May 1977 Box (Digital)
• 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
"Wharf Rat" 5/11/77
"Mississippi Half-Step" 5/12/77
"Dancing In The Street" 5/15/77
"Terrapin Station" 5/17/77
David Lemieux on What’s Inside May 1977
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I am rapidly developing a collecting sickness for this stuff!
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 dead.net/Rhino Records!
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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 Dead.net that make multiple releases and box sets available every year, the dream lives on!
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.
you talked me into it...
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.
Just put my order in ..... the packaging looks fantastic. Pretty good value, even shipping to the UK.
Thank you DL / Dead.net!
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!