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May 1977: Get Shown The Light (All Music Edition)
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.”
“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.
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.
Listening Party: 5/7/77, Boston, MA
“The Music Never Stopped”
"Samson And Delilah"
A Closer Look At 5/5/77
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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Get Shown the Light, the box with the book, was limited to 15,000 copies, I read somewhere.
But I can’t find anything on the All Music Edition that’s still available. Can somebody tell me how many of those were printed?
You know, Gareth, it really comes down to what you like about the Dead... When I put in the Dead, I rarely want to listen to songs, so to speak. I tend to go for the long, inspired jams. For this, I would suggest the Winterland 1973 boxed set as No. 1, so far... though in general, shows from the 1973-1974 will be your best bet for this... That said, there are gems of shows throughout the years, though I've never personally been impressed by anything later than 1977. May 1977: Get Shown the Light (All Music Edition) is a great collection from this year.
I also really love One from the Vault, Sunshine Daydream, & Dick's Picks, Vol. 14... The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack is an all-too-looked-over gem, too.
Finally, if you can afford it, I'd recommend getting a copy of the Pacific NW '73-'74 boxed set while it's still available on this site. When these sell out on dead.net, they price-inflate like crazy to 2x their original cost or more.
Not in any particular order.
Get as many as you can afford.
Real gone music is reissuing the Road Trip series.
Thank you for your reply, much appreciated! If I may, I'd like to followup with a second question: it was only a year ago that I first discovered the Grateful Dead, and I'd love to hear recommendations from older fans about which live albums to listen to next?
It’s most likely caused by a setting in iTunes. Go into the iTunes preferences and see what is listed for import settings, as well as for playback settings.
If you still can’t fix it then google it, there should be instructions somewhere.
A technical issue I'm hoping to resolve:
Recently ordered this set, promptly downloaded the CDs to my iTunes collection. Getting 1-2 second pauses between most of the tracks which disturbs the flow of the music. Does anyone know what might be causing this, and how to fix it?
I just love this.
i've seen two of your posts in one week
complaining about someone's negative comments-guess what,
when someone has an opinion that is not aligned with
your thoughts,even if it's about someone setting a price
for something they selling or the band is slop before pigpen.its gonna be negative.it's their prerogative to say it's not worth it or no thanks.i think it's your emotional immaturity to anything negative or something you don't agree with.you could have left it to-"that's your opinion and i don't agree."instead you feel it's necessary to put someone down.earth without rain is a desert.
You could have left it at that, MLB; while entitled to your opinion, there's an emotional immaturity to your perception of a personal slight in this situation that radiates nothing but mean-spirited negativity. Whatever complaint you have with GDP/Rhino's limited release distribution model, it's wholly incomparable to Mr. Reichman's prerogative with respect to price-setting the sale of his personal photographs./K
$99 for one 8x11 print is ridiculous. A quarter of them are so out of focus you can barely tell which band member they are, they're all in B&W, none feature the whole band, and none of Keith. This is the kind of insulted I feel when I see out of print Dead shows listed on eBay for $800. I think the Zapruder film went for less money. No thanks
this is good block for fun
...that turns into a coffee table?
You may have read about it, and you may have seen my photos in the Get Shown the Light box set and the Cornell CD set. Well, I am proud, excited and thrilled to announce that my high-quality coffee table book of photos from this great show is now available! Please check out my site: www.GDBartonHall1977.com
I'm predicting an announcement on Wednesday......
Oh, to have been there....
you still want to get rid of it? Email me at email@example.com
Do you happen to still have DP 20 and 23?
Nice little fansite, almost 300 posts hope you like
Hey good folks, I have an updated list of a few Dead items still available for any collectors out there that may have missed the chance. I bought them and listened only once or so and put them in a case and sleeves so they are as new as can be and all play without issues. For the Boxset, I didn't read the book and have the complete Boxset for you. PM me. Thanks
Grateful Dead- May 1977: Get Shown the Light Boxset #1394 out of 15,000- $125- OPENED plus shipping and insurance Includes: 5/5/77, 5/7/77, 5/8/77, and 5/9/77.
Grateful Dead- Dave's Picks Volume 20: Boulder Colorado, CO 12/9/81-$20- OPENED plus shipping and insurance
Grateful Dead- Dave's Picks Volume 20: Boulder Colorado, CO 12/9/81-$25- UNOPENED plus shipping and insurance
Grateful Dead- Dave's Picks Volume 22: Felt Forum, NYC 12/7/71 with Bonus Disc of 12/6/71- $50-OPENED plus shipping and insurance
Grateful Dead- Dave's Picks VOLUME 23: EUGENE, OR 1/22/78- $20 - OPENED plus shipping and insurance
....Elvis has left the building......
Yea.. but this one's a classic. For that matter, so is the July 78 box. Outstanding stuff.
Not such a secret after all, then! I am not familiar with this show, but I am surprised that another show from this era has been released after the 78 box set last year, and Get Shown The Light earlier this year. It seems the heavy stuff is out of vogue for the time being.
Eugene OR, now showing on the new Dave's Picks message board!
has been exhausting. They must be setting a new record for page views this month, from me alone. its all good though. I'm not angry. If there weren't some sort of snafu it wouldn't be the dead.
Bring on the pick(le)!!!!
I have not received my notice yet, i am usually latter then most. This is how they did the second 45 release last month. I had mine in hand way before the posted on the site for individual sale. Maybe this is there new model they are following, taking care of the subscribers first.
Yes, I have had a shipping notice, too - without any indication of what it might be. I guess the intention is that we receive it without knowing its provenance. Living over here in England, I guess that many will receive theirs before I get mine, and understandably spill the beans. So maybe I will check out for a while, and then reconnect when I have got it.
The last 5 cds I have listened to have been
Balboa Island by The Pretty Things
1st Album by The Pretty Things
Get The Picture? by The Pretty Things
S.F. Sorrow by The Pretty Things
Parachute by The Pretty Things
...all culled from the excellent box set Bouquets From Cloudy Sky. If you haven't heard this band, S.F Sorrow is the one to go for. They also made a couple of the best psychedelic singles not made by The Beatles or Pink Floyd-Defective Grey/Mr Evasion and Talking About The Good Times/Walking Through My Dreams. Seriously groovy. Bye for now.
I too, have had a shipping notice - what a mystery.
Basically I think any track that was originally featured on the Steal Your Face album is an edited version. but playing that edited Eyes on the treadmill is still a pretty good one. I'd rather have edited tracks and have the Movie Soundtrack than Steal Your Face anyday
..announcement should happen today, but at this point, I would rather have my mailman tell me the show. I like blind taste tests....
That's funny, I guess I do always mention that the Movie Soundtrack's Eyes of the World has been edited. I didnt realize it for years, and it eas my favorite version. Imagine my surprise first time listening to So Many Roads. Strange that they did this, when you consider that it's a 5 CD set, where time is spent on multiple Drums, He's Gones, and a Weirdness.
Work drive, on to DP 24.
Found a youtube of this show on youtube. It is good, but for sound Quality, I found a matrix by Mr Bill in the archives, which is excellent.
I just checked out the store and found info about 30 setlists, they still had the info there, 77 was 4/25/77 - Passaic , NJ. Here is the setlist,looks like a great setlist.
New Minglewood Blues
They Love Each Other
Looks Like Rain
Ship of Fools
Brown Eyed Women
Music Never Stopped
Fire on the Mountain
Samson and Delilah
Playin' in the Band
Playin' in the Band
Can you tell me which 77 show is on 30 trips box, I'd like to check it out on the ar- chives. Music Vault is a great person, I watched his Dec 30 show on youtube, great so
I would like to check out this other 77 show you are talking about, sounds good.
PS- I want to get a miniature Wall Of Sound to use for my stereo
As Keithfan is famous for saying; check out the full unedited version of that Eyes on the So Many Roads box set. It's a doosy clocking in at 18:30!
on the treadmill. figured I'd give it a spin since it is constantly being brought up in every '77 release. it's criminal that sugaree wasn't included but there's so many gems in that set that it doesn't matter. 2 '74 playing in the bands. and what may possibly be the last Dark Star till Winterland '78. this will be a first time full listen since I bought the Package deal they had when it came out (Beyond Description, Grateful Dead Movie DVD, Movie T shirt, Movie Soundtrack). so far has a great Eyes of The World, China Doll and China>Rider. song selections are from Scattered dates but I don't mind it as long as its from the same venue and run.
1) White paper CD sleeves are the answer. I've been storing them this way since 30 Trips was released. Zero scratches. Prior to that I tried CD binders / suitcases, with the felt backing and plasticy front - you know, the basic generic CD holder type thingy. I adorned it with awesome Dead stickers and it looked great. But there is still too much friction. You get some particles in there unawares, and the next thing you know your slamming the cat's tail in the door because your 2011 Road Trips bonus disc with the 43 minute Dark Star and Kung fu grip got scratched. Bad scene man, b.a.d. scene.
The question becomes, what do you do with them once you have them in the white sleeves? I put mine in the 30 Trips crates. One 30 Trips crate isn't nearly big enough, so you'll need to buy something else. I've seen some crates at Walmart and Target that look suitable. I'm sure once you get one or three of those all gussied up with some Dead stickers, life will be grand (and the cat will be happier).
2) Sonically speaking, I believe 30 Trips 1977 is the best sounding 1977 recording. Performance and set list great too. Not sure how this one ended up so good, but the separation is perfect, the reverb factor is perfect. Bobby's guitar has not yet "thinned out" badly, as it eventually did (you can actually hear a distortion pedal in use). The only things holding this one back is a couple of songs weren't quite as developed as they became even a couple of weeks later (Scarlet/Fire for example). There is also the organ Keith plays. Not a fan. I prefer the piano and electric piano he moved toward later in 77 (check out Estimated Prophet Dicks Picks 18 to hear exactly the sound). From what I've read, he wasn't into those synths that we hear in the first half of 77, but he didn't really have a choice in the matter. But the sound on this show is fantastic, and I'm pretty picky with the organ thing - you may not even notice.
I think paper sleeves will be the answer. I have a few of these issues so I plan to buy 100 which are cheap and will solve the issue once and for all, I hope anyway!
I need to check my Box.
Maybe the summer heat makes the glue melt.
Time to invest in a temperature controlled storage vault.
I found the exact same thing to the exact same box last month! Must be a time bomb.
I used rubbing alcohol.
Success with 70% isopropyl alcohol.
Water rinse very heavy after to get any residue gone.
I hope there's no long term trouble. Maybe I'll burn a backup to be safe
For sure it's glue
Disc 1 of the box
Gonna try alcohol
Buying sleeves tomorrow for this whole box and others in same packages
Being cheap don't pay! Use digipaks GD
...with a bonus disc consisting of the remainder of Pembroke Pines show not included with Dicks Picks #3 5/22/77...
Years ago, they played the Dick's Picks out-takes on The Grateful Dead Hour.
I reconstructed a copy of the complete show for my own collection,
and realized how much better of a show 5/22/77 is when it's complete! It's a shame it was edited for release.
Yes I agree, they might as well release 5/18 too!
(and the rest of Spring '77 :o))
Hey FloridaBobalooToo (and anyone else with a similar problem):
By any chance, is your disc skipping/freezing on disc 2 track 8 Bertha?
If so, the glue drops may not be the problem. I remember when this box first came out,
a lot of people were complaining about this same problem (I have the same problem)
I think there may have been a manufacture defect. If you get a magnifying glass (or not if you have good eyes) look at the playing side of your CD towards the end of the disc (the outer edge). Normally, you can see the section of the disc that is used and unused (there is a slight
difference in color/silver). Find that defined circumference line, and let your eyes follow it
around the full 360o. If you have one of these defective discs, you will see that at one point
of this line, you can see the circle bow outwards ... like an egg instead of a circle.
It almost looks like if it were a record, you are looking at the grooves, but instead of the groves going in a circle, they are wavy at one point.
Now, I'm no CD engineer, but the disc freezes up at the end of the last track, and this defect is right around the end of the used space on the CD. I know it's only about the last 2 min. of Bertha, but for us "complete-ists" that hurts.
Before you scrub your disc too hard, (if it is disc 2 that's in question) check to see
if this could be the problem.
I haven't been here for a while so I went through all the comment, interesting discussions.
Regarding 1977, after listening to the GSTL box set, this year is still tops. However I think a lot of you have called it right: setlist and variety of songs are limited. They dropped a lot of songs out of the 77 shows when compared pre-hiatus shows and only just the year before - 76. Of course Estimated and Terrapin were added. I think what makes 1977 so good is the consistent high level of playing. Pretty much any 1977 show that I put on is good. In my mind there are not too many other post-hiatus years where I can say that. However I still think 1972 and 1973 are the best.
As for 12/30/77, I have a mild obsession with that show, ever since I came across it on YouTube. There is something about that Row Jimmy that really gets me. Incidentally, the uploader - Music Vault has a bunch of Grateful Dead and other bands shows on there. I am sure all of you know about Vodoonola too, who has 3 channels of Grateful Dead and JGB shows. Great stuff.
For the next Dave's Picks, I am hoping for another Betty Board release of a good show. DaP 22 was nice, but the band at that time in 1971 was not in a jamming state of mind, at least not like the level that they woukd be a year later. Even if it is not a Betty Board, I am hoping we get a show with more jamming. I don't care what year. I always think there are shows that are great but just havent had the circulation and attention , so they fly under the radar. 10/18/72 is one that comes to mind for me. I am anxious for the anouncement.
One of my GSTL discs had glue.
I dissolved it off with Everclear, 190 proof.
So, some of you may ask why is 190 proof Everclear legal in Georgia?
If you can buy it in the store you don't have to go into the woods and make your own, and the state gets their taxes...
So I go for my beloved Winterland 73 box, and get a disc out. Well it's stuck in the sleeve. I have to pull it out and it's stuck. When I do get it out 2 big spots of glue on the disc make it skip and stall.
I am very unhappy as I tried soap and water then goo gone, and this shit is not coming off my disc!
If you have any CDs in these shitty little sleeve packages do yourself a favor and get them out of that package asap. Wrap in a tissue or put in a jewel case, but don't risk getting glue on your disc and ruining it. Now I have 1 last option which is to go across town and have it polished. Suck Job! If this disc can't be saved, I will be pissed as this is one of my favorite sets! Don't risk it folks. Take action before it's too late.