Holy S#%*! It’s the COMPLETE Europe ’72 Box! On Over 60 Discs!
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.
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.
With all the problems the Europe 72 Complete Recordings have, I wonder if GDP/Rhino have another big tour box in the planning stages. I could see several small runs, such as Alaska 1980, released in a style such as the Winterland '73 & '77 boxes or the Warlocks box. If they (GDP/Rhino) got this E72 box correct in the first place, I could see Europe 1981 boxes, either one large one or 2 smaller ones for Spring and Fall tours. Maybe Rhino has learned a thing or two about QUALITY CONTROL from this fiasco, again maybe not. Standing up in defense of Rhino, there were staff cuts at Warner Music Group which may have had their effects on this E72 project.
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Fully endorse what unkle sam posted above.
Last week I received what I believe is a complete set of replacements (to UK) - I have not had time to check them all yet. What I have so far checked looks to be much better than the original discs, if not exactly perfect (maybe I expect too much).
I strongly urge those of you having problems to speak to your card provider without delay. Time is certainly running out.
And thanks again to marye for all your help.
that if you wait to dispute this charge, it will be too late, then you will have to pay and rhino will not have to issue replacements, so if you haven't disputed this charge, you may be out of luck. Once the deadline for disputes are over, you will have to pay, then you will be stuck with it, full price for ripped sleeves, no extras and skipped discs. Good luck to all, I have given up hoping for replacements. The biggest let down in dead history, and still no word from anybody on what happened, will it be fixed, will there be replacements, nothing. Except, " send us your money and we will let you have another show", can't guarantee that it won't skip of be fubar in some way." But hey, you're just a drugged out hippy, so who cares."
Welcome to the club. I'd like to know the same.
Has anyone actually received replacements for their defective CDs or ripped sleeves? Please post if you have.
Has anyone received replacements for the defective discs or sleeves they received in their Europe '72 box set?
I reported defects for my box set over two months ago and I am still receiving a run-around. Now I have been told that Rhino, namely Dr Rhino, is handling replacements, but I have yet to receive a reponse from Dr Rhino.
I continually ask customer poor service where my box set is and receive canned e-mails...oh, it is coming soon....oh, your order has moved up to the next priority level. BS. What a joke. I bet they lost my order as this has been going on since September. And they want me to pay into the Dave's Picks thing???? Right. Can you say torrent?
In part, the remaining members of the band and crew and family, Ice Nine, Warner Music Group. None of these entities are equal partners in dead.net, I may guess.. Whoever gets a royalty check, I may guess. There probably are some other parties involved here, that are currently "hidden."
All of my discs play good on all my players. However several discs are scratched, 12 out of 73. I was thinking that the scratches are a result of my CD player in my car, but they are not. I don't know if I want to have them replaced by Globalware/WMG/Rhino or
have them cleaned by an outside firm that specialises in removing scratches from discs. I have used that company before, and I think they're quite good, but not exactly perfect. I have made back-ups of all the discs and play the pack-ups anymore.
Of the ripped sleeves, only 3 really suffer here (4/7, 4/26 & 5/7) and that's all my fault. The 4/7 sleeve tore in the first few moments when I opened it to inspect the discs and play them. It's torn on the printed spine side. Of the 22 shows those are the only 3 shows that have torn, so far.
I don't know if I should call CS and try to replace those for free or buy those three shows again.
It's the music that counts here, and the pressed CD format has nearly run it's course for me..Europe 72 is the best GD tour in my opinion, and I am grateful to have 99.95% of the music. Remember, 4/7's Casey Jones is missing and the last minute of Big Boss Man is missing also.
Sorry to contradict you there TL, but the terms of service state
'This site (together with any successor site(s) and all Services (as defined below), the “Site”) is operated by Warner Music Inc. (“we,” “us”) with all commerce transactions completed by our selected vendor and merchant of record GlobalWare Solutions, Inc'
(Warner Bros owns Rhino)
So this site is part of the big picture, good and bad, especially since the product was only sold through this place and through Global ware.
That said, I have never considered that anyone owns MaryE :-)
Still waiting for my number and personalisation (but it is apparently on its way)