Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Jerry Garcia & The Harvey Mandel Band – San Francisco, CA (12/24/68)

jerry garcia - harvey mandel - san francisco 1968

Jerry Garcia & The Harvey Mandel Band
December 24, 1968
The Matrix
San Francisco, California

Download: FLAC/MP3

Source 1 Tracklist
Disc 1
1. // Jam
2. // Feel It
3. Three O’Clock

Disc 2
1. Mojo Worker > Jam
2. You’re Gonna Need Me
3. Raise Your Hand


Source Two Tracklist

Disk 1
Jam cont.
We got the Feeling Jesus
Thinkin’ bout You
She’s a Motor Worker
* Tracks 1 & 2 are actually 1 track broken into two parts so as not to have to post a 200+meg file.

Source 1:
This is flac encoded & tagged version of shnid: 82321

1. Song names are best guesses
2. d2t2 and d2t3 might not be from this show
3. Commonly circulates as “Mickey & The Hartbeats.” However, it has been alleged that the vault reels are labelled “Jerry Garcia & The Harvey Mandel Band.”

**admin note: info file updated 12/1/2007; thanks to fxexpress for identifying song names of d2t02 and d2t03**soundboard 4-track reel master > 2-track reel > CDR/0 > CDR/1 > CDR/2 > iMac > SHN

reel > CDR conversion via unknown hardware

editing by Jeff Tiedrich via Sound Studio for Macintosh, 24 April 2002
compressed via Shorten for Macintosh by Jeff Tiedrich, 28 April 2002

SBD>unknown generation cass>wav>shn

Wave &Shn conversion 11-24-02 by Tommy McKeown (Smilin’ Sam)


COMMENTS Not listed in DeadBase XI. The tapes circulating with this date are Jerry Garcia with Harvey Mandel (guitarist who played with Charlie Musselwhite and in Canned Heat), Stephen Miller (keyboards player from Linn County, Harvey Mandel’s Band, Elvin Bishop’s band, and The Allman Brothers Band).

Some tapes list this as also with Elvin Bishop on guitar. Unknown drummer(s). Miller may be the person singing on Feel It (title song for Elvin Bishop’s second album), Three O’Clock In The Morning, and Mojo Woker. The jam after Mojo Worker or one of the unknown songs may be “Wade In The Water”. The newspaper ads mention Jack Casady (bass player in Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna) so perhaps he is the bass player, but some tapes list George Chambers (bass player for The Chamber Brothers).

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 Jerry Garcia and the Harvey Mandel Band.

RECORDING SB 80 mins. Most 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. Recently (5/02) circulating CDRs are reportedly MSR(vault)>1R>CDR.

CONTRIBUTORS David Sorochty , Bill Gadsden, Dick Latvala, Michael Parrish worldnet.att.net>, Gregg Bucci , Dave Litfin at polarfab.com>, Jeff Teidrich , David Minches at snip.net>
ReSeeded 8/2006 by Teddy “GoodBear” Selby

Source 2:
This is flac encoded & tagged version of shnid: 25136

SBD>Master reel>PCM>wav>shn

Transferred from PCM via SEK’D Prodif96Pro & Samplitude, split via CDWav
Uploaded by theotherwayne@yahoo.com

5 thoughts on “Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Jerry Garcia & The Harvey Mandel Band – San Francisco, CA (12/24/68)

  1. So why no download link. Interesting history. I had this on analog tape back in the day. With such a poster available, I am surprised at the confusion regarding the origin. Oh well… still would love to DL. Thanks for ALL you do. I love your blog!

      1. You are the man, Mat! Again… never ending thanks for all you do for the rest of us!

  2. Hi Mat,

    My notes on this show list this as a Mickey & The Hartbeats show. The lineup as I received it is:

    Jerry Garcia, Harvey Mandel, Elvin Bishop – guitar
    Jack Cassady – bass
    Mickey Hart, John Chambers – drums
    Stephen Miller – organ

    John Chambers and Stephen Miller were part of the Elvin Bishop Group at this time, not Harvey Mandel’s band, so it is more of an Elvin Bishop band rather than Harvey Mandel band. George Chambers was not part of this show.

    Stephen Miller did play on Harvey Mandel’s “Cristo Redentor” LP, but I don’t think hew as ever part of Harvey’s band. I can also find no trace of John Chambers playing in Harvey Mandel’s band.

    I did not attend this show, so I cannot guarantee the accuracy, but it makes sense. I hope this helps.

    Bob W.

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