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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Ace...

Ace man, well done... really enjoyed your picks. I was (am) surprised they didn't release a three-disc compliation from these shows for the mainstream release. Maybe they're saving up for the big Veneta release they'll lay on us in August (fingers crossed)

Interesting to read how varied are the opinions of these shows. 5/17 is generally accepted as the best of them, but then there is no consensus I can see. I gravitate toward the mellow buttery smoothness of 5/11, which really surprised me, and I love 5/12. 5/13 is a snoozer for me, though of course I'll give it another shot. Andj I need more time with 5/15 but what's not to like...

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Ace

Ace,
Well, that was a great idea, your best of set was a great idea,Well 77 and 72 were my 2 favorite years. I attended a show in Sept of 77, the Englishtown 100,000 people outside show in New Jersey. They were excellent. This box set is excellent, I have heard it all the way through and it is a great set of shows, sound quality is just awesome. I have a pretty nice stereo, it has an Oppo multi disc player on it so it can decode the hdcd which really enhances the sound. For me, the 2nd show in Chicago is killer, it is a 2 disc show, but at 80 minutes a disc it is still a good long show. I'm listening to a song and it just hits me, this is a 2 track, it sounds like it was mixed. Betty Cantor was a genius,Loved her recording talents on a reel to reel. So, the show on May 13 in my opinion, was just the best sound quality and some great performances too. In 77, "Ramble On Rose" comes on and with "Estimated Prophet" turning into a real strong song, Garcia starting to used The "Envelope Filter" on Estimated which sounds like a dirty autowah. I got a broken case on this show, but it did not bother me, the sound quality much more important. Donna's vocals are just awesome on this set, overall the vocals are great, Jerry's voice never sounded better. Check out Jerry's expression on the big inside picture. Kinda Priceless. Well Ace, this is my take on the middle show of this great box set.

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I'm with you guys

It's winter time here in South Australia and to have this 77 box plus the Dave's Picks and I've just realised I still haven't finished the spring 90 box yet. Keep the releases coming! I'd like to see 4-11-88 at some point. (My first). Great time to be a Deadhead!!

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Compendium of Studied Listens

Ace – These shows are new to me, too, which sets us apart from the norm. What a joy it is to hear for the first time. Many of the posters here have become jaded from having too much access to too much of the music; unlike Dave L. who has that youthful exuberance even after all these years. Ace, and Dave, I enjoy your fresh perspective. Keep up the good work. And Ace, I look forward to being able to delve into this release to the degree you are now and will use your work as a reference. I have other releases on my to-do list as well, including the E72 box of which I have listened to only about half.

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ace's choice ~ May '77 mini-boxset

so, it appears all the fussing & fighting over Dave's latest Pick has sucked
all the energy out of THIS release... look, the thought of an entire Dead show
with repeated Stayin Alive teases nauseates me, personally... but people who
know 4/24/78 intimately SWEAR by it... if the Scarlet>Fire is as epic as has
been reported, bring it on... bickering about what should be released/Dave's
taste is an act of futility...
anyway, Disc #3:
1. Bertha ~ 5.12
2. Playin! ~ 5.17
3. Terrapin ~ 5.12
4. Space>
5. Wharf Rat! ~ 5.11
6. OTHER ONE!!! ~ 5.13
7. St. Stephen ~ 5.15
8. Saturday Night! ~ 5.13
9. Brokedown Palace ~ 5.11
comments:
~The Other One is dynamic, unique, awesome...
it is 'The Dark Star of Other Ones' insofar as the overall mellow vibe...
there is a passage of about 2 minutes where Garcia is just playing solo...
not "a" solo, just Jer playing as quietly as you have ever heard...
simply brilliant... & the fact that it's only one verse adds to the
Dark Star-ness... THIS IS THEE HIDDEN GEM OF THE BOXSET!!!
~after repeated listens, the 5.12 Terrapin nudged the 5.17 version, for me...
~really wanted to include the 5.12 NFA but it just would not fit...
~guit30, lookin forward to more of your analysis as you, like myself, delve
deeper into the box...
~thanx again for reading... irie vibes... ace.

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ace's choice ~ May '77 mini-boxset

okay, disc #2 has been completed...
i'm diggin the flow of this one bigtime:
1. Scarlet>
2. Fire!! ~ 5.17
3. Estimated! ~ 5.15
4. Sunrise ~ 5.17
5. Drumz>
6. Samson! ~ 5.15
7. High Time ~ 5.17
8. Lazy Lightnin>
9. Supplication ~ 5.11
10. Comes A Time! ~ 5.12
notes:
~5.13 has grown on me... it is well-represented on disc#3...
definitely a 'bobby show'... alot of my 2nd favourite
versions of tunes played multiple times in the box...
~5.15 is great, just not my 'cup o tea' insofar as setlist, although the Estimated
& Samson are the best versions of the box, for me... & yes i've left the
Eyes off, i'm not a fan of that version... it's a tune i'm picky about...
~disc#3 soon & maybe a bonus disc??
~agreed guit30 they do sound amazing, especially through headphones...
~thanx again for reading... continue to stay irie... ace.

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Agreeing

Ace,
I find myself ageing with you on most everything, Loved the 11th, but just could not get into the 12th which made me skip to the 17th which was different and then back to the 13th which I think is my favorite,but I have not heard the St Louis show yet.Love the quality of the recording, I do love 77, one of my favorite years.

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ace's choice ~ May '77 mini-boxset

so, upon studied listens to these 5 'completely new to me' shows
these are my choices to make a lil 3 (maybe 4, not sure yet) disc
mini-boxset... the criteria was (since i'm totally UNbiased, having
never heard any of these particular shows) superlative versions &
'best' version from thee entire box...
btw, me & my head friends are all 5.9.77 people, yes 5.8 IS great,
but 5.9 is where it's @ for us...
note: no idea if this will fit on a cdr if your using a computer & just
burning this as a playlist...
my set-up is old school...
no computer...
2 cd players like a true 'taper' should...
my preference is to add (some of) the tunings @ the
beginning of most tunes, which sounds more natural to me...
personally, my dislike for the system most folks & record labels
use to 'track' live cds is enormous (not that i&i use an mp3 player
or listen to cds on shuffle) it's just weird hearing the tuning of
a tune @ the end of the previous one... especially with these tunes,
just sayin... have @ it people, ace.
Disc#1
1. Music ~ 5.13
2. Half Step!>
3. El Paso ~ 5.17
4. Jack-A-Roe ~ 5.13
5. Big River!! ~ 5.11
6. TLEO ~ 5.17
7. Passenger!
8. Funiculi>
9. B. E. Women! ~ 5.15
10. Looks Like Rain!!! ~ 5.11
11. Sugaree!! ~ 5.11
final thoughts: 5.11 is killer & underrated...
5.12 is the worst show of the 5... period.
5.17 is great, but 5.9, 5.19, 5.21 & 5.22 are better.
stay tuned for discs 2 & 3 to find out which Estimated & Samson were chosen!
thanx for reading... stay irie... ace.

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Been Listening to these shows

the past several days - man, what an awesome job

some real fine music - I will be spinning these again in the near future

THANKS...

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Hey Jack..

Hey Jack Straw - try again - I had a defective 5/15 case, and didn't get a reply initially (well, I got an auto-reply that said they were looking into it and would get back to me within seven days). They didn't, so I emailed again, then the other day I got a nice note from Dr. Rhino, and they are sending the replacement case, he says.

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Poor Customer Service

Still no reply from dead.net.....regarding defective May '77 box set product.

**Shrugs Shoulders**

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Spacebrother...

... I feel your pain, but take comfort in the fact that this particular '70s gig features quite a bit of mid-80's looseness/recklessness. ("Fun," as someone else put it.) At least it doesn't suffer from "too perfect" syndrome like some of that May '77 stuff. :o)

I have a strong suspicion DL will dip into the 80's for DP8 - a spicy '84 is L O N G overdue.

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well-played

Normal 4/24/78 definitely deserves its status as a great show. It's tight, and a lot like a Fall '77 show, intensity level is just crazy. And a very Dick-like pick. THANKS DAVE.

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Really?! Another '70s Dave's Picks?

Why Dave? Why????! As much as I love the Grateful Dead, have been a dedicated customer for nearly every release since "One From The Vault" and was really excited about the prospects for subscription surprises, especially after the first year when they were offered for the final year of the Road Trips series, with it's perfection of variety, the Dave's Picks series hasn't lived up to it's initial selling point.

Why did they list all of those different years when this series was first announced, when there hasn't been any offerings outside of the '70s?

This brother is losing the faith.

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Bolo...

...do I win a prize? :o)

First correct guess ever (for DP, anyhow). What a fantastic pick, Dave!

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yesssssss!!!!!

love you dave!!
excellent choice

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Told 'ya....

....DaP 7 , a '78 show..Its all over 30 Days folks, just consult your 30 days for future releases.. 78 is good,like every year of the Dead, its got its own sound, rawer, more hard jamming..Prediction for DaP 8, I'm down for some 80s..The 83 Lake Placid show would be good but I think Dave will go with the 12/30/89 show from the holiday run... you know how Dave loves 89-90!!! Take care folks!!!

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Dave's Picks 7

There have been a lot of 70's shows, but this one's no slouch. I'm glad to see it released. I'm sure Dave's Picks 8 will be from the 80's...

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4/24/78 for DP 7...
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daves 7

ok you can tell us now

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'74 - need more

I listened to this again over the weekend, and I am convinced that Dave's #2 and the of course the Europe '72 set are the best choices by Dave thus far. Really nothing close in my opinion (<< flammable...). I find the UCLA release and the recording flaccid overall, and '77 is great but I have strong satisfied preferences from '77 (released and otherwise, Cobo Nov 1st, anybody?) and I don't get nearly the same satisfaction from '77 as I do from '74, although I think the Fall has comparable gusto. '74 is a special place on the continuum (i.e. the sound system, great new material, long sets, freaky jams and Seastones) and regular releases from that year should be part of the plan I think. If that means every 2-3 years, uh OK, but my vote is every year, because we have a lot more GREAT MUSIC to hear and enjoy. If you listen to the movie set, Dick's #12, #31, Road Trips #2.3, and Dave's #2 back-to-back, I think we hear the best combination of ensemble playing, gonzo moments, sweet first sets, and excellent singing. And most of the '74 tapes have unbelievable tuneful bottom and presence. So please, more Winter, Spring and Summer '74, 10-16-74 or complete retirement sets, so many GREAT shows yet to enjoy in fine sound.

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12.6.73

@Donahue
Not released as such, but Greatest story, China cat/IKYR, DS(!) & Eyes were released as Bonus disc 2011.

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12.6.73

12.6.73 was released? where?

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12.6.73

12.6.73 was released? where?

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Thoughts about Box Sets

First, I kind of hope that there isn't another box this year because, quite frankly, I'm running out of money. I spend hundreds a year on cds, t shirts and so on that are GD related. I can maybe afford a couple of more individual releases aside from the Dave's Picks (I have a subscription) but that's about it. Second, 1973 is one of my favorite years period but so much has been released from that era. It might be a better idea to release from a year that doesn't already have so many releases right now. If it's going to be another 1970's set (HOPEFULLY NEXT YEAR), make it something like from Brent's first few months May through September in 1979.

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Through the looking glass

For those keeping score at home, from the Fall of 73:
10/19
11/9
11/10
11/11
11/17
11/20
11/21
11/30
12/2
12/4
12/6
12/10
and 12/19 are released.
Not exactly sure what a Box Set from the Fall of 73 would look like, but there's an amazing amount released already. The seven shows in between 10/19 and the Winterland Box (Dane County, your assistance on the stage, Please) would make a great Box. But alas, not sure how much is in the Vault. September of 73, with the horns, maybe we'll get a show or two from there. All that said, how about 11/14, 11/23, 11/25, 12/1, 12/8, 12/12 and 12/18- there's 7 that are screaming for release. And while we're here, how about February 74 at Winterland?

Dave's Picks 7...We're ready...

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No apparent faults in the consumer base here...

Moreover, Dr. L, in addition to being produced in greater numbers and costing more as a box, it addresses a period for which most heads already have great coverage both commercially (DP3&29, DaP1, Hartford, Winterland box)and through decent circulating AUDs and SBDs...

P.S.: Dear Dave - I well remember your June 2011 interview with Ultimate Classic Rock* and, by my count, only 1 of the 3 tours to which you specifically referred remains to be released in a box set: Fall '73. Please stay the course! WOO HOO!

*http://ultimateclassicrock.com/grateful-dead-archivist-david-lemieux-talks-europe-72-box-set/

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Customer Service

Agreed. Customer service is truly the weak link.....

It costs Rhino a fair amount of money to deliver bad customer service.

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A grain of salt

Not trying to start a flame war here but I find it comical how many folks think that the fact that this set has not sold out yet is a "take that Rhino" moment. At this point we know there are fewer than 2500 remaining which means of a limited edition run of 15,000 about 85% have been sold. Perhaps if those numbers were inverted, but they're not. This is by no means a "wake up call" as some might paint it. The DaP series are 13k and they sell out. This is 2k more units at 5x the price of a single DaP and its less than 500 units away from the 13k threshold that Rhino likely knows they can sell easily. As I said in a previous post (and as Dave has suggested) this will sell out, especially if there are still any available at the holidays, and whether it sells out in July or in December Rhino still makes their money. The fact that its been available for 2 months or so and has sold 85% of available units is likely a good sign to the folks at Rhino.

I love the set and look forward to more in the future. Thanks Dave, Jeffery, Mark Pinkus, and everyone else involved with these.

(It seems that the major complaint that needs to be addressed is customer service! But that's a different can of worms. I haven't had any trouble in the 6-7 years I've been ordering stuff here [knock on wood] so I leave that to others who have.)

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Not Fade Away

Dead love does indeed live on...Right on Jim

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Sorry...

Double post

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DP18 and May 77 box set

Hi there I'm with you on this one I think DP18 is the best show I've ever heard,there are lots of great first and second sets but for the whole show this one does it for me.As for the May77 box set, mine took a while to get to the outer reaches of Cornwall England UK but it turned up in tip top condition and yeah the shows are pretty good, about 8 out of 10 compared to the DP18.
I see some people are upset about the high numbers on their limited edition box's,well I ordered mine when the Dead web site said there where only 5000 left.So imagine my surprise when mine came through with 1890/15000 on the inside cover.The same thing happened with the 1990 box set.I don't care what number it is, all I want is the music,looks like the last 77 box sets are not selling.does that tell you anything DEAD NET we don't need any more fancy box sets just put the next five shows or whatever out on CD only in a paper bag for $50 inc P&P I'm sure you will shift a lot more.Money is tight these days or has Rhino forgot that.All the best for now Deadhead Dave

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DP18 and May 77 box set

Hi there I'm with you on this one I think DP18 is the best show I've ever heard,there are lots of great first and second sets but for the whole show this one does it for me.As for the May77 box set, mine took a while to get to the outer reaches of Cornwall England UK but it turned up in tip top condition and yeah the shows are pretty good, about 8 out of 10 compared to the DP18.
I see some people are upset about the high numbers on their limited edition box's,well I ordered mine when the Dead web site said there where only 5000 left.So imagine my surprise when mine came through with 1890/15000 on the inside cover.The same thing happened with the 1990 box set.I don't care what number it is, all I want is the music,looks like the last 77 box sets are not selling.does that tell you anything DEAD NET we don't need any more fancy box sets just put the next five shows or whatever out on CD only in a paper bag for $50 inc P&P I'm sure you will shift a lot more.Money is tight these days or has Rhino forgot that.All the best for now Deadhead Dave

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DEAD LOVE is ALive

A while back,I mentioned that I was a huge fan of 77, but I couldn't afford this great looking box set, because I am on disability. I checked my inbox last week, would you believe 2 people messaged me and wanted to buy a set for me, yet another guy messaged me and wanted to burn the whole box set for me. I accepted the first person who messaged me. I got the show in 2 days, he paid xtra so that I get it right away. So, I am enjoying the first disc of St Paul, right now, the quality is great. The band is in rare form.
Thanks guys,"There is nothing like a Grateful Dead Concert or DeadHeads"

I won't forget this kind gesture.

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Strider 88

There was a trip I took many years back. For about five months I was driving those Southwest roads having grand adventures and listening to the Grateful Dead. Your post took me right back there. Thanks.

Peace

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5/13/77 4th of July Run

Checked out 5/13/77 first time yesterday on 270 mile Southwest drive (4 stop signs). Four antelope bolt from highway side during Playin-Reprise , killer Other One, U.S. Blues encore 4th of July. Hour silence 12-1pm planting late blue corn, golden beans, then drive to Continental Divide City, N.M. listening to Anthem of the Sun. New box set like sipping fine wine, and I don't drink. Anthem like old friend. Timeless....Monsoons up and running.

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Defective May 1977 Box Set , Defective Customer Service

Now a third email telling me to wait 72 more hours for reply.
No real meaningful response from the customer service dept.
I am glad I charged my bank back 2 weeks ago.....
Just plain disorganized and waste of everyone's time....
If this was my company, the customer would have a new product by now with an apology.
Just plain weak....as this ia the second time receiving defective merchandise from Rhino......what a blatant waste of time, money and resources on their end.

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Tagging

Fnarhhhh. I've hand-tagged over 100 shows, and that does not include all the other downloaded music I've had to tag. I agree absolutely with

"If incorrect tag data is the biggest complaint about this set then Rhinp/GDP is doing something very right"

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Box still missing

@rattydog_uk:I, too, have yet to receive the box, sent on June 10th. The same happened with the EUROPE 90 box,delivered after almost 2 months. To say I'm disappointed it's quite an understatement..

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May 1977 Box

I am living in China and my box has yet to make an appearance. So I feel your pain my friend. Hopefully your box, and mine, will turn up shortly.

Oops Double post.

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May 1977 Box Still Not Here

Rattydog-Ihave the same problem. I'm originnaly from Aus and am spending a year teaching in China. My box set has yet to make an appearance. Unfortunately the DHL shipping information is fairly useless. It gets as far as Des Plaines Illinoise and then nothing. Anyway I feel your pain and hope your box, and mine, turns up shortly.

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staple

this may sound extreme but a staple solves the glue sleeve issue, my 5/17/77 discs 2 and 3 holders were not glued properly and the discs would slip all the down and possibly out, but one staple holds the outer sleeves together tight enough that the disc is forced to rest on the stop as intended

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May 1977 Damaged Box Set

1. May 13 damaged CD
2. May 13 unglued case
3. Damaged Brown exterior box with crack on magnetic door.....
2nd box set to arrived damaged. As I had damaged CDs for 1990 box set.
A first world problem, indeed.....but gee this is sort of weak.......& the customer service has been completely abysmal both times, with 2 unsuccessful tries and a 4-month wait for replacement for the spring 1990 CDs.

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Waiting for May 1977 in Europe...

I received my shipping notice on 11 June but have yet to receive the Box Set. The DHL tracking that I found just has the parcel checking in Des Plaines, IL on 10 June, and nothing else.

Anyone else in Europe, or anywhere outside the US, that was part of the original shipping still waiting? I know these things can take some time and don't want to nag Dr. Rhino if I am not the only one still opening the front door in anticipation everyday after work!!

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1981 Europe

Interesting! I am probably biased as I went to many of the Spring and Fall 1981 shows at the Rainbow (I lived just half a mile down the road at the time)and was blown away. My memories maybe sugar-coated though as having listened to a few shows on archive.org I'm not convinced that they are the best from the 80s. I haven't heard the Barcelona show, though, which I hear was very good.

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70's Dead releases,72 and 77

Well, obviously majority of all live Dead stuff is from the 70s, I wonder if they even have anything from the 80's sometimes. But, I'm a 71-77 Dead Freak, my favorite shows, Just liked Keith and Donna a lot for one thing. Went to a show in the Spectrum in 78, last show I went to, It was uninspired, I was depressed and the show did not help. There have been a ton of releases in 77. Already 2 box sets, One from June and one from May now. I have "To Terrapin" which was May 28, last show of May tour. I probably listen to that more than any other Dead show, I really love 72 and 77, I like spring 77, because of Jerry's tone on the Travis Bean guitar, sounded so natural, Those custom guitars are so modded. I do like The Wolf. I love the Dec 29 show of 77, it is DP 10, not available anymore unless the overcharge label gets around to selling it for $80. They stink. Just wish the DP 10 was hdcd, because my disc player can decode that and it really gives the CD more definition, Rhino did not start using HDCD til DP15,another great show, The big Tucker/ Dead show in Englishtown ,NJ, was there and it was cool. I think there was at least 100,000 there, it was full. When MTB was playing, they were still tweaking the sound system cause you just not hear them where we were, When the Dead played, it was like, turn up the speakers, they were awesome .

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Next Up: Europe '81 ?!

Kudos on the '77 Project...May I suggest a Box Set of Eurpoe '81 be Produced to include the Rainbow Theatre run? GOOD STUFF!!!

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Next Up: Europe '81 ?!

Kudos on the '77 Project...May I suggest a Box Set of Eurpoe '81 be Produced to include the Rainbow Theatre run? GOOD STUFF!!!

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DaP release schedule

I believe Dave has mentioned several times (at least in passing) that the release schedule for these are 2/1, 5/1, 8/1, 11/1. When you think about it, it's really quite good, especially if the 4th installment is a sure-fire winner because in Oct/Nov they'll announce the subscription for the following year so keeping the current release schedule is good for priming the pump, so to speak.

On the subject of May 1977 selling out - I don't understand the folks who think it is a big deal that it hasn't sold out yet. Does Rhino care more that it sells out period (likely before 2014) or that is sells out in a month or two? They get the same amount of money either way (less extra warehousing costs, but if they're down to fewer than 2500 I doubt it's too much at this point [also, can someone fix the graphic to be grammatically correct? "Less than 2500" is wrong, it should read "Fewer than 2500 left"]).

Finally, re: double posting - if you hit save more than once, it will post more than once. Even if the site takes forever to reload 98% of the time the comment is submitted. I just got into the habit of copying my posts to the clipboard before hitting save in the event it didn't post. Just hit save once. That's all it takes.

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DaP 7 info ....

We heard about DaP 6 way before it was released ...... I have a subscription for this year's releases, so would be really nice to hear what's next. I don't think it will make any difference to May 1977 sales. Personally, I'd like some '90's or even more rare '60's.

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