Grateful Dead

May 1977: Get Shown The Light (All Music Edition)

Four Complete Shows on 11 discs
Four folios housed in a slipcase
5/5/77 Veterans Memorial Coliseum: New Haven, CT
5/7/77 Boston Garden: Boston, MA
5/8/77 Barton Hall, Cornell University: Ithaca, NY
5/9/77 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium: Buffalo, NY
Sourced from the Betty Cantor-Jackson soundboard recordings, transferred by Plangent Processes
Mastered in HDCD by Jeffrey Norman
Artwork by Grammy-winning graphic artist Masaki Koike
Release Date: May 5, 2017


NEW HAVEN 5/5/77
"Here is a prime example of the saying ‘the whole is greater than the sum of the parts’ … It’s called synergy and the Dead wrote the book on it.”

BOSTON 5/7/77
“The music they laid down brought me places I had not been before.”

CORNELL 5/8/77
“...the single best rock performance anywhere, anytime, by anyone.”

“There was just some kind of magical connection this night between the band members and the band and the audience - some texture, or some type of cosmic or celestial force is in the room.”

"This show is, was, and always will be Mecca.”

BUFFALO 5/9/77
" awesome display of the Dead’s captivating power"

If you've been following this site for quite some time, then you will know we are often flush with hyperbole when it comes to our releases. We can't help it, really - for we, like you, are Grateful Dead fans above all else. Just like you, we've spent countless hours debating the merits of show over show, year over year. We've kept a watchful eye on your wish-lists and carefully considered how to make - excuse the cliché - your dreams come true. And once we've made our commitments, we are steadfast in our determination to conjure up those dreams fully-formed and nearly perfect. Sometimes these heights cannot be reached without physical and cosmic elements aligning, and that, dear friends, is why it has taken so long for us to bring you THE ONE and the epic shows that surrounded it. No need for even the slightest embellishment here, 5/8/77 Barton Hall, Cornell University: Ithaca, NY, has for decades, been THE resounding favorite; you've said it yourselves - the "holy grail" of Grateful Dead shows. Thanks to the passion and perseverance of Dead Heads like you, we are beyond pleased to finally be able to present this show and its brethren, the fabled four of Spring '77, in sonically pristine condition.

MAY 1977: GET SHOWN THE LIGHT is a collection of what is unanimously believed to be the most sought-after previously unreleased complete shows the Grateful Dead ever played. Collected, traded, and debated for decades, "the beloved Golden Trinity" of Boston, Ithaca, and Buffalo, along with their New Haven prelude, have inspired fans to "get on the bus," converted critics, and even garnered national attention (Cornell was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry). But until now, you've never really heard them quite like this!

The Dead is in the details... how serendipitous is it that the notorious Betty Cantor-Jackson soundboard recordings were returned to the archive just in time for the 40th anniversaries of these shows? Lovingly sourced from these well-reputed recordings, we invite you to experience four utopian shows just like they happened, to "be inside the music" as engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson intended. Whether you listen to each night on its own or imbibe the whole lot at once, we suspect you'll hear why every note mattered. Much like we were, you will be hard-pressed to determine which of these fine documents - will it be the understated but nuanced New Haven, Boston's festive fantasy vibes, the monumental catharsis of Ithaca, or Buffalo’s dreamy exuberance - is truly "the best." Does it really matter? We think not.

Listening Party: 5/8/77, Ithaca, NY

“Estimated Prophet”
"Row Jimmy"

Listening Party: 5/7/77, Boston, MA

“The Music Never Stopped”
“Terrapin Station”
"Samson And Delilah"

Listening Party: 5/5/77, New Haven, CT

“Estimated Prophet”

Seaside Chat: David Lemieux On May 1977

First Listen: "Morning Dew" 5/8/77

"Mind-roasting"? Don't mind if we "dew."'s got an exclusive sneak preview of what might be the most magical "Morning Dew" of all time.

Product Details

Show #1
Veterans' Memorial Coliseum - New Haven, CT (5/5/77)

Disc 1
1. Promised Land
2. Sugaree
3. Mama Tried
4. El Paso
5. Tennessee Jed
6. Looks Like Rain
7. Deal
8. Lazy Lightning>
9. Supplication
10. Peggy-O
11. The Music Never Stopped

Disc 2
1. Bertha
2. Estimated Prophet
3. Scarlet Begonias>
4. Fire On The Mountain>
5. Good Lovin’
6. St. Stephen>
7. Sugar Magnolia
8. Johnny B. Goode

Show #2
Boston Garden - Boston, MA (5/7/77)

Disc 1
1. Bertha
2. Cassidy
3. Deal
4. Jack Straw
5. Peggy-O
6. New Minglewood Blues
7. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo>
8. Big River
9. Tennessee Jed
10. The Music Never Stopped

Disc 2
1. Terrapin Station
2. Samson and Delilah
3. Friend Of The Devil
4. Estimated Prophet

Disc 3
1. Eyes Of The World>
2. Drums>
3. The Wheel>
4. Wharf Rat>
5. Around and Around
6. U.S. Blues

Show #3
Barton Hall, Cornell University - Ithaca, NY (5/8/77)

Disc 1
1. New Minglewood Blues
2. Loser
3. El Paso
4. They Love Each Other
5. Jack Straw
6. Deal
7. Lazy Lightning>
8. Supplication
9. Brown-Eyed Women
10. Mama Tried
11. Row Jimmy

Disc 2
1. Dancing In The Street
2. Scarlet Begonias>
3. Fire On The Mountain
4. Estimated Prophet

Disc 3
1. St. Stephen>
2. Not Fade Away>
3. St. Stephen>
4. Morning Dew
5. One More Saturday Night

Show #4
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium - Buffalo, NY (5/9/77)

Disc 1
1. Help On The Way>
2. Slipknot>
3. Franklin’s Tower
4. Cassidy
5. Brown-Eyed Women
6. Mexicali Blues
7. Tennessee Jed
8. Big River
9. Peggy-O
10. Sunrise
11. The Music Never Stopped

Disc 2
1. Bertha>
2. Good Lovin’
3. Ship Of Fools

Disc 3
1. Estimated Prophet>
2. The Other One>
3. Drums>
4. Not Fade Away>
5. Comes A Time>
6. Sugar Magnolia
7. Uncle Johns Band


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Joined: Mar 23 2010
The picture of the All Music

The picture of the All Music Edition is right on this page, and you can compare against the originally announced version here:

The slipcase for the AME serves as the box in the sense that it's going to hold everything together. Looks like the AME still includes a slimmed-down booklet of (I'd guess) the liner notes, but probably no in depth essay.

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Joined: Jan 13 2009
@wvj - picture above is AME

The picture above is the AME. The AME and LTD appear to have same folios and booklet. I think the difference is the LTD has that May77 Barton book, a more intricate box holding everything and is numbered.

I think TPTB did not articulate the differences properly and probably undersold the AME or they have been listening to feedback and made the AME nicer than first planned.

Hope this alleviates your stress...

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
May 77 Music only

Thanks for the reply , What I want to know is it the box or not, by my understanding is just the cd`s & sleeves ( I understand no book or photo booklet )I'm gonna work on it & talk the the Folks that sell at GD in the am . But the really SAD part is that it`s onsale @ ebay & amazon for 500 bucks ....even before it ships....How do THEY not see that ? n light

edit ......Why is the music only set(139.00) the same price as the full box set(139.00) Crazy I know and still trying to wrap My head around that ...hope the guys @ GD merch are paying attention to this whole thread

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Sahara Desert Nomad Blues...

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Joined: Jun 29 2007
Good stuff right here....
Joined: Sep 1 2014
RFK 1973

I also like the idea of a June 73 box set. Or at least an official release for RFK 1973 - I am listening to Hear Comes Sunshine from that show as I type. Wonderful playing.

I think, with future releases I would like shows that feature more jamming than has been evident on the last Daves Picks-or is likely to be on the new Felt Forum 1971 show. I think I have got as much as I am going to from short songs-no matter how well they are played. Songs like Brown Eyed Women,Sugar magnolia, Ramble On Rose-they don't differ that much-whereas on this 73 show-the versions of Bird Song, Playing in The Band and - especially-Eyes of The World are thrilling and unique. I haven't got to the Dark Star yet-a monumental show!

Another idea that appeals to me is releasing shows that are slightly different in some way. Someone recently mentioned releasing a show with horns on from 1973-excellent idea! Maybe a Mickey and the Hartbeats show from 1968 would be a good idea. They werent the best shows ever played-but they were different and interesting.

Joined: Dec 17 2011

Erin Moran aka Joanie Cunningham

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Joined: Jan 13 2009

You can get the book thru other websites that specialize in books when they first started. It will cost you another $15, but your collection will be complete. ;)

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Joined: May 11 2011
No new stuff here for me

I don't know, but looking at my library, I have all the shows complete.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
about the music

I just realized today to My dismay , that the only option for getting this was the music only ....I would love to have the box & book to add to my collection :(
say.....even trade ?

Joined: May 6 2013
Decided to take the plunge

Decided to buy a copy of the all music edition because I could. The limited box after the video is made for the rare bring outs but this AME looks perfect to sit by the Winterland Boxes. I can't wait for this release.
last 5
1. Every Hero Needs a Villain. Czarface
2. Return to the 36 Chambers. ODB
3. Through the Looking Glass. Dom and Roland
4. Jerry 8.
5. 10-31-16. Phish. Bowie.
Yeah it's off the wall sort of because I can't help myself searching YouTube.
Since this is the first time in awhile that I've posted I just want to say I've liked the conversation.
Love the Box Work and Love AME packaging. The Slip-Sleeves Look like Trey's Paper Wheel's construction.
22 and Betty in the same month is GLORIOUS.
Everbody be Safe, Take Care, and Rock On.(Sorry Doc. I couldn't help myself.)

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Joined: Nov 1 2012
June 73 Box Set

Be a nice set, look like long setlist. Would you include 7/1 to have all three Universal shows?

In any event, I'm ready, offer it!

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
Born Cross Eyed...

If you want a peek at the CDs, or at least those from Cornell, go to the Cornell 3CD page:

The picture at the top left of the page shows the packaging, the booklet and the CDs.

Whether these are the same CDs as will be in the box set and the all music edition is something we will have to wait to see!

Joined: Oct 18 2009

It means the Dead played a show on 4 20 83 ... and check it out

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Joined: Nov 2 2010
Next year's box set -

I'm hoping for the February 1971 Port Chester shows (2/18 - 2/24)
There were 6 in all - one of them was "3 from the vault"(2/19)
That leaves 5 amazing shows for a perfect box set.

They were all returned with the Betty stash so they can be fully Normanized.
I would love to hear the 2/18 show remastered
with the Dark Star -> wharf Rat -> Beatuful Jam in full bloom.

That was an incredible run of shows...

Joined: Dec 17 2011
@Lost in SA

Providence Civic Center, Providence, R.I.

Check it out, the GD didn't play 4/20 much but when they did the set lists tended to be odd. I'm just saying listen to it on 4/20.

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Joined: Jun 4 2015
Excellent article

Great explanation of why most CDs sound like crap now and why a "quiet CD" is better for listening than one made to play loud on a smartphone.

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Joined: May 1 2009
Mastering - HDCD

Here is great website that explains all about mixing and mastering.

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Joined: Feb 19 2017
How about

"June 1973: The Complete Recordings" Box?

I just thought of it for the first time and figured I'd just throw it out there...

Vguy72's picture
Joined: Jun 29 2007
I ain't got no rotten cabbage....

....but I got me some good vibes heading your way. Way. May. Oh, I get it....

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It's 10pm 4/20 in the WC. Next year's Box Set ideas?

Howz about a 9/11-26/1973 "Horny" Dead Box Set?!? C'mon get outta the "box" for the next one! Who don't like the occ. horn blast during a sweet "Let it Grow" ???

:Ducking from rotten cabbage and tomatoes being flung in my general direction:

Joined: Oct 6 2015

im confused, what do you mean when you say 1983

Joined: Dec 17 2011


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Joined: Aug 25 2008
Nice design

It'a a very nice design by Masaki Koike, but it looks a little flimsy, but probably quite sturdy, and it's very colorful, too. I would like to see what the disc designs are, but I probably will have to wait.
I was able to order the original limited edition box.

Joined: Aug 1 2015
My desires

I was in the hospital when the 77 box 2 set came out and missed the offering. If anyone happened to order an extra copy I am willing to pay a premium just not quite the ebay premium prices.

Trying to find a friend to drive me to the moving picture show this evening. I am still not capable of driving after the illness that struck me down. I guess in a way I am Black Peter rising.

Joined: Aug 1 2015
My 420


Two slices Nature's Own Whole wheat bread. (60 cal each) 120 calories
Two Tablespoons Natural Peanut Butter 190 Calories
One whole Fuji Apple 110 calories.

420 Calories in all.

Take the bread slather on the peanut butter and top with apples. Bake in Oven (sounds like fun) for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Top with a mixture of Cinnamon and Splenda Blaze One and enjoy.

The Gary 420 Breakfast Special.

It is pretty darn good and pretty darn good for ya!

Joined: Aug 31 2011

Not crazy about the art, seems a little much. Loved the 2013 '77 box, compact but terrific packaging.

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The AME looks pretty stellar, way better than what was expected... at least by me. Very much looking forward to all the new music coming out!

Joined: Nov 1 2010
JGB song and the GD on TV and in the Movies!

Hey Hey! Check out this this awesome Rhapsody in Red! I've sort of overlooked this tune for awhile and didn't realize Jerry tore it up live!

Also tomorrow "TDIH" is 4/21/72 - GD plays to no one in a German TV studio. Pretty cool:

Lastly, GD MOVIE tonight! Who's going? I haven't watched the whole thing in it's entirety in a looong time!


Joined: Jul 9 2007
Revealed on 4/20

This is truly the MOAB. The artwork is amazing.

Joined: Dec 17 2011


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Nice box artwork...

Very nice box set design. I am very interested in reading the book while listening to the music.
Mr. Pete---------->
aging hippie

Joined: Feb 2 2011
Bon Jokey

Your welcome. The source for this is very, very reliable and multiple too.

Perhaps if you were a British Rock Star back in the day, and, still young, you could get away with that. But a Jersey guy who sings about blue-collar people and has been around for over 20 years should not behave like such a high and mighty arrogant Dick!

As I mentioned Keith Richards was the total opposite. Cool. Friendly down to earth even if high. When I met Bob and Phil they were great. I got to know Butch Trucks (RIP Brother) and he was great.

I just saw the 77 new box video. Super!

Joined: Feb 16 2017
Bon Jokey

I read that Bon Jovi story and it rings true to these ears. Thanks for sharing.

Joined: Nov 18 2010
if it really is all about the music...

I'm not crying - but it is surely more than just about the music ? Otherwise why would anyone bother buying the box set which includes a book ? I'll happily swap the all music edition for a box set if someone wants to prove me wrong. The two versions cost the same amount (until you look at e-bay) - just saying :)

Joined: Feb 16 2017
Burn it

I always love unboxing the new releases, sitting under a good lamp and reading the text whilst listening to the music... then after some admiring, as I really think these pieces are all packaged beautifully, I burn it all into iTunes and archive the release in my basement vault. Now and then I'll revisit a package, but I never take the discs into the car or loan them. They stay clean, as does the packaging. I burn copies for the car.

Joined: Apr 19 2017

Recently took my SON to Cornell for a college visit! Time warp! Of course, soaked in the Barton Hall vibe (track & field event, I heard DEW!) In the age of TDK & Memorex, I had truly crisp sound of 5/8, for the time, I think compliments of SWS) I'm so psyched for this (and balance of the trinity) addition to the incredible digital archive of the greatest musical moments of our lifetimes.... Think I'll be at the Capitol to these uncertain time I find more and more my grounding and joy in these musical epiphanies, new and archival, syncopated healing for all!!!

Joined: Apr 23 2008
Not really

Speak for yourself the GD have now joined the Beatles etc. their word means nothing

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Joined: Jan 12 2009
laser beams

the CAD/CAM integrations beginning w/ laser engraving techniques / tech as applied to the 30 trips box, and now laser cutting / perforation w/ the get shown the light box is super cool. i'm a fan of this "revenge of the analog" in the digital era. moreover, thanks super much gd organization & rhino for such an incredible plethora of excellent live music releases these past bunch of years. satisfies the soul.

Joined: Dec 29 2016
Barton Hall Photos

Wow! The box set is really gorgeous. Great job! I am proud to have my photos in there!

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Cool video, box set design serious Schwing Factor

And where can I get one of those cool May 1977 shirts ? Good Doctor

I passed by local record shop today , I hope they get something or some promo schwag for new releases.

I missed out on the July 78 shirt that looked awesome !! I was surprised didn't sell any merch for Red Rocks release.

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Joined: Jun 29 2007
Looking back at all the bashing....

....when these were announced (me included), it appears they did everyone right, right?....

Joined: Jul 2 2015
box looks plenty undurable

way too delicate and all music edition much more practical as no need to accommodate that book. getting the cd's out is gonna remind us of that game "Operation."

Joined: Jul 2 2015
box looks plenty undurable

way too delicate and all music edition much more practical as no need to accommodate that book. getting the cd's out is gonna remind us of that game "Operation."

Joined: Jun 4 2007

Impressive design. The limited box looks like a real work of art in the video reveal. The disc sleeves look cool. The all music edition looks better than I expected it would. Cool that this ships in a couple of weeks already....not to mention Dave's Picks 22.

Joined: Jan 30 2017


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Re: purty indeed

Agree, it is a really cool box and cd case design. Like none I've ever seen.
Artwork is vibrant.

Listened to 2.14.68 today. Despite those Alligator lyrics being distant, that jam. Oh boy. And we AlLL love our Anthem of the Sun.


Joined: Oct 27 2015

Doesn't look like those who order the all music edition will be missing out on too much!

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Joined: Oct 25 2011
if it really is all about the music...

why are some people still crying over the sold out box set when the all music edition is still available?

just saying.


Joined: Dec 17 2011

Will not watch the un boxing video, I'd rather be surprised if I watch it now, I'll only want it tomorrow.

Also who is going to MUATM tomorrow, Philly has 2 showings, now that's a first. I haven't missed one yet I don't see why that'll change unless some cataclysmic event occurs to prevent it.

It's Wednesday PLAY DEAD

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