The Tour That Keeps On Giving: Here’s Europe ’72: Vol. 2!
Did you feel left out by all the hoopla surrounding the Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings mega-box? Or maybe you thought: “Geez, I don’t really need 22 shows on 73 discs in a box the size of a small refrigerator. But I sure did love the original Europe ’72 album back in the day. And now that you mention it, Hundred Year Hall, Steppin’ Out and the Rockin’ the Rhein became favorites of mine, too! It would be kinda cool to hear more from that tour.”
Well, it’s your lucky day, pal. We’ve got you covered! Ready for release on September 20 is Europe ’72: Vol. 2, a two-CD set featuring 20 newly mixed, never-before-released gems from that epic and historic tour. As most of you know, engineer Jeffrey Norman spent many months mixing down the 16-track master tapes from every show on the tour for the humongo-box, while mastering ace David Glasser put the final polish and brought the sonics up to HDCD specs. You may have heard various circulating soundboard tapes from these shows through the years, but trust us, you haven’t heard the music sound quite like this before! Meanwhile Grateful Dead vaultmeister and box producer David Lemieux was tasked with coming up with a two-disc compilation that would work as a worthy successor to the classic original album, 39 years later!
And there was this guiding philosophy: There would be no songs that appeared on the original 3-LP set. Whoa! No “Truckin’”? “Morning Dew”? “China Cat”? Nope! But what’s here is magnificent, including a spectacular, nearly hour-long combo of “Dark Star” > “The Other One” from the famous Bickershaw Festival in Engalnd (5/7/72); a kickin’ version of “Not Fade Away” > “Goin’ Down the Road” > “Not Fade Away” from the super-charged first night of the tour in London (4/7); and the always-moving “Sing Me Back Home” from the last night of the tour (5/26). There’s also a wonderfully varied selection of other tunes from Copenhagen, Paris, Frankfurt and Luxembourg, including favorites such as “Bertha,” “Playing in the Band,” “Good Lovin’,” “Black-Throated Wind,” “Sugaree,” “Deal” and many more.
“One cool thing,” David Lemieux told us recently, “is that we ended up including several songs that the band had pulled from the master reels for the original Europe ’72, but which, for whatever reason, didn’t make the cut. That was really the impetus to get this thing rolling—that there was a lot of stuff on the cutting room floor that the band had slated for the original album at some point.” (You can find our entire interview with David here.)
Finally, we should note that the artwork on the album is by none other than Stanley Mouse who, along with his late partner Alton Kelley, created the memorable “Ice Cream Kid” and “Rainbow Foot” images for the original Europe ’72 package. Yep, it’s the return of the Kid! “Trouble comes in many flavors,” Mouse cryptically commented recently. “Ice Cream Kid is in hot water. The jury is out. His only defense is love.”
For ordering info and the complete track listings for Europe ’72: Vol. 2, click here.
(Still tantalized by the possibility of purchasing the music-only version of Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings? Click here for more info.)
For those of you who complain about packaging, The ice cream kid cover art, the $450 price tag for the E72 box, E72 Vol2, compilations, or complete show/tour releases from this tour or any other, I have one thing to say to you: QUIT YOUR BITCHIN!
As Deadheads, we are the luckiest fans on the planet....Name 1 other band (rock and roll or otherwise) that has a vault from which to draw almost their entire recording history.... and not only that, but to be able to convert their shows to HDCD, etc, it's practically unheard of. Thank the Lord they had the presence of mind and cutting edge recording devices back then (16 track) to capture it all. My personal and heartfelt thanks to Jeffrey Norman, David Lemieux, Rhino, and of course Bobby, Mickey, Phil, & Billy for all the great releases over the years! So thankful for you guys, and oh yeah, thankful that THEY'RE STILL TOURING!!!! 46 years so far!! Forever Grateful, Salmon Will
-Volume 2 on Rhino seems to come in a plastic case
DARK STAR > DRUMS> THE OTHER ONE
disc one is ok.
Sing Me Back Home is awesome.
The rest is fun.
GET THIS GET THIS GET THIS FOR DARK STAR > DRUMS > THE OTHER ONE. You'll be very very very glad you did.
Next...I need to get 5/11/72 and 5/26/72 official releases.
I wish I could earn money listening to this superb music.
Nice song selections...the 2nd disk is the highlight (a 1972 Other One is always a treat)!! It seems to me that Pigpen's organ sounds louder and Keith's piano is softer than Europe 72 Vol.1.
I'm quite happy with this release...thanks to those who made it possible.
More that I listen to this compilation on my older deck, I am really enjoying it. The second disc sounds great. "Sing Me Back Home" is just a classic, and probably my fave NFA/GDTRFB jam, really a good one.
I'm liking the new Cd company that they are using. And only rip I have had was originally opening it, I ripped a corner of the cardboard.Learning the squeeze technique for pulling out the discs.
This is designed to look like the original Europe'72 LP release from Nov 1972. There is also a booket inside the back (3rd) cd sleeve with color pictures, much like the original 4 page booket. It's a nice 2 CD set for the car. Enjoy !
I had the same questions as markonin. Is the packaging a throwback to the original vinyl or something? The pic on the back and the songlists are upside down, and the inner-panels of the tri-fold are completely blank. Is it supposed to be like that?
I've only had one listen so far, but I'm loving it. Thanks!
packaging seems to be cheap,artwork is upside down on the 2nd and 3rd panels compared to the front panel.Is this intentional or a mistake?There is no printing on the inside of the cd case and no liner notes..first cd sounds great,like the set list.
second cd with the dark star,drums, the other one combo is fantastic ....
I listened to the Europe 72 -Part 2 on an Older Deck that did not have HDCD and I found the sound quality much better. Can't explain this, but now I am a happy camper.
Got the package today and listened to the first disc, or the songs I liked anyway, I am a diehard Dead fan, especially of 72-79, I was a bit disappointed by the overall sound quality of Part 2 for what I have heard so far, Definitely not nearly as good as Rhino's 03 remaster of the original, which was overdubbed. Wish the packaging was better, but I am not complaining, paid 9.25 on Amazon for 3 hours of music.
Seems like every song is different quality as it should be, from different venues. I don't know if the tapes were rough or what happened, I mean, it is muddy at times, Sometimes you can't hear stuff. I see why the first version was overdubbed, the vocals on alot of songs are not great, but the emotion is there. Well, I am not going to say anything else til I listen more , Remember, this is just my opinion, still glad that I have it, I was just expecting better sound quality.