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

MAGICAL, MYTHICAL MAY 1977!

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 Facebook.com/GratefulDead and Youtube.com/gratefuldead.

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

Tracklist

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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Not Fade Away

Dead love does indeed live on...Right on Jim

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Sorry...

Double post

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DP18 and May 77 box set

Hi there I'm with you on this one I think DP18 is the best show I've ever heard,there are lots of great first and second sets but for the whole show this one does it for me.As for the May77 box set, mine took a while to get to the outer reaches of Cornwall England UK but it turned up in tip top condition and yeah the shows are pretty good, about 8 out of 10 compared to the DP18.
I see some people are upset about the high numbers on their limited edition box's,well I ordered mine when the Dead web site said there where only 5000 left.So imagine my surprise when mine came through with 1890/15000 on the inside cover.The same thing happened with the 1990 box set.I don't care what number it is, all I want is the music,looks like the last 77 box sets are not selling.does that tell you anything DEAD NET we don't need any more fancy box sets just put the next five shows or whatever out on CD only in a paper bag for $50 inc P&P I'm sure you will shift a lot more.Money is tight these days or has Rhino forgot that.All the best for now Deadhead Dave

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DP18 and May 77 box set

Hi there I'm with you on this one I think DP18 is the best show I've ever heard,there are lots of great first and second sets but for the whole show this one does it for me.As for the May77 box set, mine took a while to get to the outer reaches of Cornwall England UK but it turned up in tip top condition and yeah the shows are pretty good, about 8 out of 10 compared to the DP18.
I see some people are upset about the high numbers on their limited edition box's,well I ordered mine when the Dead web site said there where only 5000 left.So imagine my surprise when mine came through with 1890/15000 on the inside cover.The same thing happened with the 1990 box set.I don't care what number it is, all I want is the music,looks like the last 77 box sets are not selling.does that tell you anything DEAD NET we don't need any more fancy box sets just put the next five shows or whatever out on CD only in a paper bag for $50 inc P&P I'm sure you will shift a lot more.Money is tight these days or has Rhino forgot that.All the best for now Deadhead Dave

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DEAD LOVE is ALive

A while back,I mentioned that I was a huge fan of 77, but I couldn't afford this great looking box set, because I am on disability. I checked my inbox last week, would you believe 2 people messaged me and wanted to buy a set for me, yet another guy messaged me and wanted to burn the whole box set for me. I accepted the first person who messaged me. I got the show in 2 days, he paid xtra so that I get it right away. So, I am enjoying the first disc of St Paul, right now, the quality is great. The band is in rare form.
Thanks guys,"There is nothing like a Grateful Dead Concert or DeadHeads"

I won't forget this kind gesture.

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Strider 88

There was a trip I took many years back. For about five months I was driving those Southwest roads having grand adventures and listening to the Grateful Dead. Your post took me right back there. Thanks.

Peace

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5/13/77 4th of July Run

Checked out 5/13/77 first time yesterday on 270 mile Southwest drive (4 stop signs). Four antelope bolt from highway side during Playin-Reprise , killer Other One, U.S. Blues encore 4th of July. Hour silence 12-1pm planting late blue corn, golden beans, then drive to Continental Divide City, N.M. listening to Anthem of the Sun. New box set like sipping fine wine, and I don't drink. Anthem like old friend. Timeless....Monsoons up and running.

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Defective May 1977 Box Set , Defective Customer Service

Now a third email telling me to wait 72 more hours for reply.
No real meaningful response from the customer service dept.
I am glad I charged my bank back 2 weeks ago.....
Just plain disorganized and waste of everyone's time....
If this was my company, the customer would have a new product by now with an apology.
Just plain weak....as this ia the second time receiving defective merchandise from Rhino......what a blatant waste of time, money and resources on their end.

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Tagging

Fnarhhhh. I've hand-tagged over 100 shows, and that does not include all the other downloaded music I've had to tag. I agree absolutely with

"If incorrect tag data is the biggest complaint about this set then Rhinp/GDP is doing something very right"

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Box still missing

@rattydog_uk:I, too, have yet to receive the box, sent on June 10th. The same happened with the EUROPE 90 box,delivered after almost 2 months. To say I'm disappointed it's quite an understatement..

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May 1977 Box

I am living in China and my box has yet to make an appearance. So I feel your pain my friend. Hopefully your box, and mine, will turn up shortly.

Oops Double post.

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May 1977 Box Still Not Here

Rattydog-Ihave the same problem. I'm originnaly from Aus and am spending a year teaching in China. My box set has yet to make an appearance. Unfortunately the DHL shipping information is fairly useless. It gets as far as Des Plaines Illinoise and then nothing. Anyway I feel your pain and hope your box, and mine, turns up shortly.

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staple

this may sound extreme but a staple solves the glue sleeve issue, my 5/17/77 discs 2 and 3 holders were not glued properly and the discs would slip all the down and possibly out, but one staple holds the outer sleeves together tight enough that the disc is forced to rest on the stop as intended

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May 1977 Damaged Box Set

1. May 13 damaged CD
2. May 13 unglued case
3. Damaged Brown exterior box with crack on magnetic door.....
2nd box set to arrived damaged. As I had damaged CDs for 1990 box set.
A first world problem, indeed.....but gee this is sort of weak.......& the customer service has been completely abysmal both times, with 2 unsuccessful tries and a 4-month wait for replacement for the spring 1990 CDs.

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Waiting for May 1977 in Europe...

I received my shipping notice on 11 June but have yet to receive the Box Set. The DHL tracking that I found just has the parcel checking in Des Plaines, IL on 10 June, and nothing else.

Anyone else in Europe, or anywhere outside the US, that was part of the original shipping still waiting? I know these things can take some time and don't want to nag Dr. Rhino if I am not the only one still opening the front door in anticipation everyday after work!!

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1981 Europe

Interesting! I am probably biased as I went to many of the Spring and Fall 1981 shows at the Rainbow (I lived just half a mile down the road at the time)and was blown away. My memories maybe sugar-coated though as having listened to a few shows on archive.org I'm not convinced that they are the best from the 80s. I haven't heard the Barcelona show, though, which I hear was very good.

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70's Dead releases,72 and 77

Well, obviously majority of all live Dead stuff is from the 70s, I wonder if they even have anything from the 80's sometimes. But, I'm a 71-77 Dead Freak, my favorite shows, Just liked Keith and Donna a lot for one thing. Went to a show in the Spectrum in 78, last show I went to, It was uninspired, I was depressed and the show did not help. There have been a ton of releases in 77. Already 2 box sets, One from June and one from May now. I have "To Terrapin" which was May 28, last show of May tour. I probably listen to that more than any other Dead show, I really love 72 and 77, I like spring 77, because of Jerry's tone on the Travis Bean guitar, sounded so natural, Those custom guitars are so modded. I do like The Wolf. I love the Dec 29 show of 77, it is DP 10, not available anymore unless the overcharge label gets around to selling it for $80. They stink. Just wish the DP 10 was hdcd, because my disc player can decode that and it really gives the CD more definition, Rhino did not start using HDCD til DP15,another great show, The big Tucker/ Dead show in Englishtown ,NJ, was there and it was cool. I think there was at least 100,000 there, it was full. When MTB was playing, they were still tweaking the sound system cause you just not hear them where we were, When the Dead played, it was like, turn up the speakers, they were awesome .

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Next Up: Europe '81 ?!

Kudos on the '77 Project...May I suggest a Box Set of Eurpoe '81 be Produced to include the Rainbow Theatre run? GOOD STUFF!!!

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Next Up: Europe '81 ?!

Kudos on the '77 Project...May I suggest a Box Set of Eurpoe '81 be Produced to include the Rainbow Theatre run? GOOD STUFF!!!

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DaP release schedule

I believe Dave has mentioned several times (at least in passing) that the release schedule for these are 2/1, 5/1, 8/1, 11/1. When you think about it, it's really quite good, especially if the 4th installment is a sure-fire winner because in Oct/Nov they'll announce the subscription for the following year so keeping the current release schedule is good for priming the pump, so to speak.

On the subject of May 1977 selling out - I don't understand the folks who think it is a big deal that it hasn't sold out yet. Does Rhino care more that it sells out period (likely before 2014) or that is sells out in a month or two? They get the same amount of money either way (less extra warehousing costs, but if they're down to fewer than 2500 I doubt it's too much at this point [also, can someone fix the graphic to be grammatically correct? "Less than 2500" is wrong, it should read "Fewer than 2500 left"]).

Finally, re: double posting - if you hit save more than once, it will post more than once. Even if the site takes forever to reload 98% of the time the comment is submitted. I just got into the habit of copying my posts to the clipboard before hitting save in the event it didn't post. Just hit save once. That's all it takes.

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DaP 7 info ....

We heard about DaP 6 way before it was released ...... I have a subscription for this year's releases, so would be really nice to hear what's next. I don't think it will make any difference to May 1977 sales. Personally, I'd like some '90's or even more rare '60's.

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Sell-out Expectations

I hope no one at Rhino is really getting antsy about the fact that May 1977 has not sold out yet. A lot of comments seem to treat this like some kind of failure, and maybe it is selling slower than expected. I for one am pleased that they increased the number to 15,000. If they had kept it at 10,000 it would have sold out long ago, true, but it will still sell out at some point, and Rhino will be selling an additional 5,000 sets. Seems like a "success" to me. Plus, how many bands can sell this kind of box set year after year?

Now if only someone at Dead.net would actually address my issue of the unglued case for May 15, instead of sending me replies saying they will deal with it in some hypothetical alternate universe.

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Please be (or include) 3/10/81

I have been pleading my case for the 3/10 show forever on this site, not only because I was there, but since I was there, I can tell you that the energy was so amazingly high for this show, the band was on, the Garden (MSG) was literally bouncing!
The opening amp bomb being the only glitch during HalfStep was covered so well and well received by the heads in attendence. The 2nd set was killer... followed by a high level Satisfaction and mellowing Brokedown Palace... oh, please be included!

No matter what, iGrateful

Thank you

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nope

Still happens when I'm signed on.

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3-9-81

3-7 or 3-10 would be the better picks

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DaP7 release date

The release date is August 1st. DaP5 did ship a few days early, DaP6 did not.

I have a feeling that becuase the May '77 box set has not sold out yet, Dave & Rhino have not said much yet about DaP7. I think they would like to have folks spend their money first on May '77, and then they will push DaP7 more.

Just my opinion. I have no intel on this.

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Just wondering..........

but when is DaP7 due out? It's early August, if I'm not mistaken........

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Just wondering..........

but when is DaP7 due out? It's early August, if I'm not mistaken........

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Maybe you have to sign in

Maybe you have to sign in again.

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recent posts

My browser doesn't jump to the new posts anymore after the format change. Fixable?

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3/9/81??

Hmmmm....

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3/9/81.....like what i hear so far

REALLY good show. I would be happy with this pick

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Wow...

Thanks for the tip...There are times, and believe me, I wish they were fewer, when I feel like the dumbest kid on the block. Hold the phone horizontally- so simple, and yet, well. Thanks again for the tip. So you said Dave's Picks 7 is 3/9/81, right?

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Zuckfun

Your prayer has been answered: hold your phone horizontally!

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Dave's Picks Seven Heaven

All right, I'll jump back in. While the issue of double posties isn't new, it needs to be fixed. And speaking of needing a fix, this new mobile format stinks like doggie poo on the shoe. Please, please fix this format! The comments, for weeks now mind you, appear in a very narrow and annoying column. I enjoy reading everyone's comments, but not very much the way they're currently displayed. A prayer to the Tech Gods- Please fix this! Amen

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What's the file size for the AAC download?

I've only got so much HD space!

:)

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buggy comment programming

I'm far from the only person having the double post problem

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early release of box set

will there be some special release in the fall since the box set came out in spring. perhaps ssdd

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hank

both the download formats can be pretty readily converted to MP3, if that helps.

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77-78

I actually like 78 just fine-- DP 18 is one of my favorite releases. The Iowa set II with Scarlet/Fire, Truckin'/Other One is simply amazing. The From Egypt Winterland release is also fine. Tapes from back in the day were always good, too-- Red Rocks anyone! I would be fine with a Dave's Pick from 1978 any other time, but not now after the 1977 box release.

Fine, if not the 1980s and Dave wants to stay in the 1970s, how about spring 1971. Everything I have heard from that tour is dandy. I just wish they would announce...

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77-78

Just listening to Dick's Picks 18 and noticing the boost in Phil's playing; I think, according to his account, he was rejuvenated somewhat here. So, hidden treasures found everywhere.
Funny to think things Grateful Dead from the band member's perspective, like Jerry reprimanding Phil for his "sloppy" playing in '77...Well, could and did fool me!

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"Sucks Europe 72 wasn't done

"Sucks Europe 72 wasn't done this good."

I'm thinking the source tapes might have a little something to do with the sound quality of the release, although I was quite happy with the E72 box sound.

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Digital Version

Hi
I would by a mp3 version in a second if it were available
Hank

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Sound Quality...

Sucks Europe 72 wasn't done this good.

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Double post.

Sorry.

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Nice Release

Very nice package in general. The packaging is outstanding, and the hidden magnetic clasp on the box is a nice touch. Of course the music is stellar, and the sound is excellent. I really like what Dead is doing with the custom shipping cartons on these boxes, as well; very Dead. No complaints, and kudos for a great set.

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Data

For those complaining about errant tagging on these CDs I just want to point out that VERY few CDs are pressed with the CD info on them, including these.

There are a couple of different databases that programs like iTunes, et al, query automatically when you insert a CD and these pull the CD data. Furthermore, I would be willing to bet that record companies do not invest in updating those databases with all their releases. What you are left with then is basically the tagging idioms of the first person who updates the database. This is why there are frequently misspellings and other errors.

Not trying to start a flame war or lambaste anyone. Just pointing this out so that people atop blaming Rhino for something they likely had no part in.

My editorial on all this is: so what if the tags are wrong or not how you want them. It takes all of 1-2 minutes to update the tag data to your preferred syntax. If incorrect tag data is the biggest complaint about this set then Rhinp/GDP is doing something very right.

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5/15/77: HOT

I listened to an old copy just now...it's as hot as I remembered.

too bad 5/18/77 couldn't have been included in this box set.

fwiw:
5/11 never heard it
5/12 never heard it
5/13 old cassette of first set (sette?)
5/15 second set on cassette and whole show on disc
5/17 on cassette...where did I put that? I will find it sometime soon.

Thank you DaL and ptb for all the great music.

:))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

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sorry it repeated previous post...deleted it!

sorry it repeated previous post...deleted it!

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Great sounds, great packaging, but was u stoned????

First, I am enjoying the music tremendously...these are upgrades to the soundboards that have been available through archive.org (love you, Charlie Miller!) and for the music alone it is worth the $140...the music is why we buy these things in the first place. No one can argue that the Dead are percolating throughout these performance. The packaging is top notch, and it's great to have all this music on CD form instead of mp3.

But who did the track labeling when the CDs' were burned...not the labels on the physical outsides of the discs, but the embedded information you see when you put them in to play them?

May 11 St Paul is spelled as st pual on Discs One and Three.... oh, and Disc Two avoids that problem...instead it gives this track listing (does any one recognize where this is from?:

"The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)" (Grateful Dead) – 2:07
"Beat It on Down the Line" (Jesse Fuller) – 2:27
"Good Morning Little School Girl" (Sonny Boy Williamson) – 5:56
"Cold Rain and Snow" (Obray Ramsey) – 2:25
"Sitting on Top of the World" (Lonnie Chatmon and Walter Vinson) – 2:01
"Cream Puff War" (Jerry Garcia) – 2:25

Yep and the artwork too is from the first ever Dead album! Some strong ganja while labeling the CDs? It gets better...

Well, the second album May 12, disc one and three have st paul (spelled correctly though) and the date of May 12, disc two just has the date...oh, this was the Auditorium Theater in Chicago? Relax dude the track lists are correct....

And May 13? Track listings, correct! Date, right on! Let's just leave off the location since that's too much to type and we can't seem to get it right anyway...

May 15, off to St Louis...we got the first disc perfect...disc two and three, well, you already knew the first one was from St Louis, no need to add that to the embedded information, hmmm?

And May 17, here we are in Alabama...go Tide! Wow, we get Memorial Coliseum, University of Alabama, and the date!!!! How come they all weren't that way??? Guess the ganj finally wore off!

I know sounds like I'm just an old griper, but geez! What happens when I want to cross reference my library? Or put these stuff into a format that I can play on my iPod?

Would be great to get some feedback from the producers of this set...did anyone bother to check what was being burned or is it only on my edition number 12,833?

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