Grateful Dead

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

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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
50-page book of liners and photographs
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: 5/9/77, Buffalo, NY

“Uncle John's Band”

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”

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

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.

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JeffSmith's picture
Joined: Jun 9 2014
Cornell Book Update

Remember that guy who had his hamburger stand burn down a few nights ago? Well, apparently lots of folks pledged for a hamburger or two – his book of Cornell May ’77 photos got Kickstarted yesterday.

dmcvt's picture
Joined: Apr 4 2013
Dark Star Orchestra celebrates May 77

GSTL #4413 arrived here in Vermont on 5.8.17, discs loose but OK. Fantastic presentation, amazing sound. Now how am I going to avoid shredding this extraordinary package... these are too good for jewel boxes.

A great pleasure to be at the sold out DSO show Sunday night at the Colonial Theater in Keene, New Hamster... they have been doing some 40th anniversary shows so many were primed for Lakeland FL 5.21.77 (DP29) and sure enough...they added a double encore of US Blues and Ripple after announcing it was indeed the 5.21.77 set list. DSO is celebrating their 20th, themselves.

If you are near Wilmington DE tonight or Thornville OH this weekend (a three night run!) think about it... maybe Thornville gets Hartford To Terrapin 5.28.77 Sunday night...

I was fortunate to get to speak with Rob Eaton after the show and thanked him profusely for all his efforts in bringing us these this amazing recent releases.

guit30's picture
Joined: May 1 2009

I love it when Jerry gets a good groove going with that Mutron. He can get some get some good sounds out of it. I love "Estimated Prophet" with the mutron. Any other guitarists here, I used to use wah wah pedal to get Jerry tones.I found a cheap DOD envelope filter in a music store, there was one setting that you could get a pretty good Jerry tone out of it. They started making the mutron again, it is pricey, but good. Great "Estimated Prophet" on Cornell.
Listening to Daves pick #21, it is a good show, not as lush as Cornell.Great show though. We don't give Hunter and Barlow the props they deserve,great songwriters. Love Brown Eyed Women on Daves' 21.
Have a grate day.

Joined: Feb 16 2011

The parcel situation is similar here in Sweden. A complete mess where no one takes responsibility, least of all the politicans who decided to hand over postal service to just about anyone who lacks proper competence.

Still no idea on the whereabouts of my Limited Ed. GSTL Box. Rhino does not offer me the opportunity to track it, the only info that pops up on their site is that my order is ”completed”, which is BS.

My Cornell Vinyl arrived more than a week ago so the box should be here by now, especially given that most European customers seems to have their GSTL’s delivered 1-2 weeks ago. Quite strange to order an upmarket product from Rhino in Mid-February and still be in a limbo regarding delivery.

Still, hope your box will land safely at your place Simonrob, wish you a good listening session!

simonrob's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
Finally arrived... almost

After all the problems with the Dutch postal service and the customs, my box finally arrived at my door today. Unfortunately the self-employed parcel-delivery-wallahs that the Dutch postal service choose to use for financial and contractual reasons required me to pay import duty etc. to the tune of 43.98 Euros (equivalent to 49 of your Earth dollars) before he would give me the packet. This brings the total cost to me of the box to $201. As I didn't have that exact amount and he doesn't have the technology to accept bank cards, credit cards or indeed any cards that you care to name, he duly left with my parcel which I can collect tomorrow upon payment of the said amount. The parcel will have to be collected from the local supermarket who have a franchise with the postal service. There are no more post offices as they cost too much money and need people to run them. These people are not only a liability (they could become sick, for instance) but they also require to be paid which is totally unacceptable in today's financial climate. The downside of all this is that I will have to wait another day for my box. The upside is that Thursday is a public holiday here (Ascension day) and my office is closed on Friday so it will be a long and enjoyable weekend, assuming the goods arrive in working order.

Joined: May 22 2017
@gdhead77 wrt Downloads

Thank you for your answer. Sounds promising!

Joined: Jun 5 2007

I seriously dig that "Quack Duck Mountain" thanks to whoever posted that up amusing story awesome fire on the mountain! always enjoy it when jerry rocks the Mu-Tron

JimInMD's picture
Joined: Jun 27 2011
Second Cousins

I second cousins sincere thank you.

Thanks Rango, and glad it worked out. I have enjoyed many of your tapes over the years.. thank you so much..

Joined: Jun 5 2007
i may have to listen to the

i may have to listen to the box set again. but I think I think I like all four shows for individual reasons and that together they form this massive impressive thing. but currently tonite I'm going to listen to sunshine daydream in its entirety for the first time. I've put it off long enough

Joined: Sep 10 2009

Thanks for all your uploads on the Archive!

Joined: Jun 14 2010

Finally, after emailing customer service this morning, I was sent the right links, and after 2 failures, I now have all the HIDEF files on my computer. About freaking time. Next time I'll wait until I see other's having success. I do want to support them in this effort, but not deal with this nonsense.

Joined: Sep 1 2014

1977 has never been a favourite year of mine, either, but this box set is something else. I didn't watch the unveiling of the box on this website-so I didn't know what to expect when I unpacked it last week. My initial reaction was-wow-this looks incredible! All the cds were in place, and they all play okay-so far-I haven't heard the last cd from Buffalo yet.

I think the actual shows are amazing, too, and as you say, the absolute peak might just be that first set at Buffalo. The sound is great-does it sound a bit more echoey than usual-or is that just me? 7/5 in particular seems to have this characteristic.

I also enjoyed reading the book-all in all the best Dead release for several years-and just at a time when I was wondering if Id had enough, not liking the last 3 Daves Picks all that much.

In fact, I like it so much, I bought the download of 30/4/77 which is on the radar for later in the week. Just goes to show that if you are into the Dead, but feel turned off by recent releases, its worth hanging on in there-you never know what will turn up next-or how you will react to it.

Joined: Jun 3 2015
Individual shows?

I haven't read all of the comments so forgive me if I'm covering old ground.

I somehow missed the fact that four shows were being released, so I only ordered (and received, thank you) the Cornell show.

Am I out of luck with respect to the other three shows or will there be a second chance extended to bozo brains such as myself?

Thanks in advance,


gdhead77's picture
Joined: Jul 13 2007
Response to 111milestogo re downloads

This my personal experience and recommendations:

(1) What is the best method to pay? I read there are problems via credit card. Does PayPal work, and how quickly does one get the download link?

Credit card worked just fine by me. Assume PayPal would work fine as well. I would expect now you would get link in less than 12 hours. Maybe even within a few minutes.

I should like to treat myself to the FLAC 24/192 downloads for all four shows.

(2) Do the FLAC downloads finally work in a satisfactory manner? What is better, the one big zip file or the four separate ones? Do we finally receive the correct links? Do we get decent to good download speeds (my connection can run 100 MBit/s)?

If you can burn the files to a DVD in 24 bit format or have a high resolution player then yes get the flac. The sound is stunning. I would recommend single show downloads to get the best experience. As far as I know and my downloads all the zip file issues are fixed. I would hope link issues have been fixed but if you have an issue just PM marye.

(3) My internet browser would be Firefox. Would the DownThemAll add-in work for the GSTL downloads? (This DTA didn't work for, which did hurt since they count the number of tries.)

Unknown. I used chrome

(4) Are the downloaded zip files error-free after all? There was a lot of talk here about unzipping errors and having to resort to a 7zip beta version.

Yes. Worked fine.


Joined: May 22 2017
Status of GSTL Downloads - Answers requested

Please, I should like to request the "definitive" answers as to the current status and performance of the GSTL Downloads. Reading a lot of comments on music etc here lately, but not much these days on "the circus". Thus, please:

(1) What is the best method to pay? I read there are problems via credit card. Does PayPal work, and how quickly does one get the download link?

I should like to treat myself to the FLAC 24/192 downloads for all four shows.

(2) Do the FLAC downloads finally work in a satisfactory manner? What is better, the one big zip file or the four separate ones? Do we finally receive the correct links? Do we get decent to good download speeds (my connection can run 100 MBit/s)?

(3) My internet browser would be Firefox. Would the DownThemAll add-in work for the GSTL downloads? (This DTA didn't work for, which did hurt since they count the number of tries.)

(4) Are the downloaded zip files error-free after all? There was a lot of talk here about unzipping errors and having to resort to a 7zip beta version.

Thanks in advance for your responses, please as accurate as possible.

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Joined: Nov 7 2012
GSTL Box arrived

#3996 made it's way to my island in the northern part of Germany.
Everything looks fine. Only every third cd was out of its holder
but no cratches on the disc. Will sort out the music stuff later.

muleskinner_blues's picture
Joined: Sep 11 2014
No point mentioning the bats

Still soaking in the new '77 set, but it has definitely made an impression thus far. Never a favorite year of mine, but it seems to have taken on an OSHA-warning quality in seeping in via 'inhalation, skin absorption, ingestion, or through a puncture wound (injection)'. I still think the first disc of Buffalo is the 40 pieces of silver, makes a good dog break his leash as far as I'm concerned.

Related, I feel like the most recent Dave's Picks from the Felt Forum is all quality versions of the songs represented, but that's about it. All solid, quality versions of the songs but nothing has jumped out as memorable, at all. Most of the released shows have something knock out-drag-out, a defining moment, but I feel like it's paint-by-the-good-ol'-numbers when I've spun this one so far. Certainly nothing bad, but between May '77 and others, I keep forgetting I even have it.

Unrelated, been checking out Twin Peaks on Netflix after always hearing the name around. I guess it's rebooting now too. Been pretty cool so far..the music gets stuck in your head, Diane. She's dead, wrapped in plastic.

Also unrelated, finished books over the weekend on William Tecumseh Sherman and Red Cloud of the Sioux Nation, who was involved with the Indian wars both pre and post Civil War. Both interesting, and kind of cool how they conflated, unintentionally. A lot to be learned..nobody knows what's going to happen to anybody besides the forlorn rags of growin' old.

But in the meantime..occupying myself currently with Dylan 5/3/76 in New Orleans. This was about the middle of the second leg of the Rolling Thunder Revue. I love those second leg closers of Gotta Travel On (as done by Billy Grammer, ol' Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys and Dylan in a vastly different version on Self Portrait), as much as I love This Land Is Your Land in Fall '75. Oh Mama, can this really be the end??

Done laid around, done stayed around, this ol' town too long....and feels like I gotta travel on!

Joined: Feb 16 2017
Gonzo chords

"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side."


JimInMD's picture
Joined: Jun 27 2011
Raw Ether

The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge. And I knew we'd get into that rotten stuff pretty soon. Probably at the next gas station.

sheik yerbones's picture
Joined: Feb 5 2008
grateful dead tit

Is Chris Robinson the guy who talks about the grateful dead 's tit?
have you ever seen a skull with tits?
Thank you for this beautiful work Dave, Jeffrey and all the team .
this is beautiful art work, funny book of the superlatives (Do the dead heads still need encouragement?) and music "beyond description"
with the first notes of Promised land in N Haven, I understood I were right to order the new may 77 boxset. New haven is number one at the moment...

mdboucher's picture
Joined: Apr 2 2009
Half a pint of Raw Ether

...and I knew we'd get into that rotten stuff soon enough

Thanks Jeff!

rgergelis's picture
Joined: Feb 21 2011
@sloooooooooooowwwwwww Beerrrrrrrrttttthhhhhhaaaaaa

hey Jeff, you sure it wasn't the ether? Makes me behave like a drunkard in some early Irish novel.

JeffSmith's picture
Joined: Jun 9 2014
Marin & Boulder Dreamin'

Hey Frosted, Thanks for the great suggestions – it was amazing how just about everyone we met had lots of good insider tips on cool adventures in Marin. I quickly realized that we should have stayed longer – like maybe another week, no, year! I noted your suggestions for the next visit. Do you do tour-guiding?

Hey Now Rich, A Boulder Dead&Co reprise doesn’t appear to be in the cards next month. When you live on the Southwest Coast (near the Rio Grande’s Big Bend), all trips are “cross-country” and they add up fast. Maybe I’ll hitchhike up there at the last minute and track down DeadGeek and her band of SSDD’s, but that’s a long-shot.

BTW: that Bertha we were treated to in the Bar at TXR was super-slow – made even slower Bertha’s like 5/7 and 5/9/77 sound like blazing freight trains. . . sooooo fine!

Joined: Aug 8 2016
Nice story Jeff

Sounds like you got a good taste of Marin. Truly an outstanding area. I had been checking the Crossroads calendar a few times a week, but missed the announcement on the '77 shows so it was sold out quickly before I got to it. I may have to get on their mailing list...

Other times I've seen Lesh play there though, and it goes to another level when he hits the stage. Just stopped in on the outside deck there Friday for a happy hour beer and a pizza, and the bar band was playing some Soundgarden, in remembrance I suppose. Another time I noticed one of those bar bands doing a decent Jack-a-Roe cover as I was nursing a brew out on the deck.

Did you make it to Sweetwater in Mill Valley? Weir's place, smaller than Crossroads, but good food, open for lunch too, and a smaller venue but hosts a lot of good shows - I don't see Bobby's name come up very often playing there though.

Oolompali is a cool place too. Gnarly oaks like the ones on the back of the Aoxamoxa cover still grace the hills there. It has a steep winding trail up to the top, with great views over Marin, and connects to the large Mt. Burdell open space in Novato that goes down the other side. Both of those have been really green this spring after the winter deluge, and now turning to the brown grasses of summer. A bit of paradise close to the City.

Next time you might want to check into the German Tourist Club. It's a large building less than a mile in from the road to Mt. Tamalpais, or you can walk up several miles from Mill Valley on the Dipsea trail. It's open to the public on weekends often, so you can stroll in there and have a brew out on their deck overlooking the forests of Mt. Tam down into Muir Woods. Every so often I trek up there with some buddies and we down too many pitchers, then sober up while stumbling back to our cars down the trail in Mill Valley.

Yep, you just scratched the surface, many such journeys are possible around here on return trips, heh heh.

rgergelis's picture
Joined: Feb 21 2011
@TXR pilgrimage

Jeff so glad you made it there. Being an east coaster have been to Levon's barn and seen the Ramble Band a few times, was like going to church. I hear Phil patterned the concept of TXR after that idea. Glad you liked the music, the TFB are quite good and extremely tight. Reading your account gave me chills. It is on the short list....

Having seen Phil with a few Daydreamers of Chicago fame in Vegas made me appreciate the man even more. True his shows are not dead music clones, but why should they be. It brought me back to earlier simpler days of Jerry and the boys, when shows were fun communal experiences and not mass corporate cattle calls.

Re. Slow Bertha....5/7/77 and 5/9/77 were just exactly a slow me some slow Bertha for a change.

Re. Missing Jerry.....i know brother, miss him more each and every day, think we all do.

Btw you n Pam going to Mayer and Sons in Boulder in under a month?

guit30's picture
Joined: May 1 2009

I'm reading the posts on different mixs on different shows,I agree, Keith is low in the mix a lot. And when you have an 8 track recording, there is really no excuse for this. I'm thinking Europe 72 shows too, where they did not come out with great mixes a lot. I think this was a bit of a rush job. My favorite show was 5-3, first Paris show. I did not get the trunk, but about 3 individual shows. A guy from this forum said the sound quality was not great until that show and that show is stellar.
One of the great things about the Cornell box was the book, especially the chapter on "Betty Boards", basically she was recording multitrack to a 2 track tape machine. For most of 77, she had a great set up. She had a betty only feed from each main microphone. The mikes had a 3 way splitter, 1 output to monitor mix,1 output to house mix and 1 output to Betty which went thru a 100 foot snake to a room out of site, where Betty had an eight track mixer, headphones and a set of speakers, so she could adjust the mix on the board to her liking before it went into a 2 track tape machine. A big reason her mixs were so good plus she had a great ear for this and loved the Dead.

Cornell is just an incredible mix, Phil sounds perfect, the vocals are great, and the Dead played admirably, everyone was on their A game. Everytime I hear this show, I like it better. This show might not be their best, but it is possibly the best sounding show.
I like it better each listen. Love the conspiracy theory, that it never happened. Those stories are funny.

"The one thing you need is a left handed monkey wrench"

JeffSmith's picture
Joined: Jun 9 2014
Pilgrimage to the Crossroads

Week-before-last my wife & I toured around Marin County by day and basked in the music at Terrapin Crossroads by night. Phil Lesh has created a music landmark. Like Levon's “Barn” in Woodstock, NY, “Terrapin Crossroads” in San Rafael is an extension of both founder and locale. Lots of excellent musicians can be found there just about every night. You never know what unexpected guests (including Phil) might join in, but Phil and the Terrapin Family Band is why we were there.

Besides music, Terrapin Crossroads includes a bright, family-friendly restaurant with diverse menu of fresh local ingredients overseen by an outstanding chef (even if grilled cheese sandwiches are AWOL). Ask for Barney. Flowing out from the Restaurant is the Bar and an excellent selection of mostly California microbrews. Most evenings there's free live music. The spacious Waterfront Patio overlooking San Rafael Harbor has its own al fresco dining, bar, bandstand and lots of places to sit and play and look. Never made it upstairs to the Living Room.

Under the same roof, but totally separate from the restaurant is the Grate Room. I had envisioned a cavernous warehouse-type space. When we walked in on our first night, a big grin spread over my face as soon as I discovered instead an intimate (capacity <350) performance hall with fantastic acoustics and state-of-the-art Meyer Sound. The stage is centered on one of the long sides of the space, so nobody is very far from the band. It’s SRO, of course, and the alchemy between band and deadheads is just exactly perfect.

As you'd expect, Phil has assembled a lineup of virtuoso players: Grahame Lesh: rhythm guitar, vocals; Ross James, lead guitar, vocals; Jason Crosby, keyboards+ and Alex Koford, drums, vocals. This is a TIGHT band who obviously enjoy playing together. I kept looking at Phil, who after all, had inspired our pilgrimage, trying to get my head around the fact that the guy laying down his unmistakable, innovative bass line and dropping the Phil Bombs was one of only three living people who’d been at EVERY ONE of the Grateful Dead’s concerts! And he’s still enjoying himself as much as anyone in the building.

P&TTFB didn’t try to imitate the GOGD so much as channel the spirit of the music from 40 years ago. The first night they conjured Cornell '77. Three heads next to us had actually been at Barton Hall on 5/8/77 and were duly and continually blown away like the rest of us. The Scarlet>Fire reigned once again above the many highlights along with an exquisite Morning Dew out of St. Stephen (I think the GD only paired SS>Dew that one time). The second night, the 5/9/77 Buffalo Redux, was every bit as high-energy and transcendent. I think this Brown-Eyed Women might have been even more nostalgic than the night before with Phil’s poignant, song-ending, “it looks like the old man's getting on.” We all still miss Jerry.

We came back for a 3rd night to hear Phil, Ross James and a few of Grahame's friends jam at the Bar stage. They played a long laid back set sans keyboards or drums that included Folsom Prison Blues, Ripple, Stealin’ and Ramblin Rose. They did the absolutely-by-far-slowest Bertha I’ve ever heard. I know some here have said they prefer faster, driving Bertha’s, but this glacially slow arrangement totally transformed Bertha into a haunting, plaintive new animal. I think it probably was the musical highlight of the trip.

I’d gotten to the Bar early and shared a stage-side table with Toby from nearby Lagunitas. He had great stories about the music he’d heard growing up in the Bay Area plus all the shows he’d recently heard and those on the way. I told him tonight’s show seems like just another “Friday night” for him, but for somebody from the hinterland, this was a true “pilgrimage”. The relatively short-notice for upcoming Phil shows at TXR makes it difficult for out-of-state fans to plan a trip. Tickets usually sell out in hours. If you are even remotely curious about Terrapin Crossroads, get on their email list ( Next time a P&TTFB show notice catches your eye, be extremely impulsive and pull the trigger on tix and a flight (Oakland Int’l’s closest).

During the days, we trekked up to Olompali State Park to see the ruins of the Mansion where the Dead and much of the SF music scene cavorted for a few notorious months in 1966 (the portrait on the back of Aoxomoxoa was made there). We also went to Muir Beach of Acid Test fame and Stetson Beach to check out the storied post office where all those mail orders went. And Mt. Tamalpais… And an amazing crab shack at Point Reyes Station. Limantour Beach (locals’ choice & less windy than Reyes Pt) was sunny and relaxing until we ended up helping search for a missing 77-year old guy. You get the idea. Somehow didn’t make it to the Dead’s recording studio, vault and hangout, Club Front (’75-’94) at 20 Front Street. And never crossed the Golden Gate into San Francisco, but had a totally magical time in San Rafael and environs. Ready to do it again!!!

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Joined: Aug 25 2008
A Greek box

An early 80's Greek box, pleease.

JimInMD's picture
Joined: Jun 27 2011
Peaked at the Greek

An amazing run, snafu. What a special venue..

Joined: Jun 4 2007

5/07..... Is that some of the most beautiful Dead music ever, or what? Absorbed the second set before bed last night, and just had to hear disc 3 again this afternoon. Wharf Rat for, and to, the ages.

Joined: Apr 23 2008
Greek Shows

For many reasons there was absolutely nothing in my personal experience like a Greek show. I was lucky to see every one of the 80's shows and have so many great memories. I would love a Greek box even if as claimed the 80's recordings were not all up to snuff

Vguy72's picture
Joined: Jun 29 2007
Is there room on that Greek bandwagon?....

....'cause I wanna seat

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Greek '82 35th Anninversary

When you hear people clamoring for a Greek box, this run is at the top of the list of top listing Greek runs ('84, '85, '88 and '89 legendary too).

All three shows are great but 5/23/82 in particular is a must have/must release show. Every single note and beat is perfection. Jerry tore the roof off the place big time at this one.

Greek Theater, University Of California - Berkeley, CA
Set 1:
Shakedown Street
Promised Land
They Love Each Other
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Little Red Rooster
Ramble On Rose
Let It Grow

Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias
Fire On The Mountain
Samson And Delilah
Ship Of Fools
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
The Other One
Stella Blue
I Need A Miracle
Casey Jones

Brokedown Palace

Epic would be an understatement to describe this one.

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Joined: Jun 29 2007
The Buffalo Bertha....

....soooo slow, soooo loping, soooo awesome. Hey David Davis. Saw your Greek '82 post on Google+ too. And you are correct sir....and in response to the recent posts about mixes, and which band members are up front and which are behind the Oz curtain on any given release, I respond with a "damn. Us heads have some keen hearing." Break it down, pull it apart, and reassemble. No instructions required. It's latent....

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Yeah, I'm so used to Bob being low that I only mention it when he's high in the mix. DaP 14, Academy of Music, I subtitled "Return of the Rhythm Player", since he's up.

Forensic Doc sent me a board of 4/8/71, where Bobby is super high. I enjoy it just to hear him play that Gibson ES 365, especially on Dark Star. I always wondered we was up to on DS.

Joined: Feb 16 2017
12/5/71 Felt Forum NYC

Listening to a stellar version of (I Washed My Hands In) Muddy Water. Found this 7-show, 21 cd set online for like $29 and decided to take the gamble. Definitely worthy... radio broadcasts, the occasional crackle and pop and some hiss, at times, but not bad and better than expected for the cost.

It's called, "'71 Dead," and no I don't work for the distributor. Just passing along a sweet little find.


Joined: Jun 4 2007
25th Anniversary Greek May 21 -23 1982

The Greek was the place to see the boys in the 1980s

I loved 1977 but these are cool

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Kickstart the Barton Hall Book

Don’t forget about Larry Reichman’s Cornell Book project. In case you missed it, Larry was attending Cornell in 1977 and had access to Barton Hall for the entire day on 5/8. He photographed set-up, sound check, show and crowd. He’s trying to publish his photos as an oversize, archival quality book. Read more including David Lemieux’s comments at the link below.

As of Saturday Morning 5/20 there are LESS THAN 3 DAYS LEFT in the “All or Nothing”* Kickstarter campaign. As Hugh Romney told the crowd at Woodstock, “… for you people that still believe capitalism isn't that weird, you might help him out and … ” … make a pledge and get book(s) and more:

* All or nothing: You won’t be charged until if/when the total goal is reached. Right now over 81% of the 27,500.00 goal has been pledged.

FYI: I do not know & have never met Larry – just support his effort to preserve a slice of Grateful Dead lore.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Keithfan even further discussion

I would definitely say they are aware of it. I'm pretty sure on the individual shows they went out of their way to mention it has a different mix in the product notes on the site. so I would say they definitely do know. even the mix on hundred year hall is significantly different than the E72 complete version and was kind of a let down for me. I would say jerry does sometimes sound low on 2 track 72 releases. an example of that would be on Friend of The Devil on dicks 11. but I find even when jerry is low he's still audible but when bob is low sometimes I find my ears straining a bit. usually when bob is low I find i'm not going to be hearing everything he does. which sucks because he does good work too. I like spring TOO but I swear the mix on 3/29/90 is inferior compared to final mixes they used on Without A Net. I don't own Without A Net but I did have the ARista Years album which featured the Eyes of the World from Without A Net. I listened to that Eyes many many times for at the time I didn't have much live Dead. and the first time I put that Eyes from Spring TOO on my immediate opinion was this is much murkier than what I heard on the Arista Years. but everything else on that box is of decent quality. my only complaint about sunshine daydream is bob is kinda low not inaudible but kinda low in some spots.

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Joined: Aug 6 2014

uggh, I hear you on the E72 / Keith low in the mix problem. Keeps me up at night. And you're spot-on, he's right where he needs to be on Rockin' The Rhein. Just between us, I think they're aware of it. They being them. I believe that somehow E72 Complete became a rush job for Rhino, and the final mixes were inferior to Rhein and Steppin' Out. Keith was a casualty of that rush job. The E72 Complete version of 4/24 is, for at least one disc out of the show that I compared on headphones, the exact same mix as Rockin' The Rhein (although track separators are in slightly different places). And they went out of their way in the E72 Complete liner notes of the 4/24 show, to praise Keith with great praise. I think they knew he was low in the mix on most of these shows, and so took the opportunity to compliment Keith's playing in the liner notes of the one show where he was high (normal) in the mix, due to it being produced years previously, under presumably the right time allowances.

Veneta is a great 1972 multi-track with Keith in the right place.

The latter half of '72 is fantastic, you're right again. The only problem I have with the two-tracks is that the overall sound quality is not as good as E72, even if the mixes are sometimes preferable (I say sometimes because I think Jerry is unusually low on 30 Trips '72 - your stand up / sit down show). Also, the two-tracks don't sound as good at high volume as the multi-tracks, which is to be expected, but just saying what my observations have been. And then the last glaring thing, is that I miss Pigpen doing those Lovelights - man those three on E72 were three of the best of ever. The Good Lovin's are pretty smooth too, jazzy even. Some great Strangers and Hurts Me Too's too.

Joined: Jun 5 2007

listened to a snippet on "come on man I don't scream requests at you" "what would you do if we spent all evening hollering at you guys STAND UP! SIT DOWN! STAND UP! SIT DOWN!?" lol I need to get me a copy of that show lol That's right up there with "well don't climb the fence, IDIOT!" lol

Joined: Jun 5 2007

I sure did earlier on the treadmill a few weeks ago. I finally checked out The Other One on Dicks 23. they took it to strange new places. sadly not a complete show missing the encore. I need to get more September 72. I think 72 sounds better on 2-track. but that's me. the shows after in 72 got even better after Europe 72. Europe 72 seems to be ok with me in that keith seems to be low in the mix on the shows I have. not saying they're terrible just wish that they could've had a mix on those E72 shows like they did with Rockin the Rhein. you can really hear keith on that one. it seems they took all the great playin on E72 and brought it home with em and tweaked it even better. I like 2 track a lot. I think most 2 track I have sometimes has a "brighter" sound than some of the multi tracks I have. Winterland 73 is a good example of said 2-track release

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Joined: Aug 6 2014
Ha Sixtus

I knew you'd get it.

Yeah, DP 34 has an excellent jam, but they'd lost the edge on the Rio Grandio segment by then. Not that it's bad; we're talking 9.5 instead of 10.

guit30 - I'm coming up on the Buffalo Comes a Time - my second favorite, behind that amazing one on DaP 18 (Opium at the Orpheum).

I listened to the entire Get Shown the Light box set today, up to where I am now, which is halfway through Buffalo. Ship of Fools to be precise. Bertha ranks inordinately high on Heady Version, for a post-hiatus version (#4). I"m still not sure what sets this one apart from all of the other '77s, but I'll get it eventually. Personally, for post-hiatus, DP 18 is the mind bender, with that loud fuzzy solo Jerry squeezes out of the Wolf.

kyleharmon - check out the Hard to Handle on DP 35. Phil and Jerry just destroy the place hard rock style. The night before gets all of the attention (8/6), but his one's my fav.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Dicks picks 35

the recording of these 71 shows have PUNCH to them.

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Joined: Aug 25 2008
@ Vguy

Thank you!
Our only NYE GD show. Just this one little clip brings back fond memories of this show and cross country air trip, in which EVERYTHING went down perfect. Synchronicity.

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Joined: Jun 18 2012
Cornell. Antonjo Crowes

I can't pass judgement on what happened. Though it will forever haunt the family he left behind. So in that regard it's not fair....I found the Chris Robinson interview kind of entertaining. He says a few ridiculous things but it does not bother me. I was never a fan of the derivative Crowes. In the early 90's I Thought they ripped off the Faces and that whole sound. But when I heard that Luther Dickison of North Mississippi all stars joined in the mid 2000's I gave Warpaint a listen. Amazing record and the show was great. I had previously seen them with Jimmy Page in 99 and that was ridiculously cool. They played all the great stoner Zep tracks. So I came around a bit on the Crowes and glad I did. Amorica is also a great record with a classic cover. I'll give Chris a pass. And it's a great thing that so many like Mayer, DSO, JRAD, Phils friends are all sucking on the GD nipple. More Dead for us

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Joined: Jun 29 2007
I haven't seen this video in a while....
Yup. Still holds up....

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Joined: Jul 15 2010
Remember how exciting it was

Remember how exciting it was when you knew there was a show tonight, umm, the 70s, a great time.

Yes! The lights would go out, and I would think to myself, "There is nowhere in the world I'd rather be for the next three hours or so." :-) And it all started in Syracuse in 1978.

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Joined: Feb 21 2011

I am a Deadhead and I miss Jerry!

there I said it....

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Joined: May 1 2009
Comes A Time

Songs like this blow me away. Jerry's sweet vocals, then the solo, where each note just blows you up, I love Jerry, love the Grateful Dead, Remember how exciting it was when you knew there was a show tonight, umm, the 70s, a great time. It's so good to have these well preserved shows.

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