San Francisco, CA
October 8th, 1968
24 bit 96 kHz audio transfer by Matt Smith
These reels came from Will Boswell. Back in the early 70's, Peter Kafer lent his reels to Will who dubbed them @ 7.5 ips. As an aside this was a different time period from the FE 4/71 reels. Peter obtained his copies from Bill Abrams who had the master reels and have since vanished from the stories i've heard. So basically we can deduce the most likely lineage of these are MR(Abrams)>R @ 7.5 ips(Kafer)>R @ 7.5 ips(Will Boswell). My buddy Pat Lee scored his from Will and the lineage info is the same except for the extra reel gen as well. There still is some mystery surrounding these shows as for exact lineage and there are a few people who have the same lineage as this but generally, all circulating copies have been sourced with Kafer's reels. I felt this should be shared for 2 main reasons which are the nice dynamics and the pristine condition of the reels which can make a huge difference in this day and age. the recent ABB 4-11-70 Ludlow is another textbook example of this. When one is dealing with old, fragile tape, lineage isn't neccesarily the most important factor anymore. It's the actual condition of the tape and how it's played back and transfered. Finally, when Peter gave these to Will he said, "hey man, don't give these to anybody else ok??" Of course he gave copies to his brother Dave. How could he not?? I guess some things just never change..LOL
Mixed and Mastered by Jamie Waddell a **GEMS** Production www.shnflac.net Dec 2010
-This is a mix down of the line feed left channel, and the more ambient miced right channel. Enjoy... [and yes, the "as-is" will circulate, but this is how "I believe" this source was intended to be heard] .
1. [05:55] Clementine Jam
2. [09:55] Clementine Jam >
3. [13:38] The Eleven Jam >
4. [11:08] Death Don't Have No Mercy
5. [19:04] The Seven
6. [12:20] Dark Star Jam >
7. [04:29] Cosmic Charlie [first known live performance]
1. [18:06] Next Time You See Me Jam
2. [13:12] Jam
3. [12:31] The Other One >
4. [12:44] Jam
1. [03:25] Jam *
2. [07:50] Jam *
3. [07:41] Jam *
4. [12:47] Prisoner Blues *
5. [22:54] Jam **
* all of third set with Elvin Bishop.
** Jack Casady, Mickey Hart, and Elvin Bishop only.
Bobby and Pigpen were absent. These shows were billed as "Jerry Garrceeah (Garcia) and His Friends" on the poster for the October 1968 schedule at The Matrix (see "The Art of Rock", page 166). However, the "on the town" column in the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, by Ralph J. Gleason, which which gave listings of what bands were playing locally, says that "The Grateful Dead and Elvin Bishop" are playing at The Matrix on these dates (see the San Francisco Chronicle for Monday October 7, 1968 pg 49 and Wednesday October 9, 1968 pg 48). on page 26 of issue #34 (Summer 1996) of Dupree's Diamond News, Dick Latvala stated in an interview "What I know exists in our Vault are the shows, and they are on four-track 15 i.p.s. There are seven reels for 10/8, which are marked first and second sets with [Jack] Casady, then Elvin Bishop and Casady" (1) Jerry's amp dies and they begin the Clementine Jam over again. (2) All of Set 3 with Elvin Bishop. (3) Jack Casady, Hart, and Bishop only. In addition to Set 2, DeadBase XI lists: Caution (Do Not Stop on tracks) > Jam (with Jack Casady). in DeadBase X they say in the tape timings section for 10-8-68 on page 248, that right before the 2nd set there is this announcement: Jerry: 'Is Elvin here? Is Elvin here? Got his old scene here. Too much fun. We're gona let Elvin play. This guy who's gonna play the bass here is Jack Casady. This band is called Mickey Hart and the Hartbeats.' Elvin Bishop: 'Hello, my name is Elvin Bishop and my band was supposed to be playing here tonight. But we had a little trouble and one of the members of the rhythm section couldn't make it, so we're gonna sort of be jamming.'