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.)
I have Part 2 on the way way from Amazon for 9.25. Don't know how they did it so cheap. Excited
Just got the album yesterday!!! Sounds really good, and I love the Dark Star>Other One from the Bickershaw Festival
Hey kind folks at Dead Net could we please get a LISTENING PARTY for E72-Vol2 ?
Hows about ; Dark Star> TOO> Sing Me Back Home ?
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I, for one, would LOVE/have loved to see Dead/Rhino come out w/ a special USB drive of the tour (similar to what The Beatles did when they re-released their catalog back in 2009).
You would literally have to navigate from show-to-show from the tour map. Sigh.
Ok I'm done... I'm happy with what we have. Thanks again everyone.
I'm really glad the boys are releasing the entire Europe '72 tour as a box set.
Unfortunately, for many folks like me, coming up with $450 on the spot for the entire box isn't doable. In my case, I'm disabled. I can afford to pay to download a show or two a month - but not the entire box in one fell swoop.
In light of this, I urge the band and its distributor - in the strongest possible terms - to make the individual shows available as downloads (and, if possible, individual cd releases).
Just got the Europe 72 personalized trunk in the mail today. Scored number 1814 with a personalization of "Before My Time" since I was born in '74. It is a sharp looking boxset. It came with a 100 page hardback book about the tour, recording process and a reprint of the Book of Dead in paperback from 72. Just but disc 1 in from 4/7/72 and it sounds great. Unfortunately this disc is not tagged with recording artists and track titles when I put into the computer (daughter is gearing up for bed so she is watching TV where the stereo is, where it doesn't matter in the end).
The show sounds fantastic! The artwork is superb and each essay is written on the gatefold of the CD as far as I can tell (haven't pulled all 22 out yet). There are also photos in some of the gatefolds.
Great piece, you won't be disappointed with whatever addition/version you go with. It sounds fantastic.
I preordered one on Amazon for 13.50, that was a few weeks ago, you get whatever the lowest price is and it has been going up and down. I may cancel it, I have the original ,both versions to
boot. I liked "100 Year Hall", didn't like the "Steppin Out CD from 72", I don't know yet, The whole project looks so piecemeal, but I expect incredible results.
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Just add me to the list of kvetches that is very disappointed that you would charge more than Amazon.com with no bonus disc offiered. I have every studio release and all boxed sets (save the E72 box, which was hard to justify economically -- but great idea, really) + all DP & RT releases. I even have the entire Download series in flac. I even buy the releases that I already have from Soundboard bootlegs. Add all the JG labels to that. I am a loyal fan. This feels like a slap in the face. The CD itself is almost worth it just for another version of Chinatown Shuffle, a fairly rare release of the song. But I think I'll go with Amazon this time unless there's a change in policy/price in the next few days.
Ditto on the vinyl. I recently started listening again to vinyl and one of the albums which most astonished me when compared to the CD was Europe 72. Especially, Truckin.
Holy S#%*! It’s the COMPLETE Europe ’72 Box! On 73 Discs!
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