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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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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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

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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

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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.

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Starlight

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
8/03/82
7/03/84
9/03/85

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...

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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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PLEASE HELP

WILL WORK FOR GD BOX SETS

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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.

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venue

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.

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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.

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Time period Box Sets

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

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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...

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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!

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Spectrum Box

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

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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.

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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.

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FANTASY BOX

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

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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..!

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Go To Nassau / Jack-A-Roe

@Mustin321
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?

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Timmaytoo

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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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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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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May 77

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

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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.

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Artwork

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

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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

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point taken

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

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artwork

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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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...

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/rolling-stones-revisit-1973-with-brussels-affair-box-set-20130507

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Artwork

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.

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artwork/logos

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.

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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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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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May 77 box/ recent artwork

I'm really happy about this upcoming box set. I've never been too keen on 1977 Dead but I'm learning to appreciate it more and more over time (using good headphones is a big help, too). I've got lots of 77 stuff going back to my tape trading days and also all the official 77 releases but don't think I've heard a single note of these shows(except maybe the "Fallout from the Philzone" Jack-a-Roe).
Regarding the recent release's artwork, I sort of agree with Katapultable, that most have been pretty good. But I really think the "Dave's Picks" logo is too big and garish and shouldn't be on the front nohow. Let the front have only the artwork so it has a chance to breathe. Put the logo on the spine and you have a much handsomer product. The words "Grateful Dead" on the front are not bad, especially if artfully done. Those words have cachet out the ying-yang. But the words "Dave's Picks, Vol.**" are purely utilitarian and belong on the spine or back! I also wish there were some way that the artwork could be done by deadheads who truly love the music. Deadhead folk art. Lots of artistic Deadheads out there who would love the opportunity. I suspect lots of the artwork is done by corporate professionals who may or may not care about the music. I do really love the Europe 72 box artwork and also the Spring 90 box artwork, though. (art critic hat off)
I also agree Dave's Picks 6 is one for the ages! Yes, it's a great time to be a Deadhead :)

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am I the only one...

Okay, order placed (not an easy transaction to make right before Mother's Day) but this will undoubtedly be a great box. I'm excited, another great by Dave.
Just wondering, am I the only one who is not impressed by the artwork and packaging of this box? It doesn't look very special to me but this is NOT a complaint. In fact if that helps keep the cost down then I'm all for it. I couldn't pull the trigger on the Spring 90 set because of the price. Would have got around to it eventually but it sold out. Haven't bought the Warlocks box yet either because I can't justify paying an extra $20 or so for a cigar box. I guess my point is it's all about the music and if we can get great sounding shows in packaging that protects the discs at a decent price, that's more important than buttons and tour programs. Maybe Dead.net could offer those extras separately for those who really want them.
It looks like the discs in this box are in a DVD sized case which, I'd be willing to bet, is less than ideal for most of us who collect these things. I'd prefer to put these CDs in their proper chronological place in my collection but that's a minor complaint.
Overall, this looks great, we're getting some fantastic music, complete shows from one of the best tours ever at a decent price per disc.

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Pre-order downloads?

Hi All

I can't find any information on how to order the downloads. Has that info been released? It appears that we'll be able to order them once this is released but I'd like confirmation, if anyone knows for sure.

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Covers

Yeah Mustin, I like the GTN cover just fine. Oddly, my least favorite covers over the last few years have been the premier releases of Road Trips and then of Dave's Picks. Both series have ended up having some terrific cover art, but started slow - seems like a very Grateful Dead thing to do :)

I still have an affinity for some of the most simple cover designs, such as the DP 1-6 fake reel box covers. If they catered to my taste they'd save a lot of money on graphic design, har har.

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Sold out box sets and $

Zuckfun: Thanks for the info. . .. A lot of bills coming as I buy summer tickets and the $ drainage of The Capitol Run. . .. Everybody here please promise not to tell my girl that I spent the bucks on May 77. . .. OK?

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now...

Go to Heaven, on the other hand, may be the best album cover ever!

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go to nassau

Whats so bad about the go to nassau cover? Its just some people walking around outside a show...

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Downloads

No individual shows are going to be sold. You have to buy all 111 songs for $99.98

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INdividual SHows

So how soon will the individual shows be made available?

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Where do they find them?

Where does GD Productions find the artists who create the artwork for their releases? I don't think I've seen a single bad album cover since Go To Nassau. Every artist is able to give the releases a personal touch and this is probably one of the coolest boxes I've seen. Ever. In any genre.

The very thought that a new box set is released every year is exciting, but it always comes as a surprise to find out what the contents will be for this year (especially when design etc. of the box is all done). I didn't see a 1977 box set coming, especially not a May '77 box. I hadn't expected another '77 until at least Dave's Picks 11 or 12. This set will make the number of complete shows from 1977 fourteen, with ten earlier releases being dedicated to this year. With only a handful of songs from two different shows being released and considering the reputation of the tour, this set has the words ''WORTH IT'' written all over it. It includes most of the songs from the first half of '77 that I like: ''Minglewood Blues,'' ''Scarlet Begonias'' > ''Fire On The Mountain,'' ''Mississippi Half-Step'' and ''Dancin' In The Streets'' but only one version each of ''Row Jimmy,'' ''Eyes Of The World,'' and ''The Music Never Stopped''. Nevertheless, this should be at least as good as Winterland 1977: The Complete Recordings.

Time to throw away some inferior mp3-files with I hadn't gotten around to listening anyway. The announcement regarding Dave's Picks Vol. 7 shouldn't be too far away either. It's gonna be a show from the mid to late eighties. It just has to be. Then again, a good '78 show wouldn't be bad either.

And let us please not complain about what should and what should not be in this box set. This group of shows seems perfect, bridging the gap between Vol. 1 of the Download Series and Dick's Picks 29. Probably not my choice for a box set, but I'm not complaining.

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Europe 72 sold out in four days....

....and many of us aged by more than the same number of years ;-)

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deadegad...

When ordering with a debit card, a hold for the purchase price is put on the account for three days. This hold is then removed until the box ships in June, and the funds are withdrawn. Spring of 90 sold out in about a month, Europe 72 sold out in four days.

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Excited

This box set is gonna be awesome--ordered mine within an hour of receiving the email. Alabama show is a top 5 of the year!

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