July 28, 2015 – 5:20 am

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(Crosby, Garcia, Lesh, & Hart)
The Matrix 1970 [Keyhole KHCD9021, 1CD]

Live at The Matrix, San Francisco, CA; December 15 (?), 1970. Very good soundboard.

Stuart Jefferson, AMG:

Recorded before the release of Crosby’s album, “If I Could Only Remember My Name”, this set comes from a short stint at the Matrix in SF in 1970. The tapes may be dated inaccurately because the Matrix folks (who taped many sets) didn’t keep real accurate records on the tape boxes.

But that doesn’t really matter - it’s the music that’s important - and, in that respect, this is a pretty nice set of tunes well played for the most part. Crosby is in good voice, especially on songs like “Cowboy Movie”, “Triad”, and Laughing”. The band too helps give these tunes a good period feel of those times. Garcia takes over on Dead staples “Bertha” and “Deep Elem Blues”, and the foursome are pretty tight all through these tunes. I have to say that both Crosby and Garcia’s guitars are a treat to hear together on this set. And with The Dead rhythm section, there’s a real organic feel to the music - again redolent of the era.

Here are a few highlights - “Drop Down Mama” - some hot guitar work with a typically good Crosby vocal. “Cowboy Movie” - slowly unwinds with more good electric guitar punctuating Crosby’s vocal, a nice version of this tune. “Triad” - a beauty, Crosby’s smooth vocals pour down like honey, if the recording quality were better this would be a stunner. “The Wall Song” - very subtle performance with the band laying back effectively, listen to the bass work here.

“Bertha” - a nice, chugging version with Garcia on vocals, in the context of The Dead a curiosity worth hearing. “Deep Elem Blues” - good Crosby/Garcia guitars, Garcia again on vocals, similar in feel to “Bertha”, listen to the mid-tempo guitar solo. “Motherless Children” - very open beginning with Crosby’s wordless vocal and builds from there, Garcia holds his guitar in check until he unleashes a gripping solo, and ending the way it began. “Laughing” - a good preview of Crosby’s solo album, a sensitive arrangement, there’s a slight feeling of menace in this song.

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Track 01. Drop Down Mama 4:17 (7.2MB)
Track 02. Cowboy Movie 9:46 (16.4MB)
Track 03. Triad 9:47 (16.5MB)
Track 04. The Wall Song 7:52 (13.2MB)
Track 05. Bertha 4:14 (7.1MB)
Track 06. Deep Elem Blues 7:14 (12.2MB)
Track 07. Motherless Children 9:01 (15.1MB)
Track 08. Laughing 10:38 (17.9MB)
63 mins

David Crosby – guitar, vocals
Jerry Garcia – lead guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh – bass
Mickey Hart – drums

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  1. 9 Responses to “DAVID CROSBY - MATRIX 1970”

  2. “David & the Dorks” was, I believe, the name they played under for this gig. I’ve had bits and pieces of this set for years, but it’s great to have the whole thing. Thanks, BIGO!

    By YogaforCynics on Jul 28, 2015

  3. never fed up with david crosby,that’s really nice
    thank you bigo :)

    By easy on Jul 28, 2015

  4. Great one,love it.

    By Arthur on Jul 29, 2015

  5. I never knew these 4 played together, and I’m not familiar with most of these songs, but I’m sure looking forward to hearing it. Downloading now, thanks again Big O.

    By Rex Inlasvegas on Jul 30, 2015

  6. It’s not the full set. The first part of the show is missing, including a version of “Eight Miles High.”

    By Bill on Jul 30, 2015

  7. Long time ago still upload this full on youtube..

    By Eddie_1412 on Jul 30, 2015

  8. Thanks for the link Eddie. Thanks Biggo. Great to hear and enjoy another slice of history.

    By Bernestalker on Jul 31, 2015

  9. This seemed promising and proved worth the listening. The Crosby songs fare better and the Dead members were sympathetic backing musicians. “The Wall Song” fits perfectly behind “Triad” and Jerry Garcia plays several nice runs in both songs. Interestingly, his sound is similar to Stephen Stills’ licks from the same time period. The Dead songs seem less well prepared. Bertha is ok but slow and lacks the usual conviction. Thanks Big O!

    By Jania on Aug 2, 2015

  10. thanks, big-O!


    By I-) on Aug 11, 2015

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