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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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.
Wonder if a hi-res FLAC download option will be available...
Wonder if they will offer hi-res FLAC download options??
Yeah PFox These release are 'habit' forming! Pssst wanna buy some Dead-Cack. . ..Rhino & Dead.net are like a Meth-lab!
Thanks Zuckfun spending the $$$ this week would be unwise for me. Sound samples sound great.
I don't think he got Wolf back until Fall of 77. Also, the pictures from the Winterland 77 box booklet shows Jerry playing the Travis Bean.
Although he may still have been playing the Travis Bean, the guitar tone from 77 is quite a bit different from the tone from 76. It seems to me that the 76 shows, Jerry's guitar is more shrill than anything before or after, but then again, it might just be the recording...
You're right - Wharf Rat is fixed here as was the 5/12 Playin in the Band for the Bonus Disc release and I am sure it will be here too. The Taper's Compendium quotes Gans as saying the master was cut in Wharf Rat and DL said the 5/12 Playin was messed up on the master when he posted it on Taper's Section in 2007. I'm just wondering how they did it - with a patch maybe? I'm really just curious here. I for one am ok with patches; especially in place of cuts.
Was Garcia back to playing Wolf by this time?
The whole point of Rhino picking a number is to create buzz and sell the damn thing. Well, 15000 or 150000000, damn sure Im getting one. Im really glad to see that this will be available for download. I'd personally rather have it in my hands but I think this will stop the jack-em-up-price eBayers out there.
77 doesnt quite have the early years looseness or weirdness but the intensity is just ridiculous.
PS, I finally broke down and bought a used copy (for, uh...) of the Complete Fillmore West 1969, mistake or will I be happy for years?
..a 77 Box and no Cornell?! C'MON!!!..someone needs to work overtime to get that released! Just kidding though..This looks terrific!! My only musical complaint is there's only 1 new Terrapin, from AL, the other we have from Winterland Bonus...With this and Garcia Live Vol 2 and DaP 6 its going to be a very musical summer! :))) I wouldn't mind 15 CDs with some filler,thats what made Dick's Picks 29 + 34 so great but I guess you can't have everything! Just release the whole tour already,we won't mind! Time to get ready for some more 77 Dead!!! Take care folks!!!!
Well, well, well......or should I say Might As Well, Might As Well! OK, I already know THAT song is not on any of these shows (look for 01 and 03 May '77 in NYC) but that's not a problem with this here Country CowFreak. But in order for me to come up with the moolah for this gem of a box set it looks like I am gonna have to sell those rare Jerry Garcia Band handbills for the cancelled/rescheduled concert that was originally slated for 24 May 1989 at The Wiltern Theatre and changed to the Universal Amphitheatre on 22 May '89......Hey, just like the Badfinger song says, If you're gonna take - Then you have to give. Or unload a rarity for that special something that will keep on giving. The gift of Magical Music. Remember folks, - THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED......
Any word on Download Price ?
"However, the 111 tracks will be made available on release date as FLAC and Apple lossless full-set-only downloads."
For what it's worth, I'm 99% confident in two weeks this Box Set will still be available. Rhino knows it's sales figures better than anyone, and the 15,000 number was chosen to ensure people have an opportunity to buy one.
Are you still wondering about the cut in the 5-11-77 Wharf Rat? It's part of the listening party. Maybe you listened to it already, I'm going to do so presently.
"YOu should collect orders first, then figure how many to print.
Wouldn't it be more equitable and profitably efficient to collect pre orders for a month or two, then you would know how many you could sell, add a margn of error to the run, then you wouldn't see unhappy heads who would have given you the money had you provided the product, and maybe there'd be lest gouging on ebay and such. Sell as many as people ordered, plus print a couple thousand more for stragglers, late-savers, and ebay gougers, then maybe your supply and demand would meet more equitably for us customers, and profitable for you sellers."
I agree with thismikebenz. I just did Furthur at the Capitol and Barclys and am light on extra $$$.
Or maybe I gave you a $50 deposit with the balance due by an agreed upon date -- or shipment.
I already have the Charlie Miller upgrade on the 5/15/77 St. Louis show, which sounds fantastic!
However, I don't have any of the other '77 shows on CD. I do have the 5/17/77 AL show on cassette. I believe it's a soundboard recording.
Need to think about purchasing this release.
I sure hope Betty Cantor-Jackson gets a few dollars per box. A few folks are making fine $$ poring through the archive and preparing the tapes for CD release, but none of that would have been possible if not for Betty (at least for the tapes she made).
Wouldn't it be more equitable and profitably efficient to collect pre orders for a month or two, then you would know how many you could sell, add a margn of error to the run, then you wouldn't see unhappy heads who would have given you the money had you provided the product, and maybe there'd be lest gouging on ebay and such. Sell as many as people ordered, plus print a couple thousand more for stragglers, late-savers, and ebay gougers, then maybe your supply and demand would meet more equitably for us customers, and profitable for you sellers.
I'll be buying this one. Long live 77!
What do you mean by 20 month hiatus? 20 day maybe, or 20 week, but what hiatus are you talking about that ended in May 1977?
Head over to Rolling Stone for Streams of UJB & SugaMags from this Box , Enjoy >
Europe '72 sold out (7200 copies) in four days- $450. Spring of '90 (9000 copies) took about a month- $200. There's 15,000 of this set of magnificence- $139. While there's "more" available, it's also more affordable. But then again, so was Spring of '90, relative to Europe '72. Also, these shows are available for purchase as downloads. 1977 is a very popular year. Still should be able to wait a week (or two) and buy it then, if budget allows. But if it sells out in two days, then Wow.
I got on the bus late, in the early early ninties, I have gone through several phases and in 1977 your always in heaven. I know some folks swear by 73, i have my 80's bud's (who doesnt love brent and jerry singining in harmony), somtimes you have to go back to the roots and rap with the pig and tell it like it is, but 77 really is some of the cleanest best dead ever and it always has you sitting thier going wow....when/where is this show from again.....?
I was playing DP 15 at one of the red rocks furthur shows a couple of years back and had a huge party gather aournd our truck, it was awesome.
can we please get some more images of this box set?
Just placed my order. Tuscaloosa. Whoo-hoo! My DP6 should be on my doorstep when is get home tonight. As a lot of people have already said, this year is a good year to be a Deadhead. And it's only May!
Awesome Mr. L
2013 is really shaping up.
Sometime in the future we'll discuss the Palladium 77 Box Set
Grateful to have a show from Chi Town performed on my Birthday. Hey, I was only 9 years old on May 12, 1977, but I already had an understanding for how to shake my bones to the beat of the music. "In another times forgotten space," but the music not fade away. Thank you, David!
I love Betty Boards!
i can't believe i bought this box set. its not like i need more '70s dead. at least the setlists look great. i sort of feel bad for all those heads who overpaid for the "winterland june '77" bonus disc. sold mine for $85. that poor guy is probably kicking himself.
Deadegad, no one knows. But the Europe set sold out in a couple of days! I missed it. I didn't make the mistake of waiting for this one.
Was wondering if 5-12 was a Soundboard source. I only have an Aud. form that Chicago night? This would REALLY be sweet to own then!
Do you think I could wait a couple of weeks before pre ordering or will it be too late??????? Funds are tight this week.
How fast did the other limited editions sell out?
The Furthur Capitol shows and summer shows announcement cost me. . . ..
Placed my order, Can't wait....................Keep the physical CD and DVD releases coming!!
Order placed. I really like way these box sets coming out. 1977 was a great year musically for the band. Estimated Prophet was the bands new psychedelic lightningbolt tune right to head. "California, Ill be knocking on the golden door, Like an angel, standing in a shaft of light, rising up to paradise, I know im gonna shine" Along with all the other great first year renditions for 77'. God I miss this band. Thanks again for this great box set. Craig
I was listening this morning to 5/9/77 from War Memorial , Buffalo , one of my favourite GD shows of the 70s, and I was thinking to myself how great the band sounded during that tour and how many great shows they did in a row. Tonight I check the mail and find this...unbelievable. Thanks Dave (and all the people at dead.net) you did it again, what a faboulous pick! I had just received DP vol.6 and l didn't have the time to listen to it yet, but let me tell you that you haven't missed a beat lately. You put out the wonderful DP vol 5 from 11/17/73 Pauley Pavillion which is, hands down, in my top five ever. My favourite era being the fall / winter of 73 followed by winter /spring 69/70, spring 77 and june '76. Yeah I know I'm a little biased on the 70s but it seems I got "reasons of plenty" for that. And I'm , definitely, in good company. Peace & cheers from Italy.
...a grand total of 45 seconds to order this. Just about as fast as I could type. 5-13-77 was always one of my favorite tapes, especially set 1.
Any chance you could enlighten us as to the history of those missing tapes (Buffalo, Cornell, New Haven etc)? I'm sure others have heard the story before, but I've always wondered what happened to them?
This looks great, sweet price too. Already placed my order, it will sale out soon enough. Coming on the heels of DP6 which is awesome, the Bonus CD is simply amazing. Thanks to all involved in bring this out to the Deadheads of the world. Keep it coming!
This looks great. Love these Box Sets. I have the 5/13 Chicago show already. They must have cut out the "dead air" in between songs in the first set. Song times on my version are much longer.
Thank you to all involved. Can't wait to see & hear this gem. It is indeed a great time to be a Deadhead :) <3
Now that concert releases are en vogue, I am buying more music than ever (Allman Bros/The Doors/Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna/Janis/Country Joe/The Byrds), but nothing rivals the comprehensive quality of DaPs and the recent history of GD box sets (audio quality to liner notes).
Now if CSN (and Y) would just contract Rhino and open up their achive...
Additionally, a strong '78 show - something on par with 5/14 (if you haven't heard it, find the awesome SBD - definitely one of my 20 desert island picks) - would cap a remarkable run of releases from the band's strongest years and put me in an amenable mood for an 80s installment.
Thanks GD Productions, Rhino, Dave, and deadnet for the continued brilliant work!
P.S.: Whether the bumper sticker is an intended accessory to the box or not, pls. print a batch for separate sale in the store!
Wow, that looks beautiful.
All I really know of May 1977 is 5/8 and the official fourteen or fifteen discs worth of releases so far. And that has me convinced.
There'll be another one to Spain too!
This is my first GD box set and although I still haven't developed a proper fondness for 77 I'm sure I'll end up loving this year in the future. Just checked out the listening party and I'm amazed at the quality of the recordings, really clear and spaced instruments, I'm just loving it.
A bit of a personal story here, this reminds me of the time I missed on the FW69 box set. I must have been like 20 years old when it was released and had never bought anything online so I was a bit dubious about spending that much money ... result: I missed the deadline so I couldn't get hold of it. Then, with Europe 72, I just wasn't checking dead.net that often (I was kind of disconnected from the world wide web at that time) and, consequently, missed it too. Well, now I think I've learned the lesson and one of these will make its way to Spain in June :)
Many many thanks. Always my favorite year.
I have collected all of the box sets but think I'll pass on this one. Obviously Dave is found of Spring 1977. The first Dave's Pick was the 5/25/1977 show. However, not sure that May 1977 has been "under the radar" as Dave as noted. Dicks' Picks had 5/19 and 5/21; Dick's Picks #3 had 5/22; GD to Terrapin had the 5/28 show plus, like another person posted, a good bulk of the Chicago 5/12 show was on the bonus disc in the Winterland 1977 box set. Unless you were personally at these shows I don't see anything spectacular about these sets that differs from what was already released...
Ordered - looks very nice!!
....another box set NOT to be missed.
well, got my order in,..and will be eagerly waiting to hear some of the very VERY best of the good ole grateful dead.
I was thinking this would be over 150.00 and just plain out of my range, but this price may sucker me in, comes to around 28 bucks a show.
I'm not sure Weve, that it is really the same size as, say, the Winterland boxes. Anyone know the dimensions of the box? It actually looks like the box and individual show cases are more like DVD case dimensions (taller). Not a big deal, though I prefer the ones that can sit on the CD shelf with the other stuff...
Packaging and everything about this looks amazing.. the only show I really thought I wanted was 5/17 but whoah is this tempting...
...from a peak time. Wore out my 5.13.77 cassettes have dls, but looking forward to the mastered cds. #jazzed