Grateful Dead

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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lamagonzo (not verified)
Yeah, well...

...yer right as usual Marye. The old braincells ain't what they used to be.

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
gonz, WADR

I think the comments you're looking for are not deleted, they're just in the other E72 topic, i.e. All the Music. Certainly your comment to which you refer is.

lamagonzo (not verified)
1 page of posts deleted

Who knows if this is the computers updating or moderation or what but a whole page of 10 posts is missing here.

The posts that were there were pretty angry. Mine was to the effect that Rhino is not going to make much, if any, money on this depending on how many people decide to dispute the charge on their credit card based on defect.

If they're not going to make money then they aren't going to be very responsive to solving problems. Which in turn prolongs the cycle of people being mad at them. This might continue till the end of Rhino's management contract.

To me, buying any music related item from Rhino now is a crap-shoot.

I predicted this, but it doesn't exactly make me Carnac The Great (Johnny Carson's prognostication character).

unkle sam's picture
Joined: Oct 3 2008
ship box back?

according to my credit card company, I do not have to ship or send back defective merchandise, it is mine to keep, now, if rhino wants there defective discs back, I will gladly send it to them once they send me a postage paid return slip. But, I don't have to, they sent out a defective product, I sent them the money in good faith, they sent me crap. Like I said previously, I would love to keep and pay for this box, but not until I get defective discs replaced and ripped shitty sleeves replaced, this is the only recourse that I had, I got nothing from rhino saying they would send my discs or sleeves or promised merchandise, so I canceled the charge, it's that simple. They made promises that were not kept, so, they can eat the charge. I will keep all informed as to what transpires in the coming weeks. I am not an outside instigator, I have been buying from the dead for 35 yrs, almost all music and a buttload of merchandise, but this I will not stand for. They really ain't got a leg to stand on, promises were made, they didn't fulfill them.

Joined: Jan 29 2011
Just Curious

Just curious Unkle Sam. If they reversed the charges on your credit card, do you have to pay to ship the box back or is sending a call slip for Ups or Fed Ex to collect the box when you send it back. I would imagine that they will want the defective merch back within a few days as a condition of the chargeback. If they don't, that could open the floodgate for other consumers. Keep checking your statement. Not for nothin! Let us know if anything else develops.

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Joined: Jan 2 2009
no personalization

nor a tag/sticker, nothing, nothing but an empty promise "they would make this right" ... now they have stopped even responding to me ... take your business (if that is what you call this) and shove it rhino ... the only way to get their attention is to stop buying their stuff... the simplest law of economics ...

unkle sam's picture
Joined: Oct 3 2008
another box set disputed

and the charge has been removed from my card. I gave them all the details and Defective merchandise was the reason the CC company said and I will let them handle rhino, I'm done with this fiasco. Sorry deadnet and staff, I know you didn't have anything to do with this crappy product, it's all rhino, and now they can pay for it.
I'm gonna stay on the bus, just not gonna buy anything from rhino, etree, keep those fine soundboards coming.

lamagonzo (not verified)
Hey Now August East!

That sleeve or two you ripped will up in number through the years, especially if you're not able to keep every single hand out of your collection. A neat trick with deadhead friends.

Joined: Feb 4 2008
loving it - really

I ripped a sleeve or two but am over it. My ears are eating all this up very slowly like a good meal and loving it. The band itself took so much loving care while playing each show and I can feel the love. So precious. So much magic. I hope you get to enjoy these like I am. :)


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Joined: Jun 7 2007

The Dave's Picks thread is here:

Get bitchin'


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