The Grateful Dead will issue an 11-disc box set titled May 1977: Get Shown The Light via Rhino Records on May 5. Contained within are complete recordings of four Grateful Dead shows from May 1977 including the first official release of the band’s famed May 8, 1977 concert at Barton Hall on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The Cornell show will also be released by itself on CD and vinyl.
In addition to Cornell ’77, May 1977: Get Shown The Light will feature the Grateful Dead’s stops in New Haven (May 5, 1977), Boston (May 7, 1977) and Buffalo (May 9, 1977). Rolling Stone broke the news on the new box set which is sourced from Betty Boards recorded by recording engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson. Listen to “Morning Dew” from Cornell ’77 taken off Get Shown The Light:
“Since the moment that the board tape of Cornell began circulating in the late 1980s, its legend was instantly created,” Lemieux told Rolling Stone in a statement. “Although plenty of Grateful Dead shows have been called their ‘best ever,’ in the case of Cornell this statement is rarely contested. It’s long been a dream of everyone in the Grateful Dead organization to release the definitive version of Cornell, drawn from the master tapes, and we’re as thrilled as the fans are that this show is finally being released.”
Not only will May 1977: Get Shown The Light be released on May 5, but there’s also a 3-CD issue and 5-LP vinyl issue of Cornell ’77. All three upcoming releases are currently available for pre-order via Dead.net.
Watch David Lemieux’s Seaside Chat about May 1977: Get Shown The Light: