Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: The Grateful Dead – Ithaca, NY (05/08/77)


Grateful Dead
Barton Hall
Ithaca, NY

Links removed as this has been officially released.

Set I
Minglewood Blues
El Paso
They Love Each Other
Jack Straw
Lazy Lightning >
Brown Eyed Women
Mama Tried
Row Jimmy
Dancin’ In The Streets
Set II
Scarlet Begonias >
Fire On The Mountain
Estimated Prophet
Saint Stephen >
Not Fade Away >
Saint Stephen >
Morning Dew

E: One More Saturday Night

Betty Board Portion — Master 7″ Nagra reels 1/2 track @ 7.5ips>Sony PCM 501. Playback on Sony PCM 701>DAT (Digital Transfer) — Rob Eaton DBX Decoding (Spring ’99) Playback on Panasonic 4100 DAT>DB 924 D/A>Dolby 361’s w/dbx K9-22 Cards>DB 124 A/D>Neve Capricorn (Digital mixing console)>DB 300S>Panasonic 4100 DAT>DAT>Digi Coax Cable>Tascam CD-RW 700>CDR (x1)>SHN (Rob Eaton remaster)

Audience Portion — Steve Maizner’s Sony ECM-990>Sony TC-152 aud master>First Gen Reel>played directly to hard drive. The excellent aud splices were normalized and patched using ProTools by Karen Hicks

This is a flac encoded & tagged version of shnid: 4982

There are more extensive notes in the text file of the download.

0 thoughts on “Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: The Grateful Dead – Ithaca, NY (05/08/77)

  1. I know Im not saying anything new here, but this show is classic. If you could only have dead show, this would be a wise selection.

  2. I meant to do a little write up on how this is considered the best Dead show ever (and how lots of Deadheads completely disagree with that assessment,) but I was feeling rather crappy this morning and decided to just post it.

  3. just got to say Ive heard all about this being the best sow ever and I just couldn’t disagree more
    please – I know its all about personal favorites but how in the world could the best Dead show ever – not have pigpen? And no Truckin’ Casey Jones or Dark star or the other one? No Chuck Berry cover ? No China Cat> Know you Rider? I think the set list alone settles the question – it was a great sounding bot for its time – but thats it really – put this up against any of the new Europe 72 shows –
    Or the closing of the Fillmore. try 6/24/70 the whole show with the NRPS – How about Watkins Glen? 9/28/72? at the Stanley? Earleir that month in Hollywodd is also an awesome show – People say but the “Scarlet into Fire” jam – blah blah blah – you were not there

  4. How did I know this would start debate? No, it isn’t the best show ever, but it is a really good show. As noted it was also a really early high sound quality release. I’m old enough to remember it being slightly difficult to get high quality shows and landing my ears on this one was a beauty.

    I will however argue that the May ’77 run is one of, if not their absolute best. Sure there is no Pigpen and they’d lost most of their psychedelic fire from the late 60s early 70s but they’ve got more songs to play, Bob’s chops have greatly improved and the rest of the band is really firing on all cylinders.

  5. They were such a different band in 1977 than they were in 71. I like the years 71-78 the best. I know this statement will anger many Deadheads, but i like most shows without Pigpen better. I know at the beginning of the groups history, he was the unquestioned leader, and i would have loved to have seen the Dead when he was still around, but as far as listening to shows from the past, give me one without a 20 minute Good Lovin or Turn on your Lovelight.
    Thats just my opinion, of course. i do have many shows with Pigpen and i listen to them often, but I like the Kieth and Donna era much better.

    I will now duck as i wait for bashing to begin

  6. This was considered to be one of the best shows ever, (at the time), because of the Scarlet >Fire performance and the quality of the boot. For those without a firsthand memory of that era, this was, for whatever reason, one of, if not the first show that achieved real wide circulation in low-gen SBD form. The quality was GREAT, not to mention the smokin’ Scarlet > Fire, combined with a no screwup set. There were other, possibly better shows, but they were contaminated with multi-generational layers of hiss and tape flips and what have you. You could enjoy them, (and we did), but the quality of this one was mind blowing all by itself, like the first time you heard a CD. It could have been the Bee Gee’s, but the quality got to you, (before you puked). I still have my cassette of this show, it was the first tape I digitized when the technology became available. I still have the file, though I have a better copy.

    Get this.

  7. Right On. I started trading in the mid-90s. I’m sure there were some high quality soundboards circulating by then, but I still remember getting this one. I had heard about it for months before I finally tracked down a copy and I was blown away. There are better shows out there, but this one still smokes, and yeah that Scarlett>Fire is rocking.

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