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Grateful Dead Releasing 14-CD Box Set Featuring Five Full Concerts from May 1977

Image courtesy of Dead.net (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Dead.net (via ABC News Radio)

Great news for all of you Grateful Dead completists: A massive limited-edition box set gathering together five full concerts that the band played during its famed spring tour of 1977 is available for pre-order now exclusively at Dead.net

The 14-CD collection, titled May 1977 , features The Dead's performances from May 11 in St. Paul, Minnesota; May 12 and 13 in Chicago; May 15 in St. Louis; and May 17 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Only 15,000 copies of May 1977 are being produced, each individually numbered.  The set is priced at $139.98.

The May 1977 package comes housed in a special box featuring artwork by Grammy-winning graphic artist Masaki Koike .  It includes a booklet offering details about each show, vintage photos by James R. Anderson and an essay by Steve Silberman .

May 1977 captures The Grateful Dead shortly before the Terrapin Station album hit stores, and boasts early performances of a number of tunes from the record, including the "Terrapin Station Suite," "Passenger," "Sunrise" and the group's version of Martha and the Vandellas ' "Dancing in the Street."  The collection also features renditions of such Dead classics as "Uncle John's Band," "St. Stephen," "Friend of the Devil," "Bertha" and "Sugar Magnolia," plus first-time performances of "Jack-A-Roe" and "Iko Iko."

The box set will begin shipping on June 11, while a digital version of the collection will go on sale that same day at Dead.net for $99.98.

"They are tremendous shows," says Dead archivist David Lemieux in a new video promoting May 1977 .  "I think the reason it works so well as a box set is that [the shows are] very different from one another.  They very much complement one another."

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