Pre-order: Grateful Dead - MAY 1977: GET SHOWN THE LIGHT and CORNELL 5/8/77
The Grateful Dead played more than 2,000 concerts, but none continues to spark interest and provoke discussion quite like the band’s performance at Cornell University’s Barton Hall on May 8, 1977. It is one of the most collected, traded, and debated concerts by any band ever, has topped numerous fan polls through the years, and was a favorite of the group’s longtime archivist Dick Latvala, who stated: “Enough can’t be said about this superb show.” Even Uncle Sam got into the act in 2011 when the recording was “deemed so important to the history and culture of the United States” that a copy was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of that magical show, Dead.net will release MAY 1977: GET SHOWN THE LIGHT, a new 11-disc boxed set that features the commercial debut of the Cornell University show (5/8/77) along with three other previously unreleased concerts: Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT (5/5/77), Boston Garden, Boston, MA (5/7/77), and Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY (5/9/77). As if that weren’t enough, the source for these recordings is the legendary Betty Boards, which Jeffrey Norman has mastered in HDCD for unrivaled sound quality. The transfers from the master tapes were produced by Plangent Processes, further ensuring that this is the best, most authentic that Cornell (and the other three shows) has ever sounded.
The set is available now for pre-order and will be shipped to arrive on May 5, the anniversary of the first show in the collection. Production of the set is limited to 15,000 individually numbered copies and available exclusively from Dead.net. The set will also be available as a digital download in Apple Lossless and FLAC 192/24 exclusively at dead.net beginning on May 5.
On the same day, Rhino will release the Barton Hall concert separately in multiple formats. CORNELL 5/8/77 will be available as a three-CD set, a limited edition five-LP set (limited to 7,700 copies), as well as digital download and streaming.
MAY 1977: GET SHOWN THE LIGHT comes in an ornate box crafted by Grammy-winning graphic artist Masaki Koike. The set includes an in-depth essay by noted Dead scholar Nicholas G. Meriwether, who explores the memories and mysteries that surround this run of shows. The set also comes with Cornell ‘77: The Music, The Myth And The Legend Of The Grateful Dead’s Concert At Barton Hall (Cornell Press), a new book by Peter Conners dedicated to the Cornell show. The book will also be available for purchase separately.