Introducing Europe '72: Vol. 2
The classic Europe '72 compendium will have a brand new volume September 20 with the release of Europe '72: Vol. 2. Available as a two-disc set and digital download, the 20-track compilation will feature two hours of unreleased performances from the historic European tour.
Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux, who produced Europe '72: Vol. 2, says he only chose song titles that did not appear on Europe ’72 as a way to complement the original. “I think this album, coupled with Europe ’72, represents a complete overview of the tour in every way,” he says. “In fact, songs like ‘Beat It On Down The Line,’ ‘Next Time You See Me’ and ‘Sing Me Back Home’ were selected by the Grateful Dead for the first set, but were left off because there wasn’t enough room.”
In a nod to its precursor, Vol. 2 features new cover art by Stanley Mouse, the artist who helped create the iconic artwork featuring the legendary Ice Cream Kid. “Trouble comes in many flavors. Ice Cream Kid is in hot water. The jury is out. His only defense is love,” says Mouse of the Kid’s return.
Recorded at various locations during the band’s 22-show tour, the collection captures the Dead in white-hot moments of improvisational revelry as the band explores a number of its most enduring songs, like “Bertha,” “Sugaree” and “Playing In the Band,” plus relatively obscure cuts like “Black-Throated Wind” and Pigpen’s “Chinatown Shuffle.”
As a special treat, the set includes an epic hour-plus jam that combines “Dark Star” and “The Other One.” Recorded at the Bickershaw Festival, it was the only show on this tour where the band broke out both of these beloved improvisational showpieces. Vol. 2 also includes “Good Lovin’” and “Dire Wolf” from the April 26 show at Jahrhundert Halle in Frankfurt, West Germany. While much of that concert was released on 1995’s Hundred Year Hall, these particular tracks were not included and have remained unreleased until now.
The high-quality sound heard on Vol. 2 stems from painstaking work done by Jeffrey Norman, who has been the primary mixer of the Dead’s archival multi-track material for the past 15 years. For this release, he mixed each show from the original 16-track recordings while two-time Grammy®-winning engineer David Glasser mastered the music to HDCD specs.
EUROPE ’72: VOL. 2Tracklist
1. “Bertha” – Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen (4/14/72)
2. “Me And My Uncle” – Wembley Empire Pool, Wembley (4/7/72)
3. “Chinatown Shuffle” – Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen (4/14/72)
4. “Sugaree” – Olympia Theatre, Paris (5/3/72)
5. “Beat It On Down The Line” – Theatre Hall, Luxembourg (5/16/72)
6. “Loser” – Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen (4/14/72)
7. “Next Time You See Me” – Olympia Theatre, Paris (5/4/72)
8. “Black-Throated Wind” – Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen (4/14/72)
9. “Dire Wolf” – Jahrhundert Halle, Frankfurt (4/26/72)
10. “Greatest Story Ever Told” – Olympia Theatre, Paris (5/3/72)
11. “Deal” – Olympia Theatre, Paris (5/4/72)
12. “Good Lovin’” – Jahrhundert Halle, Frankfurt (4/26/72)
13. “Playing In The Band” – Strand Lyceum, London (5/24/72)
1. “Dark Star”> – Bickershaw Festival, Wigan (5/7/72)
2. Drums > – Bickershaw Festival, Wigan (5/7/72)
3. “The Other One”> – Bickershaw Festival, Wigan (5/7/72)
4. “Sing Me Back Home” – Strand Lyceum, London (5/26/72)
5. “Not Fade Away”> – Wembley Empire Pool, Wembley (4/7/72)
6. “Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad”> – Wembley Empire Pool, Wembley (4/7/72)
7. “Not Fade Away” – Wembley Empire Pool, Wembley (4/7/72)
I wouldn't assume that the download will be offered through dead.net. These days, the "available as download" terminology is standard for commercial releases. I expect it will appear on iTunes, Amazon.com, and the like.
The Dark Star>Drums>Other One medley from the Bickershaw Festival on disc two segues into a Sing Me Back Home that was performed three weeks later in London!
Take that, time and space!
Wouldn't be the first time a song from one date segues into a song from another date. On Steppin' Out disc 2 we have 5/7 Lovelight>GDTRFB> 5/23 NFA>Diddley>NFA.
redevil is correct about the cardboard sleeves. I almost lost a CD trying to get it loose. I did destroy the sleeve.
I have all the Pure Jerry discs and they are cardboard with plastic on the inside actually holding the discs. No problem there. All of these were bought at Borders (now, alas, out of business) at around $12 each.
So, was it released earlier in a flimsy all cardboard edition??
If you're getting E72 in any form this new release would not be needed to complete E72, it is redundant and meant for those who just have the original Europe '72 release.
Somebody please tell me if I'm wrong on this point.
Posted and it did not appear in "All Recent Posts". Strange, but at least it is there.
"Everything" that is really needed are on these two discs. The Dark Star> Other One from Bickershaw in the heart of this release, in my opinion. Excellent choicees, David.
I had already ordered the box set, so I really don't need this release.
@cbs73:"Wouldn't be the first time a song from one date segues into a song from another date."
Uhhh, sure wouldn't. Can you say Live/Dead? How about Anthem of the Sun...
there was/is no way i could spend $450 on the whole E72 thing. THIS is much more in my financial ball park.
Now that i see what this is all about, I probably will get it. the 5/7/72 Dark Star seals the deal.
I am one of those who agrees that the E72 should be available separately, not one big bunch.
5/11/72 = AMAZING.
Thanks for the CD Universe link
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