Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Grateful Dead – San Francisco, CA (12/24/68)


Grateful Dead
The Matrix
San Francisco, CA

Download: FLAC/MP3

This is a tagged version of shnid: 9475
Source: SBD>MR>??>DAT>CDR
Conversion: CDR > EAC(secure) > mkwact(seekable)
shntool confirms tracks on sector boundaries

Part of The Music Never Stopped Project 2002 shn em up initiative 5/15/02
Thanks to Raoul Duke for the disks!

Disk 1 [31:19]


01. [31:19]Jam


” The tapes circulating with this date are from a “Heartbeats” show, without
Bobby and Pigpen. (1) with Harvey Mandel (and George Chambers?). This jam has
previously circulated as “Set 3” of 12/16/68, but Bill Gadsden says that it’s
“with Harvey Mandel from 12/24/68”.

From the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper of Monday December 23, 1968 pg 35:
“At the Matrix tonight and tomorrow night:
Jerry Garcia, Jack Casady, open end jam, no door charge” and elsewhere on the
same page under the heading “OPENING TODAY”: “ROCK CLUB – Jam Session with Jerry Garcia, Jack Cassady and others, from 9:30 p.m., the Matrix, 3138 Fillmore. Free.”

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.” He makes no other mention of 12/68 Matrix tapes in that article, but he has stated on another occasion that the tapes in the vault of 12/24/68 are labeled as Garcia jamming with the Harvey Mandel Band.

This show is not listed in DeadBase XI.

SBD 31 mins.

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.

3 thoughts on “Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Grateful Dead – San Francisco, CA (12/24/68)

  1. Jerry Garcia, Harvey Mandel & Elvin Bishop
    December 24, 1968
    The Matrix
    San Francisco, CA.

    SBD > Master reel > PCM > wav > shn
    Transferred from PCM via SEK’D Prodif96Pro & Samplitude, split via CDWav
    Harvey Mandel
    Elvin Bishop
    Steve Miller
    Gordon Chambers
    Mickey Hart
    Jerry Garcia
    01. Jam
    02. Jam cont.
    03. We got the feeling Jesus
    04. 3 O’Clock In The Morning
    05. She’s a Mojo Worker
    06. Jam

    fwiw:This is what i have but @231 , the first 2 tracks are over 35mins

  2. I believe that the second drummer is John Chambers (not Gordon Chambers) who played in the Elvin Bishop Group around this time. Steve Miller is the keyboard player from the Elvin Bishop Group, not the guitar playing Steve Miller. I have the same set list as Pig Street!

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