Grateful Dead

May 1977 Box (Digital)

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


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

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

And now for the nitty-gritty...

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

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

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

May 1977 Show By Show

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

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

Listening Party

MAY 1977

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

David Lemieux on What’s Inside May 1977


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gwydion6's picture
Joined: Apr 9 2013
I'm in!

There'll be another one to Spain too!

This is my first GD box set and although I still haven't developed a proper fondness for 77 I'm sure I'll end up loving this year in the future. Just checked out the listening party and I'm amazed at the quality of the recordings, really clear and spaced instruments, I'm just loving it.

A bit of a personal story here, this reminds me of the time I missed on the FW69 box set. I must have been like 20 years old when it was released and had never bought anything online so I was a bit dubious about spending that much money ... result: I missed the deadline so I couldn't get hold of it. Then, with Europe 72, I just wasn't checking that often (I was kind of disconnected from the world wide web at that time) and, consequently, missed it too. Well, now I think I've learned the lesson and one of these will make its way to Spain in June :)

gr8ful0221's picture
Joined: Nov 4 2011
Thank you

Many many thanks. Always my favorite year.

Joined: Jul 21 2007
A bit of a disapointment

I have collected all of the box sets but think I'll pass on this one. Obviously Dave is found of Spring 1977. The first Dave's Pick was the 5/25/1977 show. However, not sure that May 1977 has been "under the radar" as Dave as noted. Dicks' Picks had 5/19 and 5/21; Dick's Picks #3 had 5/22; GD to Terrapin had the 5/28 show plus, like another person posted, a good bulk of the Chicago 5/12 show was on the bonus disc in the Winterland 1977 box set. Unless you were personally at these shows I don't see anything spectacular about these sets that differs from what was already released...

Joined: Aug 24 2012

Ordered - looks very nice!!

boombassix's picture
Joined: Jun 30 2007
oh goodness gracious....

....another box set NOT to be missed.
well, got my order in,..and will be eagerly waiting to hear some of the very VERY best of the good ole grateful dead.

claney's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2007
Dimensions of Box?

I was thinking this would be over 150.00 and just plain out of my range, but this price may sucker me in, comes to around 28 bucks a show.

I'm not sure Weve, that it is really the same size as, say, the Winterland boxes. Anyone know the dimensions of the box? It actually looks like the box and individual show cases are more like DVD case dimensions (taller). Not a big deal, though I prefer the ones that can sit on the CD shelf with the other stuff...

Packaging and everything about this looks amazing.. the only show I really thought I wanted was 5/17 but whoah is this tempting...

Joined: Jul 5 2007
some of my fav shows

...from a peak time. Wore out my 5.13.77 cassettes have dls, but looking forward to the mastered cds. #jazzed

Joined: Jan 13 2009
Bonus material?

Is there any Bonus material considering this partially duplicates the Winterland 77 bonus disc?

( 5-12-77)

Will the sound be noticeably better? ( The W77 Bonus disc sounds pretty good to me)

Opps I see other posted the same

simonrob's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
Nice, very very nice...

A problem-free, transparent and simple ordering process that went through quickly without a hitch. Praise is due here as there have been so many different problems in the past. $24.99 International shipping to the Netherlands is fair. 5 minutes after receiving my confirmation mail I received the announcement mail - oh ain't I just on the ball tonight. Coming hard on the heels of the wondrous "Dave's Picks 6" the standard is being set very high lately. I hope they manage to maintain this for the remainig "Dave's Picks" for this year. Now its time to calm down and watch Dave's Seaside Special.

iGrateful's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
I'm IN !!

I'll tell my wife to cancel any plans for the kids to get me a Fathers Day gift this year :-)

LOV LOVE LOVE this period!

Bonus Disc Cornell? I know ... I'm asking too much now... I'll stop!


(I really am...)

Joined: Apr 17 2009
Looking Forward To This......

There'll be one on it's way to Dublin, Ireland as well. Looking forward to it.

Tim_SoCal's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
Looks great

Ordered and looking forward to it...keep up the great new releases!

chiclet's picture
Joined: Oct 14 2007
I thought I could only eat just one...

I am rapidly developing a collecting sickness for this stuff!

Joined: Aug 27 2008
Great box set!

One of my favorite GD eras, great selection of shows. The $139.98 US Dollars seems good but does NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING. Add $11.95 USD as the lowest cost DOMESTIC shipping, the price is "jacked up" to $152. USD. ...
I ordered a set, I sure will enjoy it!

Thank you very much Dave Lemeiux and all at Records!

The Weve's picture
Joined: Feb 16 2010

Very nice, THANKS Dave ! Looks like this one is back to a smaller size box set so it'll fit on a shelf with the others.
No mention of a bonus CD, like Warlocks & Vault boxes. I guess we'll get a surprise bumper sticker

Roland Bruynesteyn's picture
Joined: Aug 7 2008
Order placed

Order placed and confirmed. So none of the stress that I remember from the Europe 72 trunk ordering process where I just did not seem to get through (on January 19, 2011, if I remember correctly, it was a long night here in the Netherlands...).

A few years before I ordered the FW69 10cd box rather relaxed, thinking "It may be overkill, but nice to have", only to find out it sold out before its official release date, never to appear in that form again (and btw, it's not overkill).

Since that time I'm anxious not to miss official (limited) releases. Glad it worked out fine this time!

Joined: Jan 13 2010
hot diggety giggety dog!

every time i think i am done buying discs...the GD comes after me with temptations like this.

I have 5/15 and 17 on tape, but haven't listened for a long time (my cassettes are a bit scattered). the other shows I haven't heard except for maybe on the GDHour.

oh to be a millionaire.

Joined: Nov 2 2010
Looks good

Wondering if there will be a bonus cd or some hidden tracks.
The June 77 box set from winterland included

Bonus CD: Chicago Auditorium Theater, May 12, 1977;
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo>
Dancing In The Street
Terrapin Station>
Playing In The Band>
Not Fade Away>
Comes A Time>
Playing In The Band

Not sure if the June box advertised that or if it was a surprise ( I was surprised).. If you own June box you have will have some duplicates now released on the May 77 box per above....

wishful thinking for some bonus cd when my box arrives. Maybe 5/26. Or 5/8.
This looks great and should be a lot of fun to listen too all summer long.


mattthrelkeld's picture
Joined: Jun 18 2008
May 77

The order is in! May 77 will be coming to Atlanta! The packaging on this box looks outstanding. I agree with SpaceBrother, they seem to step it up a notch year after year. Awesome! Thanks to everyone at that make multiple releases and box sets available every year, the dream lives on!

Joined: Sep 5 2012
Holy Crow

Well, this is a surprise - especially given the still-available Winterland '77 box set recorded only a couple of weeks later. I'm curious how the sound of these disks will compare to that of the June material. The performances are almost identical in overall quality/spunk, with quite a bit of overlap in terms of setlists.

Joined: May 4 2012
OK Dave...

you talked me into it...

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Looks good!

I've mentioned this in the Dave's Picks thread, and I'll mention it again here... Dave and tptb have really stepped up the game with the box sets. Between this one from May '77, E72, Spring '90 and the Warlocks boxes, it's a great time to be a Deadhead!

As much as I desire more love for '80s releases as individual Daves Picks, I have no comlpaints about this new box.

outpost's picture
Joined: Jun 11 2007
Looks awesome !

Just put my order in ..... the packaging looks fantastic. Pretty good value, even shipping to the UK.

evgraham's picture
Joined: Jan 19 2011
So good

Thank you DL /!

Joined: Apr 1 2008
Nice looking presentation!

Wonder how they dealt with some issues on the masters like the cut in Wharf Rat on 5/11 and the 5/12 Playing in the Band. The circulating copy of 5/13 has sound issues at the end of the tape which may not have been on the master, but both David Gans and David Lemieux have said in the past that the 5/11 and 12 masters have those issues. Not that this will ruin it for me - just curious. Looking forward to another release!

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