The Most-Requested and Acclaimed Grateful Dead Show Ever Played, Directly from Betty Cantor-Jackson's Soundboard Recordings: Cornell 5/8/77 5LP Box Set Restored by Plangent Processes
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, which, after decades of demand, finally arrives on vinyl 40 years after the actual performance. It remains one of the most collected, traded, and revered concerts by any band, 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.
Cornell 5/8/77 was recorded live directly from the soundboards by Betty Cantor-Jackson. After several years the master tapes were seemingly lost for good, but that all changed at the end of 2016. The lost tapes, or lost "Betty boards" as they are commonly known, finally made their way back home to the Grateful Dead vault, making it possible to officially bring the world this legendary show just in time for its 40th Anniversary. The complete live show has been restored by Plangent Processes and remastered by Grammy Award-winning sound engineer, Jeffrey Norman.
• 5LP box set with etching
• Sourced from the master Betty Boards, transferred and restored by Plangent Processes
• Mastered by Grammy award winning sound engineer Jeffrey Norman
• Artwork by Grammy-winning graphic artist Masaki Koike
• In-depth essay by noted Dead scholar Nicholas Meriwether