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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Space

Yeah I also really miss the "space" in the 1977 shows. I remember now I used to have some tapes of fall 1978 that had really long very spacy jams, that took up most of a cassette side. Can't remember which shows they were. I'd really love to hear those officially released someday. I'd rather have a show with long spacey jams than a tight perfectly played show thats light on jams. I mean really, even if the show is considered poor, low energy, uninspired, sloppy- it doesn't matter. Please give us some long sloppy spacey jams from 1978. (I don't think I've ever heard any of the nassau 1979 ones danc mentioned)-

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Bit the Bullet

okay I finally placed the order.($165 shipped to New York is still quite a steep price for 5 shows). Hope it's great, I do love the Winterland 77 box.

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return of Space

I agree that '77 was too revved up at times and that Space as a mood or connective tissue seems missing. In '78 the percussion jams were just great, and lengthy. By '79, there were long stretches of great, adventurous Space back in many second sets. I can recall a few 5 song second sets and just being absolutely numbed by awesome Space. Try one of those Nassau shows from the Fall if you think great Space ended in '74.

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Dead Vinyl

There are some terrific records available @ various sites Mobile Fidelity,Sound Stage Direct, Analogue Productions. The Mobile Fidelity (MoFi) ones are about the best stuff out there. You will find D'sPks 1-4 All their studio albums etc. @ these sites.

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After Hearing

That 4 of 5 of these shows are available as "A" quality soundboards, one wonders why Rhino would come out with this box set... To be sure, the quality, packaging and production values make it a keeper for those fans of the era. Still, with the release of DaPs 6 and this selection one wonders, given the various limitations, if Rhino is now scraping the bottom of the barrel?

One thing that has to be said regardless: How great it is that this many official releases have been deemed worthy.

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Masaki Koike

I enjoyed the profiles that came in the May newsletter, Jim Anderson, Silberman, and Masaki Koike. Its very cool (aside from being good business practice) that the Dead/Rhino folks give such focus to the artists and liner notes writers...

I had never heard of Koike before the May 1977 announcement. I looked him up and I like his aesthetic a LOT. Reminds me a bit of the graphic sensibilities of the McSweeney's journal - a very good thing if you've ever seen those. Koike did the art for the Phish box of the Clifford Ball, amazing stuff. Its funny, but the Grateful Dead makes, in my opinion, far more "serious" music than Phish. Certainly in terms of lyrics (!). But, Phish's graphic design is usually more "serious" lately, and I tend to like it.

In short, thought I don't have it in hand yet, I'm saying I'd like to seem more of this kind of look.

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Pitch... yes

Hi Fourwindsblow... The shows have been put through the Plangent Process. As I understand it the main function is to correct the pitch down to the tiniest detail, very cool. If you heard the Winterland 73 and 77 box sets you get the idea. Those sound so freaking good.

EDIT - here is a good description of the Plangent Process from their website:
www.plangentprocesses.com

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Pitch...

Will the pitch be correct on these shows????

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Downloading

I am not against downloading, especially when its legal. Its just not my preference. Also, I think its great that May 77 has a download option. Anyway you get the music is fine by me. Especially if you enjoy it and then rave about on here. (or not too, I guess...its still interesting to hear what people have to say) I have a lot of friends who like the music but the conversations tend to drift when I start talking specifics...which is why I come here.

Anyways, Im done rambling...can't wait to hear these shows!

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Downloading Options

It is nice that there is a downloading option for this box set. It would be nice if the Spring 1990 box was offered as a download as well.

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Vinyl Dick's Picks...

Perhaps this is already known- the entire Dick's Picks series is being released on vinyl, through Brookvale Records. Many who are knowledgable about sound, say there's really no comparison between vinyl and digital, in terms of sound quality. To paraphrase Jeffrey Norman, whereas Dick's Picks on cd is in black and white, the new vinyl mix is in color. Pretty strong sentiments from our beloved grand master of super sonics.

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Limited Editions

I agree with Mustin's comment about vinyl ... I have a few obscure LPs including both versions of Aoxomoxoa and the K&D LP, but the digital versions are much cleaner-sounding. 1977 was a great year for the Dead, who played in my home area of Washington, DC & Baltimore. Back then, I listened to their music on vinyl LP almost exclusively, so the live shows were very intense and often introduced "new material" to my ears for the first time (such as Terrapin Station).

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Limited Editions

I agree with Mustin's comment about vinyl ... I have a few obscure LPs including both versions of Aoxomoxoa and the K&D LP, but the digital versions are much cleaner-sounding. 1977 was a great year for the Dead, who played in my home area of Washington, DC & Baltimore. Back then, I listened to their music on vinyl LP almost exclusively, so the live shows were very intense and often introduced "new material" to my ears for the first time (such as Terrapin Station).

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Re: Summer 1973

I'd love to see a summer '73 box or Dave's Picks. RFK or Watkins Glen or Roosevelt Stadium would be great, especially if the package could include the sets by the Allmans and/or The Band. (Well, maybe not The Band's set from 7-31, it's very weak.)

The Watkins Glen release by The Band wasn't really from Watkins Glen. See the great analysis here: http://theband.hiof.no/articles/wg_pat_brennan.html The real Band set (and the post-show jam) is up on one of the bit torrent sites right now.

Anyway, I'd really like to see some releases where the warm-up act's sets are included. I know, it's really unlikely considering the licensing that would be involved, but it would be cool.

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@Oroboros

I wouldnt say that the days of vinyl are over. Grateful Dead have released several Record Store Day vinyls. Also, the original Aoxomoxoa mix was relased on vinyl which is pretty sweet. Then there is the solo stuff like Robert Hunter's tales of the great rum runner and Keith & Donna's album which I think are only availabe on vinyl. So, there are plenty of goodies out there. As much fun as having a physical CD, nothing beats putting a needle on a record.

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tombstone is right!!!

why limited editions .....we always buy the good ones.....AND THE 11 shows prior to this box set were some of the finest shows in dead history ....they were in one area and were well rested ..not to mention the nights Phil And Garcia went to museums....INSPIRED

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re: "prog rock snore"

"To me, Terrapin Station was a prog-rock snore except for a couple minutes of weirdness..."

no doubt TS (along with nearly everything on "blues for allah") has its prog rock sensibilities, but it's just off-kilter enough that it's still dead...to their credit they did not perform the more orchestrated parts of the suite on-stage. i guess its just a preference...do you like your dead loose, ragged & feral or tight, focused & synchronized?

i like them both, own both, play both and enjoy both

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Spaceless 1977- eh

1977 is when I hopped off the bus. SPACE was what I went to Dead shows for, mostly; give me 1969 and '70 any day. We'd dose good and hope for a Dark Star... I loved the weird "Seastones" stuff Phil turned out during intermissions with Ned Lagin in '74.

I remember an interview with Bobby around this time, talking about the "more focused...tightened-up framework" (quoting from above) where he said that he would look out at the audience during the space jams, and the crowd would look befuddled and not know what was going on. Jeez, that's a complaint? At one time that was the INTENT!
1977: To me, Terrapin Station was a prog-rock snore except for a couple minutes of weirdness, and when they finally brought back Saint Stephen in a truncated FIVE MINUTE VERSION (?!!??!!?)- that was it for me. This is one box I'll pass on.

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Soulless downloading?

Downloading has been great for taking a ton of music with you every where. Ah the convenience! It is, however, when compared with holding a physical product with artwork, lyrics, credits, etc., a bit soulless. Album/cd releases were glorious times. Ah the experience!.

I just can't wait to hold May 77 and explore it while listening.

There was time when someone might have had the latest release before everyone else. You would gather together and 'check it out!' It was a communal, almost, ritualistic, experience.

Who amongst us, rings up some friends and says "come on over I got the latest Good Ole' GD download?"

Heck this started out a with a bit of sarcastic humor but I have just convinced myself that we have indeed lost a bit of our humanity with downloading. We have certainly have lost a good deal of our shared sense of community or communal experience. Haven't we?

Shit! I am heading to the kitchen to drink the cooking sherry.

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I am with you 100 %, mustin321

the physical holding of the music itself
and then putting it into the player
is engrained from my days with 45s and LPs.
Er... those are like bigger CDs, everybody.

I do love the art & documentation on them as well.
But I sure need to wear my Walgreen readers nowadays,
to see on those teeny tiny cases.
The days of those big album covers is lonnggg gone.

You see the hut, yet you ask, "where should I go for shelter".

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CD's vs. Digital Media

Sometimes I feel like I am one of the few on here that still collects CD's but obviously, someone is buying them.
I can't stand not having something physical to hold on to.

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Profit Margin

Not at all sure what it costs in time and materials to put a set like this together, but the gross sales will only amount to about $2.1 million. Of course the downloads will sell for a long time, but the initial net profit on a limited edition boxed set can't be all that much.

I'm just glad to have these things. I have gotten rid of most of my physical media, but these new sets from the vault are just irresistible. I feel like a kid in the record shop again, which is good.

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Best of '85

Deadegad - I've been pulling for a "Best of '85" set for years, too. But The Powers would have to be very selective - probably no complete shows - which would throw a good percentage of fans into a tizzy. I also have a feeling that certain members of the band aren't particularly fond of that period (despite flurries of sheer brilliance), so final approval might be difficult. Too bad...

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future releases drying up -not

I woudn't be at all concerned with the fan base drying up -clearly the demand for the limited editions exceeds the supply and that is one reason they keep increasing the numbers available. There is no shortage of material in the vault, and they can easily sell 10,000 of anything obviously and when they do its a few million bucks in the bank account. What makes it so impressive that these all sell out, to me, is that just about everything is available for free in a nearly flawless version. I have downloaded versions of 5/19 and 5/21 that I think sound better than the official releases, and all of these shows are on my hard drive as sbd's except 5/12. But like most, I buy these anyway because I believe in the process and I trust the organization to make incredible sounding mixes of everything, plus I love css - much better for the car!!

I think they actually have ffnally figured it out - we didnt buy the downlaods all that much, we weren't crazy about partial shows. Deadheads are completists and all about going the whole hog. We want entire shows, entire tours, we want memorabilia that reminds us of when we went, and we love cool artwork and rich, artistic collections of our stuff. My guess would be that with the subscription basis (right up our alley - from who knows hat they'll play or how they'll play it, sign me up to find out, to who knows what they'll release), bonus discs and fantastic boxed sets they have been putting out they have fellt pressure to release more, not less. My only regret is that in 2005 when the Fillmore box was released I was not paying attention and missed it. And even though I have gotten all of theose shows, I'd still love the box.

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"Selections from Summer '85" or other partial show compilations

Deadegad, THere are some Road Trips series releases that started to follow that pattern. I wonder if Dave's Picks series could do that as well, or are they going to stick to only whole show releases? If they did whole show releases only, then they will probably skip much of the mid to late 80's or I would find myself fast forwarding through some CDs or maybe just popping disc 2 of 3 in a lot and skipping the weaker sets

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RFK 73 Bootleg "The Longest Day."

There is a multi disc bootleg from this show with the GD and the Allmans sets called The Longest Day. Just google the key words and you will find it. I saw it in a bootleg shop in NYC with cool packaging and artwork -- but the $$$ price!!! OMG!!! These boot leg shops charge exorbitant prices. Who want to support that king of artist-ripoff and price gouging anyway?!?!

It would be cool to get an official release of those shows and Watkins Glen. They are historic.

Regarding the mid to later 80's and perhaps not as many great shows form start to finish? Maybe they could do a say 'Selections form Summer 85?" Or a 1987 Box with the best shows, full or partial, from that year if there is not an outstanding run from a given venue or month. Just a thought.

Bottom line; Keep'em coming.

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RFK 6/09&10/73

RFK 6/09&10/73.... this too would make another great box.
With 2 days of stellar performances from both the Dead & the ABB.
Always enjoyed the Dead 06/10 and both days of the Bros, think I'll break these out for a listen.

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Summer 1973

Man, I love that RFK 6/10/73 Dark Star! I'll always remember flipping out on that Dark Star on an airplane flight a few years ago. After years, heck decades, of listening to it, and loving, it- I just really "flipped out" on it on that flight. Can't explain it-except it just really rubbed me the right way! Arguably the greatest Dark Star ever (as are so many others!)

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Summer 1973 next box..."SUMMER JAM '73"

Summer 1973 next box.. "SUMMER JAM '73"

Love to see a Watkins Glen Box, but PLEASE include The Band and Allman Bros. with both days 27th & 28th for all 3 bands.
This would make one heck of a project. Can't you just see it now. "SUMMER JAM '73" poster on the cover, throw in some of the many great photos that are out there from this historic show. The Band did release a CD of some of their performance in '90 , but it's out of print. The ABB released one song (Come & Go Blues ) on " Wipe The Windows, Check The Oil, Dollar Gas". Wow, a dollars worth of gas ! 1973 three bucks filled my VW bus, oh for days gone by. Anyway this would be a great box, with a much needed upgrade on the sound of the Dead's performances.

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OFF TOPIC

Just a quick comment-saw Mickey at Palace Theatre-great show-catch this band if you have the chance!

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To clarify

Thanks for all the thoughtful responses... II should perhaps clarify though: I wasn't referring to the sales figures as depressing. It is impressive that they are consistently selling out vast box sets like Europe 72. I was thinking more about what it means, in very broad terms, if the "customer base" becomes a relatively small group of the same people and general releases dry up. As Deadegad pointed out, there are good reasons for this, such as disappearing music stores, people not buying CD's, and so on. And it is those very things which had me a bit bummed out.

And I've actually become one of those people, thanks to Spotify, I rarely buy CD's anymore, except of course the Dead. Still bums me out :) (Maybe it was also laying around in bed for hours, ha ha)

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Sales figures?

I agree. Not every devoted fan of the music can afford the several hundred $ a year one could spend on keeping up with Dead.net and Jerrygarcia.com releases, not to mention seeing Furthur or Phil and Friends, Seven Walkers, and the Mickey Hat Band whenever they wander near enough. I live near BOulder, CO, so Mickey, Bill, Phil and Bobby come to Red Rocks, Denver, and BOulder a lot, and I shudder to think how much my wife and I spend in a year on tickets, babysitters, parking, t-shirts, and after-the-show CDs. I have several linear feet of Dead family CD's from Mother McRee's 1965 on the left end, to Furthur's latest Broomfield run on the right, and really, what other artists could expect even just a few people to spend that kind of money and devote that much shelf space?

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Sales figures?

Sales figures depressing? I don't think 15,000 pressings of May 1977 should be. This from a band almost 50 years old and that quit almost 20 years ago. I suspect that a similar set, at the same price, of old Louis Armstrong or Bill Monroe recordings would have similar sales numbers. The relatively low sales (compared to eh, say Justin Bieber), says nothing about the Dead's musical/cultural importance, and how they will be remembered.
Next box? I vote for Summer 1973. So many great, unreleased shows: RFK!, the 8/1/73 Dark Star, Watkins Glen! As great as fall 1973, but with a very different, unique sound!

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What I think I'll like about May 77 set

I'm glad that it's not quite so overblown as the Spring 90 set. I like a little bit of art and goodies, stuff to read and look at while I'm giving it the first listen. I like that photography, writing, and other visual arts are given the chance to shine along with the music. However, the Spring 90 box is big and full of trinkets, and cost more $ than I was totally comfortable spending

For trinkets, I actually like lots of different little or big stickers. I put them on my coffee thermos or my laptop case, ipod, or portable hardrive, and they often spark friendly conversations with strangers on the bus, or at the store. We are still everywhere.

I also am impressed with the variety of titles. Some repetition, but not too much.

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DIfferent compilation box suggestion

Having done most of my touring in the mid-to-late 80's, I acknowledge that there were very few shows that stood out 100% from Tuning to Encore. However, there were many shows that featured new or unusual cover songs, and there were many interesting guests that sat in for a song or two. perhaps gleaning a couple discs worth of those highlights would be a way to release some of that material which rises above the rest of those lackluster shows. I remember LOVING Memphis-Mobile in Hartford spring of '88, but that same night watching Jerry lose it on Black Peter and knock his microphone stand over.

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Future Box sets or other vault releases

I think to eliminate the panic, they should take pre-sale orders where we put down a deposit, then they would know how many to print up for pre-ordering customers, then print up some number more to keep in the warehouse to sell over the next months or year.

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1977 and listening habits before a new vault release

I like to troll my music collection for other music of the time period. Being a fan of Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac, Weather Report, Little Feat, John McLaughlin, Steely Dan, Talking Heads, King Crimson, Pre-MTV Genesis, Yes, Pink FLoyd, listening to anything that came out from 1976 to 1978 is just marvelous! Many of my favorite acts from the 60's through the 90's were really at the top of their game in '77 though I must say that CSN did great stuff in '77 but &Y was wandering a little far afield of my preferences! I was only 10 in 1977, but I remember being glued to 102.7 WNEW FM in NYC and loving most everything. THough of course they didn't play much Dead.

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4/9-12/70

YES - 69/70 Miles Davis was/is the bomb. Very, very deep (and dark) stuff. Many great live recordings from that era have - fortunately - made it to CD.

Interesting... the gigs where Miles and the Dead shared bills (4/9 through 4/12/70) aren't well-represented in the Archive. Wonder if the always-amiable Miles snagged those tapes? :o)

BTW - Anyone know where one can find a reasonably priced, near-mint copy of the 1st-edition poster from that string of shows? Awesome work by Dr. Singer!

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Pregame

To get ready for this box, I've been listening to the Winterland 77 box. Its interesting to see the little differences and similarities between the songs/jams.

Of course, I've also been listening to Dave's Picks 6 quite a bit and that'll help keep this box fresh.

I also recently got the Fillmore West 69 (complete) which I love. Now the difference between Dave's 6 and The Fillmore West 69 is very interesting.

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miles and 77

yes miles in 67! been diggin in to that for a few months now, and the follow up release... miles in europe 1969 is so differently amazing, it documents miles' new band really in full fusion mode, the shows were from between recording of silent way and bitches brew and i have read it was the only tour to include a mix of standards, 60s hard bop, and newer fusion/rock material, it is the only released recording of the dejohnette/holland/corea/shorter/miles quintet

hey and both those releases come with awesome DVDs in addition to 3 audio discs

definitely been listening to all kinds of 77 lately including shows included in the boxset, i typically lean to pre-hiatus dead but have been totally enjoying these smooth tight "produced" jams, too bad no helpslip in the set, st louis 77 was a very early entry in my collection and maybe because of that has always seemed to be a special 2nd set

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I'd be shocked if DP 7 is

I'd be shocked if DP 7 is from '79 after so many '70s shows including the '77 box. But I went to Binghamton 5/9/79 and it was a lot of fun. 15 minute Sugaree opener. Missing from the Audience tape I got.

I remember it was a General Admission show and I got swept off my feet when they opened the doors. Ended up inching my way to front row, and was so hot and so crowded, that I would have left the show if they had allowed me to climb across the barrier in front of the stage and leave. Can hardly believe I was ready to leave, but I know I was...

At intermission, I was talking to a couple of friends about how much I wanted to hear China Cat>IKYR, and the second set started with it and bolted right back for the front of the floor. Ah, to be young and in college again. lol

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May '79

These are uncirculated soundboards David included with his presentation at the Rock Hall last year:
5-4-79 Brent's 3rd show from Hampton...Estimated Prophet...
5-12 from Amherst...Terrapin -> Playin'...
He seemed pretty high on them...

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Future picks

May of 79 is a great call- there's a couple of releases that mark the beginning of a keyboardist's tenure, not one for Brent though. Fall of 72 will hopefully appear again sometime.

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guesses on DP 7?

4-24-78 or something from May of '79.

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Pregame

After a show is announced for release, the only ritual I have is to avoid listening to that particular show (sorry listening party) until it's released. I'm certainly not avoiding listening to 1977- that seems like asking the people who were at the Buffalo show (5/9) if they'll be avoiding the St. Paul show! Any guesses for Dave's Picks Seven? Maybe Fall of 79, or a 91 show. I met her accidentally in St. Paul, Minnesota- love those little ditties.

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Miles in Europe

Mr Dark, thank you very much, I did not know about the Europe 67 Miles release, listening to it right now on Spotify, holy Moley!

Okay, sorry, back to the Dead in 77 :)

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Avoiding 77 pending the releas Of May 77 Box Set. . ..

Hey Claney. I am avoiding listening to any 77 shows until this new one arrives too. I'll look into John Handy and Miles 67. I would kind of like some official box set release for every year more or less. That will take a good deal of time to happen though and for us to expend the $$$.

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Speaking of Jazz...

The Dead comprise but a minor chunk of my plastic collection, so I spend a lot of time listening to everything from Seldom Scene to Eric Dolphy. One TREMENDOUS live release that I'd recommend to any and all Heads is Miles Davis' "Live in Europe 1967" (aka "Bootleg Series Vol. 1"). Unbeatable, sophisticated improvisation by some of the best musicians on planet earth.

Regarding May '77: I suspect it may be a long long while before this sells out and we're blessed w/ a new huge CD set. Or maybe they call it quits on the "big boxes" after this one. Rationale: Wallet fatigue + download option + decent-sounding versions already in circulation + redundancy with Winterland '77 + history of international shipping snafus + larger run of 15K. We'll see!

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Hershey '85....It was a raw night!

I know I was there. I remember a cold, rainy, windy night. Pops from the sound system, an energetic show, a Cold Rain & Snow.

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John Handy

big two thumbs up-I have old Handy LPS which I break out for a spin every so aften. Another fave is Charles Lloyd-esp. the old lps when he was playing the SF ballrooms. Saw Handy live at the Summer of Love celebrations many years ago in Golden Gate Park-brought my 6 year old to see "Jerry's House" on that trip. Time flies.

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