|Live album by|
|Released||May 5, 2017|
|Recorded||May 8, 1977|
Ithaca, New York
|Grateful Dead chronology|
Cornell 5/8/77 is a live album by the American rock band the Grateful Dead. It was recorded on May 8, 1977, at Barton Hall, Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York. It was released as a three-disc CD and as a five-disc LP on May 5, 2017.
The same recording was also released on May 5, 2017 as part of the four-concert, eleven-CD box set May 1977: Get Shown the Light.
The May 8, 1977 show is a fan favorite, and is widely considered to be one of the band's best performances. Tickets to attend the general admission concert cost $7.50 (equivalent to $32 in 2020). The soundboard recording was made by longtime Grateful Dead audio engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson. In 2012, the recording was selected for inclusion in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine on AllMusic wrote, "Sourced from the original soundboard recordings by Betty Cantor-Jackson, the sound is colorful and vivid, an excellent complement to a prime Dead performance. What makes this such an exceptional performance isn't that it's the Grateful Dead at their most experimental... but at their warmest.... If this isn't the best Grateful Dead show ever – a hard thing to quantify – it's nevertheless at the sweet spot of providing hardcore Deadheads with plenty to savor while offering a good introduction for neophytes, which is more than enough to make it essential. "
|Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)||121|
|Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)||35|
|Italian Albums (FIMI)||83|
|Scottish Albums (OCC)||67|
|US Billboard 200||25|