The Grateful Dead has announced a 14-disc box set featuring five complete shows from May 1977.
While some consider the group’s May 8, 1977 well-circuated concert recording from Cornell University’s Barton Hall to be one of the best, few have had the opportunity to appreciate the shows that followed on the Spring 1977 tour because there weren’t many good tape recordings in circulation.
The new box set, out June 11th, contains concert audio from 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).
May 1977 will be limited to 15,000 individually number copies and, besides the 14-discs, comes with individual liner notes, an in-depth essay about the group’s return after hiatus by Grateful Dead historian Steve Silberman, artwork by Grammy Award-winning graphic artist Masaki Koike, and period photos.
Also out on June 11th are digital versions of the 111 audio tracks via FLAC and Apple lossless full-set-only downloads.
Fans can preview seven of the tracks. RollingStone.com has two songs – “Uncle John’s Band” from the St. Louis Arena and “Sugar Magnolia” from the University of Alabama’s Coliseum. The other five songs, “Wharf Rat” (5/11/77), “Mississippi Half-Step” (5/12/77), “Jack-A-Roe” (5/13/77) “Dancing In The Street” (5/15/77) and “Terrapin Station” (5/17/77), are available for preview on Dead.net.
See the complete track listing and order your box set at Dead.net.
David Lemieux, audiovisual archivist for the Grateful Dead, talks the May 1977 box set in the below video.
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