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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Betty Sound

I finally got to plug in 5/11/77 (St. Paul) tonight, and oh, my. It is wet and luscious. After only 2 songs, I declare it blows Dave's Vol. 1 out of the water. Why is that? Does Betty's reverb make that much of a difference? Maybe. She certainly dialed in the excitement knob in any case. Or maybe the performance is that much better. Discussion?

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still waiting

and waiting...and waiting. Sorry GD, but sending these via UPS, and requiring a signature, essentially rules out those of us who have jobs and don't have a spouse at home. It''s too bad but unless a USPS option becomes available I cannot get these. I am not a trust funder sitting at home all day.

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best disc sleeve cover?

Vguy72 I would say the best sleeve cover is St. Louis Arena, St. Louis MO (5/15/77). Awesome visuals in that cover and a nice band shot inside (Missing Keith unfortunately). A Phishhead might mistake Bobby as Trey on this cover. Wild. :) :) :)

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Thanks!

Wow! The set arrived yesterday (finally! :) )--what a beautiful work of art--the box, the photos, the graphics, the liner articles, oh--and the music! Really a great treat. Thank you for a real good time!

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Europe?

Anyone in Europe got their set yet?

I always get a bit anxious when ordering more expensive sets. Luckily the 77 set isn't the one box set I'm most worried about now. I have purchased a box set of Fillmore West the complete recordings through eBay and paid 500 dollars for it. A lot of money even in Sweden ... ;-)

Well, so far nothing have ever been actually been lost along the way, not for good anyway. Hope it will be the same way with my '77 box set as well as the other more expensive one.

And no, I'm one of the unlucky "few" who never ordered the Fillmore West set in 2005. I had other bills to care about back then. This has haunted me since then. Hopefullythis or next week I will feel kind of more whole again. ;-)

/Micke Östlund,
Växjö, Sweden

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Numbering

I believe Simonrob might be right. I bought this the minute it went on sale and received a number in the 13 thousands. Although it only really matters in my ego, I would love it if I knew where I was in line more or less. Either way, I am 3 shows into the listening process, and my mind is blown. The boys are smokin......and Norman was perfect.

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Numbering

I believe Simonrob might be right. I bought this the minute it went on sale and received a number in the 13 thousands. Although it only really matters in my ego, I would love it if I new where I was in line more or less. Either way, I am 3 shows into the listening process, and my mind is blown. The boys are smokin......and Norman was perfect.

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mato1949 - Greatest ever run

Good - but not a patch on April and May 1972. IMHO, natch...

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Ramble On Rose on 5/11/77 Disc 1

Hi all----did anyone notice a few dropouts on 5/11/77 disc 1's Ramble On Rose? It lasted for approx 10 seconds. I am assuming it is anomaly on the master tape but was wondering if anyone else picked up on it......

Thanks!

Best,
Rob

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btw...

following up on my last post, this packaging gets better and better. You can rotate several different displays through the die cut so it never gets old. Brilliant!!!

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#1455 found it's home.....

and this home will be filled with the stunning evocations from this wonderful release for the next couple of weeks, easy. The packaging is beautiful. No scratches, no un-glued corners. Pretty much perfect. Discs slide in and out flawlessly (are you hearing me Road Trips!). Only heard St. Paul so far, but that show alone is going to be repeated in my player before Chicago. I'm gonna savor these discs. Now, how about a vote for best disc sleeve cover? My vote is the second Chicago gig...anyone else?

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Packaging

Wow I love the art work and packaging. Already lost track of what end is up on slip case. Are you sure M.C.Escher did not have anything to do with it. Kudos, most beautiful boxset yet. What's up is down, what's down is up. "Upside out, Inside down..."

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Packaging

Wow, I love the art work and slip case. Already lost track of which way is up. What's up is down, what's down is up. "Upside out, inside down". Boyee don't stop now.

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#805

Can't wait to listen. The packaging is stunning! Just got it today.

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#7893

Many Thanks, I love it.

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I had this same issue with

I had this same issue that someone else posted with a case not being glued properly and a disc not being secure with the 5/13 Chicago show case. I sent an email to see if a replacement case was an option, but I haven't received a response back.

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Survived the "backordered" scare

The box showed up at my door a couple of days later, and on my birthday to boot. The delivery guy managed to get through a very scary storm to drop this on my front porch. Thank you delivery guy! Thank you Grateful Dead!

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Raiders of the Lost Ark & Box Set # Numbers. . ..

When reading the theories regarding Box Set Numbers #1 -#15,000 I am reminded of the last scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark when a lone man pushes a crate through an incomprehensibly large warehouse filled with look alike crates.

Is that what the Good Ole' GD Vault looks like? Can anyone find the Radio City Hall and Warfield Anniversary shows in there and make box sets for us?

Did evil Nazi Bastards steal the Barton Hall 77 Show?

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Box numbers - an alternative theory.

As the sets roll off the line, someone stacks them on a pallet. He begins with #1 which he places in the first layer (naturally), at the back left-hand side. Eventually #15000 arrives and he stacks that on the top layer, front, right-hand side. The pallet is then sent to the Dead's corporate world headquarters where someone unloads them and packs them up ready for despatch. He starts with the top layer at the front (high numbers) and works his way down. According to this theory, the last person to successfully order a set will be the lucky recipient of set #1 - or more likely set #2 as someone pinched set #1 to use in the picture at the top of this very page. So now you know!

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box numbers

I inquired about this, and to make a long story short, by the time the box sets have made their way through the various points on the distribution chain, the numbers are well and truly shuffled, multiple times.

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Box Set on the Doorstep!

My set just arrived (11267/15000) and I am loading it into iTunes. The sound is impeccable!

My question.......are the box numbers determined randomly or is there some rhyme or reason as to how the numbers are determined. The reason I ask is b/c I ordered on May 14th and there were well over 5000 left. Just curious why my box number doesn't reflect it. It's no big deal at all but I was just curious how the numbers are determined........thank you Dead.net and Rhino for an amazing release!

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Crowd Noise

The set is excellent. Sound is superior. One small complaint. Why is the crowd noise so low? It almost sounds like they are playing in a studio. It's always nice to hear the reaction of the crowd after a song. Like I said, small complaint.

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77

box received on fri and 5 shows filled the weekend perfectly, i think the sound is incredible, i too noticed a little surprising (for a soundboard) ambient hall reverb sound on the vox during some short passages including the first song from the st paul show but all instruments are extremely well balanced as expected from a BB

im not familiar with the extended dr beachwood comments that were apparently edited but i did miss some of the pre song noodling prior to both estimated and ship of fools that i am used to from the st louis show, im not complaing, 5/15/77 was a fairly early entry to my tape collection during a year i lived in st louis (83/84), its inclusion in the set was tipping point for this pre-hiatus fan to take this 77 plunge, and glad i did, even with the heavy repetition of a few tunes i found each show unique and fairly inspriational

while the physical product was designed with a few impracticalities built in (size, tracklists buried etc)... i have to say it is a beautiful work of art and i'll figure out where/how to keep it, because of the fact that its appearance can change depending on which shows are visible through the window it reminds me a bit of led zep III and in the through the out door packages

i was just surprised BJ's notes refered to bob's bertha china cat lick as somewhat subtle as if he wasn't sure everyone would agree it was there

finally... the newspaper clippings and reviews were priceless, a wide range of views of the GD's quality were presented, not just extreme love or hate but lukewarm acceptance of their music was also expressed seemingly disproving jerry's licorice comment, even the one that pretty much tore them a new one begrudgingly admitted that there were some worthwhile moments

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Box or No Box?

I was away for a week and was very happy to find this package at home yesterday. I haven't had the chance to delve into the music yet, but I have to say the packaging is top-notch. I can't think of a more beautiful box set. There are no repro memorabilia items, thankfully. I love the book -- sublime cosmic context by Steve Silberman really makes it classy. Of course, Blair Jackson adds his fine dissection of each show, and points the way to some highlights. Is the packaging worth the extra 40 bucks compared to the download? Probably not. Still, it is awfully nice, even if it won't fit on my CD shelf.

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5/13

next time, please don't shorten the stage banter...i imagine it was a timing issue, but it was no fun to find the "doctor" roll call cut short...only complaint i can think of with the box set since the music is so damn great

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thanks...

...for the countless hours of listening bliss that lay before me.

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Weir's Playing

Weir was, and always has been, an underrated player. There are several possible explanations for that, but there it is.

Someone here posted about the "China Cat tease" he plays during Bertha on 5/12. Blair, in his typically wonderful liner notes, makes the same observation and speculates it could be Bob longing for a return of China Cat to the fold, which is an odd thing for someone like Blair to say, given his knowledge of the music.

That signature China Cat lick is something that Bob played on many tunes -- before, during and after 77 -- and always (as far as I am aware) during Jerry's solo. Bertha, GDTRFB, Fire and Franklin's are, if I had to guess, where he did it the most, but I don't think they are the only places.

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Just How Good?

Further to the observation that Bobby was an underrated guitar player in this era, the late Robert Lansing played on some of the Heaven Help the Fool sessions, which featured several of the best LA session musicians of the time. One day I asked Lansing what he thought of Weir's guitar playing. His answer: "Best player in the room."

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My mistake

Yes, you're correct - I just checked and they do come to a complete stop after Estimated in Boston, so Blair is correct, the St. Louis show was the first true Estimated->Eyes. :)

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Re: first Estimated>Eyes

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to remember a complete stop (i.e. not segueing) between Estimated and Eyes in Boston, therefore Blair is technically correct re: St. Louis.

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Thanks for another great release!!!

I posted this on comments section for the may 15th show, but then noticed nobody has posted there since May, so I'm reporting it here:

Thanks for another great release!!

I really love having these special boxed sets to go with the music. The accompanying booklets with documentation, like reprints of newspaper reviews (some are hysterically funny) are a lot of fun to have.

I did notice what appears to be an error (not a typo) in Blair Jackson's account of the show on May 15. He says, about Estimated->Eyes, "but the one that opens the second set in St. Louis marks the first instance the two songs were joined..." But, unless I'm mistaken, the show in Boston on May 7th has an Estimated->Eyes, and I'm not even sure that one is the first. Maybe he meant the first one on an official release?

No matter, I always very much enjoy Blair's contributions to the releases - please keep it up!!!

Now, onto those early 80's releases just around the corner ....... :)

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Thanks for another great release!!!

I posted this on comments section for the may 15th show, but then noticed nobody has posted there since May, so I'm reporting it here:

Thanks for another great release!!

I really love having these special boxed sets to go with the music. The accompanying booklets with documentation, like reprints of newspaper reviews (some are hysterically funny) are a lot of fun to have.

I did notice what appears to be an error (not a typo) in Blair Jackson's account of the show on May 15. He says, about Estimated->Eyes, "but the one that opens the second set in St. Louis marks the first instance the two songs were joined..." But, unless I'm mistaken, the show in Boston on May 7th has an Estimated->Eyes, and I'm not even sure that one is the first. Maybe he meant the first one on an official release?

No matter, I always very much enjoy Blair's contributions to the releases - please keep it up!!!

Now, onto those early 80's releases just around the corner ....... :)

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Thanks for another great release!!!

I posted this on comments section for the may 15th show, but then noticed nobody has posted there since May, so I'm reporting it here:

Thanks for another great release!!

I really love having these special boxed sets to go with the music. The accompanying booklets with documentation, like reprints of newspaper reviews (some are hysterically funny) are a lot of fun to have.

I did notice what appears to be an error (not a typo) in Blair Jackson's account of the show on May 15. He says, about Estimated->Eyes, "but the one that opens the second set in St. Louis marks the first instance the two songs were joined..." But, unless I'm mistaken, the show in Boston on May 7th has an Estimated->Eyes, and I'm not even sure that one is the first. Maybe he meant the first one on an official release?

No matter, I always very much enjoy Blair's contributions to the releases - please keep it up!!!

Now, onto those early 80's releases just around the corner ....... :)

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Reply to Review part 2.........

So far I have only listened to 5/11 and 5/12....I'm savoring and taking it slow. What an incredible release. What can I say? I just love 1977 GD.

Thus far the sound on 5/11 is astounding and 5/12 is no slouch either, except that 5/12 has a degree of inconsistency in spots. I love the fact that you can really hear Bobby in this mix. It really heightens the awareness of just how underrated a guitar player Bobby was back then. On 5/12, particularly love his little China Cat tease on the opening of Bertha. Very difficult little riffs indeed.

This is great stuff. Moving on to 5/13 today.

Happy Father's Day !!

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Happy Father's Day !

Happy Father's Day all.
Enjoy your day, enjoy this wonderful sounding box set and do it outside if possible.
(~):E

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Review Part 2

On to 5/17/77

I mentioned previously the sound on 5/12 was lacking a bit and maybe was due to the hall... Well 5/17 is a thing of beauty. Sound is perfect and love that you can hear the audience clearly between tracks. The Half-Step is a monster and Jerry is in rare form. Scarlet > Fire also fantastic and you can hear the power that Jerry and the band are putting into this performance. So... So... Good!

A Happy Father's Day indeed!

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Grateful Dad!

Best Father's Day present ever.
#9292 arrived Friday - all tracks ripped and artwork scanned (I actually scanned the inside sleeve which contained the show date and location).
I am through the first 3 shows so far and all I can say is kudos to all involved with this project!
The sound is great and the energy is infectious.
Thanks to Dave for the individual show videos - coupled with Blair's liner notes you really get a sense of just how special this run of shows truly is.
Only down point is very minor, but I have the same issue as Patagonian Fox with the last Tuscaloosa disc.
All in all though,this box is worth every penny!

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get it

i'm glad i got this box. I have listened to St. Paul show so far-3 times! I will get to the next ones but I am really loving this show. Sound and mix are absolutely tremendous. Thanks to all involved in bringing this to reality.

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loose tusks

I remember hearing an old joke on "Car Talk" about Tuscaloosa Alabama. The punchline had something to do with elephants and how their "tusks are looser" in Alabama. Anyhoo, I am mesmerized by this show. Surely, surely this is the greatest show from 1977 !(?).

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WHY NO CD TEXT ON THIS BOX?

For some reason no CD TEXT on 77 box set. ( nr last Dave's pick). All other boxes and most all Dicks and Dave's picks had CD NAME and All CD TRACKS burned into cd. Is it just my 77 Box set? If not why would they do this?

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WHY NO CD TEXT ON THIS BOX?

For some reason no CD TEXT on 77 box set. ( nr last Dave's pick). All other boxes and most all Dicks and Dave's picks had CD NAME and All CD TRACKS burned into cd. Is it just my 77 Box set? If not why would they do this?

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Who is this Jeffrey Norman guy?

I just started listening to this beautiful set. I think everyone who has dived into this has realized who this Jeffrey Norman guy is. He is the right man for the job. Sounds incredible to my ears. This has made my summer and will be played all summer long. Good choice Dave. Release all of 77, and while you are at it release all of 70, and 71, and 72, and 73, and 74, and 76, and 78 and have that Jeffrey Norman guy master them.

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WOW!

My box arrived last night. I was watching for the UPS truck all day! It was too late to crank up the tunes but I sat and read the complete booklet and highly enjoyed it. It helps me to remember just what it was like 36 years ago. After all, I forget that some of these tunes, like Passenger, had never been played before in concert. I was at the second show of this tour, Springfield, MA., that was a couple of weeks before these shows. But that one was excellent as well and we got a great Scarlet > Fire and Estimated Profit. That tune instantly entered by Top 10 GD songs and remains there today. So it was good to remember that it was new at the time of these shows. The box and cd cases are beautiful for sure. Would I have preferred them to be a bit smaller, like the Winterland boxes, sure, but you can't please everyone. I would rather have Rhino err on the side of too much instead of too little. I listened to the St. Paul show today and it is banging! I will listen to these in chronological order and would not even consider listening to them any other way. After all, isn't that the idea of this release? Total cost to me with shipping & taxes was $161. I think it was well worth it! I realize that not everyone cannot afford that much, but if you can, it is money well spent. I have bought everything that is released except for the E72 which I just could not afford at the time. I think we Heads should be very Grateful for all of the music that Rhino & DL are making available. If you do not want to buy a particular release, pass on it, but do not then complain to everyone about it. Take what you want and leave what you don't. Me? I'll take everything I can afford. I am a 70's fan for sure but I love Brent and I hope the next box is something in the 80's to please those folks and to mix it up a bit. Rock on!

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Diving In!

The box arrived on Thursday, and I was able to crack it open late last night. The LE numbering fates granted me #820! Amazing! IMHO, the box itself is a very cool departure from the typical CD box sets. My first show was at NYC's Palladium later on this tour, so this era is very special to me. The concert sound is truly exceptional; detailed with a very realistic soundstage - for those that speak Audiophile. I really felt transported back to that place so long ago! Fantastic job guys!!

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Let's get Physical, Physical, I want to get Physical, Physical!!

Hey Klaussmith; et. al..

Downloads? Yes, when necessary but there is nothing like the 'real thing,'the physical media to hold and marvel at.

This BoxSet is as hot as Olivia Newton John in her prime! Now there's is something you do not see every day: Olivia Newton John's name in a Grateful Dead thread! But hey, the Good Ole' GD even went disco for two weeks around "Go to Heaven."

Physical, physical is the best way to go if you can spend the money and this May 77 is continuing proof of it. I am impressed, and if an architect is impressed with the design, then all the better.

#3065 arrived in New York City today and I find it an absolute beauty to behold.

The sound is spectacular so very special thanks to all involved, both back then and now.

I look forward to the next release and Furthur at the Barclay's Center in July. God Bless Bob! Heal brother, Heal! You will 'slam-dunk' this summer!

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May 77....

...has landed! Arrived today, actually I got 2 packages, the Phish box set arrived at the same time, Omen or what? 6 CDs, $36, you cant beat it! Gonna be a great weekend, Happy Father's Day to all you fellow dads!! As far as numbers go, I've gotten low numbers the last 2 releases. 1675/13,000 for Dave's Picks 6, 1963/15,000 for May '77. Awesome packaging, my only complaint is the big scratch on CD 1 for St. Paul, the others look O.K. I don't care as long as it plays. I'm starting with the 2 Chicago shows though, those are my favorites. Take care all, I've got some rocking to do! :)))) P. S. Thanks Dave and all involved! Keep 'em coming!! P.S.S. As I'm listening to 5/12 as I write this, sound is freakin' awesome!!!!

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Wow !!

Wow, I’m still very glad I’m a Deadhead, box # 2838 arrived save and sound in Tampa this week, very very impressed with the design. Being an architect, I truly appreciate the three dimensional spatial, well thought out graphic design, with everything tied together, kind of like May ’77, just exactly perfect. It is very special and hopefully we don’t succumb to the all digital realm; this box set truly is a piece of art. I was young and fortunate to see the New Haven show a week before the start of this box set and then the tour finale in Hartford. There really is no let down from the grand triad, Boston, Cornell & Buffalo, (hopefully someday officially released), with the St. Paul stop, (also met her accidently in St. Paul in ’82). St. Paul is strong, powerful, and as well executed as every other May ’77 show I have heard and that’s just the first of five. Praise be the powers that keep this stuff coming, keep up the great work. Thank you.

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Between Barton Hall and The Sportatorium

The Shows from just before The "Famous" Barton Hall on 5-8-77 to after the Hollywood Sportatorium "The Barton Killer" 5-22-77 are all inclusively part of the most epic, amazing run in the band's history. Yeah, there are great shows, magnificent tours, and incredible tunes and jams out of just about every era, but May 77 has my heart. I was able to do the Atlanta, Lakeland, Hollywood part of that tour, selling merchandise (wink, wink, nod, nod, cough) and now I can experience the shows that came the 5 nights before. An outstanding job guys. I'm loving it.

P.S. I waited for the downloads, saved $40, don't need all that fancy stuff gathering dust on the shelf. The download itself went very smoothly with no problems. Traders Little Helper turns them into wav files to burn to disk using Nero. Got the flac copy, a wav copy, CD copy, and loading them into my iPod. I think this show is safe!!!!

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