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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...and that 5/5/77 Scarlet Fire, its a doozy. A clear rival to both 5/7 and 5/25. Which, BTW - 40 Years for The Star Wars show and....The Star Wars. What a month for my inner utter geek Head nerd dancer enthusiast.
Think we might have better luck getting a SKU # if we ask in the All Music Edition thread/page. Someone bought it over there and knows.
I'll try and save the interesting nuggets for this thread.
I was looking at some of the comments on the older Daves Picks. There are conversations that went on well after (sometimes more than a year) after they sold out.
There were a few saturated with Russian Hackers and Spammers too.. Damned Putin.
I was waiting for 5-5-17 for when things started up again.
Curious if anyone has the SKU for the AME edition.
JimInMD and I are reviving this thread.
5/5/77: Scarlet> Fire> Good Lovin', St Stephen> Sugar Mags.
I have to suspect there was a small, under the radar, re-release comprised of returns.
I wish you all luck in getting a box w/. the artwork, etc. They probably should have at least done 20 or 25k of these. Well, what do they say about hindsight.
I enjoy when these threads suddenly die. It makes posting to them so much more fun..
Does anyone who meant to order the All Music Edition have the SKU numbers to compare?
Strange. The Rhino store is telling me that my order is not the box set and the SKU shows up as 081227942564.
For those who want to know the SKU for the limited edition box set (not the all music edition) then this is what is shown on my order:
May 1977: Get Shown The Light (Pre-order - released on: 5/5/2017) SKU: 081227935153 $139.98 Ordered: 1
1 x Digital Single - “Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain” (Live from Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/77) $0.00 Download (9 left) SKU: 603497869343
1 x MAY 1977: Get Shown the Light $139.98 (Pre-order - released on: 5/5/2017) SKU: 081227942564
I think the first SKU is for the order itself, the second and third are for the items in the order, i.e. the free download and the box itself. On this basis the SKU for the limited edition box would seem to be 081227942564 (if you agree with my reasoning, that is).
Edit: The reason that it doesn't say that my order is for the limited edition box set is because when I placed the order (on day one) only the limited edition existed. The all music edition didn't exist at that time.
So, this is the original response I received:
"Unfortunately, we cannot currently give you an exact date for when or if that product will come back in stock, however we do update our stock levels on a routine basis. Please check the webstore often to see our ever changing selection of products."
Then I wrote back and and explained some more what I was asking and got this:
Thank you for your email.
Limited edition is sold out. All music edition still available.
If you have any questions, please let us know.
However it still doesn't really address the fact the link and final sale says nothing of an AME purchase.
I've responded with a copy of the SKU just to confirm what I purchased. I'll post here when confirmed.
When I emailed customer support, I indicated that the link doesn't specify whether it's The All Music Edition or the Limited Edition Box Set. I received this in the email today from Rhino Store:
Thank you for your email.
May 1977 Get Shown the Light Limited Edition Box
If you have any questions, please let us know.
Rhino Store - http://rhino.com/
I feel like I may not know until it shows up on my doorstep. If it is the AME, I will surely send back for refund.
According to an email exchange I just had, this is the AME set.
They are sending out emails to people that requested an update if the box set was back in stock by stating "it's back" and "May 1977: Get Shown The Light is back in stock and ready to ship" without specifying that it's not really the product they inquired about, that it's the AME set that comes in a folio.
Trying to cancel my order now. A little annoyed. Kind of feels a bit like a bait and switch.
Only one left....
Limited Edition is back
a few are back in stock !
Looks like there's a five box maximum.
@ Phil - I was at the Swing in 'San Berdoo' that Saturday night. It was a magical show that truly sparkles on the board recording I have. First Terrapin ever played (Jerry messes up the lyrics but that's OK) Minglewood really rock, Help>Slipknot>Franklin's is magical, the crowd and atmosphere was bright all night!
If my Deadbase V book is correct I believe the band was recording Terrapin Station in LA at this time and that's the reason they booked a few shows in the area.
I drove 2 1/2 hours from Ventura to see this magnificent concert, only to find out the next morning that they were playing that Sunday in Santa Barbara UC Santa Barbara campus) just up the highway from where I lived. But that's OK. From what I now know, the show I went to was THE ONE :-))
Owes me money.. that rat bastard has blown many a pair of speakers.
A couple of other great Phil moments:
Eyes Of The World from the Swing, 2/26/77 (aka Killer Slipknot!). It's at the very end, where he busts out two great licks for a brief 15 or 20 seconds (one sounds similar to the old Motown tune, "It's Alright".
You can also here him dominate the mix on a show I call "Earthquake In The Phil Zone", aka Dave's Picks, Vol. 3.
And he dominates the rap on 11-18-1972, the single CD release from 1972.
To keithfan, PhD, and to Phil Lesh, a musical giant who has had a transformative effect upon an instrument and music itself, as well as on countless listeners who weren't musicians in form or fashion, but knew how to listen. But of course, when Phil was playing it wasn't very hard to hear him. And as Jerry noted, "When Phil's on, the band's on." The Estimated from the Listening Party has some magnificent basswork from Phil. It's always blown my mind those slides he was doing in those May '77 Estimateds, but doing them in 7 is even crazier. He's had an enormously important second act for the Dead's music. He's has carried the torch for almost 20 years, resurrecting obscure bits of the catalog, and in truly epic ways such as Dark Star> Blues For Allah> Dark Star from 4/20/01, and created shows with setlists that told stories across sets, shows, and even tours. May you continue to play music as long as it delights your soul to do so!
For the B day well-wishes
I hope you're having a great and grateful day as well.
I offer you
Peace, Love and Happiness and Good Health
They're the same presents I offer to that bass player, Phil Lesh.
I have it on good authority that Keithfan celebrates his birthday in excess of twice a month.
Just sayin. (not that there's anything wrong with that)
Happy Birthday to both Phil and KeithFan! Now go slap some bass.
God Bless You Phil & Your Family!
Thanks for the music which has brought me so much joy especially when feeling down.
My favorite post Dead show was your 70th at The Nokia in NYC when you guys completed The Abbey Road medley in the second set. We were ecstatic. Bliss. True Joy.
And St. Stephen for an encore with you playing that slide-like lead on your bass was a treat. I remember before the encore Bob played a single note and flicked his hand to the audience as if guess this note. I turned to a friend and called St. Stephen which seemed implausible. "I can name that tune in one note!"
Something I loved that you did with Furthur was Help> Slip >Golden Road>Slip>Franklin's. Putting Golden Road in there the few times you did it drove the crowd wild. Thanks for that.
Currently listening to Terrapin Limited 3/15/90 Cap Center, the second night of a fantastic three show run on one of the Dead's best tours. Much to love here. This second set ranks up there as an all-timer. The China > Rider, Samson, Terrapin > Mock Turtle Jam >.....is a set of perfection. Those who were lucky enough to be in attendance were at the right place in the universe at exactly the right time.
First.. a confession. I am a whole show guy, but in truth.. after the first five or so listens I often hit segments simply in the interest of time.
RT 3.3 is choppy to begin with.. so I almost always pick several song segments to listen to and have a couple playlists for this show on various devices. It gets big play time when I am on the river in my kayak. I start with the wholesome acoustic stuff and get my true religion. A Voice from On High and Cold Jordan are full-on mood changers and there's some great Pigpen stuff. The electric sets are great too, there's so much packed into those four CD's.
Honestly though.. its the sound quality, rareness of the performances and the clarity of the acoustic stuff that grabs me most. Its really a one of a kind. Compare the sound quality of the acoustic stuff to Dicks Picks 8, Harpur College. This sounds so much better. Its like 'who turned on the lights.'
Great release, worthy of the hype.
Edit: Where are my manners.. Happy Birthday Keithfan! In your honor I am going to shameless steal your playlist and use it as my own. It was a choppy release, but hey.. who's complaining.
Today is my birthday. How did I not know it was Phil's......
Listening to Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 3 Fillmore East 5-15-70. Boy do I like this Dark Star. Feeling Groovey arrangement is always good, but this one is exceptional.
This is one of the few releases where the playing order of the songs on the CDs doesn't do it for me, due to the mixing up of the electric and acoustic, the early and late shows, and the 14th and 15th, as well as the repeated somgs). I've gone and made my own Playlists of just electric in one and acoustic in the other.
The electric is great. This is what I came up with:
New Minglewood Blues
New Speedway Boogie (Bonus Disc)
St. Stephen (Bonus Disc)
Attics Of My Life
Beat It On Down The Line
Hard To Handle
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
That's It For The Other One
Not Fade Away (Bonus Disc)
Turn On Your Lovelight (Bonus Disc)
The transition from St. Stephen to Attics works unexpectedly well. I removed that wailing banshee scream band intro before Casey Jones. Who was she, the bar maid? The only problem now, is that the songs are largely out of order, and there are several fade-outs. I can correct this with an editor, as I did with High 'N Hawaii (the other show I found had pacing issues - must be a 1970 thing).
I would love to hear what others think of this release. It gets a lot of attention on eBay. This may be the biggest road trips release far as how high people will pay on Ebay for a new one with bonus disc. 73 and 74 with bonus are also up there, but my point is - people love this release. Is it the acoustic stuff? Is it because it's the Fillmore?
Another great Phil moment in recent years is the FTW Help/Slip/Franklin. Phil takes over on the Skipknot->Franklin jam and I am amazed by it every time. One of the highlights of the Friday show for me.
Right on BCE'd.
No need to understate the brilliance of Phil and his impact on the band's sound. Quirky.. yes.. not always a great singer, but hey.. its alright, its just Phil.
There's little doubt when the entire band was on.. you were in for a great show. When Garcia was on shows were generally fantastic.. but Jerry is quoted early on saying 'when Phil was on, the whole band was on.' So true.
I had my Phil epiphany during an early listening of Caution. I forget the exact show but it also had a great That's It For The Other One. Two explosive, jaw dropping Phil moments.
Tonight might just see a partial viewing of PL&F's Live at the Warfield DVD. During the transition between The Eleven and Caution, he turns his back to the crowd and faces his stack, noodling and getting some feedback. Then he drops his custom six string and grabs his old reliable four string axe, faces the crowd and breaks into that epic Caution bass riff. What follows is magic starting with sultry Joan Osborne showing her inner pig and belting out some blues, she really gets into it. Really good Phil stuff.
Happy Birthday Phil!
Happy Birthday to Phil Lesh!
Looks like there is a preview on the all music page with Peggy-o and Estimated Prophet. Not planning on listening at this point, although I may succumb to temptation later. Kind of like to have the first listen on the stereo instead of the laptop.
kind of you to say, you always were a good guy.
Keith...since Jeff Smith (another good guy) is helping you out, I can only smile, smile, smile :)
That can only mean this place is really all that it's cracked up to be, and functioning just as designed.
That makes me glad!
Peace, all ;)
I have resorted to cutting out the letters of the venue and the date of the show I am working with using scissors and cutouts from random magazines. I like to carefully arrange it all on the screen of my printer, adding some tasteful artwork then pressing the copy button and quickly placing my derriere on top just the machine lights up.
If all is well, I don't break anything, wake anyone up or get hurt.
Most of my covers are all quite good, but I am partial to the ones where I am sporting some paisley boxers and a hot dye.
You could just grab pix of the covers off the net.
Back cover scans are a good idea for my album cover project. It may actually force me to figure out my wife's printer scanner. Up until now I've relied heavily on Jeff Smith, (huge thanks to Jeff).
...sit back, relax, and enjoy all the exclusive content we'll be rolling out over the next few weeks.
I am doing my bit by sitting back and relaxing. When are they going to do their bit and actually roll out some of this allegedly exclusive content? Bring it on.
Rough break, Dantian.. a colleague of mine just got rif'd.
I will be sure to pour the first few ounces of my OE800 to the curb in their honor today.
My flags are flying at half mast. I'll be playing a 73 or 74 To Lay Me Down a little later tonight.
Peace all.. life is short, live it.
wishing a certain NYPD Detective I work with, who just got fired, a safe trip and a fare thee well, sometimes things ain't quite as cut and dry as you read in the papers...
I give up....
When I was just a little young boy,
Papa said "Son, you'll never get far,
I'll tell you the reason if you want to know,
'Cause child of mine, there isn't really very far to go"
Well baby, baby wants a gold diamond ring
Wants it more than most any old thing
Well when I get those jelly roll blues
Why I'd go and get anything in this world for you.
Down to the jewelry store packing a gun,
Says "Wrap it up. I think I'll take this one"
"A thousand dollars please, " the jewelry man said
Dupree he said, "I'll pay this one off to you in lead"
Well you know son you just can't figure,
First thing you know you're gonna pull that trigger
And it's no wonder your reason goes bad -
Jelly roll will drive you stone mad
Judge said "Son, this gonna cost you some time"
Dupree said "Judge, you know that crossed my mind"
Judge said "Fact it's gonna cost you your life"
Dupree said "Judge, you know that seems to me to be about right"
Betty told Dupree, "I want a diamond ring."
Dupree told Betty, "l'Il give you most anything."
He said, "Lie down, little Betty, see what tomorrow brings, "
It may bring sunshine, may bring you that diamond ring."
Then he got his pistol, went to the jewelry store,
Killed a policeman and he wounded four or five more.
Then he went to the post office to get the evening mail
Sheriff caught poor Dupree and put him in that old Atlanta jail.
Dupree's mother said to Betty, "Looka' here what you done done."
"Made my boy rob and steal, now he is gonna be hung"
Well, it's twinkle, twinkle little star
Along came Brady in his 'lectric car
Got a mean look right in his eye
Gonna shoot somebody just to see him die
Well, he been on the job too long
Well, Duncan, Duncan was tending the bar
Along comes Brady with his shiny star
Brady says, Duncan, you are under arrest
And Duncan shot a hole right in Brady's chest
Yes, he been on the job too long
Brady, Brady, Brady, well you know you done wrong
Breaking in here when my game's going on
Breaking down the windows, knocking down the door
And now you're lying dead on the barroom floor
Yes, you been on the job too long
You could also scan the insert booklet or back cover for a little variety.
Ok, I have a solution in progress. I am using MS Paint to create Dick's Picks 33 part I and part II. It's basically the same cover, but I made each date unique under the Grateful Dead logo (i.e. 10/9/76 for part I, and 10/10/76 for part II). Then in the bottom left corner, I copied letters from the Grateful Dead logo up top, to make the words part I for the 10/9 show, and part II for the 10/10 show. Lucky for me, all of those letters are present in the Grateful Dead logo up top (even the "p", which I created by turning the lower case "d" upside down. Now we're getting somewhere.....thanks for indulging me guys.
....why wouldn't it? It was my ninth birthday! 82 degrees here in Vegas today, and our garden is loving it....
Been organizing my shows by date since I started collecting cassette tapes. Wouldn't have made any sense to organize them according to when I received them.
icecrmcnkd's tape 1
icecrmcnkd's tape 2
icecrmcnkd's tape 3......
I never would have known when the show happened.
When I put my CD's on a hard drive they go into folders with the date of the show. I even do that with the filler.
In iTunes I make playlists by date.
With my digital Dead collection in Poweramp. I went from listing them by box and series (E72, Dave's Picks, Road Trips, Dick's Picks, etc) to chronological order. I like the appearance of the album covers when I have them ordered by series, but it's way easier finding shows when they're in chronological order.
What I think I'll do next is break up the Dick's Picks by show. With box sets, it's easy (and logical) to do it that way, because each show has its own album cover. Dick's Picks is a little bit of an anomaly though, because several have two shows, but only one album cover. So, I've been keeping them all together up until now, but I'm thinking I'll divvy up DP 14, 28, 33, 29, 20, etc up into individual folders for each show. Only issue will be finding unique artwork for the 2nd show of each release. I suppose I could use the back cover, if I can find them all. I don't know about you guys, but when it's all together, I lose track of which show is which. I just know that DP 29 has two great 1977 shows, a lot of songs (including one of the all time best Scarlet Fires & Brown-Eyed Women), and some extras that might be better filed under Road Trips October '77 (and for that matter, I can take the extra tracks from DaP 12 and DP 34, and put them together to form a whole new show / release).
I've been considering this for awhile, but now that I've read a review on Heady Version dot com, where the guy swears 5/21/77 is the best show of the tour (and I have no idea which songs within DP 29 are THAT show), I believe it's time for action. Anyone else divide 'em up? Dick's Picks is the only place this is a problem; every other multiple show release has unique artwork for each show (I believe - at least up through '78). Tommy can you hear me?
GD 6-9-77 (spinning now, on Franklin's)
Dead &Co 7-22-16 set 2 (video) - watched it last night/this morning as I time-warped from 2 am to 3 am (wasn't even using Jim's mower)
....a Noah's ark theme would be....kind....
Possibly in 2019 - that run's 50th anniversary.
From the billboard article:
"We know we're going to do one big box set each year, whether that's an eight-CD set or an 11-CD set, like the one we have coming up. This gives us one other big thing to focus on every year."
8 CD set? Could it be an Ark Box?