Grateful Dead

Checking In (Again) With Europe '72 Mixing Engineer Jeffrey Norman

I think I'm as excited as anyone on Earth about the upcoming release Europe '72: The Complete Recordings. I am a 1972-vintage Deadhead (first show 3/5/72), and the "Americana/jamband" phase of the Dead's amazing creative journey has yielded up many of the most enduring songs and creative improvisations ever made, by the GD or anyone else.

I visited with mixing engineer Jeffrey Norman near the start of his massive undertaking (you can hear that conversation here), and I returned to Prairie Sun Recording in Sonoma County on June 3 to check in with him again. Enjoy!

-David Gans

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You deserve a medal!

I'm listening to some of your work right now. Words alone cannot express the gratitude that us Deadheads have for you. The E72 will be a masterpiece I have no doubts. We are lucky to have all of you working to deliver this amazing music to us. The folks that drug that recording equipment all over Europe deserve a special award as well, without their dedication, this would never be happening. I'm patiently waiting on my copy to arrive.

Jam on.

Coconut Phil, living Free.

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rough seas

talk about sailing though 30ft mackers in the Bearing Sea ~ jonapi, I hope you have an escape route........................... ~ lol

~>went to see the captain, strangest I could find
~>laid my proposition down, laid it on the line
~>I won't slave for begger's pay, likewise gold and jewels
~>but I would slave to learn the way, to sink your ship of fools

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"holy crap"

sighs Jeffrey Norman

"and there I was thinking I was just mixing tapes of a bunch of old shows"

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open letter

Dear Mr Dead.net,

This a pivotal moment in the history of OUR band. Decisions are being made about our personal budgets that impact the lives of virtually every Deadhead for decades to come. As we address the issue of our income deduction we must not ignore the painful economic reality of today - which is that the wealthiest Heads in our land and the largest assholes are doing phenomenally well while the humble working class record collection is collapsing and our mental poverty is increasing. In fact, the United States today has, by far, the most unequal distribution of Betty-Boards and self-congratulatory backslapping of any major country on earth.

Everyone understands that over the long-term, we have got to reduce our smugness - a smugness that was caused mainly by our innate greed, box sets for the rich, two whores, and a recreational drug problem written by our parent's cheques and others' company. It is absolutely imperative, however, that as we go forward with inane comments we completely reject other Heads' rational, logical approach that demands savage cuts in desperately-needy, bitter and spoilt individuals while not asking the idiot self to contribute one bit of effort.

Mr. Dead.net, please listen to the overwhelming majority of Deadheads who believe that petty, pedantic views must be sacrificed. The retarded, ungrateful Heads in the Forums must suck their fair share of cock. At least 50 percent of any reduced package must cum from love-lengths raised, eliminating holes and should be inserted into profiteering constitutions. A sensible reduced package must also include significant cunts that perpetuate unnecessary wasteful Pointless spending.

Please do not yield to outrageous Heads' demands that would greatly increase suffering for the modest, and most well-balanced members of our Forum. Now is the time to stand with the tens of thousands of Heads who are struggling to survive in a sea of hypocrisy, drowning in the self-righteous shit of spoilt, insecure, ungracious fuckers, not with the minority of self-serving, greedy bitches who never had it so good.

Respectively,
Sen. Jonapi;
and Co-signers

A polite addendum -
Dead.net and it's organisation: don't bother doing any more for the people who helped contribute to the Grateful Dead's termination and driving the nail into Jerry's patience and inspirational coffin.
Whatever you do is wrong. They don't deserve it. Problem solved.
Remove all soundboards and audience recordings from archive.org. Prune the vines. Burn existing articles of interest and acquisitions of history. Terminate Youtube violations of Copyright and shut the site down.
Let's really give these unGrateful fucks a reason to complain.

You don't know what you've got until it's gone......

and NOTHING will bring it back.

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craigeyler - could be the best deal in the history of recorded music, what? Speaking of what, if I/we were to have a bunch of discretionary dollars drop in our laps, what would be the vital equipment with which to listen to our 72 hours of forthcoming tuneage? I'm real happy with what I have, but I can't help but think that there might be something that would help take it to the next level. Higher ups? Contemps?

" Steal Your Jazz "

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Price

The price is NOT exorbitant, it is quite excellent when you break it down to the per-disc level, it is MORE than excellent. Then consider the music you're getting on top of the price break. Holy cow, this has to be the best boxed set deal in the history of compact disc. GDM IS after all in the business of making money and they do NOT owe us a thing, NOT ONE THING, ONE SONG, ONE DISC, ONE BIT OF EFFORT. They are offering us an incredible deal and it is up to us to take advantage of it or not. Complaining about it shows that you do not understand any of what I am saying. Many thanks to the folks with the foresight to record the entire (THE *E*N*T*I*R*E* RUN) of shows. How lucky was that, they best run of shows in the band's career and we have PERFECT recordings of every note (more or less every note). That is the definition of fortuity. There is not a single thing wrong with this entire picture and I personally cannot wait (although I must) for the release date. Incredible, incredible, incredible. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!

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selfishness of anarchy

I also appreciated the reference to the "Festival Express" protests, only my recollection was their panties were all knotted up about $5 tickets to see those incredible bands. It was quite amusing to see the dean of anti-materialism, one J.Garcia, explaining to the immature whiners how capitalism works. I have no problem paying a fair price for a good (value beyond price if you think about it) product. IRL that's what makes the world go 'round, and things actually get done by people who are good at doing them and we all end up with something we cherish, in part because we supported the effort with our investment.

I feel so sorry for someone who's perception is that the Grateful Dead and those who continue to carry the torch of that unique cultural institution are all about money. You're missing the point, man.

~ I'll meet you some morning in the sweet by and by

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Far out words lamagonzo and nicely put.

Far-L - your reference to "Festival Express" kicks ass!

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waiting for ther phat sounds of 72'

I am so sorry to hear that Jerry, Keith & Pigpen won't handsign the first 3600 copies. $450 is a lot of money and they were integral in making the music. I do agree with the comment that Donna shouldn't be allowed to sign for screaming into expensive microphones on off-nights.

Dear Mr. President,

This is a pivotal moment in the history of our country. Decisions are being made about the national budget that will impact the lives of virtually every American for decades to come. As we address the issue of deficit reduction we must not ignore the painful economic reality of today - which is that the wealthiest people in our country and the largest corporations are doing phenomenally well while the middle class is collapsing and poverty is increasing. In fact, the United States today has, by far, the most unequal distribution of wealth and income of any major country on earth.

Everyone understands that over the long-term we have got to reduce the deficit - a deficit that was caused mainly by Wall Street greed, tax breaks for the rich, two wars, and a prescription drug program written by the drug and insurance companies. It is absolutely imperative, however, that as we go forward with deficit reduction we completely reject the Republican approach that demands savage cuts in desperately-needed programs for working families, the elderly, the sick, our children and the poor, while not asking the wealthiest among us to contribute one penny.

Mr. President, please listen to the overwhelming majority of the American people who believe that deficit reduction must be about shared sacrifice. The wealthiest Americans and the most profitable corporations in this country must pay their fair share. At least 50 percent of any deficit reduction package must come from revenue raised by ending tax breaks for the wealthy and eliminating tax loopholes that benefit large, profitable corporations and Wall Street financial institutions. A sensible deficit reduction package must also include significant cuts to unnecessary and wasteful Pentagon spending.

Please do not yield to outrageous Republican demands that would greatly increase suffering for the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society. Now is the time to stand with the tens of millions of Americans who are struggling to survive economically, not with the millionaires and billionaires who have never had it so good.

Respectfully,

Sen. Bernie Sanders;
and Co-signers

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