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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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Joined: Aug 27 2008
Europe '72 books

For those who couldn't get in on the "Europe '72: The Complete Recordings" deluxe limited edition mega box set (the 7200) and have bought the "All Music Edition", like me, I wish those two books that came with that set would be made available, either seperately or as a bundle.
Forget the steamer trunk case.

Joined: May 18 2009
freakin' economics LOL

I don't like those RT packages, they are scary. The art and all is cool but I worry about scratching the discs every time I take one out - which is only once now that I make a copy of the discs first thing. I could've sworn that somebody official said the E72 CD containers weren't gonna be cardboard sleeves but something more archival. Maybe it was in one of the interviews, I don't remember. Another misleading item in that damn photo up there LMAO.

Hopefully I'll get to see for myself soon.

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Joined: Jun 6 2007
EUROPE '72 or your roped in for 72

Pissed or Blissed it's all the same
the music is what matters and this is some matter-rific music
Very pleased so far with the sound of the discs.

Now the other part

We now understand why the music-only version is the same price.

and as has been stated previously the advertised box
was 60+ cds (over 70 hours of music) in a special box
designed to look like a steamer trunk with a hard cover book
a tour program and many other surprises that they had been
unearthing in the research for this special box set.
Tickets, show bills, local articles and reviews of the shows
The photos are fantastic. but no road map no dvd no postcards buttons,
no drawer in the trunk, I understand the digipaks as thats the RT format.
but I guess we got spoiled with the Warlocks Box
Now that was a great box.
Still have to lay all the E'72 covers out.
well back to the show only 68 to go

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

Joined: Aug 27 2008
On September 3rd, 2011

On September 3rd, 2011 kewe65 said:

what's more important, celebrating the most recorded band in history or lamenting rhino's failures?

I'd rather celebrate the most recorded band in history, and my favorite band, the Grateful Dead.
I think Rhino did a decent job with this mega-box project, more than likely there were budget cuts in the project which resulted in not the heaviest paper stock being used for the sleeves to house the discs. But for $450, it is still a bargain, and I am grateful for that.

I thank all who made this project happen and see the light of day.
Thank you!

Joined: Jun 7 2007
still waiting - and worried...

Today's my birthday, and I had hoped.. but all things come to those who wait. I'm envious of all of those of you who are already getting familiar with the music. I was at one of the 72 concerts (Bickershaw) so that's some consolation as I wait. I'm not concerned about the prospect of small numbers of goodies - after all, when I preordered the only option was the boxed set and the only reason for buying was the music. Mine's supposed to be personalised, so the numbering issue (and I agree it's a real one) doesn't affect me personally. But what does concern me - a lot - is the unbelievably inadequate customer service experience I've had. In late July i had several email interchanges about my need to change the cc I had used for the preauthorisation. I was told I would be emailed prior to the dispatch date and given the opportunity to change card if necessary. It never happened, and as this thread picked up this issue, I dug deep into the pockets to phone from the UK to make sure the change was recorded. I was assured by a very laid back guy that it had been and all would be well. It hadn't and it wasn't. I had an email on the 31st saying how the European deliveries were going to be handled, which was positive, and then a further email on the 1st saying that my card hadn't processed auccessfully. So another call from the UK - 16 minute wait on the supposedly dedicated international number before anyone answered. Again the rep was calm and positive, took the replacement number and said all would be well. But couldn't actually process the order, only saying that they would contact again if there was a problem. What do I have to do to get these guys to take my money? I really don't want to lose this at this stage....

Joined: Jun 19 2009
This is it?

Totally psyched to get mine. I have to admit I was a little bummed at the lack of goodies in the box. I did not purchase the box for these things but they made it seem like the box would be full of groovy stuff (maps, etc.). It wouldn't have been difficult to print up a few more of these things. The music is spectacular. That is why I bought the set. I don't have buyers remorse. Not at all. I just thought there would be more goodies. In fact, since there isn't more to it, the trunk seems to be a little too much. But I will be listening to great music for a long time!!!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Sinking in

Pigpen is jamming his ass off Good Lovin, I have my headphones on, amazing sound. I have been reading the comments since this whole trip begin. Some are mad, some are happy, some are just plain hateful. I feel like they did lead us to believe that more stuff would be in the box, I can do without buttons, picks etc. I was hoping for a DVD sort of like the DVD that was in the Egypt 78 set, old film clips, a few songs etc. This was a real surprise for me, Youtube has some clips available. I spent some time looking over the book, it is great, well done. The other book, well it's just there. I'm still very happy to have it, the music is great, really amazing GD.

Remember when the Dick's Picks series stopped, all the legal stuff was going on? It was a long time before we got anything. Now we have the Road Trips series and lots of big releases. I'm sure we will get more in the future. I'm sure this was a learning experience for Rhino, next round will go down a little smoother. I'm happy that the powers to be saw to it that this tour was recorded in 1972, enjoy the music, the best days are ahead of us.

Coconut Phil, living Free.

Joined: May 18 2009
The "limited, numbered" issue is pretty disappointing...

I can't believe they dropped the ball on that one. I don't think anybody can say Rhino didn't screw the pooch there. There's "marketing" and some puffed up happy talk is expected, but there was NO mention of only the personalized editions being numbered, and the added expense of numbering ALL the boxes - as anybody who bought one no doubt thought they would be - would have been minimal. Rhino advertised a "limited, numbered" set and they didn't produce that. That's just a great big burn, IMHO.

I'm sure the set would still have sold out just as quickly if TPTB hadn't mentioned any "ephemera" or whatever the hell they called it, but they DID mention it, there's a very misleading photograph showing it, all the special boxes they've put out recently had it and they totally bailed on this one. Somewhere there's a suit wearing douchebag beancounter to blame. LOL.

I will continue to buy the product because (A) it is "all about the music", and (B) they are the only ones that sell it. I will keep in mind that anything else said about the product being sold may not be true, however. Hope Deadcorp takes a long hard look at Rhino vs other options when the marketing agreement runs out, though. I think the boys can do better.

Joined: Jan 28 2011
Numbered boxes

kewe65, most gripes about the numbering is that apparently only the first 3,000 are numbered. My box isn't numbered, and as I was a latercomer, I'm sure I'm in the over 3,000 crowd. Since a bunch of the boxes are unnumbered, who's to say that Rhino didn't make up 10,000 boxes instead of 7,200-- or 15,000 or whatever? We're just taking Rhino's word that 7,200 sets were made, since we can't verify that three people got number 6,273 or whatever. It's going to hurt the collectability factor ten years from now when some of us start falling over dead and our heirs dispose of our stuff...

Joined: Jan 13 2009
thrilled some more and not so much disappointed

some of the complaints remind me of that scene from the Grateful Dead Movie, where the guy is complaining about all the 'production' of the filming, etc. and another man nails him to the reality wall about being right in line to see the movie when it comes out...

are you really willing to put in writing that you'll never by another grateful dead recording because you didn't get any reproduction tickets, stickers, maps or buttons?

what's more important, celebrating the most recorded band in history or lamenting rhino's failures?


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