978-06-24 * Paramount Northwest, Seattle, WA

Bruce Springsteen * 1978-06-25 * Paramount Northwest, Seattle, WA

Bruce Springsteen * 1978-12-20 * Seattle Center Coliseum * Seattle, WA

A copy of Stan’s Queen recording made it into the hands of Vicky Vinyl/John Wizardo, who used it to produce the titles P.N.W. (on odd-3) and Duck Soup (on Rodan Records) / Admission Ticket / Somebody To Love – Seattle ’77 in 1977 & 78.

While the George Harrison Seattle ’74 concert was released on the scarce babymoon titles 1974 and Cry For A Shadow, this was most likely a different source recording (made by one of the persons that would later start the Tobe Milo Beatles specialty label. Stan’s recording would become quite famous in the CD bootleg age, as it was not only complete but also for a long time the best circulating recording from that tour.

Record Collector magazine, 04/1998

In contrast, Heylin’s book calls it a “huge seller” and floydboots “massive selling”. I do wonder if some include the copies made in the US by TAKRL & CBM & in Japan under different names? A look through past auctions documented on popsike does turn up an above average number of copies but plenty of these are the later copies made around 2007.

How many pressings were made in the 70’s? The originals have 17610 II 2-A / B in the matrix and the misspelling “Gotta Be Crasy” on side A.

Then there is this variant, supposedly with matrix 176102-A:

Finally, this one is listed on discogs as a 1975 original but I suspect it isn’t. I doubt any of the European originals included the name of the band on the label.

The copies have PFL 7501 A/B and I believe they don’t have laminated covers. Floydboots mentions a black label with silver writing but there is no image proof anywhere so far.

One version has a song added from another ’74 concert, which is not included on the track list on the slip sheet. This was discovered by accident, when I transfered my copy to digital. After posting it on a torrent site I was contacted by another member, stating their vinyl copy didn’t have that track.

A. The first pressings with a two-tone red & blue or all blue slip sheet. These have all the songs as listed on the slipsheet.

These are usually found with white WORLDS Records or yellow “Side …” labels. If you know the matrix numbers from your pressing with these inserts, please leave a comment. Also, kindly check if the song “Something” (in upgraded sound quality compared to the Vancouver tracks) is present or not.

B. The tan insert version found usually with black Worlds Records labels. I believe this is a later reissue.

These have “Something” added from the Long Beach recording released as Let’s Hear One For Lord Budda (sic) on Phonygraf .

The matrix numbers are: SODD 2-005-A /B / C / D

This is the first time, I have seen one. I had asked the owner for more photos but they were all in much poorer quality than this one. The thing that strikes me is that this is the same font as used on their labels.

It must date from 1973 due to the Neil Young listings. It lists the new releases in a non-chronological fashion, the earliest I can see is # 3585 (Beatles – Mary Jane and Dylan’s Help., # 3586. It shows releases all the way until # 3649 (Simon & Garfunkel), so this probably covers several months wort of releases from late 1972 up to well into the spring of 1973.
The title of the Floyd album shows a working title that would later get changed to Floyds Of London. The same seems to apply for the last partially visible title, which to my best guess was at this stage a future Rolling Stones release (Rehearsal Sessions ’72 Tour, # 3690 ?). Plenty of titles, that based on their release number should also have been released around this time aren’t mentioned.

Above: In an August 3rd 1976 article, Mike Millard is interviewed about the cancellation of the scheduled Yes concert at the Bakersfield, CA Civic Auditorium after it was only discovered at the last minute that the equipment wouldn’t all fit onstage and couldn’t be hung from the auditorium’s ceiling. The ticket date on their Solo Albums tour was August 2nd, sandwhiched between a Las Vegas and a Fresno date. Now you know why there’s no Millard recording for Yes in ’76.

The recorder model used by Mike Millard from 1975 onwards. Not much used to be known about Mike and the same information was usually copied across the web sites that mention him. The following blog post was written by someone who actually knew him:

http://www.barry-goldstein-concert-closet.com/2010/03/odds-n-ends-mike-millard-facts.html

List of shows known to have been taped by Mike Millard, I dare say, it’s the most complete on the net:


Last update: 13 February

Yes – March 18, 1974 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

Yes – March 19, 1974, Long Beach, CA, Long Beach Arena

David Bowie – 16/09/1974 Convention Center * Anaheim, CA

Elton John – 05/10/1974 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

Jethro Tull – 09/02/1975 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

Rod Stewart & The Faces – 05/03/1975 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

Led Zeppelin – 11/03/1975 Long Beach Arena

Led Zeppelin – March, 12th, 1975, Long Beach Arena

Led Zeppelin – 75-3-24 LA Forum

Led Zeppelin – 75-3-25 LA Forum

Led Zeppelin – 75-3-27 LA Forum

Pink Floyd 26/04/1975 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

Suzy Quatro 17/06/1975 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

Yes – June 21, 1975 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl The Sorcerer

Yes – June 23, 1975, Long Beach CA, Long Beach Arena

Rolling Stones – LA Forum, Los Angeles, CA, July 09, 1975

Rolling Stones – LA Forum, Los Angeles, CA, July 11, 1975

Rolling Stones – LA Forum, Los Angeles, CA, July 12, 1975

Rolling Stones – LA Forum, Los Angeles, CA, July 13, 1975 Tour of the Americas, part one, two, three

Eric Clapton 14/08/1975 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

Ruby Starr & Grey Ghost 07/09/1975 Long Beach Arena

Black Sabbath 07/09/1975 Long Beach Arena

Elton John 29/09/1975 Sports Arena * San Diego, CA

Rick Wakeman * 1975-11-11 * Convention Center * Anaheim, CA

Genesis 01/05/1976 Starlight Amphitheatre * Burbank, CA

Wings – 1976-06-23 The Forum * Inglewood, CA Wings From The Wings

The Who 1976-10-07 Sports Arena, San Diego, CA

Jethro Tull 14/01/1977 Civic Auditorium * Pasadena, CA

Jethro Tull 16/01/1977 Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Music Center * Los Angeles, CA

Queen 03/03/1977 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

Return To Forever 08/04/1977 Civic Auditorium * Santa Monica, CA

Led Zeppelin – 1977-6-19 San Diego, CA

Led Zeppelin 21/06/1977 The Forum * Inglewood, CA Listen To This Eddie

Led Zeppelin – 1977/06/23 The Forum, Inglewood, CA For Badge Holders Only / Part Two

Led Zeppelin – 1977-06-25 , Inglewood Forum, CA

Led Zeppelin – The Forum, Inglewood, CA June 27, 1977

Journey – 14/08/1977 Long Beach Arena

Fleetwood Mac – 30/08/1977 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

Yes – The Forum, Inglewood, CA – September 23, 1977

Yes – The Forum, Inglewood, CA – September 24, 1977

Yes 26/09/1977 Long Beach Arena

Linda Ronstadt 03/10/1977 Universal Amphitheatre * Los Angeles, CA

Rod Stewart 13/12/1977 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

Queen 1977-12-20 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

Cheap Trick 31/12/1977 Long Beach Arena

Kansas 31/12/1977 Long Beach Arena

David Bowie 04/04/1978 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA

Genesis * 1978-04-17 * The Forum * Inglewood, CA

Bob Dylan 01/06/1978 Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA

Bob Dylan 03/06/1978 Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA

Bob Dylan 07/06/1978 Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA

Bob Dylan 07/06/1978 Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA (2sd source)

Jackson Browne 08/06/1978 Long Beach Arena

Thin Lizzy 16/08/1978 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

The Kinks 25/06/1978 Universal Amphitheatre * Los Angeles, CA

UK 1978-07-28 Santa Monica Civic

Peter Gabriel 1978-09-30 & 1978-10-01 The Roxy – W.Hollywood, CA

Yes – October 5, 1978, Inglewood, CA, Great Western Forum

Yes – October 6, 1978, Inglewood, CA, Great Western Forum

Bob Dylan 18/11/1979 Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA

Bob Dylan 19/11/1979 Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA

Genesis 25/05/1980 The Roxy * Hollywood, CA

Peter Gabriel 1980-06-17 The Clubhouse, Santa Ana, CA

The Who 23/06/1980 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

The Eagles 29/07/1980 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

Bruce Springsteen 01/11/1980 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

Moody Blues * 1981-06-28 * Long Beach Arena * Long Beach, CA

Rush 12/06/1981 Convention Center * Anaheim, CA

Bruce Springsteen 23/08/1981 Sports Arena * Los Angeles, CA

Stevie Nicks 12/12/1981 Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles

David Bowie 14/08/1983 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

A.R.M.S. Concert 1983-12-06 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

Steve Winwood 1988-07-24 Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA

Eric Clapton – 23 September 1988 Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Laguna Hills, CA

Bruce Springsteen 21/09/1988 Los Angeles

Jimmy Page 07/10/1988 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

David Lindley & El Rayo-X 1989-08-13 Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, CA

Neil Young 18/08/1989 Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA

Bob Dylan 08/09/1989 Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA

The Rolling Stones 22/10/1989 Memorial Coliseum * Los Angeles, CA

Paul McCartney 29/11/1989 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 03/03/1990 Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA

Grateful Dead * 1991-06-01 * Coliseum * Los Angeles, CA

John Prine 20/10/1991 Irvine Meadows * Irvine, CA

Linda Ronstadt * 1990-10-22 Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA

Bruce Springsteen 16/11/1990 Los Angeles (Officially Released)

Robert Plant 09/08/1991 Sports Arena * San Diego, CA

Dire Straits 08/02/1992 The Forum * Inglewood, CA

U2 12/04/1992 Sports Arena * Los Angeles, CA