May 1977

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May 1977
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Live album by Grateful Dead
Released June 11, 2013
Recorded May 11–17, 1977
Genre Rock
Label Rhino
Producer Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead chronology
Dave's Picks Volume 6
(2013)
May 1977
(2013)
Dave's Picks Volume 7
(2013)

May 1977 is a live album by the rock band the Grateful Dead. It contains five complete concerts, on 14 CDs. It was recorded at five consecutive shows, from May 11 to May 17, 1977. Packaged as a box set, it includes a booklet with a historical essay and photos from the concerts, along with individual liner notes for each show. Produced as a limited edition of 15,000 numbered copies, it was released on June 11, 2013.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Concerts[edit]

The concerts included in May 1977 are:

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [8]

On Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote, "The Dead were a couple months away from releasing Terrapin Station, an album that isn't particularly beloved, but the slickness that subsumed the studio record is a plus on-stage, as they're tighter than ever before. This is a Grateful Dead that is less about sonic exploration than it is about grooving, letting slow, easy rhythms ride out for as long as they can. At times, this does mean that "Fire on the Mountain" goes on for a very long time, taking detours into drum solos, but the comfort and ease here are appealing, along with a precision in the rhythms and solos. What impresses most is the consistency: perhaps there are slight lags in momentum along the way, but each of the five concerts is wonderfully entertaining, the sound of the Dead at something of a laid-back peak."[8]

Track listing[edit]

May 11, 1977 – St. Paul Civic Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota[edit]

Disc one

First set:
  1. "Promised Land" (Chuck Berry) – 4:54
  2. "They Love Each Other" (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter) – 7:38
  3. "Big River" (Johnny Cash) – 6:25
  4. "Loser" (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:39
  5. "Looks Like Rain" (Bob Weir, John Perry Barlow) – 9:18
  6. "Ramble On Rose" (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:48
  7. "Jack Straw" (Weir, Hunter) – 5:54
  8. "Peggy-O" (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 8:43
  9. "El Paso" (Marty Robbins) – 4:44
  10. "Deal" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:49

Disc two

  1. "Lazy Lightning" > (Weir, Barlow) – 3:32
  2. "Supplication" (Weir, Barlow) –5:20
  3. "Sugaree" (Garcia, Hunter) –13:49
Second set:
  1. "Samson and Delilah" (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 7:08
  2. "Brown-Eyed Women" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:28
  3. "Estimated Prophet" (Weir, Barlow) – 8:38

Disc three

  1. "Scarlet Begonias" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 9:47
  2. "Fire on the Mountain" > (Mickey Hart, Hunter)  – 11:02
  3. "Good Lovin'" (Rudy Clark, Arthur Resnick) – 6:29
  4. "Uncle John's Band" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 9:11
  5. "Space" > (Garcia, Keith Godchaux, Phil Lesh, Weir) – 5:48
  6. "Wharf Rat" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 9:51
  7. "Around and Around" (Berry) – 8:48
Encore:
  1. "Brokedown Palace" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:34

May 12, 1977 – Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Illinois[edit]

Disc one

First set:
  1. "Bertha" (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:16
  2. "Me and My Uncle" (John Phillips) – 3:04
  3. "Tennessee Jed" (Garcia, Hunter) – 9:32
  4. "Cassidy" (Weir, Barlow) – 5:05
  5. "Peggy-O" (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 7:52
  6. "Jack Straw" (Weir, Hunter) – 5:45
  7. "They Love Each Other" (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:47
  8. "New Minglewood Blues" (Noah Lewis) – 5:20

Disc two

  1. "Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 9:54
  2. "Dancing in the Street" (Marvin Gaye, Ivy Jo Hunter, William "Mickey" Stevenson) – 14:19
Second set:
  1. "Samson and Delilah" (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 7:07
  2. "Brown-Eyed Women" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:28
  3. "Estimated Prophet" (Weir, Barlow) – 9:25
  4. "Sunrise" (Donna Jean Godchaux) – 3:46

Disc three

  1. "Terrapin Station" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 10:13
  2. "Playing in the Band" > (Weir, Hart, Hunter) – 8:36
  3. "Drums" > (Hart, Bill Kreutzmann) – 4:06
  4. "Not Fade Away" > (Charles Hardin, Norman Petty) – 14:15
  5. "Comes a Time" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 10:20
  6. "Playing in the Band" (Weir, Hart, Hunter) – 7:00
Encore:
  1. "Johnny B. Goode" (Berry) – 4:18

May 13, 1977 – Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Illinois[edit]

Disc one

First set:
  1. "The Music Never Stopped" (Weir, Barlow) – 8:37
  2. "Ramble On Rose" (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:33
  3. "Cassidy" (Weir, Barlow) – 4:46
  4. "Brown-Eyed Women" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:35
  5. "New Minglewood Blues" (Lewis) – 5:06
  6. "Friend of the Devil" (Garcia, John Dawson, Hunter) – 8:38
  7. "El Paso" (Robbins) – 4:55
  8. "Jack-a-Roe" (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 5:56
  9. "Looks Like Rain" (Weir, Barlow) – 8:17
  10. "Scarlet Begonias" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:05
  11. "Fire on the Mountain" (Hart, Hunter) – 13:19

Disc two

Second set:
  1. "Samson and Delilah" > (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 7:24
  2. "Bertha" (Garcia, Hunter) – 6:52
  3. "Estimated Prophet" > (Weir, Barlow) – 9:51
  4. "Drums" > (Hart, Kreutzmann) – 5:47
  5. "The Other One" > (Weir, Kreutzmann) – 16:28
  6. "Stella Blue" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 11:51
  7. "Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad" > (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 8:05
  8. "One More Saturday Night" (Weir) – 5:21
Encore:
  1. "U.S. Blues" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:57

May 15, 1977 – St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, Missouri[edit]

Disc one

First set:
  1. "Bertha" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 6:34
  2. "Good Lovin'" (Clark, Resnick) – 6:07
  3. "Row Jimmy" (Garcia, Hunter) – 10:51
  4. "New Minglewood Blues" (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 5:33
  5. "Tennessee Jed" (Garcia, Hunter) – 9:35
  6. "Lazy Lightning" > (Weir, Barlow) – 3:34
  7. "Supplication" (Weir, Barlow) – 4:42
  8. "Jack-a-Roe" (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 6:24
  9. "Passenger" (Lesh, Peter Monk) – 4:31
  10. "Brown-Eyed Women" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:16

Disc two

  1. "Dancing in the Street" (Gaye, Ivy Jo Hunter, Stevenson) – 18:49
Second set:
  1. "Estimated Prophet" > (Weir, Barlow) – 11:32
  2. "Eyes of the World" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 12:48
  3. "Drums" > (Hart, Kreutzmann) – 3:13
  4. "Samson and Delilah" (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 7:28
  5. "Ship Of Fools" (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:41

Disc three

  1. "St. Stephen" > (Garcia, Lesh, Hunter) – 5:28
  2. "Iko Iko" > (James "Sugar Boy" Crawford, Barbara Ann Hawkins, Rosa Lee Hawkins, Joan Marie Johnson) – 3:54
  3. "Not Fade Away" > (Hardin, Petty) – 9:38
  4. "Sugar Magnolia" (Weir, Hunter) – 9:58
Encore:
  1. "Uncle John's Band" (Garcia, Hunter) – 9:06

May 17, 1977 – University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama[edit]

Disc one

First set:
  1. "New Minglewood Blues" (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 5:46
  2. "Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 10:28
  3. "El Paso" (Robbins) – 4:48
  4. "They Love Each Other" (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:42
  5. "Jack Straw" (Weir, Hunter) – 5:37
  6. "Jack-a-Roe" (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 5:59 [a]
  7. "Looks Like Rain" (Weir, Barlow) – 8:10
  8. "Tennessee Jed" (Garcia, Hunter) – 8:46
  9. "Passenger" (Lesh, Monk) – 3:36
  10. "High Time" (Garcia, Hunter) – 8:32
  11. "Big River" (Cash) – 6:39

Disc two

  1. "Sunrise" (D.J. Godchaux) – 4:35
  2. "Scarlet Begonias" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 13:02
  3. "Fire on the Mountain" (Hart, Hunter) – 13:14
Second set:
  1. "Samson and Delilah" > (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) – 6:43
  2. "Bertha" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 6:16
  3. "Good Lovin'" (Clark, Resnick) – 6:02
  4. "Brown-Eyed Women" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:34

Disc three

  1. "Estimated Prophet" (Weir, Barlow) – 8:55
  2. "Terrapin Station" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 11:23
  3. "Playing in the Band" > (Weir, Hart, Hunter) – 12:20
  4. "Drums" > (Hart, Kreutzmann) – 4:49
  5. "Wharf Rat" > (Garcia, Hunter) – 12:53
  6. "Playing in the Band" (Weir, Hart, Hunter) – 6:06
Encore:
  1. "Sugar Magnolia" (Weir, Hunter) – 9:15

Notes

  1. ^ Previously released on Fallout from the Phil Zone

Personnel[edit]

Grateful Dead
Production
  • Produced by Grateful Dead
  • Produced for release by David Lemieux
  • Executive producer: Mark Pinkus
  • Associate producer: Doran Tyson
  • Mastering: Jeffrey Norman
  • Recording: Betty Cantor-Jackson
  • Tape transfer, time-base correction, restoration: John K. Chester, Jamie Howarth
  • Archival research: Nicholas Merriwether
  • Tape research: Michael Wesley Johnson
  • Art direction, design: Masaki Koike
  • Photography: James R. Anderson, Alexandra May Hunter
  • Liner notes: Steve Silberman, Blair Jackson

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cubarrubia, RJ (May 6, 2013). "The Grateful Dead Jam on 'Uncle John's Band' and 'Sugar Magnolia' Live; Songs Come from 14-Disc May 1977 Set Reliving Seminal Tour", Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
  2. ^ Budnick, Dean (May 7, 2013). "Beyond Cornell: David Lemieux on the Grateful Dead Archives and May 1977", Relix. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
  3. ^ Bernstein, Scott (May 6, 2013). "Grateful Dead Officially Announce May '77 Box Set", Glide magazine. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
  4. ^ "The Grateful Dead to Release May 1977 Box Set", Jambands.com, May 6, 2013. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
  5. ^ May 1977 at the Grateful Dead Family Discography. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  6. ^ "Magical, Mythical May 1977!, dead.net, May 6, 2013. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
  7. ^ Gatta, John Patrick (June 28, 2013). "Picking Dave's Brain: The Grateful Dead Archivist Discusses May '77 and Sunshine Daydream, Jambands.com. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  8. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. May 1977 at Allmusic. Retrieved August 12, 2013.