MAY 1977: Get Shown The Light Box - SOLD OUT
Four Complete Shows on 11 discs
• 5/5/77 Veterans Memorial Coliseum: New Haven, CT
• 5/7/77 Boston Garden: Boston, MA
• 5/8/77 Barton Hall, Cornell University: Ithaca, NY
• 5/9/77 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium: Buffalo, NY
• Sourced from the Betty Boards, transfered by Plangent Processes
• Mastered in HDCD by Jeffrey Norman
• Artwork by Grammy-winning graphic artist Masaki Koike
• The unreleased book Cornell ‘77: The Music, The Myth And The Magnificence Of The Grateful Dead’s Concert At Barton Hall by Peter Conners, published by Cornell University Press
• In-depth essay by noted Dead scholar Nicholas Meriwether
• Producer's Note by David Lemieux
• Individually Numbered, Limited Edition of 15,000
• 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.
Limited to 15,000 individually numbered copies, 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 Boards 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.
Due May 5th, we anticipate that this revelatory boxed set will sell out. Your best bet is to pre-order it now, then sit back, relax, and enjoy all the exclusive content we'll be rolling out over the next few weeks.
Looking for something a little more byte-sized? The collection will also be available for HD digital download in FLAC and ALAC, exclusively at dead.net, on release day.
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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Cornell IS a good show. Cornell was a great tape rollin' around back in the day because of quality of sound... I think it was one of the more crystal clear shows I'd heard up to that point...
All of May, shoot... the overwhelmingly GRAND majority of '77 was unbelievable! There are many "best" versions or among the best versions of singular songs throughout that whole month span....and many in this 4 night run. ’77, while fantastic for deadheads, is what I consider “tolerable” go to dead for non-heads… such as my better half. She’s never been passionate about the dead. So, I have always felt pretty good about playing anything from ’77, especially May, when we’re on a road trip or something. The sound is great, playing is great… vocals are pretty much as good as it ever got and mistakes are minimal and not very noticeable to a non-head. Same goes for 89-90…
Another May '77 note- The whole band is tight but Bob is at one of the many peaks of his game. Bob's attention to his songs and detail is unparalleled. He's sooo good during this time frame.
However, I'm more of a fan of the following night in Buffalo as a full show goes. Cornell>Buffalo – the best two shows in a row…. Possibly. ☺
All of that being said.. this box is a tremendous representation of what the best of the best looks, feels, and sounds like. And, well done on the box. Excited to crack the book and see what's beyond the music.
5/5 - Veterans - The 1st set is better than the second set... Sugaree > unreal. Cowboy tunes(mama tried, el paso) are spot on and energetic. Looks Like Rain > stunning. 2nd set is great but seems to drop in energy… highlights - Good Lovin', St. Stephen, Sugar Mag
5/7 - Boston- Fantastic 1st set- very well played - Peggy O,1/2 step!, Big river, Music Never Stopped - 2nd set - Great Terrapin- A Top 10 FOTD(in my opinion), the wheel>wharf>around stretch is stellar.
5/8 - Cornell - Great show - solid start - 1st set really gets cookin' around TLEO and Jack Straw. Lazy>Sup is great but Jerry has been better on others. He makes up for it on the Brown Eyed Women...(one of the best). Dancin is great.. (Palladium is still tops for me). 2nd set is extremely well played - Scarlet > fire .. the best ever? (I dunno… but it’s ridiculous). Estimated… tell me a bad estimated from May… St. Stephen> NFA>St. Stephen – solid… MORNING DEW!!!! Holy Smokes!!!!
5/9 – Buffalo – wow. wow. holy, wow. Out of the gate chasing, running down, and lapping the night before. The band is HOT and they know it. A nasty Help > Slip> Franklin’s. Slipknot is magnificent. Cassidy,BEW, Mex, Big River… whole first set is crackling with energy… Shoot… Donna even raised her Sunrise game. TMNS set closer is just plain fire. 2nd set is phenomenally played. The band stretches out a bit more that some of the other textbook 77 nights. Garcia is oozing passion – Bertha opener..Ship of fools, Comes a time… he’s in it to win it. The pocket Estimated>Other One> NFA is adventurous and the band is so dialed in. They are so intent on being one… vocals and all. You know it’s good when they get past the music and can really lean in on making the vocals “just right”. Uncle John’s Band is a great example of that and a great closer. Unreal…. Wish I was there.
You guys crack me up.. What a great thread at the moment.
While it's true that pretty much the top historically and popularly coveted shows are now released (5/8/77, 8/27/72, E'72, FW'69, 3/39/90, 2/13/70, 10/9/89, 10/16/89, 10/26/89, 9/10/91 just to name a few) have been released, there's so much more that are just as enjoyable to listen to.
I think we need a good Greek Theater, Giants Stadium or Autzen Stadium release next. Did they have video screens at the '90 Autzen Stadium shows? DVDs would be really sweet. That magical Spring '90 tour mojo was still going strong on that West Coast late spring/early summer run.
Last night the Pups made their annual stop at one of the smallest clubs in Boston, The Brighton Music Hall. I had the pleasure of hanging with Curt, Chris and Elmo for about 30 minutes in the smoking area behind the venue. They seemed to like what I was smoking and were chatty as I kept lighting new ones.
I got to ask them about a lot of stuff and requested Franklin's Tower, but Curt said he was the only one that would remember it.
He did say that he still goes on GD binges for days at a time and his favorite stuff is the Pigpen years.
They never played or even teased Franklin's but did a fine Whiskey in the Jar.
Country Punk at it's finest.
Here's one from the night before, the 11th, in Portland Me, though Ted the taper got the date wrong on the posting ;)
Since Cornell is "finally" released and considered to be the "best" dead show I guess we all can now relax and not buy anymore "second best" dead live cd's. What do we do now? Live Pink Floyd show???
I am really glad I bought this box, and luckily with no problems. The Buffalo show, while I can't say it's my favorite, is a real stand-out. A show that opens with Help Slipknot! Franklin's is just a sign of what's to come next. From that and a great Big River and Brown Eyed, throw in a Mississippi Half-Step -- travel on to a mind-melding Estimated Other One with perhaps the sweetest Comes a Time I've ever heard. And everything in between; but those are the highlights.
My favorite version of Peggy-O is the New Haven one...I think that would be my go-to track to turn someone on to the Dead for the first time. It's so richly beautiful with crunchy and creamy layers of Deadness baked right inside.
In the midst of finding the time to really listen to these four shows, I was directed by friend living on the Left Coast to 11/8/70 -- Lovely early acoustic versions of Dire Wolf, I know Your Rider (slow and melodic a real treat), and the last Operator. Event continues with NRPS on the stage, and then a Dead electric set.
I'm glad for being able to continue to poke around some to find these amazing gems in the Dead archives. But nothing beats the sound of these newly mixed releases from the vault. I'll have my cake and eat it too!
Pm me your email and I can hook you up with it.
When downloading my May '77 cd's into my mac I noticed that the cover art was absent. Could someone tell me where I can get the individual cd cover art?
I'm PC, listen at my desk guy. My Windows 10 media player doesn't show any data on any of the discs. "Unknown Artist" "Track One" any help?
"that's a great idea, but why don't we saw off both arms instead of just the one?" I got a chuckle out of that one. Not a LMAO or LOL; more of "heh, that Minas is funny".
I'm enjoying some GSTL, although I had a handful of scratched/scuffed discs. Not all skipped, but several did. Replacements pending.
Very nice combo of songs - most of the good ones are here. Too bad they didn't join Estimated Eyes for another week.
I don't hear anything that sets these shows apart from the other May shows. I do get a little distracted by the echoey reverbish vocals; they sound most prominent on the Truckin' Up to Buffalo show. I was a tad bit hoping Jerry's guitar and vocals would be louder on Help / Slip / Franklin, but its still great. This triad is so rarely played that I dare not rank or compare it with others.
Cornell, I think the Scarlet is solid, but I've heard better (5/21 & 5/13 come to mind). The transition into FOTM is special, like a magician sneaking your wallet out of your pocket (whoa the song changed, how did that happen??) The FOTM is incredible, top 5 for sure. Great guitar parts from Jerry, and perfectly mixed chorus vocals.
Comes a Time is special, as is Mississippi Half-Step. Glad to see there's a Wheel in here. Buffalo Bertha is exceptional to me. There's a subtly slower but measured pace to it that grooves very nicely.
Not crazy about Keith's organ sound on Estimated Prophet. He's using a Moog of some sort, and he's mixed really high up until around St Paul / Chicago. By late '77 / early '78, he's developed the sound a bit more, which is preferable to me. His sound is divine on Dick's Picks 18 (check out Estimated and The Wheel; you'll never hear a better Wheel!)
That's about it for now.
ye-ah, these super sweet sounds//////amazed. amazing. all. i am so happy to have buffalo at this level--nevermind the other 3 amazing shows--and w/ this clarity. its almost unreal. to have these shows back and at this level of sonic clarity is absurdly awesome. many thanks to all who made this happen.
earlier, or, upon (the box's) arrival, i'd thought about some online complaints over loose discs and bent cardboard, but, you know what?, every note plays, perfectly.
after listening to one show a night, on the night, it all feels just exactly so. superb.
in love. still. beamin'
Half Step>Big River>Tennesse>TMNS>Terrapin ...some great energy going on there.
In case you haven't seen this review of the box from Pitchfork (written by Jesse Jarnow):
Lastly, for those of you Ryan Adams followers (like me, "Rosebud up on the Ohio" is a lyric from his song "Rosebud" about Jerry's guitar living in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland) someone uploaded this show from 2006 (with the Cardinals (aka Neal Casal). Check out the setlist, I think Ryan was jonesing on the Dead that week. Going to be seeing him at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley in a few weeks would be cool if he busted one of these covers out.
Just a wishful comment based on the fact that the LE sets can sell out during preorder, the slight speed bump in the ordering process would be more like the limits they put on ticket presales before a show goes officially on sale. I doubt Ticketbastard is hurt much by offering a limited amount of tickets to presale and then limiting how many tickets are available per purchase as they are usually sold out at presale.
Your comment, "unlimited copies, you have to wonder if a 2 set per person order limit on the 1st day might be something to think about for the future."
As much as I didn't enjoy paying $200 for DaP 1, limitations of 2 sets is never going to happen. It's as crazy and unrealistic a happening as if they said, "We're doing 3 year subscription contracts for all new releases. Each member has to supply their bank account and routing number, and we will deduct funds monthly to pay for the subscription. There's a $100 surcharge for cancellation."
Sounds crazy right? That's how two set limitations sound to Rhino. I'm sure somebody on "The Board" already suggested it, to which the Grand Poobah responded, "that's a great idea, but why don't we saw off both arms instead of just the one? Let's sink the ship as quickly as possible and get to work on our Resumes"
Is Barton Hall the best ScarletFire of 1977?
I don't check ebay, but when it comes on sale on Amazon Prime and seems to have unlimited copies, you have to wonder if a 2 set per person order limit on the 1st day might be something to think about for the future.
May 1977: Get Shown The Light LIMITED EDITION
Grateful Dead (Artist) Format: Audio CD
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My Cornell discs are quiet, no sound at all. Everything else plays and sounds great.
Perhaps 5/8/77 Cornell never really happened.
This sounds INCREDIBLE.
None whatsoever. Here I sit Tuesday with no response to my inquiry.
I think I may have been one of the first to raise the issue of skipping discs on the AME board. I did so only because it seemed like most people were over there. But my set is the limited one. They probably produced all of the discs at the same time and it was the luck of the draw for some of us.
I wasn't really complaining about it either. I was just notifying everyone to listen since my 2nd disc for Boston looked mint and skipped during Samson & Delilah.
MaryE forwarded my message to the good doctor and a replacement was shipped out. I've listened to everything else already now twice and I'm very pleased with all of it. Can't please everyone. But you sure can please me with these stellar shows!
No skipping, but loose discs and glue on one CD on my limited edition. I wouldn't think there would be issues based on what edition you got. They were all probably made at the same time, since the lead time was the same as the limited edition lead time. You could probably check the discs to see if there are different lot numbers, but with out knowing why they are skipping, it is a bit pointless (ie they may play fine in another brand of CD player)
....positive vibes be damned
But the packaging is too cute by half. Loose discs in three of the four shows. Both discs floating around in 5/5; "Deal" gets the Chipmunks skip-o-rama treatment on disc one. Box No. 10309. Add it up and you get 13. Sigh.
Sounds great, though.
....I haven't read anyone who got the Ltd box complain of skips on this board. Scrambling to make more in a hurry kinda makes sense. What did they expect?....it wouldn't sell out? Ptth...
This guy on ebay is selling thumb drives of mp3 Dead releases. Europe 72, winterland 77, warlocks. Put this item in the eBay search window
I've never quite heard this show sound like this. Listen to Keith on the keyboards during Row Jimmy-- so very yummy. A pleasure to listen to, I'm sort of speechless at the interplay going on here....And here comes Phil, getting more pronounced as it builds to a final peak and then slow down into another softspoken expression of bliss. So beautiful--like an open window into the heart. :)
And the album Cornell 5/8/77 already has its own Wikipedia page!
....current temp inside? '77. Coincidence? I think not!!
Inspiration move me brightly
Keith fan I have 2 of those on the shirt. Boston and Ithaca. Do you have Boston in higher resolution?
Mississippi Half Step is nearly perfect. One botched vocal is all it takes.
P.S. what's the best official release Terrapin from 77? I want to listen to one where the guitar growls at thfe end. Who knows what I mean? Rowr. You know, when they do the pick slide trick. Is that Weir? Rrrowr.
So it was you ;)
It's better to be quoted as Poo Face than not to be quoted at all....
I read that in a fortune cookie once...
Sort of have to don't you, after all the efforts to have it in our hands in time.
I'm on the 2nd set now, i've restarted Scarlet 3 times as i keep wanting a little more pipe time before the Dew. Mutron me Jerry.
Speaking of the Mutron, the Dave notes specified some of the tapes that got returned he was so excited about and one was one my favorites 11/6/77, so it' looks like that will be a future Dave's Pick as it's a perfectly recorded 3 disk show with no patches required. Wolf+Mutron=mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
The booklet was nice, the Cornell 77 book better, but what caught my attention was the amount of online commentary from LMA they both used.
Imagine the surprise of finding out you were quoted in a book and to be known forever only as Poo Face.
Giving the obligatory listen.
Nice Terri Hatcher Seinfeld reference, Rich.
"Jerry's first solo in TLEO from Cornell sounds like how Charlie Chaplin walks. Unreal what he could do with the guitar."
....yes. I could see that....
They are there Keithfan2112, much appreciated.....
they are real and they are spectacular.....
I don't like the slip-case cover art that was posted. Don't have the box set yet, but I'm assuming that's as good as it gets. I'm sticking with the images I used for my soundboards of these shows. I think if I did this correctly, anyone can access and download:
Perfectly stated, KG, right on.
I'm up to Boston set 2 and the mix is incredible, it has a sound that is impossible to imagine as being played in Boston Garden.
All the recordings so far have been so similar in sound and mix they could be mistaken for one of the other venues.
Betty obviously knew what she wanted to hear and where she wanted to hear it in the mix. Her ability to have a separate feed and personal mixing desk allowed her to dial it in on headphones without worrying how it sounded in the hall.
To have recorded this quality, show after show for most of the late 70s, capturing it to 2 track reels is such an amazingly fortunate thing to happen. That they still exist and can sound this great after 40 years is mind blowing.
Thank You Betty
Jim speaketh wisely, that Swing Aud show is so good. I subtitled my soundboard copy "Killer Slipknot!!"
I had spent some fun time trying to determine which official Help / Slip/ Franklin's was best, but didn't have any success; they'really pretty much all great, each with their nuances that made them special, but none that stood out above them all.
Then I picked up a copy of the 2/26/77 and Slipknot! had me picking my face up off the floor. It starts off like your standard fare, but Jerry soon dominates the rap with these incredible solos, which come across loud and clear, in a tone that sounds like the Wolf to me; I would love to know if, on this first show of the tour, he decided to put down the Travis Bean for a night, to see if it was time for the Return of the Wolf. Regardless, Jerry own fire.
Keith goes piano mode, to my liking, and lays down a fine tapestry of lead notes and rhythm chords. And there's nothing reserved or mellow about any of it; these guys are rocking out, Jerry and Keith - catch 'em if you can. I don't know where Bobby went - to turn down his amp I guess (I think he kind of knew when to get out of the way).
And that's just one set of songs. The opening of the show and tour with Terrapin Station tells me that no matter what else was going on offstage, they still just did whatever they pleased when the lights went down, and that night, they said "this new one's pretty damn good, let's wow them". Last I checked, this performance occupied the #1 slot on Heady Version. The arrangement is the same, but Jerry sings without accompaniment mist of the song; they join him at the TERRAPIN climax.
I'm not a fan of too many post-hiatus Playings, and definitely not when they break it up; but this one is an exception, as it's in the vein of the Orpheum masterpiece from the previous tour. Part of the magic is the Wheel that's in between. Much more developed intro - just fine.
Sugared has exceptional jamming, and for a guy who doesn't like too many post-hiatus Eyes of the World, this would be up there as a favorite; Phil delivers some funk at the end you don't want to miss.
Bring the Swing!
I'm honestly more excited about the swing then the current box. (Insert criticism ... now.) :D
Edit: I'm not ungrateful. The Cornell Box is in fact.. killer. But then there's the Swing.
Sweet. Could you stop off in San Bernadino on a Saturday evening in 77 and grab another reel she's got ready? Since your travelin'? Thanks man!
I'll be right there. Save me a tall glass.. on ice.
Dust off Those Rusty Strings just one more time...
Or perhaps better.. the bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean.
Yeah,this is one of those occasions.
Thanks to all who made this possible.
...first tip-o-the-pappys was raised for Betty.
...second for Bill the drummer. Happy Birthday Billy!
You got off easy, VGuy. I guess Vegas luck is in the air.
This is great being able to listen to Scarlet / Fire as one track, and without the "Take a Step Back" intro. Now can I get you to join up Help on the Way, Slipknot!, & Franklin's Tower? Or for that matter all of Scarlet / Fires and Estimated / Eyes from 77 / 78! Where do you stop? What if you have something like Dark Star / Me & My Uncle / Dark Star part II?
....I think my wife surpassed me in this one afternoon. We'll find out. She was kind enough to leave me alone with the dog and this box. I think my son may have gotten a new video game too....man, enjoying the Dead is an expensive habit
So how did the shoe shopping go? Loving this music.
....gtfo with that Jerry. You have no business shredding like that. Show off!....the Dead train is chugging hard with this version....
Can only speak from my experience, I ordered the $99 ALAC option as I also bought the limited edition box. In the confirmation email, the hyperlink I clicked downloaded 24 bit FLAC files to my computer, but only after the 4th attempt and using a hard wired computer, and disabling all wifi devices on my network. I'm not complaining but I think I may have been an unintentional screw up.