ABOUT 20 SHOWS THAT WOULD BE BETTER RELEASES THAN 5/8/77, FROM THE YEAR OF 1977. 1) 2/26 &2/27- The first 2 shows of the year, and together would make a much better and way more fulfilling listening experience than Ithaca. 2)3/18->20/77- Winterland (although none stands alone completely, together a 3-4 cd release seems an obvious choice.) 3) I have to pass on the Palladium,NYC shows, since I have never heard them. They need to be baked and dbx decoded and we haven't got to a whole slew of tapes in similar condition. 4) Both the night before and the night after (5/7 & 5/9) would be more pleasing as releases. 5) I haven't heard the Chicago shows, but I have heard from friends that something happened at one of them anyway. 6) The shows on 5/15, 5/17, 5/18 and 5/21 are each deserving notation, and although they don't match up with 5/22, they are each more satisfying than 5/8. 7) From what I hear from others (and what I saw myself, i.e., 5/28), the final 3 shows from this amazing month of performances are each worthy of many listenings. 8) Unfortunately, the 6/4 show in Los Angeles is missing from the vault and from anyone's tape collection, as far as I know. Otherwise I would toss this one in the pile of special shows. 9) The run of 3 at Winterland on 6/7->9, has some exceptional playing, but not within a songle night, so this should probably be a compilation of the 3 shows, with most of the emphasis on the first 2 nights. 10) Englishtown (9/3) needs no mention! 11) October is another of those months where there seems to be a disproportionate number of excellent performances. The downside is that the quality of the recordings leaves something to be desired. In the first tour during this month, the standouts are 10/11, 10/12, 10/14 and 10/16. I think all three at the end of the month are qualifiers (10/28, 10/29 and 10/30). 12) Each of the next 5 nights rips Ithaca. But the 11/4->6 shows are difficult to choose between. If I had to pick one of the three, I would have to go with 11/6, although Rob Bertrando's choice of 11/4 is pretty hard to pass up. 13) I think that many have overlooked the last 2 shows of the year, since 12/29 was so startling. Neither approaches the completeness of 12/29, but I remember some fine playing during the 2nd set jams from both nights. So maybe this doesn't total 20 shows, but it gives a pretty clear idea of where I place 5/8/77 amongst the meat from this year. I don't feel it's necessary to point out what is specifically lacking on the 5/8 show, since this would only further distance it from the shows listed above.