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
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
WHAT DEAD HEADS HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT...
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.”
“The music they laid down brought me places I had not been before.”
“...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.”
"...an 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: 5/7/77, Boston, MA
“The Music Never Stopped”
"Samson And Delilah"
A Closer Look At 5/5/77
First Listen: "Morning Dew" 5/8/77
"Mind-roasting"? Don't mind if we "dew." Rollingstone.com's got an exclusive sneak preview of what might be the most magical "Morning Dew" of all time.
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....Elvis has left the building......
Yea.. but this one's a classic. For that matter, so is the July 78 box. Outstanding stuff.
Not such a secret after all, then! I am not familiar with this show, but I am surprised that another show from this era has been released after the 78 box set last year, and Get Shown The Light earlier this year. It seems the heavy stuff is out of vogue for the time being.
Eugene OR, now showing on the new Dave's Picks message board!
has been exhausting. They must be setting a new record for page views this month, from me alone. its all good though. I'm not angry. If there weren't some sort of snafu it wouldn't be the dead.
Bring on the pick(le)!!!!
I have not received my notice yet, i am usually latter then most. This is how they did the second 45 release last month. I had mine in hand way before the posted on the site for individual sale. Maybe this is there new model they are following, taking care of the subscribers first.
Yes, I have had a shipping notice, too - without any indication of what it might be. I guess the intention is that we receive it without knowing its provenance. Living over here in England, I guess that many will receive theirs before I get mine, and understandably spill the beans. So maybe I will check out for a while, and then reconnect when I have got it.
The last 5 cds I have listened to have been
Balboa Island by The Pretty Things
1st Album by The Pretty Things
Get The Picture? by The Pretty Things
S.F. Sorrow by The Pretty Things
Parachute by The Pretty Things
...all culled from the excellent box set Bouquets From Cloudy Sky. If you haven't heard this band, S.F Sorrow is the one to go for. They also made a couple of the best psychedelic singles not made by The Beatles or Pink Floyd-Defective Grey/Mr Evasion and Talking About The Good Times/Walking Through My Dreams. Seriously groovy. Bye for now.
I too have had a shipping notice - what a mystery.
Basically I think any track that was originally featured on the Steal Your Face album is an edited version. but playing that edited Eyes on the treadmill is still a pretty good one. I'd rather have edited tracks and have the Movie Soundtrack than Steal Your Face anyday
..announcement should happen today, but at this point, I would rather have my mailman tell me the show. I like blind taste tests....
That's funny, I guess I do always mention that the Movie Soundtrack's Eyes of the World has been edited. I didnt realize it for years, and it eas my favorite version. Imagine my surprise first time listening to So Many Roads. Strange that they did this, when you consider that it's a 5 CD set, where time is spent on multiple Drums, He's Gones, and a Weirdness.
Work drive, on to DP 24.
Found a youtube of this show on youtube. It is good, but for sound Quality, I found a matrix by Mr Bill in the archives, which is excellent.
I just checked out the store and found info about 30 setlists, they still had the info there, 77 was 4/25/77 - Passaic , NJ. Here is the setlist,looks like a great setlist.
New Minglewood Blues
They Love Each Other
Looks Like Rain
Ship of Fools
Brown Eyed Women
Music Never Stopped
Fire on the Mountain
Samson and Delilah
Playin' in the Band
Playin' in the Band
Can you tell me which 77 show is on 30 trips box, I'd like to check it out on the ar- chives. Music Vault is a great person, I watched his Dec 30 show on youtube, great so
I would like to check out this other 77 show you are talking about, sounds good.
PS- I want to get a miniature Wall Of Sound to use for my stereo
As Keithfan is famous for saying; check out the full unedited version of that Eyes on the So Many Roads box set. It's a doosy clocking in at 18:30!
on the treadmill. figured I'd give it a spin since it is constantly being brought up in every '77 release. it's criminal that sugaree wasn't included but there's so many gems in that set that it doesn't matter. 2 '74 playing in the bands. and what may possibly be the last Dark Star till Winterland '78. this will be a first time full listen since I bought the Package deal they had when it came out (Beyond Description, Grateful Dead Movie DVD, Movie T shirt, Movie Soundtrack). so far has a great Eyes of The World, China Doll and China>Rider. song selections are from Scattered dates but I don't mind it as long as its from the same venue and run.
1) White paper CD sleeves are the answer. I've been storing them this way since 30 Trips was released. Zero scratches. Prior to that I tried CD binders / suitcases, with the felt backing and plasticy front - you know, the basic generic CD holder type thingy. I adorned it with awesome Dead stickers and it looked great. But there is still too much friction. You get some particles in there unawares, and the next thing you know your slamming the cat's tail in the door because your 2011 Road Trips bonus disc with the 43 minute Dark Star and Kung fu grip got scratched. Bad scene man, b.a.d. scene.
The question becomes, what do you do with them once you have them in the white sleeves? I put mine in the 30 Trips crates. One 30 Trips crate isn't nearly big enough, so you'll need to buy something else. I've seen some crates at Walmart and Target that look suitable. I'm sure once you get one or three of those all gussied up with some Dead stickers, life will be grand (and the cat will be happier).
2) Sonically speaking, I believe 30 Trips 1977 is the best sounding 1977 recording. Performance and set list great too. Not sure how this one ended up so good, but the separation is perfect, the reverb factor is perfect. Bobby's guitar has not yet "thinned out" badly, as it eventually did (you can actually hear a distortion pedal in use). The only things holding this one back is a couple of songs weren't quite as developed as they became even a couple of weeks later (Scarlet/Fire for example). There is also the organ Keith plays. Not a fan. I prefer the piano and electric piano he moved toward later in 77 (check out Estimated Prophet Dicks Picks 18 to hear exactly the sound). From what I've read, he wasn't into those synths that we hear in the first half of 77, but he didn't really have a choice in the matter. But the sound on this show is fantastic, and I'm pretty picky with the organ thing - you may not even notice.
I think paper sleeves will be the answer. I have a few of these issues so I plan to buy 100 which are cheap and will solve the issue once and for all, I hope anyway!
I need to check my Box.
Maybe the summer heat makes the glue melt.
Time to invest in a temperature controlled storage vault.
I found the exact same thing to the exact same box last month! Must be a time bomb.
I used rubbing alcohol.
Success with 70% isopropyl alcohol.
Water rinse very heavy after to get any residue gone.
I hope there's no long term trouble. Maybe I'll burn a backup to be safe
For sure it's glue
Disc 1 of the box
Gonna try alcohol
Buying sleeves tomorrow for this whole box and others in same packages
Being cheap don't pay! Use digipaks GD
...with a bonus disc consisting of the remainder of Pembroke Pines show not included with Dicks Picks #3 5/22/77...
Years ago, they played the Dick's Picks out-takes on The Grateful Dead Hour.
I reconstructed a copy of the complete show for my own collection,
and realized how much better of a show 5/22/77 is when it's complete! It's a shame it was edited for release.
Yes I agree, they might as well release 5/18 too!
(and the rest of Spring '77 :o))
Hey FloridaBobalooToo (and anyone else with a similar problem):
By any chance, is your disc skipping/freezing on disc 2 track 8 Bertha?
If so, the glue drops may not be the problem. I remember when this box first came out,
a lot of people were complaining about this same problem (I have the same problem)
I think there may have been a manufacture defect. If you get a magnifying glass (or not if you have good eyes) look at the playing side of your CD towards the end of the disc (the outer edge). Normally, you can see the section of the disc that is used and unused (there is a slight
difference in color/silver). Find that defined circumference line, and let your eyes follow it
around the full 360o. If you have one of these defective discs, you will see that at one point
of this line, you can see the circle bow outwards ... like an egg instead of a circle.
It almost looks like if it were a record, you are looking at the grooves, but instead of the groves going in a circle, they are wavy at one point.
Now, I'm no CD engineer, but the disc freezes up at the end of the last track, and this defect is right around the end of the used space on the CD. I know it's only about the last 2 min. of Bertha, but for us "complete-ists" that hurts.
Before you scrub your disc too hard, (if it is disc 2 that's in question) check to see
if this could be the problem.
I haven't been here for a while so I went through all the comment, interesting discussions.
Regarding 1977, after listening to the GSTL box set, this year is still tops. However I think a lot of you have called it right: setlist and variety of songs are limited. They dropped a lot of songs out of the 77 shows when compared pre-hiatus shows and only just the year before - 76. Of course Estimated and Terrapin were added. I think what makes 1977 so good is the consistent high level of playing. Pretty much any 1977 show that I put on is good. In my mind there are not too many other post-hiatus years where I can say that. However I still think 1972 and 1973 are the best.
As for 12/30/77, I have a mild obsession with that show, ever since I came across it on YouTube. There is something about that Row Jimmy that really gets me. Incidentally, the uploader - Music Vault has a bunch of Grateful Dead and other bands shows on there. I am sure all of you know about Vodoonola too, who has 3 channels of Grateful Dead and JGB shows. Great stuff.
For the next Dave's Picks, I am hoping for another Betty Board release of a good show. DaP 22 was nice, but the band at that time in 1971 was not in a jamming state of mind, at least not like the level that they woukd be a year later. Even if it is not a Betty Board, I am hoping we get a show with more jamming. I don't care what year. I always think there are shows that are great but just havent had the circulation and attention , so they fly under the radar. 10/18/72 is one that comes to mind for me. I am anxious for the anouncement.
One of my GSTL discs had glue.
I dissolved it off with Everclear, 190 proof.
So, some of you may ask why is 190 proof Everclear legal in Georgia?
If you can buy it in the store you don't have to go into the woods and make your own, and the state gets their taxes...
So I go for my beloved Winterland 73 box, and get a disc out. Well it's stuck in the sleeve. I have to pull it out and it's stuck. When I do get it out 2 big spots of glue on the disc make it skip and stall.
I am very unhappy as I tried soap and water then goo gone, and this shit is not coming off my disc!
If you have any CDs in these shitty little sleeve packages do yourself a favor and get them out of that package asap. Wrap in a tissue or put in a jewel case, but don't risk getting glue on your disc and ruining it. Now I have 1 last option which is to go across town and have it polished. Suck Job! If this disc can't be saved, I will be pissed as this is one of my favorite sets! Don't risk it folks. Take action before it's too late.
Actually, watching it too, great show, Jerry is playing the Wolf again. They are having fun,Seems they are always good at Winterland. DP 10 was my second Dick's Picks. That was 12/29/77 with some songs from this show. Wow, incredible Estimated Prophet, Jerry has Mutron on. Gotta go, they just went into Eyes of the World. Show is on Music Vault Channel.
I can't go in to a job I despise and scream at the boss and quit.
I had And Then There Were Three on cassette in the late 80's and listened to it a lot. I thought it was pretty good.
I made it to 7-21,22
Made the mistake of thinking I should go to work on 7/23...
is anyone else getting tired of dreaming they announced it only to get up to find out its not true? and yes to a mike who said something about a late announcement. I said it many a time it was for daves 20 (Boulder '81) it wasn't announced until the day before Halloween. cuz I remember thinking "seriously? a two day pre order??". it was rough. it was a rough month. i'm about to say I'm not checking back in here so when it shows up at the house it will be a total surprise. easier said than done. whatever it is I'm sure it will be worth the wait. might be taking longer cuz they might have to do some clean up on the tape. so id rather have a late release announcement and have them take time to clean up/fix a tape the best they can than have a rush job on it (unlike Europe '72 box)
Hard to believe it's been 27 years. Horrible venue, awesome three shows.
RIP Brent..... ;(
Hold off on the Dave's announcement. Sure, I'm excited to see what it is. In another week or so I'll stop coming on here and just wait til mine arrives. Opening that mail would be like Xmas! Although it kind of is anyway. Just would be fun to not know 'til it arrives.
This version has always been special to me. Cornell is very good, but this version from original Europe 72 has always been the cat's meow for me!!!
Yes I spun Duke too. That was my first LP by them. Ah mammeries........oops. Memories!
There was one year when they announced the next pick real late , like on the 28th or something. How has Dave's 23 not leaked yet? Ii have a feeling the announcement will be Monday, but I hope I'm wrong.....
Here's hoping for an uncirculated Betty from '79 or an upgraded Eugene '78..
I've been in a huge Genesis kick the last couple of weeks too. Started with Selling England by the Pound, then Lamb Lies Down, Trick of the Tail, Wind and Wuthering, detour to Supper's Ready from Foxtrot, then Seconds Out, then And Then there Were Three...(which is underrated). Only problem is, some of those reissues are compressed as hell.
Also watched a video of the "Mama" Tour on YouTube the other night. It was the only time I saw them, 1984, I was 15. Kicked ASS, and it was nice to see confirmation in the video. Never wanted to see them after that as Invisible Touch and everything after that causes some nausea for me.
Three Sides Live is a great live album too, especially the "In the Cage" medley.
I don't share the antipathy felt by many toward the post-Gabriel Genesis, up through Mama anyway. I mean, Duke, Abacab, and Mama still have some pretty effing proggy stuff.
It occurs to me that Genesis and the Grateful Dead have something in common - they're both "uncool" to a certain type of music fan. Bummer for them.
While we are waiting, Garcia Live Volume Nine: August 11th, 1974 Keystone Berkeley comes out next week.
Dave's Pick should be announced today?
LedDed, I also just took DP12 for a spin. I noticed the Mind Left Body jam isn't really the Mind Left Body Jam; it's the "unofficial" Feelin' Groovey jam that appeared sporadically in Dark Stars from '69ish to '72ish. Then they began incorporating it into the China Cat Sunflower jam. Strange...
That DP 29 disc you speak of Space is pretty darn good. I like all of the preparation banter that precedes it. The one piece of 1977 I love best is disc one of Dave's Picks Volume 1, 5/25/77 at the Mosque in VA. I missed out on that one when it was initially released. By the summer of 2014, you could barely find a new one on eBay, and if you did, the price tag was between $300 - $400. I eventually got a burned copy of one that summer and then later found someone here who was selling his used one for a good price. I had not given 1977 much attention before hearing DaP 1. I'd had To Terrapin: Hartford 77 for many years, and considered it a decent showing. I had also downloaded May 1977 from dead.net around the same time.
But it was the Mosque show that did it for me, particularly the first disc. I hadn't heard Mississippi Half-Step before, and I remember going out for a cool summer night walk with the headphones on, and giving the Dave's Picks with the Star Wars cover its first listen. I was totally blown away, first by the smooth sound, then by the flawless instrumentation, then by the spot-on vocals. The lead vocals were pretty much always good, but here the backing vocals were in perect unison and perfect harmony. And of course I was getting my first taste of Mississippi Half-Step, right out of the starting gate.
The rest of disc one was as good as the opening. Jack Straw, Cassidy, Promised Land, Mexicali, and Lazy-Supplication from Bobby; and there was Peggy-O, They Love Each Other, Loser, & Brown-Eyed Women from Jerry (and these were all exceptional versions). The guitar solo in BEW is as good as it gets; Jerry rivaled it only a couple of times that I've heard (DP 29 & DaP 12). Discs 2 & 3 were just as good. But there is some magic in disc one that puts it above all else '77 for me.
In hindsight, now that I've listened to all of Spring '77 many many times over, the Mosque still holds up. I prefer the sound of the later May shows, due to Keith moving away from the organ sound he employs up through this Cornell box, and just into the beginning of the first May 1977 box set. I prefer the piano / electric piano sound that he shifted back toward around mid-May. He didn't forsake the organ altogether, but it was featured less, and not so prominently in the mix.
I think I would choose this show over Cornell (and everything else). Would be nice if it featured Help / Slip / Franklin, but I guess I cant have it all. I suppose I could tack on the 5/22 version to the end....But yeah, Dave's Picks, Volume 1, great show, disc one. Get some.
5/19/77 Atlanta (Dick's Picks 29) disc 3 may be the most perfect 65 some-odd minutes of music from the entire year to this listeners ear.
Besides the Terrapin>Playin'>UJB>D>Wheel>China Doll>Playin' sandwich, that 16 and-a-half minute Sugaree is quite epic.
Buffalo (my other favorite) and Tuscaloosa are definite honorable mentions.
Speaking of Atlanta, 5/18 is an underrated gem of a show and not yet released. I could see that as a Dave's Pick with a bonus disc consisting of the remainder of Pembroke Pines show not included with Dicks Picks #3 5/22/77.
......here's to hoping the next Dave's Pick will be 9/26/91 or 4/1/91.....
it has to be announced tonite. i'll be checking around here at 3am as most of the time is when things are announced for me. if not at all today I fear it will be another dave's picks 20 situation where it wasn't announced until the day before Halloween. that was a rough a month.
Tonight, I got a new set of speakers for my laptop ,what a difference I thought I had the Wall on my computer. Still, nothing like my stereo system, I got them thru the mail.It was a nice surprise, they were not supposed to be here til Sat. Really sound good, had to make some adjustments on my realtec software, which can get so funky.
I listened to Barton Hall first, half, Betty Cantor and the other half, a matrix with Hunter Seamons and Jerry Moore. The Cantor recording in the archives did not seem to have as much reverb as the box set. Maybe Jeffrey Norman added some reverb to the mix, remember, Rob Eaton had to do a lot of work into those tapes, they were in real bad shape.
Then I watched The Beat Club on Youtube, was awesome, like the close footage on the stage.
one my favorite things about may '77 is when jerry would do those pop chops in certain songs. what exactly am I talking about? well a good example is on the music Never Stopped on that Dicks Picks May 77 show.
Can't rip away at anyone for liking Cornell the best out of the 4...
These shows are all so good and it's so close.
I'm with 'Frisco - I think that the New Haven show is highly underrated.
It's hard to say because I flip-flop all the time but I think that New Haven might be my favorite of the four.
I would definitely rank Boston as #4 on my list though.
For what it's worth, my favorite May '77 show is 5/17 Tuscaloosa.
I hope so. Im more than likely going thru a trough now. Might have to break out Dicks 19 or 28 to kick it back in gear.
Been on a Genesis kick as of late. Second Out and then there were three.
Im sure the rudder will turn for long.................. Be Well!!
I just went back to Dick's Picks 12 (Providence, 6/74) for the superlative Spanish Jam. It never fails to deliver on enhanced spaciness.
song titles are just a framework. Where the music goes within the song could be different each time. While shows could have similar setlists, each show could have a different feel. I remember before I "got shown the light", I remember Dead-Heads describing shows to me as "snowflakes ... no two are alike". I used to think that meant it was because they never had a setlist. The more I got into them, I realized it was much more than just being spontaneous with what to play, but how to play it.
Just finished listening to Buffalo again today for the second day in a row. Yes ...
it is a great Comes a Time! A great show all together, as is Cornell ...
But my vote goes to New Haven. I think this show is one of the best of the month.