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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Profit Margin

Not at all sure what it costs in time and materials to put a set like this together, but the gross sales will only amount to about $2.1 million. Of course the downloads will sell for a long time, but the initial net profit on a limited edition boxed set can't be all that much.

I'm just glad to have these things. I have gotten rid of most of my physical media, but these new sets from the vault are just irresistible. I feel like a kid in the record shop again, which is good.

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Best of '85

Deadegad - I've been pulling for a "Best of '85" set for years, too. But The Powers would have to be very selective - probably no complete shows - which would throw a good percentage of fans into a tizzy. I also have a feeling that certain members of the band aren't particularly fond of that period (despite flurries of sheer brilliance), so final approval might be difficult. Too bad...

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future releases drying up -not

I woudn't be at all concerned with the fan base drying up -clearly the demand for the limited editions exceeds the supply and that is one reason they keep increasing the numbers available. There is no shortage of material in the vault, and they can easily sell 10,000 of anything obviously and when they do its a few million bucks in the bank account. What makes it so impressive that these all sell out, to me, is that just about everything is available for free in a nearly flawless version. I have downloaded versions of 5/19 and 5/21 that I think sound better than the official releases, and all of these shows are on my hard drive as sbd's except 5/12. But like most, I buy these anyway because I believe in the process and I trust the organization to make incredible sounding mixes of everything, plus I love css - much better for the car!!

I think they actually have ffnally figured it out - we didnt buy the downlaods all that much, we weren't crazy about partial shows. Deadheads are completists and all about going the whole hog. We want entire shows, entire tours, we want memorabilia that reminds us of when we went, and we love cool artwork and rich, artistic collections of our stuff. My guess would be that with the subscription basis (right up our alley - from who knows hat they'll play or how they'll play it, sign me up to find out, to who knows what they'll release), bonus discs and fantastic boxed sets they have been putting out they have fellt pressure to release more, not less. My only regret is that in 2005 when the Fillmore box was released I was not paying attention and missed it. And even though I have gotten all of theose shows, I'd still love the box.

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"Selections from Summer '85" or other partial show compilations

Deadegad, THere are some Road Trips series releases that started to follow that pattern. I wonder if Dave's Picks series could do that as well, or are they going to stick to only whole show releases? If they did whole show releases only, then they will probably skip much of the mid to late 80's or I would find myself fast forwarding through some CDs or maybe just popping disc 2 of 3 in a lot and skipping the weaker sets

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RFK 73 Bootleg "The Longest Day."

There is a multi disc bootleg from this show with the GD and the Allmans sets called The Longest Day. Just google the key words and you will find it. I saw it in a bootleg shop in NYC with cool packaging and artwork -- but the $$$ price!!! OMG!!! These boot leg shops charge exorbitant prices. Who want to support that king of artist-ripoff and price gouging anyway?!?!

It would be cool to get an official release of those shows and Watkins Glen. They are historic.

Regarding the mid to later 80's and perhaps not as many great shows form start to finish? Maybe they could do a say 'Selections form Summer 85?" Or a 1987 Box with the best shows, full or partial, from that year if there is not an outstanding run from a given venue or month. Just a thought.

Bottom line; Keep'em coming.

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RFK 6/09&10/73

RFK 6/09&10/73.... this too would make another great box.
With 2 days of stellar performances from both the Dead & the ABB.
Always enjoyed the Dead 06/10 and both days of the Bros, think I'll break these out for a listen.

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Summer 1973

Man, I love that RFK 6/10/73 Dark Star! I'll always remember flipping out on that Dark Star on an airplane flight a few years ago. After years, heck decades, of listening to it, and loving, it- I just really "flipped out" on it on that flight. Can't explain it-except it just really rubbed me the right way! Arguably the greatest Dark Star ever (as are so many others!)

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Summer 1973 next box..."SUMMER JAM '73"

Summer 1973 next box.. "SUMMER JAM '73"

Love to see a Watkins Glen Box, but PLEASE include The Band and Allman Bros. with both days 27th & 28th for all 3 bands.
This would make one heck of a project. Can't you just see it now. "SUMMER JAM '73" poster on the cover, throw in some of the many great photos that are out there from this historic show. The Band did release a CD of some of their performance in '90 , but it's out of print. The ABB released one song (Come & Go Blues ) on " Wipe The Windows, Check The Oil, Dollar Gas". Wow, a dollars worth of gas ! 1973 three bucks filled my VW bus, oh for days gone by. Anyway this would be a great box, with a much needed upgrade on the sound of the Dead's performances.

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OFF TOPIC

Just a quick comment-saw Mickey at Palace Theatre-great show-catch this band if you have the chance!

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To clarify

Thanks for all the thoughtful responses... II should perhaps clarify though: I wasn't referring to the sales figures as depressing. It is impressive that they are consistently selling out vast box sets like Europe 72. I was thinking more about what it means, in very broad terms, if the "customer base" becomes a relatively small group of the same people and general releases dry up. As Deadegad pointed out, there are good reasons for this, such as disappearing music stores, people not buying CD's, and so on. And it is those very things which had me a bit bummed out.

And I've actually become one of those people, thanks to Spotify, I rarely buy CD's anymore, except of course the Dead. Still bums me out :) (Maybe it was also laying around in bed for hours, ha ha)

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Sales figures?

I agree. Not every devoted fan of the music can afford the several hundred $ a year one could spend on keeping up with Dead.net and Jerrygarcia.com releases, not to mention seeing Furthur or Phil and Friends, Seven Walkers, and the Mickey Hat Band whenever they wander near enough. I live near BOulder, CO, so Mickey, Bill, Phil and Bobby come to Red Rocks, Denver, and BOulder a lot, and I shudder to think how much my wife and I spend in a year on tickets, babysitters, parking, t-shirts, and after-the-show CDs. I have several linear feet of Dead family CD's from Mother McRee's 1965 on the left end, to Furthur's latest Broomfield run on the right, and really, what other artists could expect even just a few people to spend that kind of money and devote that much shelf space?

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Sales figures?

Sales figures depressing? I don't think 15,000 pressings of May 1977 should be. This from a band almost 50 years old and that quit almost 20 years ago. I suspect that a similar set, at the same price, of old Louis Armstrong or Bill Monroe recordings would have similar sales numbers. The relatively low sales (compared to eh, say Justin Bieber), says nothing about the Dead's musical/cultural importance, and how they will be remembered.
Next box? I vote for Summer 1973. So many great, unreleased shows: RFK!, the 8/1/73 Dark Star, Watkins Glen! As great as fall 1973, but with a very different, unique sound!

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What I think I'll like about May 77 set

I'm glad that it's not quite so overblown as the Spring 90 set. I like a little bit of art and goodies, stuff to read and look at while I'm giving it the first listen. I like that photography, writing, and other visual arts are given the chance to shine along with the music. However, the Spring 90 box is big and full of trinkets, and cost more $ than I was totally comfortable spending

For trinkets, I actually like lots of different little or big stickers. I put them on my coffee thermos or my laptop case, ipod, or portable hardrive, and they often spark friendly conversations with strangers on the bus, or at the store. We are still everywhere.

I also am impressed with the variety of titles. Some repetition, but not too much.

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DIfferent compilation box suggestion

Having done most of my touring in the mid-to-late 80's, I acknowledge that there were very few shows that stood out 100% from Tuning to Encore. However, there were many shows that featured new or unusual cover songs, and there were many interesting guests that sat in for a song or two. perhaps gleaning a couple discs worth of those highlights would be a way to release some of that material which rises above the rest of those lackluster shows. I remember LOVING Memphis-Mobile in Hartford spring of '88, but that same night watching Jerry lose it on Black Peter and knock his microphone stand over.

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Future Box sets or other vault releases

I think to eliminate the panic, they should take pre-sale orders where we put down a deposit, then they would know how many to print up for pre-ordering customers, then print up some number more to keep in the warehouse to sell over the next months or year.

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1977 and listening habits before a new vault release

I like to troll my music collection for other music of the time period. Being a fan of Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac, Weather Report, Little Feat, John McLaughlin, Steely Dan, Talking Heads, King Crimson, Pre-MTV Genesis, Yes, Pink FLoyd, listening to anything that came out from 1976 to 1978 is just marvelous! Many of my favorite acts from the 60's through the 90's were really at the top of their game in '77 though I must say that CSN did great stuff in '77 but &Y was wandering a little far afield of my preferences! I was only 10 in 1977, but I remember being glued to 102.7 WNEW FM in NYC and loving most everything. THough of course they didn't play much Dead.

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4/9-12/70

YES - 69/70 Miles Davis was/is the bomb. Very, very deep (and dark) stuff. Many great live recordings from that era have - fortunately - made it to CD.

Interesting... the gigs where Miles and the Dead shared bills (4/9 through 4/12/70) aren't well-represented in the Archive. Wonder if the always-amiable Miles snagged those tapes? :o)

BTW - Anyone know where one can find a reasonably priced, near-mint copy of the 1st-edition poster from that string of shows? Awesome work by Dr. Singer!

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Pregame

To get ready for this box, I've been listening to the Winterland 77 box. Its interesting to see the little differences and similarities between the songs/jams.

Of course, I've also been listening to Dave's Picks 6 quite a bit and that'll help keep this box fresh.

I also recently got the Fillmore West 69 (complete) which I love. Now the difference between Dave's 6 and The Fillmore West 69 is very interesting.

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miles and 77

yes miles in 67! been diggin in to that for a few months now, and the follow up release... miles in europe 1969 is so differently amazing, it documents miles' new band really in full fusion mode, the shows were from between recording of silent way and bitches brew and i have read it was the only tour to include a mix of standards, 60s hard bop, and newer fusion/rock material, it is the only released recording of the dejohnette/holland/corea/shorter/miles quintet

hey and both those releases come with awesome DVDs in addition to 3 audio discs

definitely been listening to all kinds of 77 lately including shows included in the boxset, i typically lean to pre-hiatus dead but have been totally enjoying these smooth tight "produced" jams, too bad no helpslip in the set, st louis 77 was a very early entry in my collection and maybe because of that has always seemed to be a special 2nd set

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I'd be shocked if DP 7 is

I'd be shocked if DP 7 is from '79 after so many '70s shows including the '77 box. But I went to Binghamton 5/9/79 and it was a lot of fun. 15 minute Sugaree opener. Missing from the Audience tape I got.

I remember it was a General Admission show and I got swept off my feet when they opened the doors. Ended up inching my way to front row, and was so hot and so crowded, that I would have left the show if they had allowed me to climb across the barrier in front of the stage and leave. Can hardly believe I was ready to leave, but I know I was...

At intermission, I was talking to a couple of friends about how much I wanted to hear China Cat>IKYR, and the second set started with it and bolted right back for the front of the floor. Ah, to be young and in college again. lol

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May '79

These are uncirculated soundboards David included with his presentation at the Rock Hall last year:
5-4-79 Brent's 3rd show from Hampton...Estimated Prophet...
5-12 from Amherst...Terrapin -> Playin'...
He seemed pretty high on them...

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Future picks

May of 79 is a great call- there's a couple of releases that mark the beginning of a keyboardist's tenure, not one for Brent though. Fall of 72 will hopefully appear again sometime.

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guesses on DP 7?

4-24-78 or something from May of '79.

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Pregame

After a show is announced for release, the only ritual I have is to avoid listening to that particular show (sorry listening party) until it's released. I'm certainly not avoiding listening to 1977- that seems like asking the people who were at the Buffalo show (5/9) if they'll be avoiding the St. Paul show! Any guesses for Dave's Picks Seven? Maybe Fall of 79, or a 91 show. I met her accidentally in St. Paul, Minnesota- love those little ditties.

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Miles in Europe

Mr Dark, thank you very much, I did not know about the Europe 67 Miles release, listening to it right now on Spotify, holy Moley!

Okay, sorry, back to the Dead in 77 :)

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Avoiding 77 pending the releas Of May 77 Box Set. . ..

Hey Claney. I am avoiding listening to any 77 shows until this new one arrives too. I'll look into John Handy and Miles 67. I would kind of like some official box set release for every year more or less. That will take a good deal of time to happen though and for us to expend the $$$.

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Speaking of Jazz...

The Dead comprise but a minor chunk of my plastic collection, so I spend a lot of time listening to everything from Seldom Scene to Eric Dolphy. One TREMENDOUS live release that I'd recommend to any and all Heads is Miles Davis' "Live in Europe 1967" (aka "Bootleg Series Vol. 1"). Unbeatable, sophisticated improvisation by some of the best musicians on planet earth.

Regarding May '77: I suspect it may be a long long while before this sells out and we're blessed w/ a new huge CD set. Or maybe they call it quits on the "big boxes" after this one. Rationale: Wallet fatigue + download option + decent-sounding versions already in circulation + redundancy with Winterland '77 + history of international shipping snafus + larger run of 15K. We'll see!

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Hershey '85....It was a raw night!

I know I was there. I remember a cold, rainy, windy night. Pops from the sound system, an energetic show, a Cold Rain & Snow.

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John Handy

big two thumbs up-I have old Handy LPS which I break out for a spin every so aften. Another fave is Charles Lloyd-esp. the old lps when he was playing the SF ballrooms. Saw Handy live at the Summer of Love celebrations many years ago in Golden Gate Park-brought my 6 year old to see "Jerry's House" on that trip. Time flies.

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downloads for 77 box set

Never done the downloads option on these sets - what's deal? Is it like typical album download ... entire album (show in this case) w/ individual songs as files within album so you can move in and out of playlists and play in iPod? Or is the entire album (show or set) as just 1 file per (show or set)?

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Pregame Ritual?

Deadagad, I agree with your analysis... hence the part about it being a bit depressing :) I was not being critical of the limited edition approach, but rather reacting to the climate you describe so well.

I'm curious everyone, what do you do when you are waiting for a big new release like this one? Do you listen to, in this case, lots of 77 to get psyched for it? Or do you avoid 77 so as not to get burned out before the box arrives? My ritual is to avoid the time period of the upcoming release so it sounds fresher, so I've been listening to DaP 6, natch, and some early 80s like 7/03/84.

On thing is for sure, no matter what I do before the box comes out, when I'm done listening to it I think it is pretty likely I'll be avoiding Estimated for a while, heh.

EDIT: Even better, I'm taking a little break from the Dead, listenng to John Handy's awesome quintet from Monterey 1965. A 20 minute version of Spanish Lady and 27 minute If Only We Knew. Alto sax, violin, electric guitar, bass, and drums (Terry Clarke holy schnikes!). If you need a Dead break but require some good jams, try out this underrated jazz masterpiece... (Liner notes by Ralph Gleason, guess I can't get away from things that remind me of the Dead ha ha).

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General Public releases, cd store demise and torrents rise.

The lack of public releases is probably due to the decline of stores which sell cds and the rise of free torrent file sharing websites. The fan base, moreover, must be declining as well.

The limited release thing is gimmicky but effective. Please keep them coming.

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Next show vote

Someone else said it earlier and I couldnt believe my eyes..........I thought I was alone.
06/28/85
Hershey Park Stadium - Hershey, PA

Love the randomness of the setlist...........Birdsong/Comes a Time...............and the Music/Tom Thumbs is ridiculous, one of the coolest opening combos. If you ever see a pic of Jer during that show, he is wearing a blazer....wowser. Love it.

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general public

As far as general public goes, the Grateful Dead never were chart-busters. They were a live concert event draw(traveling circus in the later days) and lets face it-a disc isn't the same to the less-committed fan. I wouldn't be surprised if this is a small potential audience for the releases. That being said-there probably is some general public interest deemed sufficient to allow the release of the 2 disc "highlights" from the big, limited boxes. How much interest I don't know. It did seem however that the Garcia Live, Vol 1 sold fairly briskly out of the box and I would think that the general interest in the Grateful Dead, rather than the solo bands is greater out there among "casual fans". But, lets hope there remains enough commercial interest to keep us rabids stoked.

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I stand Corrected

You are right. The Spectrum was the Venue they played more than any other outside their home (San Francisco/Oakland area)

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General Public

Post-op narcotics or not, that is a really interesting point. There is usually one "commercial" release per year. I wonder how those sell compared to the captive audience of the limited releases.

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Box set design

Exactly what is so great about the artwork with this box set? It may be hard to tell from looking at these pictures on the site but I think I prefer the Emek Winterland 77 & 73 box set designs.

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Doh!

JohnL, thanks, I should have realized that wasn't in the Vault, darn. I do love my 8/03/82 AUD (I will check out the matrix). And that Starlight 84 show is better than I remember upon revisiting, holy smokes I even listened to promised land all the wan through!

Depressing Thought for the Day: Does it seem that the PTB are giving up on releases aimed at the general public (e.g., NY 1976, Egypt 78, Red White and Indigo). I guess there are the fairly recent 2-disc compiliations from E72 and Spring 90. This would be an understandable move, just keep releasing limited editions to the same 10-15,000 people, but it would imply that the number of new fans has dried up(?). I am still being affected by the post-operative anaesthesia hangover and percocet? :)

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Limited Edition?

It looks like a great set but is it really necessary for every live Dead release to be a limited release? Wasn't the original premise on this site (going back to Dick's Picks) that the shows would always be available? For me at least, I don't want to like the shows more because they will be out of print soon. I want to like them on their own merits. Well, just my thoughts anyway...

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Starlight

{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}

So sad 8/3/82 is not in the vault :-(

The KC 79-81 run at Soldiers/Sailors Hall might be an even stronger run, but 8/3/82 was the best- my 3rd show and the one that floored me. Deserving of a stand alone release if the master ever surfaces. Check out the matrix that circulates!

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Bob's tone

What effect switch is Bobby using during the early part of '77, including this run? Check out 5-17 Terrapin at the beginning. He uses it on other tunes; I think it was on the Terrapin Station record as well. It sounds kind of like a tremolo effect.

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Orpheum 1976

I would love it if Dave and company would release the amazing run of shows at the Orpheum in July 1976.

First shows back in San Francisco after their hiatus. Lovely, small, ornate theatre on Market street (still in use,
mostly for Broadway touring shows, though I did see David Byrne & St. Vincent there last fall. First time I'd been
in the room since 7/18/76!).

I was fortunate to see 4 of the 6 shows. When the tickets went on sale, I was traipsing around Europe for several
months, and had no idea they were back together, let alone touring. When I returned, 4 separate friends had gotten
me a ticket to the shows, and amazingly, they were all for different nights! What a lucky man I was!!

The opening of the first show was one of the most memorable entrances of any Dead show ever.

Night 2 was spectacular, the ending of the first set in particular. First SF "St. Stephen" since 1970!

And that insane second set from the final night...

SO many highlights!!

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Barton Hall

OK I am prepared to be jumped on for this, but in my opinion the Barton Hall show while awesome, is over rated. It was one of the first high quality recordings to get wide distribution which was why it was instantly a legend. Having said that, if the five shows following are indeed in the same vein, I will be more than Grateful. Now if only the master reels for 9/19/70 can be located, a true monster show can be released. And while you're at it, please please please release Sunshine Daydream on DVD along with the entire show on companion CD's. Thank you for all the great music.

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more sets this year?

I think not. However, perhaps they allowing us time to save $$$ for next years' bonanza...

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More than any venue

Someone commented that the Dead played the Spectrum in Philly more than any other venue.
Certainly not true.

The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA - 53 shows

Oakland Coliseum Arena - 66 shows
Carousel Ballroom / Fillmore West - 59 shows (same venue)
Winterland, SF - 59 shows
Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium, Oakland - 58 shows

(almost there, but not quite!)
MSG, NYC - 52 shows

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2 Box Sets this year???

I would welcome two box sets this year. I do not think that two sets the size of Europe 72 would happen because it may be unrealistic to expect the fans to spend that much. Yet two roughly the size of May 77 seems feasible IMHO. It would still be less money than E72 Complete.

Summer 85 would be a good candidate.

The Radio City/Warfiled Anniversary shows would one for the history books but the tapes may be missing. Bummer.

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whiskey tango foxtrot

Hmmm... got sucked into the double post thing, that's a first for me. Oh well.

I would second the idea of a Summer '85 box set also.

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Box sets

For the past few years they have typically rolled out the box sets in the fall... I wonder if this means there'll be two this year?

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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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