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Holy S#%*! It’s the COMPLETE Europe ’72 Box! On Over 60 Discs!

Europe '72:
The Complete Recordings

Hey now! Due to overwhelming demand, surprising even those of us with huge faith in the Europe '72 project, the entire limited edition run of 7,200 boxed sets has sold out in less than 4 days. We thank you beyond words for your support and belief in this unprecedented and wonderful release.

After lengthy discussions, we've decided we don't want to deprive anyone of this music, some of the finest the Grateful Dead ever performed. Of course, we're keeping to our promise that the boxed set and all of its accouterments will not be made available beyond these 7,200 boxed sets (and wait until you see the case in which the music is housed, the hard-bound coffee-table book, plus all of the other cool surprises we've been unearthing!). But, we're going to offer just the music, all 22 shows, more than 60 CDs, more than 70 hours of music, each show housed in its own packaging, for the same price as the boxed set, $450 including domestic shipping. Although perhaps not as cool as the boxed set, the bottom line is that the most important aspect of Europe '72: The Complete Recordings is going to be made available to all, the music.

- David Lemieux

Because you dared dream this might happen one day… Because you went down to the Gypsy Woman and offered up your first-born to try to make it happen… Because there are enough passionate Dead Heads at Rhino/GD who thought it might be cool for this to happen… It’s happening! Coming in September is a gargantuan, beautifully designed EUROPE ’72 MEGA-BOX SET containing ALL 22 SHOWS of what is arguably the greatest tour the Grateful Dead ever played, on a whopping 60+ DISCS (over 70 hours of music!). Bet you didn’t see that comin’!

Really, at this point we probably don’t need to lay on too much hype about how wonderful the music is: Chances are, if you’re even considering buying a copy of this stunning box, you already know how amazing the Dead’s tour of Europe in April and May of 1972 was. To review briefly, though, the Dead’s first tour outside of North America took them to all sorts of historic and unusual venues in England, Denmark, West Germany, France, Holland and even tiny Luxembourg. Many members of the Dead “family” came along on what was really an extended working vacation that was designed to both expose the Dead to new audiences and also reward the band for their unlikely conquest of America during the preceding two years. As a hedge against the costs of the nearly two-month trip, the Dead’s label, Warner Bros., paid for the band to lug around a 16-track recorder to capture the entire tour… and we’re glad they did!

This was a band at the top of its game, still ascending in the wake of three straight hit albums — Workingman’s Dead, American Beauty and the live Grateful Dead (“Skull & Roses”). It had been a year since the lineup had gone to its single-drummer configuration, six months since Keith Godchaux had been broken in as the group’s exceptional pianist, and this marked the first tour to feature Donna Godchaux as a member of the touring band. There was a ton on new, unreleased material that came into the repertoire in the fall of ’71 (after “Skull & Roses” was out) and during the spring of ’72, including “Tennessee Jed,” “Jack Straw,” “Mexicali Blues,” “He’s Gone,” “Comes A Time,” “Ramble on Rose,” “One More Saturday Night,” “Black-Throated Wind,” “Looks Like Rain” and Pigpen’s “Chinatown Shuffle,” “The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion)” and “Mr. Charlie.” (Sadly, this was Pigpen’s final tour.) All those future classics were interspersed with songs from the aforementioned “hit” albums—such as “Uncle John’s Band,” “Brokedown Palace,” “Cumberland Blues,” “Casey Jones,” “Sugar Magnolia,” “Bertha,” “Not Fade Away,” et al — and then were topped off by loads of big jamming numbers — the Europe ’72 tour produced spectacular versions of “Dark Star,” “The Other One” “Playing in the Band,” “Truckin’,” “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider,” “Good Lovin’,” “Lovelight” and even the early Pig chestnut “Caution.” And that’s leaving out a truckload of other tunes, too! There wasn’t a clunker show in the bunch, and many are acknowledged today as classics. No doubt you already have some favorites.

Through the years, there have been a few releases of material from the Europe tour—starting with the 3-album Europe ’72 which knocked our socks off in the fall of that year, and followed many years later by material from a pair of German shows and the fantastic 4-CD Stepping Out, culled from the group’s eight shows in England. Incredibly, though, only one full show from the tour has come out previously: the excellent 4/24 concert in Dusseldorf, Germany, released as Rockin’ the Rhein in 2004.

Until now, that is. Jeffrey Norman, who has been the primary mixer of Dead archival multi-track material for the past 15 years (Fillmore West ’69, Ladies and Gentlemen…, Rockin’ the Rhein, Nightfall of Diamonds, etc.) has spent many months toiling over the 16-track masters from the tour, and will continue working on the mixes through the Winter and Spring, employing the high-tech Plangent Processes transfer and restoration tools, trying to get every show to sound “just exactly perfect” (as Bob Weir says) for this release. You might think you’ve heard that intense “Dark Star” > “Sugar Mag” > “Caution” from Copenhagen, but I guarantee you’ve never heard it sound this alive! Mastering to HDCD specs is two-time Grammy-winning engineer David Glasser of Airshow Mastering. Needless to say, all the songs that turned up on previous Europe compilations will be appear in their proper show contexts, and in the case of songs from the Europe ’72 album, without overdubs that were added later (where possible).

So dig deep, raid the penny jar, take a weekend job at Jack-in-the-Box, beg your kindly ol’ grandma for some of your inheritance early… Yes, it’s an extravagance, but jeez, you (or your loved one) deserve it! This is way cool.


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inthemoment1's picture
Joined: Jul 7 2008
group hug

Let's all kick back and enjoy these sweet sounds and count our blessings. I am truly grateful for this set. This music is my mantra.

scott1129's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
Europe'72 - on my way

Finally finished the first show, wow, no wonder they love the dead in europe
that was some opener for an young band in a foreign land, lovin' the pigpen stuff, and the sound is wonderful, running it from a yamaha dvd carousel thru a yamaha amp to RSL 5/8/15 from 1975 sounds sweet. well back to the past

The Sky Was Yellow And The Sun Was Blue
People Stopping Strangers Just To Shake Their Hand.

bolo24's picture
Joined: Nov 25 2009

Thanks for the input.

Yeah, I spoke with my bank, and they confirmed that Rhino has been trying but always kicked back for expiration. I called Rhino and held on the phone as they tried it again, confirming the correct date as they went - still no go. So, the bank says it's an input error, Rhino says they're entering it correctly.

Hypnocracy in action? A tear in the fabric of the chrono-synclastic infundibulum? I dunno - I suspect the Bozos are behind it.

Tomorrow's another day!

Joined: Jan 28 2011
Expiration date

bolo24, I'd suggest contacting your bank; financial institutions tend to pay more attention when their customer is complaining vs. some merchant like

Speaking as someone in the payment card industry, expiration date denials shouldn't be that hard to figure out. Do you know if the date that is submitting is the same as what's physically embossed on your card? Is it a date like 12/11 which could lead to a month/year swap? Was the card recently reissued (did you recently get a new physical card)? Does someone else in your family have a second physical card, and does it have the same embossed date? You mentioned that swiped transactions are working, where the expiration date is being read off the magnetic stripe on the card; are other manually-entered transactions working, such other internet purchases?

This is all stuff that could help your bank or their processor diagnose the problem. My guess is is resubmitting the same expiration date, and without someone determining if the date they're sending, or the date the bank/processor is comparing it to, is the one that's wrong, it's not going to go through. (In fact, the repeated submissions could trigger denials for suspected fraud.)

bolo24's picture
Joined: Nov 25 2009
Twiddling my thumbs

Still waiting for mine here near San Francisco. Apparently, there's some kind of glitch between Rhino and my bank. When they try to charge my card and input the expiration date, as they have 5 or 6 times now, it gets kicked back as "incorrect expiration." No one knows why at this point, but they're working on it. This is the only card I use and it's swiped several times a day without problems. Go figure.

Soooo.....gonna fire up "Steppin' Out" to fill the void for now. Happy for those of you who are already enjoying your new treasures!

Joined: Jun 4 2007
c'mon deadfreaks!

Are we going to let this thread die?!

Joined: Jan 22 2011

Bucket, Here is is! Damn spammers

PalmerEldritch's picture
Joined: Jul 25 2011
Day 8....

Day 8 of "life after the E72 box". Some thoughts.

(1) Sound quality. Sounds super to me. But, I'm no audiophile. I have pretty low end equipment and get my best sound from my Iphone, so maybe my opinion can be easily dismissed. I can hear the difference between Steppin Out and the 4/7 and 4/8 shows and can understand why some prefer Steppin Out. But I also like the sound of the new E72 versions, and I think a case could be made that the Steppin out versions sound a bit more manipulated and the new versions have a more natural sound. I love both mixes and think its a good thing to hear different mixes. The music is so blindingly great its hard for me to pay too much attention to the mix, frankly. Makes me glad I 'm not an audiophile. Grade A
(2) The Box. I admit when I first saw the box sketch months ago, I hoped it would be like one of the Columbia Miles Davis or Coltrane metal boxes- those are fantastic boxes, if you havent seen them. Rugged metal construction and excellent CD holders, also compact size and convenient booklet format. But that would have made the set preposterously heavy and probably sent the price over $1000 or more. Its a well made, economical box. I love the way it looks more and more each day. Grade A.
(3) CD sleeves. They are low quality, no doubt about it. Not such a big deal though. Grade C-.
(4) Accoutrements. Excellent hardcover book. Excellent essays in book and on sleeves. Great artwork, better than any previous boxset, except the classic Fillmore box art. Does any one really care about extra ephemera? When was the last time you "enjoyed" that little cardboard hat and guitar from the JGB set? Grade A-.
All in all Grade A. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.

Joined: Jan 22 2011
chill out rrot

Poor Sam has been drug thru this whole hellish affair for eight painful months to find he has purchased a pile of dung the smell of which offends his senses. At least allow him the compensation of dumping this pile of crap, 70+hours and how many gigs that he'll never listen to onto his computer to assuage his hurt!
More than one box set for sale on ebay has gone this route no doubt. Oh, wait, whatI meant to say was, "be cool's all about the music."

like a knife in the back and more of the same,
except my current favorite line is
chuba, chuba

rrot's picture
Joined: Oct 3 2009
unkle_sam sez:

"I will rip these to my computer, and then, ebay, here we come."

In other words, "It sucks, but I plan to steal the music off it anyway."


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