Grateful Dead

May 1977 Box (Digital)

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What's Inside:
Five Complete Shows
5/11/77 St. Paul Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, MN
5/12/77 Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL
5/13/77 Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL
5/15/77 St. Louis Arena, St. Louis MO
5/17/77 University Of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
14 Discs, 111 tracks
Mastered in HDCD by Jeffrey Norman, Plangent Processes playback system for maximum sonic accuracy
Artwork by Grammy Award-winning graphic artist Masaki Koike
Period Photos by James R Anderson
Historical Essay by Steve Silberman
Individual show liner notes


If you're a Dead Head, chances are you've spent many an hour expounding upon the distinction of May 8, 1977, Cornell University, Barton Hall. Well, at the risk of preaching to the choir, we'd like to reintroduce you to a series of shows that matches said greatness from that same gloriously fertile season. While Barton Hall is well known, the astounding tour that surrounded it has occasionally flown under the radar due to the uneven quality of tapes in circulation. May 1977 is set to change all of that with a boxed set that zeroes in on this high-water mark in the Grateful Dead's long strange trip.

For a band resurrecting itself after a 20-month hiatus, there was a great frenzy of expectancy that surrounded the Spring of 1977. We anticipate a grand reoccurrence of this fervor with the release of May 1977, a 14-disc boxed set featuring five complete shows from consecutive stops on that magical tour. Mastered in HDCD by Jeffrey Norman at Mockingbird Mastering, the "psychoacoustic phenomena" as Jerry once put it, of St. Paul Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, MN (5/11) Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL (5/12, 5/13), St. Louis Arena, St. Louis MO (5/15) and Coliseum at the University Of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (5/17) can now finally be appreciated. Each of these shows finds the Dead delivering punchier, more focused sets, tightening up the framework; each night turning out first-ever renditions ("Passenger,""Iko Iko,""Jack-A-Roe"), unloading potent new pairings ("Scarlet Begonias">"Fire On The Mountain", "Estimated Prophet">"Eyes Of The World"), classic covers ("Dancing In The Street") and soon-to-be staples ("Estimated Prophet," "Samson and Delilah"), and ultimately rising up to paradise.

And now for the nitty-gritty...

Due June 11, May 1977 is limited to 15,000 individually numbered copies. Presented in a psychedelic box that boasts an intricate die-cut design created by Grammy®-winning graphic artist Masaki Koike, the set also includes a book filled with stories about each show, as well as an in-depth essay by Dead historian Steve Silberman, who delves deep into the history behind the tour and the band’s return from its extended hiatus.

Once these 15,000 boxes are gone, May 1977 and its shows will never be available again on CD. However, the 111 tracks will be made available on release date as FLAC and Apple lossless full-set-only downloads for $99.98.

Like its predecessors Europe '72: The Complete Recordings and Spring 1990, we expect May 1977 to sell out. Your best bet is to pre-order it now, then sit back, relax, and enjoy all the exclusive content we'll be rolling out over the next few weeks right here and on and

May 1977 Show By Show

Take a closer look inside of our numbered, limited-edition boxed set May 1977 with listening parties, videos, artwork and more from each featured show.

5/11/77 St. Paul Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, MN
5/12/77 Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL
5/13/77 Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL
5/15/77 St. Louis Arena, St. Louis MO
5/17/77 University Of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

Listening Party

MAY 1977

"Wharf Rat" 5/11/77
"Mississippi Half-Step" 5/12/77
"Jack-A-Roe" 5/13/77
"Dancing In The Street" 5/15/77
"Terrapin Station" 5/17/77

David Lemieux on What’s Inside May 1977


Show #1
St. Paul Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, MN (5/11/77)

Disc 1
1. Promised Land [4:54]
2. They Love Each Other [7:38]
3. Big River [6:25]
4. Loser [7:39]
5. Looks Like Rain [9:18]
6. Ramble On Rose [7:48]
7. Jack Straw [5:54]
8. Peggy-O [8:43]
9. El Paso [4:44]
10. Deal [5:49]

Disc 2
1. Lazy Lightning> [3:32]
2. Supplication [5:20]
3. Sugaree [13:49]
4. Samson and Delilah [7:08]
5. Brown-Eyed Women [5:28]
6. Estimated Prophet [8:38]

Disc 3
1. Scarlet Begonias> [9:47]
2. Fire On The Mountain> [11:02]
3. Good Lovin' [6:29]
4. Uncle John's Band> [9:11]
5. Space> [5:48]
6. Wharf Rat> [9:51]
7. Around and Around [8:48]
8. Brokedown Palace [5:34]

Show #2
Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL (5/12/77)

Disc 1
1. Bertha [7:16]
2. Me and My Uncle [3:04]
3. Tennessee Jed [9:32]
4. Cassidy [5:05]
5. Peggy-O [7:52]
6. Jack Straw [5:45]
7. They Love Each Other [7:47]
8. New Minglewood Blues [5:20]

Disc 2
1. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo> [9:54]
2. Dancing In The Street [14:19]
3. Samson and Delilah [7:07]
4. Brown-Eyed Women [5:28]
5. Estimated Prophet [9:25]
6. Sunrise [3:46]

Disc 3
1. Terrapin Station> [10:13]
2. Playing In The Band> [8:36]
3. Drums> [4:06]
4. Not Fade Away> [14:15]
5. Comes A Time> [10:20]
6. Playing In The Band [7:00]
7. Johnny B. Goode [4:18]

Show #3
Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL (5/13/77)

Disc 1
1. The Music Never Stopped [8:37]
2. Ramble On Rose [7:33]
3. Cassidy [4:46]
4. Brown-Eyed Women [5:35]
5. New Minglewood Blues [5:06]
6. Friend Of The Devil [8:38]
7. El Paso [4:55]
8. Jack-A-Roe [5:56]
9. Looks Like Rain [8:17]
10. Scarlet Begonias> [7:05]
11. Fire On The Mountain [13:19]

Disc 2
1. Samson and Delilah> [7:24]
2. Bertha [6:52]
3. Estimated Prophet> [9:51]
4. Drums> [5:47]
5. The Other One> [16:28]
6. Stella Blue> [11:51]
7. Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad> [8:05]
8. One More Saturday Night [5:21]
9. U.S. Blues [5:57]

Show #4
St. Louis Arena, St. Louis MO (5/15/77)

Disc 1
1. Bertha> [6:34]
2. Good Lovin' [6:07]
3. Row Jimmy [10:51]
4. New Minglewood Blues [5:33]
5. Tennessee Jed [9:35]
6. Lazy Lightning> [3:34]
7. Supplication [4:42]
8. Jack-A-Roe [6:24]
< 9. Passenger [4:31]
10. Brown-Eyed Women [5:16]

Disc 2
1. Dancing In The Street [18:49]
2. Estimated Prophet> [11:32]
3. Eyes Of The World> [12:48]
4. Drums> [3:13]
5. Samson and Delilah [7:28]
6. Ship Of Fools [7:41]

Disc 3
1. St. Stephen> [5:28]
2. Iko Iko> [3:54]
3. Not Fade Away> [9:38]
4. Sugar Magnolia [9:58]
5. Uncle John's Band [9:06]

Show #5
Coliseum, University Of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (5/17/77)

Disc 1
1. New Minglewood Blues [5:46]
2. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo> [10:28]
3. El Paso [4:48]
4. They Love Each Other [7:42]
5. Jack Straw [5:37]
6. Jack-A-Roe [5:59]
7. Looks Like Rain [8:10]
8. Tennessee Jed [8:46]
9. Passenger [3:36]
10. High Time [8:32]
11. Big River [6:39]

Disc 2
1. Sunrise [4:35]
2. Scarlet Begonias> [13:02]
3. Fire On The Mountain [13:14]
4. Samson and Delilah> [6:43]
5. Bertha> [6:16]
6. Good Lovin' [6:02]
7. Brown-Eyed Women [5:34]

Disc 3
1. Estimated Prophet [8:55]
2. Terrapin Station> [11:23]
3. Playing In The Band> [12:20]
4. Drums> [4:49]
5. Wharf Rat> [12:53]
6. Playing In The Band [6:06]
7. Sugar Magnolia [9:15]


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One Man's picture
Joined: May 17 2011
General Public

Post-op narcotics or not, that is a really interesting point. There is usually one "commercial" release per year. I wonder how those sell compared to the captive audience of the limited releases.

reijo29's picture
Joined: Jun 18 2012
Box set design

Exactly what is so great about the artwork with this box set? It may be hard to tell from looking at these pictures on the site but I think I prefer the Emek Winterland 77 & 73 box set designs.

claney's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2007

JohnL, thanks, I should have realized that wasn't in the Vault, darn. I do love my 8/03/82 AUD (I will check out the matrix). And that Starlight 84 show is better than I remember upon revisiting, holy smokes I even listened to promised land all the wan through!

Depressing Thought for the Day: Does it seem that the PTB are giving up on releases aimed at the general public (e.g., NY 1976, Egypt 78, Red White and Indigo). I guess there are the fairly recent 2-disc compiliations from E72 and Spring 90. This would be an understandable move, just keep releasing limited editions to the same 10-15,000 people, but it would imply that the number of new fans has dried up(?). I am still being affected by the post-operative anaesthesia hangover and percocet? :)

Joined: Nov 11 2007
Limited Edition?

It looks like a great set but is it really necessary for every live Dead release to be a limited release? Wasn't the original premise on this site (going back to Dick's Picks) that the shows would always be available? For me at least, I don't want to like the shows more because they will be out of print soon. I want to like them on their own merits. Well, just my thoughts anyway...

Joined: Sep 9 2012

{Also agreed that a venue box might be silly, on the other hand, I kinda like this idea:

Starlight Amphitheatre, KC

So sad 8/3/82 is not in the vault :-(

The KC 79-81 run at Soldiers/Sailors Hall might be an even stronger run, but 8/3/82 was the best- my 3rd show and the one that floored me. Deserving of a stand alone release if the master ever surfaces. Check out the matrix that circulates!

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Bob's tone

What effect switch is Bobby using during the early part of '77, including this run? Check out 5-17 Terrapin at the beginning. He uses it on other tunes; I think it was on the Terrapin Station record as well. It sounds kind of like a tremolo effect.

Joined: Aug 20 2009
Orpheum 1976

I would love it if Dave and company would release the amazing run of shows at the Orpheum in July 1976.

First shows back in San Francisco after their hiatus. Lovely, small, ornate theatre on Market street (still in use,
mostly for Broadway touring shows, though I did see David Byrne & St. Vincent there last fall. First time I'd been
in the room since 7/18/76!).

I was fortunate to see 4 of the 6 shows. When the tickets went on sale, I was traipsing around Europe for several
months, and had no idea they were back together, let alone touring. When I returned, 4 separate friends had gotten
me a ticket to the shows, and amazingly, they were all for different nights! What a lucky man I was!!

The opening of the first show was one of the most memorable entrances of any Dead show ever.

Night 2 was spectacular, the ending of the first set in particular. First SF "St. Stephen" since 1970!

And that insane second set from the final night...

SO many highlights!!

tarantula's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
Barton Hall

OK I am prepared to be jumped on for this, but in my opinion the Barton Hall show while awesome, is over rated. It was one of the first high quality recordings to get wide distribution which was why it was instantly a legend. Having said that, if the five shows following are indeed in the same vein, I will be more than Grateful. Now if only the master reels for 9/19/70 can be located, a true monster show can be released. And while you're at it, please please please release Sunshine Daydream on DVD along with the entire show on companion CD's. Thank you for all the great music.

Roland Bruynesteyn's picture
Joined: Aug 7 2008
more sets this year?

I think not. However, perhaps they allowing us time to save $$$ for next years' bonanza...

Joined: Aug 20 2009
More than any venue

Someone commented that the Dead played the Spectrum in Philly more than any other venue.
Certainly not true.

The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA - 53 shows

Oakland Coliseum Arena - 66 shows
Carousel Ballroom / Fillmore West - 59 shows (same venue)
Winterland, SF - 59 shows
Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium, Oakland - 58 shows

(almost there, but not quite!)
MSG, NYC - 52 shows

Joined: Feb 2 2011
2 Box Sets this year???

I would welcome two box sets this year. I do not think that two sets the size of Europe 72 would happen because it may be unrealistic to expect the fans to spend that much. Yet two roughly the size of May 77 seems feasible IMHO. It would still be less money than E72 Complete.

Summer 85 would be a good candidate.

The Radio City/Warfiled Anniversary shows would one for the history books but the tapes may be missing. Bummer.

Bach 2 Bach's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
whiskey tango foxtrot

Hmmm... got sucked into the double post thing, that's a first for me. Oh well.

I would second the idea of a Summer '85 box set also.

Bach 2 Bach's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Box sets

For the past few years they have typically rolled out the box sets in the fall... I wonder if this means there'll be two this year?

Joined: Feb 2 2011
Fall 79! Brent's Begining. . ..MSG.

Fall 79 would be a good candidate for a box set. It is almost the 80's which is Brent's heyday so Fall 79 is kind of Brent's beginning (not exactly, but).

MSG September 79 would be worthy of consideration but a Fall 79 box set would do more justice perhaps. If not a Spring 1980? The Going to Nassau 80 show might be redundant in this scenario but there was some very strong playing. Have you heard the Jack Straw from Going to Nassau? It is very, very muscular playing. They sound like a metal band.

We'll see.

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Joined: Jun 26 2007
Fall '79

I saw 3 shows on the Fall '79 tour and each one was better then the last. I would love to hear the MSG show where Steve Parrish had his motorcycle behind the drums and it blended it amazing well on the drumz solo!

I thought these comments were for the '77 box due out next month? Lol. We certainly are addicts in every sense of the word. Can we ever have enough releases? I guess not! I can't stop buying them until I buy the next one.

Rock on

kevjones's picture
Joined: Apr 28 2009
Box Set Speculation

Kind of early to speculate on the next box set, but I thought I'd toss my suggestion in the ring.
MSG 88 would be great

Joined: Jun 12 2007
What Do I Know, Not Much

I have no insider info of course, but it is early to be getting the year's box set. Perhaps dead net releases another smaller one around the holidays? Seems to me if they were going to stick to one box this year, it would come out later rather than sooner, but that is probably just wishful thinking.

My vote, Fall of '79. I've been adding all my FLAC files to iTunes (Apple Lossless is a great file type by the way - use that over WAV) and just got through Fall '79, there was sooooo much good music on that tour I'm not sure where to even start. Cape Cod, Pittsburgh of course, basically the entire tour is amazing. It ain't the 80's exactly, but it is the same lineup, and with better Playin' anyhow.

claney's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2007

I agree that it is just a tad premature to discuss the next box, but we are all addicts so why not?

Also agreed that a venue box might be silly, on the other hand, I kinda like this idea:

Starlight Amphitheatre, KC

Excellent shows - the one from 82 is well known (for 82, and my favorite of the year, the one from 85 is one of the best AUDs out there and an interesting setlist, though I suspect some of the sloppiness, such as the Cryptical, might not come across as well on SB. But god, that Oade AUD is perfection. And the 84 show is pretty under the radar I think, but such a cool show, a great standalone jam in the second set, not just Space. Setlists compliment each other nicely, and it would be an early 80s box. And along the lines of Bach's hilarious post, it would be a manageable size. This is from memory, not sure if I'm missing some other shows played there... And SUCH a beautiful venue...

Joined: Sep 5 2012
Apologies May 77

Apologies... yes, a bit silly to obsess over releases 12 months out, before the present gem has even been shipped or heard. Very much looking forward to THIS one.

In the photo, it looks like they went back to the all-paper sleeves (which I despise, as they tend to scuff CD playing surfaces). Wonder if the Dead crew tired of all the nasty comments concerning Spring 90's over-tight spindles? Arghh. (Such a whiner...)

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
the next box...

I can't believe we're actually discussing this topic so soon, but...I believe they ought to revisit the Winterland theme. I tend to want Feb. '74 or March '77, but come to think of it a collection of the unreleased '69-'72 shows could be looked at as well. That's not to say that I'm anti-'80's or anything because I hope some of that stuff will come out eventually, too.

Underthevolcano's picture
Joined: Feb 6 2008

My "Fantasy Boxset" post was offered to spark debate about different ways of considering release criteria. So far there have been compilations,specific runs, tours, or tour portions, one-offs, historical events(Egypt), plain great shows which were well known and plain great shows off the radar and then the recently unearthed shows(where tapes became available). I was thinking that sometimes(not all the time) it would be fun to take a venue and run a time capsule of all or some shows over time at that venue-might be fun to do just like I thought it would be fun to do a box set of college shows from the early days when the Dead did many college campuses. This premise may create some very interesting essays to go along. I also thought another box could be shows which were broadcast over FM radio-I know my buddies and I were appreciative of the FM braodcast of the Dead at Boston's Music Hall show in 1971, I think. But, you know, its all good and whatever they decide to do, I'm in.

CHebel's picture
Joined: Jun 26 2007
Next Box...

I would love to see Summer 1985 considered for potential release. The band was very 'on' and having attended the Hershey PA shpw I can attest for the uniqueness and quality of that particular show. The tapes of the Cincinnatti, OH and Columbia, MD shows around it were also excellent. Check the set lists for some surprises which were being included in the shows on almost a nightly basis.

Joined: Feb 2 2011
Time period Box Sets

Time period box sets do make more sense. It is time for the 1980s.

Joined: Sep 5 2012
Venue Madness

At the risk of sounding like a complete jerk, I've gotta ask:

What's the appeal of a venue-specific box set?

Maybe I'm just a bit slow, but that seems almost as arbitrary as a "Best of April" or "Thursday Highlights" collection. Focusing on chronological periods (May '77, April-May '72, Spring '90, etc.) makes sense from a musical standpoint - stylistic consistency and all. But why restrict a collection to specific geographic coordinates (assuming the featured shows are from all over the calendar, or even multiple eras)?

OK, all that said... if I were forced to buy a venue box, I'd cross my fingers for Alpine Valley(!) Chunks of those 20 gigs would also qualify as an '80s set, but not necessarily the optimal one...

Moses Quasar's picture
Joined: Nov 20 2011
How about....

.....Springfield,MA?.......The Dead played there every tour until at least the late eighties,early nineties. My hometown(kind of) venue! Dick's Picks 25 or Dead Downloads 7 anyone?! Also, did you know the Dead gave up one of their travel days to help Springfield with their sound system? I believe it was in the late 70s but dont hold me to that. Thats how much they liked the venue ( or hated it, depending on how you look at it!) I'm listening to 4/23/77 right now getting ready for this box set. Palladium next. I think that Dead Downloads show is excellent and I always go for that when I'm in a '77 mood, along with the usual other stuff of course( DP 3 & 29) ! Take care folks!

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Spectrum Box

A Philadelphia Spectrum Box set..........Where they played more than ANY other Venue

Vguy72's picture
Joined: Jun 29 2007
good choice

I've had St. Louis and Tuscaloosa on tape for quite some time. (Duh). Have never heard St. Paul or the Chicago shows. Excited. St. Louis was a pretty incredible show if my mind serves me correctly. I need to dust that one off.

Joined: Feb 2 2011
Madison Square Garden Box or maybe even a "Dead Belt' Box!

An MSG box set would fit very well. I think Bob refereed to the area from Philly through Jersey, New York City and Long island as the Dead Belt. Maybe a Dead Belt box set? Yet, come to think of it, that would be much, much bigger than Europe 72. That is too big of a project.

The 1980s need box set.

Underthevolcano's picture
Joined: Feb 6 2008

Pick a venue and put out all shows played there over the career of the Dead(excepting previously released shows).

Joined: Sep 5 2012
The Next Set

Too early to speculate on next year's Big Box? What the heck... You can't get more "just exactly perfect" than May '77, so I think we'll see the polar opposite next time: warts-and-all experimental beauty circa long-lost '85. Maybe not even complete shows (as few from that era were consistently spectacular start-to-finish), but mid-80's nonetheless. Just a feeling..!

Katapultable's picture
Joined: Oct 30 2012
Go To Nassau / Jack-A-Roe

My point exactly. Seems like they wasted very little time on that one.

As for Jack-A-Roe, I prefer the less-slick-mo'-folk versions from the Brent-era. These (electric) versions have more pronounced folk accent, like the ones from the anniversary shows. Am I the only one?

Bach 2 Bach's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

I went through that process about a year and half ago.
It's not easy... in fact it was one of the toughest things I've ever had to do... but all you can do is take it one day at a time and be there for her, make her as comfortable as possible... and show her MUCH love.

God Bless and keep you, my friend.

Joined: Mar 18 2010
Bonus Material

How about the missing tracks from 5/22? There's eight (and great) songs not included on Dick's Picks 3. If ever there's a time to officially complete this performance....(3/24/90 sure appreciates this notion) Although perhaps this disrupts the complete concert flow. Anyways, one more month to go

Joined: Feb 4 2008
exclusive content

looking forward to "all the exclusive content" they'll be "rolling out over the next few weeks right here" ...
just wondering what it will be.
perhaps some kind of bonus disc. but don´t think so.

Joined: Jul 6 2007
Hear my two cents

Just got mom on hospice, this realease will be a Great commfort to my ears and mind, as we face the struggles ahead. I made nine shows and one was in the parking lot at deer creek 92, where they broke out casey jones as the encore! I am grateful for the realeases. I never got much in to tape trading. I might have 60 to 90 tapes, 84 greek theater with the darkstar is my favourite. The .org thing is cool. The whole process of going through the realease is fun! Europe 72 was hair raising, and the experience will be etched in my memory until I die. The delivery on the first of semptember, unexpected, as a freind and another freind put away christmas decorations, when my mother was in the hospital. It was not perfect, but it was good!

Joined: Jun 13 2007


Joined: Jun 13 2007
Tuscaloosa venue - May 17, 1977

So far, every reference to the venue for the May 17, '77 show on the University of Alabama campus lists the venue as "Coliseum". In 1977 the name of the venue was "Memorial Coliseum", later changed to "Coleman Coliseum". Hope the correct venue name appears on the box set itself.

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Joined: Dec 25 2009
Lots of comments about the Artwork

It doesn't seem fair to single one out from another but I really like the cerebral dimension of this box creation by Award-winning graphic artist Masaki Koike. This is a unique thinking outside the box and I'm all for that. In the end, this may be the deciding factor why I buy it, along with friendly price.

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Joined: Oct 27 2010
May 77

I want an early Christmas present!!! This is excellent.

PalmerEldritch's picture
Joined: Jul 25 2011
May 1977

Just imagine if all the "Road Trips" and "Dave's Picks" had only the artwork on the covers and all the words were kept on the CD spine. Wouldn't that be kinda cool? The artists would probably be happier too. That's all I'm saying. But back to the music. I've been listening to the Winterland 77 box in anticipation of this new May 77 box. Man, the 6/9/77 Slipknot has an almost pre-retirement intensity and freedom. The Estimated prophet jam has a kind of sacred beauty. This coming from a head who has poo-poo'ed "post retirement" Dead most of his life.

mustin321's picture
Joined: Aug 12 2011

I love all the artwork. Some I like more than others but there are none that I dislike.

shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008
Phil's Picks

Hey All,
Recall Fallout from the Phil Zone release where Phil hand picks Jack-A-Roe from the Tuscaloosa 5/17/77 show for inclusion on that release. Check it...
Shwack in nh

PalmerEldritch's picture
Joined: Jul 25 2011
point taken

thanks bolo. Yeah, I wouldn't dismiss Tim Truman or Scott McDougall as "corporate professionals". Point taken.

Joined: May 4 2012

I kind of like the artwork. The color palette of the boxes in the pic brings to mind my recollection of the late 70s before the 80s hit and the trippy images of the Dead over psychedelicy looking backgrounds that, at least in the "covershot" looks like they are floating in space fits ok into my Deadverse brain space. I suspect the imagery would be better explored on a double album sleeve that one were using for some cleaning projects but, well, ya know...

I don't find myself as drawn to album art as much on CDs as I used to be with albums. I don't have that many DVDs either and can see how a CD collection might not fit these boxes but I usually roll w/ CDs in my car (DaP5 and 6 right now...) but use my iPods for the vast majority of listening. Sorting stuff, longer playlists (e.g. running music, chiilling music, I recently tossed the Dead into 60s Dead and 70s Dead taking a break from my favorite Dead and have been pleased to have a new view of it...) and convenience (I have docking stations all over house, work, etc., plus I like to run...25 minute Dark Star= 3 miles).

I'm looking forward to the set. Listening to DaP 6 a lot in the 60s list w/ a bunch of other releases makes me anticipate that these will sound *really* amazing and a bunch of Jerry's autowah will make this summer a lot of fun.

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Joined: Nov 1 2010
We are the luckiest fans

There is no doubt that we are the luckiest fans in the world with reasonably priced releases 5-6 times a year. I just saw this article in Rolling Stone about the Rolling Stones releasing a $750+ box set from their 1973 tour...

bolo24's picture
Joined: Nov 25 2009

Just to set the record straight, the artwork is not being done by "corporate professionals."

Scott McDougall (Europe '72 box, Road Trips, Dave's Picks 2012) is a Seattle-based artist who was drawing concert posters in the '70s. Great guy - has Rick Griffin's old desk in his house.

Timothy Truman (this year's Dave's Picks) has been doing stuff for the Dead for years - t-shirt designs, Grateful Dead Comix, almanac artwork, Deadopoly, etc. Also a great guy, a musician, comic book artist/writer.

Can't speak for some of the others as I've not dealt with them, but these guys are the real deal: artists documenting meaningful (to us) musical history.

PalmerEldritch's picture
Joined: Jul 25 2011

Yeah claney, I remember now it was you who first pointed out here the problem with the huge logo on Dave's Picks. It really seems like it's in such obviously bad taste. Same for the Road Trips logo. People can say we're being picky, but look at the pride the Dead took in their own album artwork- at least through Shakedown Street.

claney's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2007
Download Logo Box Size

LBC - In the blurb above it says only that the downloads will be available on the release date of June 11.

Palmer - Fulll agreement on the DaP logo - I posted a while back about that logo being a challenge to the artists I would think.

Rdevil - yes, looks like dVd size, bummer. But I figure it can sit alongside my Golden Rd and Beyond Descrption boxes...

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LBC - In the blurb above it says only that the downloads will be available on the release date of June 11.

Palmer - Fulll agreement on the DaP logo - I posted a while back about that logo being a challenge to the artists I would think.

Rdevil - yes, looks like dVd size, bummer. But I figure it can sit alongside my Golden Rd and Beyond Descrption boxes...

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