Grateful Dead

Europe '72: The Complete Recordings - All The Music Edition

Europe '72:
The Complete Recordings -
All The Music Edition

Our Europe '72 boxed set is now officially sold out, with all 7,200 boxes now gone! We can't thank you enough for your support, for having faith in the project and taking the plunge to purchase this unprecedented release. Despite the fact that it's going to be a bit of a wait before it arrives on your door step, we are sure you'll be blown away with the results.

We are now offering the All-The-Music edition of Europe '72, which includes all of the music recorded on the tour, with each show in its own individual package, complete with its own liner notes by Dead scholars such as David Gans, Blair Jackson, Steve Silberman, Gary Lambert and others, as well as by attendees of some of the shows. You'll get 73 CDs and over 70 hours of prime Grateful Dead.


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 EUROPE ’72 MEGA-BOX SET containing ALL 22 SHOWS of what is arguably the greatest tour the Grateful Dead ever played, on a whopping and clearly cosmic 73 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 enormous 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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guit30's picture
Joined: May 1 2009
Not Grammy nominated

They read these threads about the lousy mixes and defective Discs and how it was a rush job, Would you nominate something like that for a Grammy?

I bought Paris, Show 1
and Amsterdam, They were excellent!!!!

unkle sam's picture
Joined: Oct 3 2008
at least you got replacements

nothing new here, I too got defective discs, 10 of them, got promises from TPTB that all would be fixed, to this date, nothing, nada, zip. So, I called the credit card co and had the charges removed due to defective merchandise, that was a year ago, still nothing from anyone, so, I got a product that was defective for nothing, what a rip off. This release could have been the holy grail of box sets, now it's a big dust collector on my floor and to this date I have purchased nothing, zip, nada from rhino and never will again.

fluffanutter's picture
Joined: Feb 25 2012
It is sad, wharfrattx, that Rhino and GDM

just couldn't act in a professional manner and get us a quality product. I think that whoever wrote the promo just hyped everything up beyond control and left the rest of the organization scrambling to get the product together to meet some artificial timeline that they themselves created.

If they had acted in a deliberate manner, waiting for everything to come together in a quality way and painstakingly working out the bugs so that in the end we could have the quality product wee thought we paid for it would have been really stellar.

Imagine a nice box with felt lined interior stuffed with ephemera and high quality CDs in digi-paks mixed flawlessly that went through painstaking quality control so that no box was shipped with any kind of error. It isn't very hard to do...

sharlinsara's picture
Joined: Jun 10 2012
Missed this one

Missed this one (facepalm).

Still too expensive for my wallet :(
I will keep abusing of my 12 inch records.

Joined: Aug 27 2008
Not Grammy nominated

I can't believe that Europe 72 wasn't even nominated for this category: Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package.

Bummer, I wonder why.

Mike Edwards's picture
Joined: Jun 17 2007
like deja vu all over again, again

stone jack baller, you must have posted yours while I was composing mine. That's the thing about good ideas though; they never just land in one place...

Mike Edwards's picture
Joined: Jun 17 2007
like deja vu all over again

I think too small sometimes; with this collection in so many hands by now, I'm thinking we could do a virtual reunion tour/listening party. Kick it off with the April 7th Wembley show, wrap it up at the Lyceum on May 26th. Maybe could host a chat room and/or stream the show of the day for 24 hours. Marye, are you listening? I'm guessing an event like that would capture a lot of flying eyeballs...

stone jack baller's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
To Deadicated and Ed

To Deadicated and Ed Michaels:

This notion has crossed my mind too.

OK.....we got the travel trunk full of CD's.....Spring is coming......40 years later....maybe this was the whole idea after all.

Take your trunk on a road trip/river cruise/couch tour.....whatever.

Paris in the Spring!

Mary.....should there be a new post subject.....On the road with E72 in the Spring


Mike Edwards's picture
Joined: Jun 17 2007
deja 4/08/72 vu

April 8th is a Sunday...4/8/72 is my all-time favorite Dark Star...maybe we could web the world with an ad hoc listening party on the 40th anniversary of the show...

Deadicated's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

Two months from today, deja 4/08/72 vu - all over again. Holy Wembley!


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