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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REALLY good show. I would be happy with this pick
Thanks for the tip...There are times, and believe me, I wish they were fewer, when I feel like the dumbest kid on the block. Hold the phone horizontally- so simple, and yet, well. Thanks again for the tip. So you said Dave's Picks 7 is 3/9/81, right?
Your prayer has been answered: hold your phone horizontally!
All right, I'll jump back in. While the issue of double posties isn't new, it needs to be fixed. And speaking of needing a fix, this new mobile format stinks like doggie poo on the shoe. Please, please fix this format! The comments, for weeks now mind you, appear in a very narrow and annoying column. I enjoy reading everyone's comments, but not very much the way they're currently displayed. A prayer to the Tech Gods- Please fix this! Amen
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I've only got so much HD space!
I'm far from the only person having the double post problem
will there be some special release in the fall since the box set came out in spring. perhaps ssdd
both the download formats can be pretty readily converted to MP3, if that helps.
I actually like 78 just fine-- DP 18 is one of my favorite releases. The Iowa set II with Scarlet/Fire, Truckin'/Other One is simply amazing. The From Egypt Winterland release is also fine. Tapes from back in the day were always good, too-- Red Rocks anyone! I would be fine with a Dave's Pick from 1978 any other time, but not now after the 1977 box release.
Fine, if not the 1980s and Dave wants to stay in the 1970s, how about spring 1971. Everything I have heard from that tour is dandy. I just wish they would announce...
Just listening to Dick's Picks 18 and noticing the boost in Phil's playing; I think, according to his account, he was rejuvenated somewhat here. So, hidden treasures found everywhere.
Funny to think things Grateful Dead from the band member's perspective, like Jerry reprimanding Phil for his "sloppy" playing in '77...Well, could and did fool me!
"Sucks Europe 72 wasn't done this good."
I'm thinking the source tapes might have a little something to do with the sound quality of the release, although I was quite happy with the E72 box sound.
I would by a mp3 version in a second if it were available
Sucks Europe 72 wasn't done this good.
Very nice package in general. The packaging is outstanding, and the hidden magnetic clasp on the box is a nice touch. Of course the music is stellar, and the sound is excellent. I really like what Dead is doing with the custom shipping cartons on these boxes, as well; very Dead. No complaints, and kudos for a great set.
For those complaining about errant tagging on these CDs I just want to point out that VERY few CDs are pressed with the CD info on them, including these.
There are a couple of different databases that programs like iTunes, et al, query automatically when you insert a CD and these pull the CD data. Furthermore, I would be willing to bet that record companies do not invest in updating those databases with all their releases. What you are left with then is basically the tagging idioms of the first person who updates the database. This is why there are frequently misspellings and other errors.
Not trying to start a flame war or lambaste anyone. Just pointing this out so that people atop blaming Rhino for something they likely had no part in.
My editorial on all this is: so what if the tags are wrong or not how you want them. It takes all of 1-2 minutes to update the tag data to your preferred syntax. If incorrect tag data is the biggest complaint about this set then Rhinp/GDP is doing something very right.
I listened to an old copy just now...it's as hot as I remembered.
too bad 5/18/77 couldn't have been included in this box set.
5/11 never heard it
5/12 never heard it
5/13 old cassette of first set (sette?)
5/15 second set on cassette and whole show on disc
5/17 on cassette...where did I put that? I will find it sometime soon.
Thank you DaL and ptb for all the great music.
sorry it repeated previous post...deleted it!
First, I am enjoying the music tremendously...these are upgrades to the soundboards that have been available through archive.org (love you, Charlie Miller!) and for the music alone it is worth the $140...the music is why we buy these things in the first place. No one can argue that the Dead are percolating throughout these performance. The packaging is top notch, and it's great to have all this music on CD form instead of mp3.
But who did the track labeling when the CDs' were burned...not the labels on the physical outsides of the discs, but the embedded information you see when you put them in to play them?
May 11 St Paul is spelled as st pual on Discs One and Three.... oh, and Disc Two avoids that problem...instead it gives this track listing (does any one recognize where this is from?:
"The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)" (Grateful Dead) – 2:07
"Beat It on Down the Line" (Jesse Fuller) – 2:27
"Good Morning Little School Girl" (Sonny Boy Williamson) – 5:56
"Cold Rain and Snow" (Obray Ramsey) – 2:25
"Sitting on Top of the World" (Lonnie Chatmon and Walter Vinson) – 2:01
"Cream Puff War" (Jerry Garcia) – 2:25
Yep and the artwork too is from the first ever Dead album! Some strong ganja while labeling the CDs? It gets better...
Well, the second album May 12, disc one and three have st paul (spelled correctly though) and the date of May 12, disc two just has the date...oh, this was the Auditorium Theater in Chicago? Relax dude the track lists are correct....
And May 13? Track listings, correct! Date, right on! Let's just leave off the location since that's too much to type and we can't seem to get it right anyway...
May 15, off to St Louis...we got the first disc perfect...disc two and three, well, you already knew the first one was from St Louis, no need to add that to the embedded information, hmmm?
And May 17, here we are in Alabama...go Tide! Wow, we get Memorial Coliseum, University of Alabama, and the date!!!! How come they all weren't that way??? Guess the ganj finally wore off!
I know sounds like I'm just an old griper, but geez! What happens when I want to cross reference my library? Or put these stuff into a format that I can play on my iPod?
Would be great to get some feedback from the producers of this set...did anyone bother to check what was being burned or is it only on my edition number 12,833?
Yes, these songs have all been released for years now as The Badger has stated. My guess is Rhino is aiming at new listeners(younger)and this will be only released as MP3. I don't think too many folks on these pages will be ordering them.
After a quick check these seem to be
1. All the Live extras from the Golden Road and Beyond Description Box Sets (live bonus tracks from all the studio remasters plus Birth of the Dead)
2. The Remasters of Live Dead, the Grateful Dead, Bear's Choice, Europe 72, Reckoning, Dead Set and Without a Net
3. All the Studio extras from the Golden Road and Beyond Description Box Sets (studio bonus tracks from all the studio remasters plus Birth of the Dead)
So nothing new (unless they have hidden some extras in there)
No idea why they are choosing to do this.
looks like rhino is going to release a few box sets in july. amazon already has three sets up. although those are only downloads. they're called Complete Live Rarities Collection, Live Albums Collection and Complete Studio Rarities Collection.
I'll add my voice to the chorus. I'm in favour of nothing post-70s. In fact, I'm strongly in favour of pre-retirement releases.
I've skipped the last two boxes - Spring '90 (I got the sampler, which I haven't got around to listening to) and May '77. I'll probably get May '77 eventually but I really feel like I have enough already with DP 29, DP 3, Dave's Picks 1, To Terrapin, Winterland '77 and Pure Jerry 1. I'm just not that keen to get even more Spring '77 right now. I do applaud the download option though. Thank you for giving us that choice.
That said, I'm a big fan of much of '78. I actually think Autumn/Winter '77 and '78 has higher highs. It's much less smooth but the best moments are great.
Now something like Dave's Picks 6?? Bring it on. There is an energy, edge and risk that I hear in to everything pre-retirement that is missing from '75 onwards. There are of course still many great moments throughout the rest of the band's history but I'm much less compelled by consistency being swapped for risk, which is how post-retirement feels to me.
So, Dave, while I have enjoyed all the Dave's Picks releases, let's see a box set that comes from '68-'74 (Fillmore East '70 now that you seem to have the reels for 11 February, Berkley Aug '71, Winterland Feb '74). Also lets see the next Dave's Picks that comes from the returned tapes. Based on what you said, I think one of them must be 10 December '69.
anrumler - I don't think many would dispute the noticeable decline from '77 to '78. That said, the latter year's high points are the bee's knees - a strange brew of tight and loose the band never revisited. I love Chris Grand's description: "1977 with a mean streak!"
If we ever needed a '78 release (excluding the GREAT Dick's Picks 18), 4/24/78 would prolly be it. I just hope - if that show IS on the agenda - that the pitch is corrected. (Circulating soundboards run a bit too slow... 'specially the encore.)
y'all can have all of my 80/90 releases, when they inevitably appear
re: 4/24/78, it contains the finest TMNS ever recorded
i love me some 1978...it's 1977 with a mean streak
77 was certainly more consistent than 78, but there were still some good shows in 78 including in Normal, Illinois. I am thinking more and more that it will be 4/24/78 for Dave's Picks 7 due to the fact that I tried going to the Dave's Pick's 5 announcement address bar and then changing the 5 to a 7, changing the date to 042478, and changing the location from "ucla" to "normal". Instead of getting the file not found page, I got "Service Unavailable". I tried another date and got the "file not found" message. I then tried the dead.net homepage and got the "Service Unavailable" message. I'm wondering if I stumbled onto something or if the page was just being glitchy. In any case, I've been wrong about Dave's Picks that I've tried to guess, so don't put too much stock in my ramblings...
It has always amazed me how much the music declined from 77 to 78. I really like 77 and any release from that year is welcome imo but 78 kind of sucks in comparison. Ill admit that the rumors about Dave's Picks 7 have me less than excited. Lets all hope that the rumors are WRONG.
Beautiful 'Friend of the Devil'.
Best I think I've heard. Really great.
They got 8 Carburetors and
Boys, they's usin'em all
Agreed - unless the Dead Powers assumed May '77 would sell like hotcakes & stir up a late-70's firestorm. That obviously hasn't happened..!
It would be very surprising if they followed up a '77 box with a '78 DaP. Very surprising. Really, really surprising.
want to split the next subscription?
60s 70s its mine
80s 90s its yours
settle the balance at the end of the year.
Not that this excuses or mitigates the dearth of 80's releases, but here's one that seems to have flown well under radar: The CD soundtrack to View From the Vault Vol. 4. Pretty sweet for '87, despite the fact that Jerry was still remounting his saddle. Incredible sound quality, and only 25 bones(!)
I agree with Spacebrother re: the 1970s releases. Mr. Lemieux needs to expand his horizons a bit with his picks. I am not a completist and look for variety in releases and so far have been pleased I did not go for the subscriptions. I have bought three ala carte with one regret being missing out on the Roosevelt 1974 show. I am happy I got the Mosque 1977 along with the 1977 Dick's Picks from back in the day as that made skipping this box easier. Someday I may download, but that day may not come. The only show here that I really really want is the Tuscaloosa gig.
While the consistency might not be there every night, there must certainly be plenty of good shows from the early 1980s in the vault. I would also like to see 1987 represented someday and more from 1988 through summer 1989.
While I think that the download option is hurting sales of the box a bit, I think Grateful Dead 1977 releases may have reached a saturation point and I hope David keeps them in the vault for a couple years.
One last note-- please release more DVDs, including one best of Pigpen DVD. Pretty please.....
I wouldn't mind seeing more shows from the 1980's and '92/'93 released (hint, Hint, HINT).
If Dave's Picks Vol 7 is indeed from 4/24/78, and right on the heels of the May '77 box, and with all of the previous picks being from the '70s with the exception of half of Vol 6, you can definitely count me among the disappointed.
The only way I'll ever sign up for another subscription (assuming that V7 is indeed from 4/28/78) is if...a) Vol 8 and 9 are both NOT from the '70s...and... b) the release with the bonus disc is either NOT a '70's pick, or if it's from the newly discovered tapes...and I might even opt out by then, including ala carte.
I have to admit that for my money spent out of good faith for the last year and a half of subscription releases, that I'm beginning to feel short changed. By the time they finally get around to releasing shows that would be more appealing to me, I may opt to skip even those. This has even led me to not be as excited in the possibility of the 8/27/72 Field Trip show being released after it's theatrical showing, as I would be. I'm suffering from '70s fatigue. Too much of a good thing isn't a good thing. It's becoming an exercise in tedium for me.
Dave should have stuck with the Road Trips formula of mixing up the program. 17 releases - 4 with Pigpen, 6 with Keith and/or Donna, 5 with Brent and 2 with Vince and/or Bruce.
My commentary is no reflection on the quality of service here, which has been top notch for me. Just the lack of variety in the subscription department lately.
Gist seems to be:
2 out of 5 shows worth having
Glue issues with the packaging (sigh!)
Get 4/23/77 in as good a condition as possible.
I stand by all my comments this week...
I received a replacement CD case for the show that I had an issue with. Just send an email to the dead.net store and hopefully they will hook you up with a replacement case.
Haven't checked al of the posts, so i don't know if anyone has commented on this, but I love the fact that when I roll the discs into iTunes, the song titale and venues are all labelled correctly!!! Thanks to whoever got that right...
Thanks for reminding me about that show as I hadn't listened to it in quite a while. Sounds like a future Dave's Picks if they have the tapes.
Box number 8801 arrived safely in Bonnie Dundee, Scotland 15 minutes ago. Looks beautiful can't wait to get into it and hear how it sounds!
I was there and it was HOT! Check out the set list. All good.
..just sitting here on a HOT New England evening ( a rarity!!!) listening to Garcia Live Vol 2...Great Stuff indeed!! Danc, I agree, the 4/23 show is one of my favorites also..saw a lot of shows at that venue!.....Find the tapes PLEASE!!!
I listened to 4-23-77 last night for the 356th time (I think) and it still gets my vote as the single best show from "May 77".
I listened to 4-23-77 last night for the 356th time (I think) and it still gets my vote as the single best show from "May 77".
I posted last week, but here's an update. 8521 landed on my porch last week in Leeds, UK, by Royal Mail .... NO CHARGES WHATSOEVER !!! Fabulous packaging (slightly uneven sides as mentioned in an earlier post, but has that hand-made look to it) No cracked discs, or split cases.
All tested for HDCD on my Denon player, and now all ripped to iTunes. A worthy addition.