From The Boat’s April 09 Archives During the rehearsals and recording sessions for If I Could Only Remember My Name, David Crosby and three members of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart, played three dates at San Francisco’s Matrix club, December 15th, 16th & 17th, 1970. These rare recordings, from an afternoon rehearsal and an evening live show, capture this unique configuration performing a variety of Dead, Byrds and Crosby material with pretty good sound considering the casual nature of the get-together. The afternoon session is a great, fly-on-the-wall band rehearsal, as Crosby leads the Dead core through arrangements of “Eight Miles High” and “Cowboy Movie.” While there are instances of overloaded mics and sloppy exploration, once the band gets into a jamming groove, and Garcia starts to take off, it’s a joyous sound indeed. The fusion of Crosby’s and Garcia’s styles is more pronounced than what would eventually be heard on If I Could Only Remember My Name… and, is all the better for it. Blissed out expansions of Crosby’s “Triad” and “The Wall Song” are a delight. The live show has circulated as the Dec. 15th show since it first surfaced, though the rehearsal is thought to be from the 16th, based on some of Crosby’s dialog. The band alternately called themselves David & The Dorks, David & The Ding-A-Lings and Jerry & The Jets, but were originally billed at the Matrix as Jerry Garcia & Friends. There’s lots more Crosby in the archives.
David Crosby: vocals, guitar Jerry Garcia: vocals, guitar Phil Lesh: bass Mickey Hart: drums
AFTERNOON REHEARSAL Alabama Bound (4:10) Eight Miles High (6:06) Cowboy Movie (10:00) Wall Song (16:30) Bertha (15:07) Bird Song (3:33)
LIVE AT THE MATRIX Drop Down Mama (4:17) Cowboy Movie (9:53) Triad (9:51) Wall Song (7:54) Bertha (4:14) Deep Elem Blues (7:27) Motherless Children (8:56) Laughing (10:23)