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While Barton Hall is well known, the astounding tour that surrounded it has occasionally flown under the radar due to the uneven quality of tapes in circulation. May 1977 is set to change all of that with a boxed set that zeroes in on this high-water mark in the Grateful Dead's long strange trip.

For a band resurrecting itself after a 20-month hiatus, there was a great frenzy of expectancy that surrounded the Spring of 1977. We anticipate a grand reoccurrence of this fervor with the release of May 1977, a 14-disc boxed set featuring five complete shows from consecutive stops on that magical tour. Mastered in HDCD by Jeffrey Norman at Mockingbird Mastering, the "psychoacoustic phenomena" as Jerry once put it, of St. Paul Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, MN (5/11) Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL (5/12, 5/13), St. Louis Arena, St. Louis MO (5/15) and Coliseum at the University Of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (5/17) can now finally be appreciated. Each of these shows finds the Dead delivering punchier, more focused sets, tightening up the framework; each night turning out first-ever renditions ("Passenger," "Iko Iko," "Jack-A-Roe"), unloading potent new pairings ("Scarlet Begonias">"Fire On The Mountain", "Estimated Prophet">"Eyes Of The World"), classic covers ("Dancing In The Street") and soon-to-be staples ("Estimated Prophet," "Samson and Delilah"), and ultimately rising up to paradise.

May 1977 is limited to 15,000 individually numbered copies. Presented in a psychedelic box that boasts an intricate die-cut design created by Grammy®-winning graphic artist Masaki Koike, the set also includes a book filled with stories about each show, as well as an in-depth essay by Dead historian Steve Silberman, who delves deep into the history behind the tour and the band's return from its extended hiatus.


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 11, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 14
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition, Live
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00DE22Y0U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Grateful Jerry VINE VOICE on June 15, 2013
Format: Audio CD
1977 was a watershed time for the Grateful Dead. In January, the band began work on their first Arista Records album, Terrapin Station, which would be released in July. In February, the Dead played a couple of shows in Southern California and introduced Terrapin Station and Estimated Prophet live. In March, the band played a three night run at Winterland Arena and introduced Fire On The Mountain and paired it with Scarlet Begonias. The band's 22 show Spring Tour started on April 22 at The Spectrum in Philadelphia. Along the way, the band reintroduced Jack Straw as well as adding Sunrise to their set lists. In fact, the tour was going so well that they added three additional shows to their May touring schedule towards the end of that month (May 25, 26 & 28) bringing the total to 25 shows.

The first of the five consecutive shows is from Wednesday, May 11th at the St. Paul Civic Center Arena. The show opens with a smoking Promised Land. Other highlights include Big River, Ramble On Rose, Deal, Lazy Lightnin'->Supplication and Sugaree. The second set's highlights include runs of Scarlet Begonias->Fire On The Mountain->Good Lovin' and Space->Wharf Rat->Around And Around.

The band then heads to Chicago for a two night stand at the Auditorium Theatre (May 12th & 13th). Part of the first night's show was included on a bonus disc that came with the Winterland June 1977 box set. This show smokes from beginning to end although it's a bit rough around the edges. The first set on the second night is just as hot although some of the stage banter has been removed and includes the first performance of Jack-A-Roe. I think during the second set the band sounds somewhat tired.

After a night off, the band takes the stage at the St.
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By Kell on February 23, 2014
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In the long and storied touring history of the Grateful Dead the year 1977 stands out as one of the best years by general agreement of fans and critics alike it is fair to say. The Spring 1977 tour which is partially documented by this box set limited edition release was particularly amazing for its energetic, well-rehearsed( in a good way) dynamic characteristic. The band had been in the studio working on "Terrapin Station" under the auspices of an outside producer who demanded a tighter more focused Grateful Dead. The Dead were, apparently, willing to comply. This box set would be worth the price if all it had was the St. Paul show-an, until now, underappreciated show from this tour(the entire tour always over-shadowed by Cornell). Definately one of those desert-island shows. But it also had Alabama, Chicago and St. Louis-all gems of shows. The Alabama, Tuscaloosa show is a wonderful collection of down-home warmth mixed with jaw-dropping exploratory visions. The Dead would grow sloppier in 1978 and 1979 but in Spring 1977 they were masters of their craft and what a craft it was. The box set itself is a visual treat following an I Ching theme. There is a visual element of viewing the Band darkly as through the mists of time. The essays give one a unique insight into this period of the band's history and story. Each particular concert has a blow-by-blow commentary. For my money-dare I say it-this music may truly be the pinnacle of the Dead-they retained all or most of the previous elements( of course without the Pigpen style and legacy) but brought a level of musical sophistication and jazzy sensibility into it all which was something new in an evolutionary sense.Read more ›
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Folks this is some great music. I would not buy it here while it is available for much less on the dead site while supplies last. Go there and get it and forget about these shameless sellers! You won't regret getting this, I assure you!

Just wanted to add a few thoughts as to the music on this boxset. "Eyes of the World" is absolutely delectable. And I'm glad Estimated Prophet and Terrapin Station are on the set also. All versions of those two songs are superb and I would be hard put to say which is better. "Mississippi Half-Step" has always been a favorite of mine and they do it exceedingly well not to mention "Sugaree" and so many others. Buy it or download the flacs at the dead site! You won't regret it!
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And do yourself another favor, and buy it from Dead.net while they still have it. I just got my numbered copy in the mail yesterday for $139. The website says that there are less than 1000 left. The sound quality is amazing, and in my opinion, this was the best period of Dead history. If you like "clean" recordings, or you're rather new to GD, give this a try. You can always sell it for more cash later when it's sold out...but I'd be willing to bet that won't ever happen.

14 CD's worth of the greatest band on earth. Sit back, relax, and enjoy. (~};)
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It WAS a special year....Deadheads argue about the best tour , the best year...I find true gems in EVERY year.....
But , with the proverbial gun to the proverbial head...this is MY favorite Dead.
1977 , a magical year...the band had a h-u-g-e canon to choose from each night , and pulled out all the stops in 1977.
Every show contained herein is a true classic. It is what made the myth into true legend.Tight , tight playing , inspired solos and set lists , command of the audience...there was no better than 1977 Dead.
Enjoy any Dead you want.....but if you want the best single year ever.....Many will agree , none is better than '77.....and many fine examples are on this set from May 1977.
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