Europe '72: The Complete Recordings - All The Music Edition
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.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC...
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.
But not all 22. Like I said, the ones I wanted most were the smaller ones: Beat Club, Luxembourg....there was no reason to think they'd release all those. If that WAS the plan from the beginning, shame on the powers for telling us to raid Grandma's cookie jar or take a second job to obtain this music.
I don't want to keep posting, because it wasn't my intent to make a federal issue out of this (I tried PMing, but got an error for some reason). But I believe the gripe is legitimate, and no one's going to change my mind.
I still think the trunk is the best release ever, and I even got my personalized Gentle Jack Jones sticker first time around, so I had none of the customer service issues others have had. Arriving home to the box on my doorstep was a magical moment.
But I'd really had fought with myself over the gluttony factor, so I truly wouldn't have bought it had I known any show I wanted would be made available separately. Which I voiced very early on when people started clamoring for individual shows.
Absolutely gorgeous Fall day here in Portland, OR, hope yours is the same!
I think it was clear to anyone who was paying attention that when the original 7,200 boxes were offered that they were NOT making the same mistake they made with the FW box. There is just no way they are going to make that mistake again with a major box. When five minutes after the 7,200 boxes were sold and they offered the Music Only box, well, you just HAD to know that was coming. I said then and will repeat now, that there is no way they are going to remaster 22 shows and then not try to market it as fully as they can. My only surprise was that they offered the individual shows as early on as they did. I thought they would give consumers every chance to buy the Music Only box, wait for sales to slow to a crawl, and THEN announce the individual shows. I imagine that lots of folks who were considering the Music Only option decided to pick out a few shows rather than plunk down $450. Especially if they already had HYH, Steppin' Out, etc.
I can see that they aren't going to sell individual shows from a 3 or 4 show box ('69, '73, '77), but there is no way they are only going to sell 22 remastered shows with a $400+ price tag.
Yep, I got my unique number today in the mail. Better late than never ever ... ;-)
Because I read Dunestune's post, and I agreed with his main point. I'd been silent on this up to now, but since I felt as I did, thought I'd speak it because it WAS frustrating and now I've said my piece, and I think it's worth learning from for next time. That is, if Rhino isn't scared off of GD box sets forever after this one!
I think Rhino puts out the best music releases of any company on the planet. I think we Deadheads are the most spoiled bunch of music fans in music history ~ decades of concerts to see, bless the bands' hearts (now in their 5th decade), more vault releases to buy than any other band of its vintage, and a website that allows more uncensored bitching than most official band sites would. And it's not lost on me that if I was able to scrape up $ 450.00 in any way, shape, or form for a box set of music, then I'm obviously RICH.
Good night, Irene.
You're seriously misunderstanding me, man. For me, the 7200 trunks and Music-Only box sets are one and the same ~ except one is a deluxe edition. I've never had a problem with the music-only editions, I thought it was a great idea to make the music available to everyone in that way. My point is that many of us all but DID take a weekend job at Taco Bell to pay $ 450.00 for the complete Europe 72 tour thinking it was the only way we'd ever get the shows. If there was a plan to release them individually, it should've been stated from the outset.
Of course, there wasn't such a plan, so I don't believe I was screwed or lied to intentionally, but I was most certainly misled. To my mind, that's not even opinion, it's just an unfortunate fact.
But I'll say again ~ I love my box. I love being able to "pick a show, any show." So I can't be sorry it worked out the way it did. My buddy was down last weekend and marveling over the box ~ and sure I'm happy for him that he'll soon be able to order the show we listened to, which he loved. It's great everyone of every budget can now enjoy the music (ring around the sun). But it doesn't change the fact that some people shelled alot of dough ONLY because it was STRONGLY implied they'd need to in order to get the music.
I am in no way insulting your intelligence. The single shows were made available after the release of the box set, this is true. And was done due to demand. Also true. I actually think the timing was a little off on that as there were a lot of mistakes that needed taking care of before such an announcement, but that's a whole other issue. The Music-Only edition, again, was announced and available for pre-order immediately after the Box Set sold out. And the box set sold out in four days. So the Music-only edition has been available for pre-order, splashed across the Dead.net site and in email announcements since January. And there was never any limit announced for the number of Music-Only editions. I'm afraid I never assumed that the music would not be made available to others, just not the special Box Set. I'm sorry you made a different assumption or think of it as some kind of legal loophole to screw people over or get away with something. Again, it's just not the case. With all due respect, and I do respect you, the music without the "extras" has been available for many, many months. Just about as long as the box set itself. But even on that first day when ordering for the box set became available and I placed my order, I never thought that this would be my only chance to get the music, but simply to get it in a personalized steamer trunk with some very cool extras. Now if people are unhappy with the extras, that, again, is an entirely different issue. I, for one, am very satisfied with the product I purchased. And I'm happy others can enjoy the music. It should be available for as many people as there are out there who desire it and will enjoy it. The Box and extras, however, will not be reprinted. And if they were, THEN -and only then- would I call foul. The very page you're posting on is for the Music-Only edition and has been up all year. Now, I agree that charging $450 for the Music-only edition without the swag seemed a bit greedy, but again, another issue. Rhino s not without fault. But I stand behind my statement that you were not lied to, mislead or screwed here. I just don't see it.
I guess they shouldn't have called themselves Rhino if they didn't have thick skin :-)
if not in letter)
Hal, anyone who's read my posts knows how much I support Rhino, Road Trips, Road Trips artwork, and this Europe 72 box set ~ as well as how often I roll my eyes at alot of the negativity.
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.
This was discussed quite a bit earlier, but it bears repeating. From the start, it was the steamer trunk and extras version that was offered as limited. Not the music. The Music-only edition went on sale almost immediately after the box set sold out. You've had months to change your order if all you wanted was the music. But either way, even if you didn't know about the music only edition, there was never anything said about the music being limited. Ever. I also don't think there's anything cheap about the book. In fact, most comments here, even by people with other genuine gripes, have commented on the quality of the book. Again, accusing Rhino of bait and switch really is people not paying attention to what it is they're buying. They offered a limited edition box set. If it was a bait and switch, they would have stated (as they did with the Fillmore Box Set) that the music would never be available again. They did no such thing. Be angry, disappointed, disgusted with other things Rhino may have done or not done, but I believe this particular argument is unwarranted and false. The Box Set is limited. There will be no more. Thankfully, the music itself will be able to go out to all of those people who were not able to get the limited edition box set. That's a GOOD thing, people. Spread the music, remember? You were not lied to or tricked. But something tells me saying this is going to make some people even more angry instead of less. But it is the truth of the situation. Again, the music being out there for everyone is an incredibly good thing.