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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Great job, Dave!

I wish the rest of the bands I like could offer so much previous information, comments and videos the way the Dead does it. A box-set plus four archival releases per year (most of them in very good to pristine sound). What else can you ask for? Of course we could ask for more, but we could also have so much LESS! Dave's doing a great job here trying to keep every Dead fan satisfied.

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Bacon vs. baseball hats?

I too wear a base ball hat. Sometimes I wear it backwards. Wait, wait, wait. I have very curly/wavy hair and the hat-backwards tames it after washing. So I don't mind Dave wearing a baseball hat. How could I? Yet I do wonder if Dave likes bacon? I saw a great t-shirt which had three strips of sizzling bacon drawn on it and it said: You either like bacon or your wrong!

So I hope Dave likes bacon, or did, at some point in his life. I'll bet Jerry liked bacon,LOL, and god bless'em.

Dear Dave the only thing that could make Dave's picks better would be if they came wrapped in bacon! Seriously, man, think about it. If the last 5,000 May 77 sales are slowing then throw in a pound of bacon with every order and watch May 77 fly out everywhere!

If I can find a baseball hat with bacon on it would you wear it?

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Dave's Seaside Chats & Upcoming Releases.

Well, i certainly love the informative and personal experience comments that Dave offers in his conversations. The guy is obviously well into the music as the enthusiasm is well conveyed through the videos....keep 'em coming Dave !.

On the subject of forthcoming releases, i'd love to see the following;

Box Sets;

Berkeley Community Theater (October/November 1984)
Radio City Music Hall (1980)
10/17/72 > 11/26/72 (Complete....yeah, i know this is one major long shot, but Christ, that'd be out of this world !)

Individual ShowS;

07/18/72
09/23/72
08/01/73
10/21/73
05/21/74

That'll keep me going for a month or two...get to it Dave !.

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Really? !

Double posting sorry

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Really? !

"I have a dream that one day our children will be judged by the content of their character and not what they choose to put on their head". So many of these comments are speculation and stupid grumbling that i feel like im sitting in on my grandma's sewing circle. Get a life people and enjoy the music.

"The only time i dont like someone is when i use preformed opinions about someones character based on their outward appearance and clothing choices." Man some of you guys must have some boring friends and familys, the only online community ive noticed that deadheads have retained since 1995 is the community based on judgmental and unfounded assumptions of other people they will probably never meet. Way to grow up and learn from your experiences, sometimes it seems like all those great shows and acid were wasted on generations of confused children.

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Agreed

I look forward to Dave's chats. They get me primed for each release. He is very knowledgable and enthusiastic. You can easily tell that he really, really, really likes licorice! He also strikes me as the kind of guy you can go on tour with.... won't drink your last beer, or bogart the doob.

Call me old-fashioned but I think the only time anyone should wear a baseball cap backwards is if they have a catcher's mask on.

borncrosseyed56, I also suspect there might be another box release coming in the fall... something to put under the Xmas tree perhaps...?

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long live DL

I dont know whats not to like about his seaside chats. They are usually very informative and he speaks objectively about the music a lot of the time. If you dont like them then dont watch. Go back to watching the Jersey Shore or whatever entertains you...

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Yeah I totally agree Dave Lemieux has been doing a good job. His videos and occasional on-line chats are part of the fun of having a subscription. Each new release is now like a seasonal ritual: the "teasing" of upcoming releases, Dave's videos and chats, reading the message boards as people start to receive their packages, etc Feels like being part of an active Deadhead community again.

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Speaking of Dave's video introductions...

At first I didn't like them, he seemed way too distracted for my tastes, and for many other people, too. They were very informative but distracting. I would guess there was enough feedback for Dave to improve himself, and he does with every video. He always seems GENUINELY SINCERELY ENTHUSIASTIC and that is part of the sales pitch, in my opinion. That is part of his style and that is fine by me. Dave is a good egg. The videos are always entertaining and I look forward to seeing the one(s) for Dave's Picks 7 in July.
I just wonder if there is another box set or a special release in the works for later this year.

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doubled up

sorry

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That seems like a weird comment

What does how someone wears their hat have anything to do with this box set?
And why would you bother having a problem with how people wear a hat?

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Baseball caps

I don't have a problem with people wearing baseball caps - unless they wear them backwards, which Dave doesn't.

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Dave's enthusiasm

is infectious. He brings a lot of inside info to the process and usually has some take on the release that is connected to the evolution of the music or the band, etc. I think he is doing a great job-baseball cap and all. BTW, who wouldn't be distracted by that coastline?

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Just wanted to say ...

...that I really enjoy David's videos. I like the spontaneity and the fact that he doesn't have to read from notes or sound like a marketing salesman. This is a man who loves his job and wants to share that sense of wonder he gets when he finds those nuggets to release to the world. The baseball cap? Why would anyone care? I wear clothes I like and after 59 years on this earth have gone past the point of taking any notice of the style police. Wear what you want.

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May 1977 box dimensions

Before this box set ships, I would like to know, and so do many others would like to know what are the dimensions of this box set? What are the dimensions of each individual show container? What is the weight? The pictures shown look like the individual show containers are not the regular cd box size. I'll be looking for my box sometime after June 11, or unless they start shipping early.
Inquiring minds want to know.

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Hope my earlier post didn't sound snarky. Sure, Dave Lemieux seems cool enough. It's just that Dick Latvala seemed like a wise older brother and Dave Lemieux seems more like a wise younger brother. I appreciate and enjoy his talks. and the "Yoda on the Dashboard" thing for Dave's Picks 3 was kind of inspired. (yeah its really a great scenic part of the country). In general, I don't like to see people wearing baseball caps without a good reason.

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DL and Transparency

I second all the replies to the honorable Mr. Bulltroutman. I quite appreciate DL's videos, and in particular the window into the selection and process. The liner notes in DaP were fantastic - just the kind of information I wanted to know about how those tapes came to light.

Remember when we always had to BEG the PTB to include dates for the songs on compilations? DL has addressed that.

In fact, Dave is as transparent as Obama SAID he was going to be, har har. You go Dave.

Oh wait, I have to go, there is the most amazing cricket on my window ledge! :)

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Dave Lemieux

I agree. These sets will sell out with or without David L. I myself do enjoy listening to him. He is easily distracted, agreed, but would you rather have him sitting in some stuffy little cubicle? This way we get to see a bit of beautiful California shore line & wildlife. I have never been myself and I think how lucky he is to be in such a beautiful setting, giving us the latest low down on the next release. I very much like to hear his explaining what factors went into the selection of each release. It is also great to hear someone with such enthusiasm talking about the Dead. He has an encyclopedic memory. I am jealous. Who has a better job then him? Getting paid to listen to the greatest band of all time and getting to share his love for the Dead with us! Keep it up Dave! Plus where else can you find someone who will answer your email personally?

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The beautiful light

Maybe there could be a separate thread about the wildlife David mentions in the videos. I think DL is incredibly intelligent, and there's a purpose and intention to everything he says and does.

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I think he comes across as a

I think he comes across as a genuinely nice, enthusiastic guy, albeit one with ADD. "Hey, it's a bird!" I don't think he's talking up the boxes and releases -- "Wow, I just saw a whale!" -- in an insincere effort to sell them. And it's nice to hear the logic behind the choices.

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Used car salesman?

Are you kidding? These sets sell themselves, nobody's being talked into it by Dave's videos. I just remember plenty of times wondering why Dick Latvala was picking the shows he was, and Dave basically provides us with explanations as to why he makes the choices he does.

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Lemiuex

Aw come on! give Dave Lemiuex a break! Man, I know- he's not as cool as Dick Latvala- who could be?! And call me "old school"- but I don't like the idea of a Deadhead wearing a baseball cap- (lose the baseball cap, slugger). But he did help push the Europe 72 box- one of the great joys of my life. Thanks Dave!

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May 1977

David Lemieux. You talk WAAAYYYYY too much. You're starting to sound like a used car salesman who's behind on his quota, and your descriptions are like running off baseball stats without any SOUL. Whenever I hear you start to ruminate, I want to turn it off. Let Rob Bleitstein (sp) do the intro's, he was there for most of it. You have a dream job, please lighten up and chill out.

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I don't scalp GD stuff on

I don't scalp GD stuff on eBay (or anywhere), but when TPTB make these offerings "limited editions," they are absolutely opening the door and beckoning people to walk through the idea of reselling for a profit. OK, I didn't put that sentence together very well, but the whole idea of numbered limited editions is scarcity and the allure of something being worth more in the (sold out) future than it is now.

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mrmike hits it on the head regarding ebay reselling.

mrmike5 -- Those have been my thoughts exactly regarding ebay reselling. Why bother? I do not, however, begrudge a Head on hard times selling it because they desperately need the bucks - shit happens.

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Ebay?

I don't get the Ebay reseller idea. The kind of $$ is what, a couple hundred bucks/ set, tops, like what you'd make at a minimum wage job for a week. Less paying yourself minimum wage to post it, take pictures of your merch, monitor the auction, ship the stuff, etc. To me, that falls into the "why bother" category. The cost doesn't seem like that big of a deal, about $10/ disc for what looks and,from the taste of the clips, sounds like a pretty good set of shows. Sure the boxes are fancy and not "CD sized" but I don't get complaining about it. If you don't like it...don't buy it and, if you're gonna buy it and sell it, maybe look into your priorities. If you educate yourself, you should be able to outperform buying and reselling CDs, even in a down economy.

I'm looking forward to checking these shows out. I was 10 when they happened, more in to KISS, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and the Nuge back then but I love the slice of time and culture that the Dead represent. To get ready for it, I went ahead and picked up a copy of "The Illustrated Trip" which hasn't been delivered yet, but will be before the discs get here. I got that from the library last winter and dug it a lot and figured it'll be fun to flip through while I listen to these shows.

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Ebay resellers

I was thinking the same thing about Ebay resellers. It won't sell out for at least several more weeks. And perhaps many of the initial buyers are resellers who thought it would sell out quicker. So this time around I hope they get burnt and have to resell at a loss! I am still trying to get my hands on Dave's Volume 2 but will not pay $125 plus for it. If anyone wants to trade volume 6 for it, let me know.

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Sell out - not too soon

2/3's of the 15k sold so far covers most of the Dead Heads on these pages. With D/Ls selling at $100. on June 11th, against $165.(with Tax & S/H) for the Box Set, this should cover most of the other Dead Freaks.
I think they will still be around in at least June and maybe July. This could prove to be a "Revolting Development" for the eBay re-sellers, this might be a good thing !

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Sell out timeline. . ..

Yup. Apparently the Spring 1990 sold out in about one month so May 77 appears to be on track for another sold out box-set - fortunately I bought one.

Come on June 11th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Going, Going, Gone

Considering almost 10,000 copies sold in two weeks, it seems likely this set will sell out right around or before the official release date of June 11.

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still no sell out?

I concure, space is the place when it comes to the Dead and they were the onlly ones that did it and they were good at it, without it it's, well 1977.
STill no sell out of this series of shows, perhaps this will let Rhino know that we will not buy just anything that they put out, especially so-so shows inbetween great shows.

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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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