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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: Jun 6 2009
from the other side of the continent...

Well, here in Argentina, every new CD costs around 50 pesos (not to mention de overprice on imported ones, I mean, they sell ALMOST NOTHING of the Grateful Dead here, only the Rockin' the Cradle DVD), if I do the math:

50 pesos x 60 = 3000 / 4 (dollar exchange value) = $750.-

I know that it's still a "big prize", but understable. I want to buy it, I'm not decided yet. Plus, even if you don't believe me, I haven't heard ANY Europe 72 show, so everything would be new to me.

I suppose that, as in the other box sets, there won't be splitted shows. I just hope, for the people that don't care about ESPECIAL EDITIONS, that they put every show individually later as a download.

Is there any chance of shipping this to my country?

Joined: Jun 27 2007
The first time I met Phil

The first time I met Phil Schaap, I walked into a room and he was lying on the floor with a plant in a vase on his chest. He looked up at me and said, "I heard you're into the Dead". He proceeded to recite, correctly word for word, "Dupree's Diamond Blues". He then informed me that that was his father's favorite Grateful Dead song! Strange, I thought. He told me the story about mixing for the GD at Columbia Univ which must have been some last minute thrown together affair. Phil was as disappointed with the disappearing reels from Columbia as I was. I've never seen a mention of any sound source existing from that show. Someone out there, somewhere, has those reels!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Yeah baby, I'm in.

Looking forward to my copy arriving, will pay ASAP, bring it on. I love the shows I have and consider them some of the best, this will jam forever.

Coconut Phil, living Free.

Joined: Sep 4 2007
Europe 72 , great stuff

This was the tour where Keith was ' coming in ' nicely playing great keys in this band . The european surroundings probably influenced him - and band - somewhat ... for sure ...

Europe was a great idea in 72

Thanks for this very qualitative box .......

Joined: Jun 4 2007
And so to bed

It's very late here in Europe-land, and I'm off to bed, after hoping to place my order on the first day. I'll check in the morning, and hopefully the server will stop replying "I would prefere not to."

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Dead Studies

"I, among others, have been slowly winning the battle of getting "Dead Studies" taken seriously."

I commend you for that. As someone who was moved by this music, and those who played it, to learn an instrument and become a performer, I have an affinity for those who take it as seriously as you. The Grateful Dead are a quintessentially American phenomenon, both musically and sociologically, and well-deserving of study. Kudos to you, grateful prof.

Joined: Oct 1 2007
preorders... and Bird!

Thanks folks about the preorder, shipping and billing info. I am sure you all are correct, but I actually cannot find this stated anywhere on the site, and I have been poking around. I suspect I am just an idiot when it comes to this stuff, but it would be good to state this rather prominently. Schaap at the board for the Dead, that is interesting, I did not know that. Would be great to go from Birdsong to Bird Flight, Schaap is the man!

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Joined: Feb 6 2008
the wait

It is going to be hard to wait for this one.

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Joined: Jul 29 2009
Man, I sure do want this...

but 450 bones? That's a mortgage payment.

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Joined: Jun 24 2007
Goin' Where The Dead Take All My Change....

Holy Flipping Fuckballs !!!


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