This performance is phenominal by any standard. Amongst my very favorite from 1968. The recent discussions led me back to these recordings, as there are a couple of them. Its like a fantastic time capsule that speaks for itself.
Band Jerry Garcia And Friends
Venue The Matrix
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 12/16/68 - Monday
Set One Jam (1) [41:54]
Set Two Jam (2) [39:23]
Comments The tapes circulating with this date are from a "Heartbeats" show,
without Bobby and Pigpen. (1) with Jack Casady and Spencer Dryden. (2)
with Jack Casady and David Getz. This contains a lengthy "The Creator
Has a Master Plan" theme and has references to Dark Star, Clementine,
and China Cat Sunflower. An extensive search through the old San
Francisco Chronicle newspapers failed to turn up any evidence of this
event - no advertisements, no announcements in the "on the town" column
etc. Bill Gadsden said he copied from Peter Abram "two reels with 45
minutes apiece of Garcia, Spencer Dryden, Cassady, Getz, etc from
12/16/68". A third jam has previously circulated as "Set 3" of this
date, but Bill says that it's "with Harvey Mandel from 12/24/68". See
comments for 12/24/68. on page 26 of issue #34 (Summer 1996) of
Dupree's Diamond News, Dick Latvala stated in an interview "There are
tapes of 12/16/68 marked Hartbeats at The Matrix, but I don't know if
that's really accurate. You know [David] Crosby was playing with them
quite a lot that month." Strangely there is a Garcia and Crosby
"Hartbeats" show at The Matrix on 12/16/70.
Recordings Circulating recordings of the 1968 Matrix shows trace back to Bill
Gadsden's reels. Bill and Peter Kafer made copies of Peter Abram's
(owner of the Matrix) two track 7" Scotch reels in the summer of 1974.
Peter Abram's reels were either Masters or 1st gens.
This pattern took me a week to finish..........I really dig this cover
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