Grateful Dead

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


Digital Download


WHAT'S INSIDE:
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.”

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
"...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.

Unboxing MAY 1977 (ALL MUSIC EDITION)

Listening Party: 5/9/77, Buffalo, NY

“Cassidy”
“Uncle John's Band”

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

“Estimated Prophet”
“Loser”
"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

“Peggy-O”
“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." Rollingstone.com's got an exclusive sneak preview of what might be the most magical "Morning Dew" of all time.

A Note On Digital Downloads

New download links will be emailed to ALL customers that purchased 192/24 and 44/16bit audio. We are currently working with the fulfillment company to provide updated links that will offer a more reasonable and expedient downloading experience. We do not have an exact estimated date of delivery, but are working to resolve this as soon as possible.

Comments

comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
FloridaBobalooToo's picture
Offline
Joined: Feb 17 2017
I'm tipping the Jack Black

Jack Daniels was Frank Sinatras drink long before a Keith, J Page, Slash etc.
So it's good enough for me tonight to say goodbye to Mr Allman.
Feeling the Change of the Guard............yes that's a Steely reference! Sue me if I play it wrong!

Offline
Joined: Jun 25 2014
Replacement Disc

Just received my replacement disc for New Haven, CT. Listening to it now and so far so good...no skips. Thank you Dr. Rhino! Thank you also to Betty Cantor-Jackson, David Lemieux, Rob Eaton, Jeffrey Norman and last but not least Jamie Howarth at Plangent for making the recordings in this box sound so amazing! I wish every release would get the Plangent Processes! It really does make a difference to my old ears (especially the '73,'74 recordings by Kidd). Takes care of the wow and flutter issues in these old tapes.

Greg Allman RIP! Saw them back in 1994 in St. Louis when Dickey was still in the band. Great show!

Offline
Joined: Aug 1 2015
gonna miss greg

the last allman bros show i saw, they burned the building down. was so hoping for a 50th with dickey, jimmy herring and dave schools. of course that became a pipe dream after butch died. RIP our brother!

nitecat's picture
Offline
Joined: Nov 1 2010
Rest in Peace, Gregg

What a great loss to the music world. His autobiography, My Cross to Bear, is revealing.

Recent spins:

The Warlocks Box (yes the drums are too loud in the mix)
New Riders and Friends at the Felt Forum, 1973
Dave's 16 Springfield MA 3/28/73
To Terrapin Hartford 77 (last show of the spring tour, and they come on strong! One of the best Sugarees!
Dick's 2 Columbus Ohio 10/31/71
TTATS 1979, 1982 and 1987 (1987 at Madison Square Garden is awesome! For me, it stands out as one of the top TTATS releases)

I'm currently reading "Backstage Passes & Backstabbing Bastards" by Al Kooper. What an entertaining read, full of humor and one funny or amazing story of Al's experiences in the music industry after another.

Have a grate long weekend!

Vguy72's picture
Offline
Joined: Jun 29 2007
That Sgt. Peppers Star wars mash up....

....awesome! Thanks muleskinner. Sharing as we speak....

FloridaBobalooToo's picture
Offline
Joined: Feb 17 2017
Fare Thee Well

Mr Allman. Thanks for the musical gifts.
69 is young.

Vguy72's picture
Offline
Joined: Jun 29 2007
I would like to imagine....

....that Gregg will be at the show tonight. Godspeed Mr. Allman....say Hi to Duane for all of us.

rgergelis's picture
Offline
Joined: Feb 21 2011
@Brother Gregg
muleskinner_blues's picture
Offline
Joined: Sep 11 2014
Another is waiting

Damn, another one. RIP Gregg Allman.

Offline
Joined: Dec 17 2011
RIP

Gregg Allman

muleskinner_blues's picture
Offline
Joined: Sep 11 2014
A crowd of people stood and stared..

Been on a Sgt Pepper binge since the new box set showed up yesterday..after being on a May '77 binge for the last few weeks. This morning, both my replacement disc for Buffalo Disc 1 showed up as well as the Owsley Stanley Foundation boxset of Doc & Merle Watson from 1974. Thanks for whoever pointed that out here..Vguy? Who knew Bear loved the flatpickin' too? Doc is a hero.

My Buffalo disc skipped right at the jam on Music Never Stopped..almost literally the one song I bought the set for, I think that's it right there. Dr. Rhino made things right very quickly, I appreciate the alacrity.

Enjoying the rehash through Sgt Pepper..It never was my top Beatles album (Abbey Road), but I've really enjoyed and appreciate more digging through the contents of the set, very well done although expensive. Glad it's just me and the dog, and he doesn't mind as long as he's well fed.

On that note, got a brisket smoking and the windows open...not so bad for a holiday weekend with some good tunes. Also have the new Pokey LaFarge and Justin Townes Earle albums on queue.

On the Sgt Pepper tip...maybe this has been posted around here before, but if not..for any fans of both The Beatles and Star Wars, this outfit did a full album/film series of Sgt Pepper meets Star Wars (A New Hope). It is one of the more impressively creative things I've seen in awhile. I think it's faithfully accurate/nerdy to both camps too.

This is the first one and it has links to the rest of the album if anyone's interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYD3QtyEGGM

FloridaBobalooToo's picture
Offline
Joined: Feb 17 2017
Tennessee Jed

Played many versions of this tune while in the Great Smoky National Park and rolling along those winding, twisting, mountain roads keeping an eye out for bear and deer. Magnificent soundtrack to some totally breathtaking views!!
Can not wait to get back there this fall..........

Thin's picture
Offline
Joined: Jun 21 2013
Live/studio, Captured/Compliments of Garcia

Sheik - Agreed that having studio versions adds an extra dimension to the "identity" of a song. I guess my point is that I like the "live recording" aspect...

As for Shakedown, put me in the "yay" column on this debate. I was the guy pumping my fist when they played this live - Any excuse to listen to Jerry trance out and jam with a Melotron/envelope filter for 10 minutes is OK in my book. But agree the studio version is not a band high-point. Sharp cheddar....

LedDed - "Captured by the Game" is so great - brought a huge smile to my face. Love that album (Compliments of Garcia) - Let It Rock, Mississippi Moon, Captured, Russian Lullabye - A great creative tangent that is as enjoyable a side road as the Garcia/Grisman collaborations (hmmmm - haven't listened to those forever....).

Finally, I am listening to Eyes>Not Fade Away from 5/26/77 as I write this, and am blown away. Why does most everything from May 77 rock so amazingly?

Offline
Joined: Feb 16 2017
Happy as Hell

My all-time favorite Jerry song. Feels like a sunny day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkW28tSNAvE

\m/

simonrob's picture
Offline
Joined: Jun 7 2007
Re: Replacement disk

This also happened to me. I sent a mail to customer service asking for a replacement for a scratched disk. To their credit, I received a mail from them within two hours. This is that mail:

Hello Simon,

Thank you for contacting Dead.net & Rhino customer service. We are currently experiencing high email and call volumes. To help us organize & resolve your request for a replacement item(s), we ask that you please fill out the form at the following link:

REQUEST FORM

We will send out your replacement item(s) as soon as possible.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rhino & Dead.net Customer Service

I duly filled in the online request form, so now I will wait for the replacement disk to get sent across the pond to Holland. With luck I will receive it within two weeks.

Offline
Joined: Jul 9 2007
Replacement disk

After contacting customer service a number of times I was sent a form to fill out where I described the issue I was having (skipping disk). In the mail today I received the replacement disk. Now to listen to 5/5 end to end without that annoying skip. The system works, it just takes a while.

JimInMD's picture
Offline
Joined: Jun 27 2011
I Love It

Simon, you just turned it into a killer double album.

simonrob's picture
Offline
Joined: Jun 7 2007
No studio recordings in 1972...

For what may or could have been on a 1972 studio album, this site has interesting information:

https://www.whitegum.com/nosturec.htm

simonrob's picture
Offline
Joined: Jun 7 2007
Syracuse78

So glad to hear that your nightmare problem has been sorted. This is one of the problems with limited editions - if they screw up then typically what you ordered has sold out long ago making it difficult to rectify the situation - but not impossible it seems. Obviously all the numbered copies are long gone but there are unnumbered (miracle) boxes, extra CDs etc. to replace damaged or lost items. Dr. Rhino & MaryE do get things sorted, and customer service seem to be getting their act together somewhat as well.

I can imagine how relieved you are. Have a cold beer!

Sixtus_'s picture
Offline
Joined: Nov 8 2014
re: Miracle

Hey Syracuse78 - congrats on the receipt, personalized service when all else seemed to fail, and of course the unexpected 'Miracle' status. That's pretty cool. I hope that others who have had similar issues will receive the same personalized service to make things right.

Happy Holiday Weekend, People.

Sixtus

P.S. Funny Jim that you mentioned 4/23/77 earlier - I put that one on first thing when I got into work this morning, looking for an early '77; but I started at Scarlet> Fire through the rest of the show - what an amazing second set (first is no slouch either). There musta been some telepathy going on there...

Offline
Joined: Sep 1 2014
1972 studio

It might not be to everyone taste, but they made Promised Land into one of their own during 1972-maybe a studio version of that could be included to start the set off. You Win Again might also be considered, which would place the Garcia/Hunter songs in context with American heritage.

Syracuse78's picture
Offline
Joined: Jul 15 2010
Tragedy Narrowly Averted -- Box Update

If any of you read my previous post, I had grown weary of trying to get the box I ordered rather than the Cornell show I received. Anyway, Dr. Rhino and MaryE reached out to me separately and wanted to make it right. Bottom line is the Doc said he would send me a box the next day, and he did. Overnighted it, in fact and I got it this morning. Gotta say, I didn't realize the CD sleeves were oversized, but I think it's super cool. It's a box, after all, and isn't meant to just sit with the rest of your collection. Anyway, artwork, box, the little magnets to close the box, and of course the music, is all really well done. Color me happy!

The pamphlet (not the book) I guess is supposed to have the number on it? Mine says "Miracle." lol Someone has a sense of humor!

Happy Friday, all!

simonrob's picture
Offline
Joined: Jun 7 2007
Decenniversary...

I honestly have no idea if it is a real word that actually exists. Still, in this day and age it seems that people can make up words as they go along and they readily gain universal acceptance. (e.g. Wellness. WTF!)

A dozenniversary sounds a less attractive proposition as one only gets to party every 12 years instead of every 10 years.

Stranger than fiction dept.: Here in Holland people celebrate 12½ year anniversaries! How weird is that? This means that, for instance, the 12½ year anniversary of an event that occurred in the middle of winter could be celebrated by having a barbecue on the beach.

JimInMD's picture
Offline
Joined: Jun 27 2011
Re: Garcia and Random Musings

Listening to 4/23/77 Springfield as my lunchtime show. Opens with a swinging Sugaree, the third song is Loser. What a great couple of songs.

Agree.. danc, what a great album. A masterpiece. I believe it was just Garcia and Kreutzmann with no outside help. That must have been some fun times in the studio. But those "Garcia" songs are foundational in the tapestry of GD songs.

Sidebar.. wow, that slide guitar work on those 77 Row Jimmy's is exquisite. 74 and 77 Row Jimmy's are my favorites. I guess 89 and 90's are pretty good too.

Simonrob.. You don't hear Decenniversary here too much. Could be because we pulled the plug on converting to the metric system in the early 80's. In a couple years we will no doubt have a big 'hooteroll' for the dozenniversary of dead.net, or perhaps in three years and call it a bakers dozennivsary. More reasons to celebrate, perhaps. Speaking of which, its Friday!

sheik yerbones's picture
Offline
Joined: Feb 5 2008
tittle 72 studio album

Call it "Noah' Great Rainbow" so it is related to europe 72 cover, and the mystic touch in tittle album of the GD. Check also "Before the Flood"...or "The wild bunch in Hypnocracy"...as I learnt Barnum is bankrupt call it "Bolos will never fail"...

Offline
Joined: Sep 11 2007
Garcia

{...Deal, Bird Song, Sugaree, Loser, To Lay Me Down, and The Wheel from "Garcia"} Garcia is as good as any Dead studio album, and in my opinion it hasn't aged a bit. Only Workingman's comes close in my mind for end-to-end quality. I listen to Garcia all the time, it's a masterpiece.

simonrob's picture
Offline
Joined: Jun 7 2007
Decenniversary!

As Vguy noticed, it is coming up to the tenth anniversary of the "new" website, when we all had to re-register. I joined on June 7th. Time flies - unless one is trying to order a box set on the day that it is announced.

I have now listened to all four shows in the box, with the exception of the last one-and-a-bit tracks of the second disc of the New Haven show which skips when it reaches the scratches that I had seen on the disc. Customer service have been made aware. I hope they respond and I don't have to take the matter further. I am optimistic.

As most have noted (it was hardly an unknown) both the quality of the performances and the recording are exemplary. Together they combine to provide an awesome listening experience. I can understand why people say that Cornell (or Buffalo) was the best show ever. To be able to state that categorically, one would have had to have heard every show they performed. As I am not in that position, I can only say that these shows are as good as I have heard, right up there with the shows on the Fillmore West 69 box.

Thats_Otis's picture
Offline
Joined: May 12 2011
72 Studio Album

Side One:

Ramble On Rose
Brown Eyed Women
Mr. Charlie
He's Gone
Jack Straw

Side Two:

Bertha
Chinatown Shuffle
Tennessee Jed
Wharf Rat
The Stranger

EDIT: I have come in a messed with this about 12 times so far... Any title ideas? I was thinking "Gone Are the Days"... but when I see that in print, I don't really like it that much.

sheik yerbones's picture
Offline
Joined: Feb 5 2008
@Thin

I do agree with the beginning; and I do not miss having a studio recording of these songs but in the mean time it might have been a good album to add to "beyond Descriptio collection"
In the seventies we didn't get much of the archive...and yes they went to Europe with the good idea to make a live album. For me studio and live album is yin & Yang, I appreciate both.The former is the basis for you have gotten all these beautiful live albums.
If you listen to HOTWay-Slipknot Franklin's of Buhhalo, the playing is very near (not in jamming) but Jerry's guitar fluidity of BlueFAllah studio record.
Shakedown street live? even live I shall stay pessimist of the result.
PS sorry but here I am in Slumberland while you on Deadnet...and I anwer the next day.

reijo29's picture
Offline
Joined: Jun 18 2012
Unreleased 77

How about March 18? Would love that to be a Dave's pick, kind of make up for the last couple releases which are simply good but not great

sheik yerbones's picture
Offline
Joined: Feb 5 2008
@wadeocu

Yes there was enough material for studio; what about pigpen 'songs: chinatown shuffle, nest time YSM,on a studio record you may also include a reprise like the Stranger, and Bertha, wharf rat and on Skull& roses.

Offline
Joined: Sep 15 2009
Dennis

Also.

But you knew that you silly goose.

Dennis Wilmot's picture
Offline
Joined: Nov 1 2012
mhammond - the 72 studio album

>>>>>Wheels of Fire too.

There was a sequel?

Offline
Joined: Jun 5 2007
72 album

well Robert hunter was a little miffed about not having a 72 album put out I know that

David Duryea's picture
Offline
Joined: Sep 28 2009
2012 30 days

The Wheel from 4/29/77 was included inf 30 Days of the Dead in 2012.

Vguy72's picture
Offline
Joined: Jun 29 2007
Speaking of anniversaries....

....dead.net is about to celebrate one. Ten years strong for some posters here. The earliest I've seen is right around now. Mines on June 29th....check your joining dates....
Edit. One would figure, after ten years, they would get the ordering right (sorry, couldn't help it)....

Offline
Joined: Sep 15 2009
72 Studio

If you're going to add Wharf Rat then I say start it out with Bertha and end it with Wharf Rat and you have The Great American Album.

JimInMD's picture
Offline
Joined: Jun 27 2011
72 Studio

It does seem like they needed the 'big' song to glue the rest together. The Eyes of the World, WRS etc. It was all there, just needed a little more focus.

Kayak Guy's picture
Offline
Joined: Jun 4 2015
The 72 Studio Album

What about Wharf Rat?

Offline
Joined: Sep 15 2009
Re: Wadeco The 72 Studio Album

Add Deal, Bird Song, Sugaree, Loser, To Lay Me Down, and The Wheel from "Garcia" and you have the greatest double album of all time. Well maybe The White Album. Or maybe Electric Lady Land. And then there's Blonde On Blonde. Oh yeah Freak Out. Well anyway, that would have been a great album.

Wait! Wheels Of Fire too.

Offline
Joined: Mar 18 2010
Someday

Nice to receive an update today from the Official Spring '77 Scoreboard. We now have a run of 9 consecutive shows released from this tour, and 13 shows out of 14- stretching from 5/5 to 5/25. (14 out of 16 when including 5/28). The remaining shows from this tour still unreleased:
4/22
4/23
4/26
4/27
5/1
5/3
5/4
5/18
5/26...From these, which is my preference to be the next Chosen One? 2/26/77. Just for me, the release of 5/5 to 5/9 is perhaps the most important addition to the release canon since Europe '72.

Offline
Joined: Jun 5 2007
its crazy awesome how good

its crazy awesome how good these shows sound. listening 5/5/77 and it seems even better the second time around.

Offline
Joined: Sep 1 2014
29/4/77

I didn't know that there was back cover art available. Also, I clearly stated that there were three-not four bonus tracks. Anyway, thanks for the info.

simonrob's picture
Offline
Joined: Jun 7 2007
4/29/77

If you check the back cover art of Download series volume 1, it clearly states that the three (not four) bonus tracks after Terrapin Station are from 4/29/77, i.e. the previous night.

Offline
Joined: Sep 1 2014
Download 1.-30/4/77

Another great show from Spring 1977 that I have just been listening to for the first time. One thing I wondered about-after the encore-Terrapin Station, there are three other tracks, but it doesn't say which show they are from. There's an incredible Sugaree-with a unique organ interlude, that sounds a bit like an accordion, and then Scarlet-Goin Down the Road. Does anyone out there know which show, or shows these tracks are from?
Summer seems to have started here in England after a number of false starts-and it provides a great backdrop to 1977 shows.

Old Chief Smokum's picture
Offline
Joined: May 2 2016
Happy Thursday!

Dark Star- 2/14/70- Long Strange Trip SOundtrack.

https://soundcloud.com/gratefuldead/dark-star-live-at-the-fillmore-east-...

take 24 minutes off and enjoy this one.

Offline
Joined: Apr 1 2008
Europe 72 Studio Album

Consider this though: was there really enough material for a full album?

These are the originals from the live album not appearing in studio format:

Hes Gone
Jack Straw
Brown Eyed Women
Mr. Charlie
TN Jed
Ramble on Rose

Is six songs enough for a full album? Maybe they could have put in Chinatown Shuffle and The Stranger too or if they recorded it at the end of the year they could have moved Stella Blue and Half Step in there and filled it out, but then Wake of the Flood may have lacked material and if they had recorded at the end of 72 Pig may have not had enough in him to do his material. No doubt studio versions of these tunes would have been cool to hear, but six songs just isn't really enough is it?

What is really missing here is Bobby material; he used it all on Ace. Now if Bobby hadn't blown his wad with Ace the album could have looked something like this:

Greatest Story Ever Told
Hes Gone
Mr. Charlie
Black-Throated Wind
Brown Eyed Women
Jack Straw
Chinatown Shuffle
Playing in the Band
Looks Like Rain
The Stanger
Mexicali Blues
TN Jed
One More Saturday Night
Cassidy
Ramble on Rose

Now that would have been something to behold! Maybe too much for a single album! With some stretching out on Playing in the Band and maybe another tune or two they could have possibly pulled off two albums with this material.

JimInMD's picture
Offline
Joined: Jun 27 2011
Re:

Doors open.

FloridaBobalooToo's picture
Offline
Joined: Feb 17 2017
Dave

Open up man I've got the stuff

JimInMD's picture
Offline
Joined: Jun 27 2011
Looking for the Video

I was looking for a video I saw of Jerry commenting on the new E72 songs.. he said he regretted not giving them studio attention. That the songs deserved studio attention and they fit in really well with Workingmans Dead and American Beauty.

Just thought I would add that since the topic came up. I know video exists of him commenting as such.. wish I could put my fingers on it.

I recall him using the words "regret" and "the songs deserved studio attention."

Food for thought. Perhaps someone will have better luck digging up an old interview than I just had...

_____________________________________________________
Edit: I did find the following passage on Living With The Dead, page 228.

[Garcia and Hunter regret that some of the new songs on the album - which could have been tuned up in the studio - are buried amongst the covers and live versions of earlier songs.

Hunter: "To me, all that material was the kicker follow-up album to American Beauty. Instead, we put out this three-album thing that sounds good, but spreads out the material so thin we never get to hear what those songs might have sounded like on an album of their own."

Garcia: "I concur, instead we dribbled some of that music all the way up through Wake of the Flood."]

_____________________________________________________

It goes on to spread some of the blame to Warner, etc.

I guess in the end, it is what it is and I'm plenty stoked they carried around the multi-track for those 22 shows.

Peace all.. have a great rest of the week.

X
Added to Cart May 1977: Get Shown The Light (All Music Edition)

You might also like these items

$30.00
Add To Cart
Added To Cart
$26.00
Add To Cart
Added To Cart
$19.98
Add To Cart
Added To Cart
Continue shopping »