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Cornell 5/8/77 (3CD)


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WHAT DEAD HEADS HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT...

CORNELL 5/8/77
“...the single best rock performance anywhere, anytime, by anyone.”

“There was just some kind of magical connection this night between the band members and the band and the audience - some texture, or some type of cosmic or celestial force is in the room.”

"This show is, was, and always will be Mecca.”

The Grateful Dead played more than 2,000 concerts, but none continues to spark interest and provoke discussion quite like the band’s performance at Cornell University’s Barton Hall on May 8, 1977. It is one of the most collected, traded, and debated concerts by any band ever, has topped numerous fan polls through the years, and was a favorite of the group’s longtime archivist Dick Latvala, who stated: “Enough can’t be said about this superb show.” Even Uncle Sam got into the act in 2011 when the recording was “deemed so important to the history and culture of the United States” that a copy was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

Product Details

Sourced from the Betty Cantor-Jackson soundboard recordings, transferred and restored by Plangent Processes
Mastered in HDCD by Jeffrey Norman
Artwork by Grammy-winning graphic artist Masaki Koike
In-depth essay by noted Dead scholar Nicholas Meriwether
Release Date: May 5, 2017

Listening Party: 5/8/77, Ithaca, NY

“Estimated Prophet”
“Loser”
"Row Jimmy"

Product Details

Barton Hall, Cornell University - Ithaca, NY (5/8/77)

Disc 1
1. New Minglewood Blues
2. Loser
3. El Paso
4. They Love Each Other
5. Jack Straw
6. Deal
7. Lazy Lightning>
8. Supplication
9. Brown-Eyed Women
10. Mama Tried
11. Row Jimmy

Disc 2
1. Dancing In The Street
2. Scarlet Begonias>
3. Fire On The Mountain
4. Estimated Prophet

Disc 3
1. St. Stephen>
2. Not Fade Away>
3. St. Stephen>
4. Morning Dew
5. One More Saturday Night

First Listen: "Morning Dew" 5/8/77

"Mind-roasting"? Don't mind if we "dew." Rollingstone.com's got an exclusive sneak preview of what might be the most magical "Morning Dew" of all time.

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In search of

I'm in search of j-cards for cassettes this 5/8/77 show. What I'm looking for are colorful perferably hand written setlist and spines with some GD icongraphy, something fancy. If it's all older style computer graphics and text, that's fine, too.
What I have are two TDK SA-90 cassettes in their original light grey cases with plain
white j-cards with "arial" typeset over the original lined, blank TDK j-cards.
Originals are great, but flatbed scans of photos of the j-cards are better, because you're sharing.
But if you want to dump a couple cassettes with fancy j-cards my way, that would be great too.

My tapes sources are: Silver Rarities SIRA 19/20/21 CDs.

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Bill the drummer

I could not agree more. The problem with Bill is that he only really had three years to be as great as he can be. The music simply does not allow for the full range of his talent to be exercised when there is another drummer on the stage. The new Dave's Picks from December 1971 is a great example of how good he is.

Muleskinner - great recommendation for the April 15th 1978 show. The sound is great. I'm only on track number 2 but I'm sure the Morning Dew is going to be just fine. I really love the early 1978 shows from January through April; they had not yet turned the corner that they did in May, when they started to loosen up and have some off nights. They were really tight during these April shows, and sounded great. The wolf guitar really puts a new spin on the 1977 tour set list. Plus, a lot of songs had developed more in 1978, such as Estimated Prophet, Terrapin Station, and The Music Mever Stopped.

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The Wall 8-5-1974

Hi Folks,
Was just listening to a couple of versions of the Wall in the Archives. I was fortunate to the GD on 8/4 at the Civic Center. Hunter Seamonds has a great matrix of that show in the archives, then the next night, there is an even better show with a matrix by Dusborne, This guy is getting to be one of the best show mastering engineers around. I find it hard to find shows of the Wall that are great anywhere,and I loved 74.
Check this one out, many outstanding moments. A Great version of 'Tennessee Jed'.

https://archive.org/details/gd1974-08-05.131660.mtx.dusborne.flac16/gd74...

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The wisdom of kids

My son said today, " Dad, every tribute band is stuck in '77."

It was a very good year. I am waiting for the Rob Gym UCSB show to get released. February of '77, it was a great one.

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The "Best" Ever?

This discussion has gone on for years. Undoubtably a great show and one I wish I was at, but in my opinion, there really is no "best" show. What I think the Dead were the "best" at was opening doors and showing us a whole bunch of new rooms filled with some mind altering music. Twice this happened to me. After they returned from Egypt and they were joined onstage by an Egyptian ensemble to help them kick off the second set. Another time, and for some just a bit too much, was the '74 tour with Lesh and Lagen doing their "Seastones" thing between sets and filling the arena with Kafka-Insect-Fear. These shows opened my ears a lot about just what music can be and to me were the "best".

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"The Grateful Dead and Philosophy" edited by Steven Gimbel

If you have not read this book you might want to pick up a copy. I found it very interesting. I consists of nineteen essays on different aspects of the dead.

Enjoy!

Mr. Pete---------->
aging hippie

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Fades on Hi-Res like cds?

Wondering if the hi-res versions have fades between the tracks that align with the cds...Estimated -> St Stephen in particular. You can "connect" these tracks from the cd rip but there is clearly a fade out/fade in at the end of disc 2 and the beginning of disc 3.

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echo Vocals

Jerry's vocals echo the most and I am not fond of it. I prefer clear even vocals.

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" It's up to you to decide

" It's up to you to decide what you do next when that situation presents itself, whether to slink back to the city or confront the creature head on. download pdf Simon provides hundreds of checklists for many popular decisions, with new ones added weekly by the community.

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Cornell Sound

I have heard various versions of 5/8/77 over the last 40 years or so, all of different quality. The thing that struck me about this CD set is that the vocals have a pronounced echo and/or reverb compared to other versions which to me, make the sound more exciting and enjoyable. Anybody else?

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Barton Hall Photos

I hope you are enjoying this fabulous new recording. I'm honored to have some of my photos in the box set and CD set.

I'm working to make a gorgeous book of all the photos I took at this amazing show 40 years ago. I am currently running a Kickstarter campaign to pay for the printing. There are only nine days left!

I would be most grateful if you check out my Kickstarter project page and pledge to support my book. As a reward, you will receive a copy of the book as soon as it is ready and you can cherish it forever, just as you will this new recording. I am also offering archive quality photographic prints in 8x10 and 11x14 sizes as rewards for pledges much lower than the retail value and ultimate price of the prints.

Here's a link to my Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bartonhallphotos/barton-hall-5-8-77....

You can also see my profile on this site: http://www.dead.net/features/all-family/all-family-larry-reichman

Thanks so much!
Larry

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the Holy Grail of Dead shows deserves better

After blowing the roof off BG on sat. the Dead stopped at Cornell enroute to Buffalo. It was Sunday, Mother's Day. It snowed, magic happened, the Holy Grail of Dead shows. After a night of pedal to the metal, tonight it's cosmic cruise control, a laidback Deadzone of Heavenly bliss. After listening to this show 3-5000 times in the last 39yrs. I was very excited by this release. It was in my shopping cart when I read the format, oops. Interrupting the sacred ethereal mode of transition the Dead so artfully craft is heinous. Five of them appear. During Lazy Lightening is absurd, during the great transition in Scarlet/Mountain is irreverent and nuking the transition into the finest Dew ever is among the 5 worst on the internet. WHY 3cds? 2nd set fits on a cd with lotsa room to "take e step back' The first set IS tight 78:49 inc "thanks Mom & we're gonna take..." leaving 66sec for tuning time. Please package this precious performance with proper reverence.

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UK version

Sam, the UK version of Cornell is the same as the US version except that the discs are marked "made in the eu." Rhino seem to have this on general sale here (it was out on the same day as the US edition) and at a reasonable price - you can certainly get it via Amazon UK for next day delivery. In fact Warner/Rhino now seem to issue all the general release GD issues on the same day as the US editions comes out - this was the case with the 1978 Red Rocks set, the 1st album re-issue (complete with slipcase) and so on.

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Cornell

Yes...WOW..cant believe this show

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UK Version?

Does anyone know what the UK (Import) version of this releases, specifically the 3 CD set, will be like.?!

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May 5th

There ain't nothing like a Dead show. and there aint no Dead show like a Dead show in New England.

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Cornell 5/8/77 WOW!!!

Yeah,this shows definitely is a smoking crater for me.First time I ever heard this show.PHENOMENAL!Its all good really,but I really,really loved,was the LOVE EACH OTHER, JIMMY,DANCIN,SCARLET/FIRE,ESTIMATED,DEW. I do believe I have some favorite GEMS again.THANK YOU!

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Happy Grateful Dead Day!!!

Sitting in my hotel room in Joliet, Illinois with my Ipod, Bose headphones and 5/8/77 sending me to a great place this afternoon. Have a Grateful Day out there!!!

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Interesting?

That the digital downloads are available for this package but nothing for the rest of others still . Whatsup with that ...........it would be nice to see the rest of catalog available again........some of us can't be bothered with the cds LPs .......it's all bout the music ....leave the other stuff to the collectors.....

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They're working on it

Two download attempts using two different browsers failed (one around 8-9 hours, the other "only" 5-6 hours, makes me nostalgic for the old dial-up days...NOT). Error messages when trying to unzip. No central directory. Invalid archive. I e-mailed customer service and received a reply that they are working on it. If all eventually goes well, OK I saved quite a bit of money off the high price on two other high res music sites, and it will be worth it. But no site nowadays should hsve downloads that take this long!

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Download keeps failing

Download speeds are painfully slow - 12 hours for the 5.4G flac Cornell download. Have downloaded it 3 times so far and it ended up corrupted all 3 times. Something needs to be fixed.

On the bright side, I received my vinyl of Cornell and it seems to be fine and sounds great!!

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Had to buy

Saw an article on yahoo about the 40th Cornell anniversary and it mentioned that an official version was for sale. It's downloading as I write this.

Edited to add: HD version takes a LONG time to download. I saw on another site that it is 5.3 GB. But it will be worth it to have it in HD.

Edited to add more: Just noticed the comment below about taking many, many hours to download the HD version, and his frustration that it would be worth the $60 price tag on HD tracks for their quicker downloading. It's also on acoustic sounds for that price. As long as this dead.net download doesn't screw up and I have to start all over again, I'll happily save 35 bucks. But I have a long way to go! This stinks!

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Is my old 5/8 "Betty Board" a SBD, or were there 2 BBD sources?

My old Betty Board of 5/8/77 has a cut at the beginning of Minglewood and a big cut in Supplication, but this new release does not. And those portions of the songs do not sound like audience patches. Which makes me wonder: Is the "Betty Board" I've been listening to for 20 or 30 years really "just" a Soundboard, or were there two Betty Board sources, one with all of Minglewood and Supplication and one without.

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Cornell

Just purchased the 24/192 HD version of the show! Can't wait to hear it in high resolution!

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Happy Birthday Bill Kreutzmann

The big 7-0.
Cheers to your good health.
In your honor I will play the recently released 5/7/77 Boston Garden, Boston, MA.

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lazy lightning/Supplication

anyone know if this recording has the uncut lazy lightning? Or was that because Betty had to switch reels?

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download

downloading at a speed of 128 KB/sec LOL!!! ive been downloading all morning and aftertoon. according to my download manager i still have 8 hours left!! WTF??? these 5 gigs are gonna take all damn day. this is pathetic. i should have paid the 60$ on HDTRACKS and would have been done with this hours ago.

edit: 5 1/2 hours in, not even at 50% im having a listening party later, so im going to have to spend the 60$ and buy it again on HDtracks or Acoustic Sounds. 5 gigs should only take me around 90 mins, 2 hours tops! i know its a first world problem, but man this SUX!

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Ditto

The same thing happened to me. I thought I ordered three items, but my order never went through. It turns out that one item is sold out now. I'm looking for a phone number to call.

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Whoppeee!

Had to drive 85 miles into Flagstaff, Az today for work and lo and behold a chain store had itt! (On sale no leiss for $21.99)...needless to say the ride home will rock

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design of the universe to speak through

Well said trip_fontaine - and your praise almost understates the band and Garcia. Or put another way --- The Fatman ROCKS --

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Not Just Billy...

No doubt. I think these are the most patient musicians I've ever heard. That's the hardest thing.

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It's not just Billy; it's any member of Grateful Dead

Whenever the greatest guitarists are listed, Garcia is only mentioned if a Deadhead is part of the committee naming the greatest guitarists. I think its because Grateful Dead exists in its own universe. Any casual music fan knows that Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn are awesome, but if you're not an actual Deadhead, you've probably only heard a handful of songs that Garcia has played on, and they've all been radio-friendly studio recordings that aren't the best way to understand his genius. Each member of GD can't be touched by another musician who plays the same instrument. Playing in Grateful Dead is like being a channel for God, or the design of the universe to speak through. Playing in any other band is just playing music.

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It's not just Billy; it's any member of Grateful Dead

Whenever the greatest guitarists are listed, Garcia is only mentioned if a Deadhead is part of the committee naming the greatest guitarists. I think its because Grateful Dead exists in its own universe. Any casual music fan knows that Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn are awesome, but if you're not an actual Deadhead, you've probably only heard a handful of songs that Garcia has played on, and they've all been radio-friendly studio recordings that aren't the best way to understand his genius. Each member of GD can't be touched by another musician who plays the same instrument. Playing in Grateful Dead is like being a channel for God, or the design of the universe to speak through. Playing in any other band is just playing music.

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thanks! good call!

gonna check now

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Bill the Drummer

Kreutzmann is possibly the most underrated drummer in rock. Never mentioned in the same breath as Ginger Baker, John Bonham, etc. He laid that shit down super tight in Europe '72 when Mickey was gone and he was the original, single drummer. Nothing against Mickey I love what he brings, but this is a shout-out to Bill. Rock fucking solid, he swings, he grooves, he drives the band. So underrated. When it's time for Cookin' With the Grateful Dead, it's Billy cookin'. So awesome. This guy has impeccable time and the swing and groove to drive Space and all the rest of the weird,
jazzy shit. Bill is your man. God Bless you and yours, Bill. Oh and I loved your book.

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5-8-77

Already have it on Tape -and bootleg cd ...

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Check your order...

Hey Now,
I ordered back on 2/17. Just 'cuz, I checked my order last night and saw that it was cancelled. I did not get any notification that my order had been cancelled. I called this morning, and it seems I got caught up in the payment issues that occurred right after the start of the sale. After finding out the issue, I was able to place a new order over the phone. Ya'll might just wanna check and make sure your order went through.
Have a great weekend!

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@ davidadavis

I appreciate your posts here, promoting your well written blogs about
all things Grateful Dead.

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Hello

Hello, I have browsed most of your posts. This post is probably where I got the most useful information for my research. Thanks for posting, maybe we can see more on this. Are you aware of any other websites on this subject.
downloadanyfileshere.link

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My Thoughts on Cornell
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Dead/Garcia cd's from Amazon...always cheaper!

Unless you are buying "limited" edition dead/garcia cd's Amazon is always cheaper. I use to buy Garcia Live cd's from the Garcia website until I discovered the same cd's much cheaper on Amazon. What is a country boy to do? You got it...Amazon!

Mr. Pete----->
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Great Article

Great Article it its really informative and innovative keep us posted with new updates. its was really valuable. thanks a lot.

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Hurry up! We can't wait!

I am SO looking forward to this one. Springtime is always Dead Time for me. Rebirth. Flowers. A good stash. Please send this ASAP! Thanks

Kaz

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Barton Hall Photos

I posted this under the Get Shown the Light set, but want to make sure this reaches all fans interested in the recordings of this show. I am bringing to public light some great photos I took of the show, including pre-show setup and sound check. Check out my website for more info about my upcoming book project. If you want me to keep you posted, please like my Facebook page or send me an email through my website, or PM me here. My next step is to launch a Kickstarter to raise money for printing, where you will have a chance to preorder the book at a discount. I will post again here when that is ready to go. Thanks for looking!
Larry
www.GDBartonHall1977.com

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22 Years Into The Future: David and Rhino Might Release these
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The Dead.net Have Your Back

http://j.tinyurl.com/The-BandListens I show you exactly how much in my latest Grateful Seconds blog piece

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The Tapes!

You got your hands on the tapes.
I never had copies of Cornell, and I haven't even heard the whole thing. When I began trading in the mid-'80's, I came across the show more than once and couldn't stay seated! I figured I'd hear it again, but it's taken decades.
Congratulations on this amazing acquisition and SO many thanks to all for manufacturing and releasing it.

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The Tapes!

You got your hands on the tapes.
I never had copies of Cornell, and I haven't even heard the whole thing. When I began trading in the mid-'80's, I came across the show more than once and couldn't stay seated! I figured I'd hear it again, but it's taken decades.
Congratulations on this amazing acquisition and SO many thanks to all for manufacturing and releasing it.

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Some Daves Picks and July 78 available

Hey good folks, I have an updated list of a few Dead items still available for any collectors out there that may have missed the chance. I bought them and listened only once or so and put them in a case so they are as new as can be and all play without issues. The only things left are the following and I will include shipping for the prices listed. PM me. Thanks

Grateful Dead- Dave's Picks Volume 20: Boulder Colorado, CO 12/9/81-$20- OPENED
Grateful Dead- Dave's Picks Volume 20: Boulder Colorado, CO 12/9/81-$30- UNOPENED

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