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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Roland Bruynesteyn's picture
Joined: Aug 7 2008
Let them not make the same mistake again!

I hope they don't announce the release of individual Missing Posts too soon after the multibox. A small box with highlights of the "Packaging Rant Conundrum" would be nice however. It's those nuggets I'm most interested in...

Syracuse78's picture
Joined: Jul 15 2010

I was one of the many who changed addresses in the nine months between ordering and shipping, thereby throwing the Rhino machine into complete disarray. After finally elevating my phone calls to the "DrRhino" level, and finally getting my boxes, I am still awaiting the personalization certificates that were to come with them. Five or six weeks ago, DrRhino suggested that they would be mailed in the next couple of weeks. As you might expect, I am still awaiting delivery. Anyone else awaiting personalization certs? I know, I know, I should just be happy that I got the boxes so soon (a month late). Curious to hear if others are still waiting for orders to be completed.

antonjo's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
geez louise

Hal, I'm quite aware of what I said (paging up works just fine) ~ and it was about the perceived exclusivity (i.e., urgency) of the CHANCE for the music. Not the exclusive club of heads who have boxes vs. those with no stars on thars. And I stand by it. (Except for the word "everyone;" my apologies on that). I don't need it pointed out to me that I've got a unique item; I already know that, I've got box # 0155/7200. Irrelevant to my point. And you've stated yours. Our perceptions were different. Can we just agree to disagree? I think we've wasted enough ink on this. Thanks.

Joined: Jul 5 2007
Apologies, Tony

Didn't mean to misrepresent you. I was responding to your comments:

"However, it's not the truth of the situation that the exclusivity of the complete E72 music was not strongly implied. You don't ask heads to raid their grandmother's cookie jar to get the steamer trunk & books (much as I love them). No previous box of shows (Fillmore West, Winterland 73, Winterland 77, Hampton 89) has EVER been followed with individual show releases. Even the official blurb still on this site's homepage says the individual show offerings are the result of the mob AFTER THE FACT....and I quote: "You clamored. Your cried. You called so loudly for single shows....we had no choice but to listen."

"So please don't insult our intelligence by claiming the legal loophole that it was never explicitly stated that the music wouldn't be exclusive to the box. Everyone thought maybe the box would be followed by a comp (which it was ~ Europe 72 II) and/or perhaps a few hand-picked shows. Not that every show would be available.

"Whether intended as such or not (and I don't think it was), the original limited box set advert was most certainly false advertising."

I know you are not one of those random complainers and I certainly do not want to take away your right to feel somewhat misled (which it seems is what you are feeling. I apologize in advance if I'm misinterpreting that). I had a different interpretation and expectation of what would or would not happen with this release. That's all. You claimed "Everyone thought maybe the box would be followed by a comp (which it was ~ Europe 72 II) and/or perhaps a few hand-picked shows. Not that every show would be available." But that was not my expectation. So it wasn't everyone. But I respect that you felt this way, and some others did as well. I was merely trying to point out that what was offered was still unique. Still "limited" and not currently available as individual releases of the whole tour. I know that does seem to matter to some. And I respect that. It wasn't meant as a slight against you, but simply a response to what you had said. Again, if I misunderstood or misrepresented your comments, my apologies. It simply never occurred to me that they might not eventually release these shows individually. They just did it sooner than I would have anticipated. But I always assumed it was an eventual natural progression based on demand and on the time and effort that went into remastering them. And the reality that so many people who would like to buy this music would not be able to afford it all at once. It's done with Blu-ray and DVD releases all the time, so I guess I'm used to that marketing strategy. And am usually thankful for it as I'm often not the guy who cares about the swag, but just wants the movie or music. So I usually wait for the "bare bones" editions to be announced. In this case, however, I wanted the whole shebang :)

Joined: Jan 22 2011
Missing Posts Box

Can someone tell me where to order the Missing Posts Box Set. I've looked everywhere. Don't tell me that the order site is crashing already. I want in on this and don't want to go thru what I went thru on the E'72 Box. Any help would be appreciated.

Joined: Jan 22 2011
Antonjo & Fillmore West

You are freaking brilliant! I'd even donate some money to Rex or Unbroken Chain.

antonjo's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Fillmore West & jes for the record........

Jes to reiterate,
I was never one of those wanting something others didn't have. For some reason, the otherwise-estimable Hal M projected that onto me ("they're not all released yet, antonjo, so you still have shows others don't"). That was never my point, but I already made my point ad nauseum in three previous posts for those who were reading carefully (or even cared ; )

RE: Fillmore West '69

Here's my suggestion ~ if the shows will NOT be released, and no further money will ever be made on them..... Why don't the Powers That Be give official permission to those of us who have the box to proliferate the music? Burn away for all our fellow heads for the price of blank cd-rs? We could set up a sharing tree on these very boards. Honestly, this is what I thought the original intent was when the production run was limited to 10,000.

Then everyone has the music in perfect quality and the collectors still have their limited boxes.

Rhino, Phil, Bob, Billy, Mickey? Whaddya say?

Vegas Krissy's picture
Joined: Oct 1 2011
Missing Posts

It is my understanding that the missing posts will be released as part of a multi-disc box set sometime in 2013. Each post will come with its own sleeve and cool cartoonish graphics that would make any five-year-old happy. When you try and remove the post, however, the sleeve will begin to liquify, becoming a puddle of something resembling maple syrup. Not sure if the posts will be personalized. Rumor has it that there will also be some rare post outtakes that were up for only a few hours but deemed inappropriate, including the now-infamous "Bickershaw Seduction" rant by KozmicCharlee.

simonrob's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
What happened to this thread is...

that on October 13 the entire thread disappeared. It was partially reinstated on October 14 or 15. In the intervening period, 12 posts were placed on here, mostly asking what happened. These are now the first 12 posts of this thread. When it was partially reinstated, only the first 1122 posts were reinstated (from the first post on March 8 until a post on September 20). All posts from September 20 to October 13's disappearance have gone for good it would seem. All posts after the reinstatement begin with post 1136 from October 15 and come at the end here.

It looks something like this now:

Oct. 13 - Oct. 14 Posts 1 - 12
Mar. 8 - Sep. 20 Posts 13 - 1135
Oct. 15 - present Posts 1136 - last

Sep. 20 - Oct. 13 Disappeared.

Can you follow that?

Joined: Aug 27 2008
What ever happened to this All Music Edition Thread?

What ever happened to this All Music Edition Thread?
It started March, I think when this AME was announced. Over 1000 (including some of mine) are gone. Now it starts on 13 October, 2011. I liked reading some of the older posts to gain some more insight and also to see how off some people's thinking was at the time.
I'll miss it, but get over it and move on. For some reason(s) unknown they're gone.
I would be happy to see that part of the comments thread reappear.
I will move on, with the *excitement* of the new release series coming up ... soon.


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