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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Joined: Feb 24 2010
Uhhh, Where's the Hoopla?

Come ON, folks! Today's the 39th anniversary of the start of the Eu '72 tour--you know, the greatest tour EVER that's warrented the largest Dead release of all time?

No mention? No special uploads? Not even a photo or mention by BJ?

I'm a bit shocked that the date has gone by unmentioned here.

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Joined: Feb 16 2010
Miracle Seekers

Right on Matt.


Holy S#%*! It’s the COMPLETE Europe ’72 Box! On 72 Discs!

????~?¤??????? The Music Never Stops ! ???????¤?~????

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Miracle Seekers

I never went to a show needing/expecting a miracle ticket for free. I was shut out of a few shows due to lack of available tickets, but not lack of funds if one became available. Has the lot crowd ever OWED me a miracle? No. Should guilt follow the rejection of a beggar's want for a ticket for free? No. Most heads work for a living and spend their hard earned cash to have some fun at shows, and if they feel the need to recoup those funds if their friend can't go, fair enough. It's their money, not a strangers. If people want to sell their wares in the lot and buy a ticket from those proceeds, fair enough. Face value is not too much to ask or pay. If people want to give tickets away for free, that's their choice, but it should never be expected (that's why it's called a miracle). Kindness and respect should always be given, but it does not equate to free stuff.

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Joined: Jan 2 2009
Yep my miracling days are over

It used to make me feel really good to hand someone a ticket but now I just feel like I am getting robbed and/or conned. Can't even get a simple thank you in some instances.

Like the other weekend I was in downtown, a pan-handler asked for some money, I hand him $1 and he says "That's it"? Uhh sorry I didn't meet your expectations.

"It's got no signs or dividing line and very few rules to guide"

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Joined: Feb 5 2011
hmmmm t-shirts, drull drull...

Deadeqad - had to laugh 'As for the Miracle ticket seekers and gate crashers? Get a job ya' bum!' sure damb feel the same way. I just got tierd of freeloaders speaking about some fellow friends, you know what I mean they become expensive after a while, doph!

I caught Furthur at Eugene last year and I had 3 x extra tickets, and was worried I may have to take some kinda miracle, but lucky enough Shakedown ST had some beautiful T-eees on display. What not a better way to support your fellow artists. What happened to the days of 'trading' goods for goods, it's all about co existance although sure who can live without $$$. In the end I managed to trade all tix for three shirts, one a nice green tie dye, another two some awsome trippy designs.

antonjo - cheers for the knowledge about April Fools.

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Joined: Feb 2 2011
miracle tix

this is somewhat related although it does not prove or disprove any points made above

at the hampton furthur show my friends and i ran across another friend of mine selling some teeshirts at the fountain and he stated he needed a ticket

i said... cool, my friend (at my side) has an extra

the miracle seeker said he has no money but how 'bout a teeshirt?

the ticket holder was intent on getting the face value back, my friend implored me to give him the ticket for free... puh-lease he said

i felt bad but it was not my ticket to give away

the ticket holder did eventually sell it to someone else at face value

here is the funny part... im sitting in my seat on the floor next to the soundboard with my "ticket holder" friend waiting for the show to begin and then who ends up piling into the row directly in front of us

you guessed it... the miracle seeker

we all had a great show

Joined: Feb 2 2011
Lennon's 'rattle your jewelry' comment

While I like John Lennon's music very much and his desire and advocacy for a peaceful world it must be said, however, that he was a world class jerk.

The next time you listen to a weepy news story about this man of peace please do not forget that he was basically a dead beat dad who abandoned his son Julian despite having tremendous resources to do otherwise. Men go to jail for things like that. We should applaud Cyntiha Lennon, or Obama's grandmother for that matter, for taking care of children in need as opposed to that Working Class Hero (Obama's dad was a cad/jerk)!!!!!!!

As for the Miracle ticket seekers and gate crashers? Get a job ya' bum!

I am saddened and amused by the story above of a Miracle Seeker demanding a free ticket from someone looking for a trade.

If I could go to the video tape of my humble life you would see a Miracle Seeker looking to hustle, guilt-trip, and con me out of a ticket. The Miracle Seeker was younger with parents and a home in affluent Darrien Connecticut. Gimme a break -- and get a @#$%^ing job.

As much as I love the Dead some days i feel like a younger Rodney Dangerfield when meeting with privileged Miracle Seekers with considerable familial resources.

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Joined: Nov 1 2010

I only did a show, or two, a year from 1979 to 1991, but noticed as the years went on the lot scene got more and more gritty.

After the 6-17-91 show at Giants Stadium, I couldn't go anymore. The violence and hooliganism (by a small minority of both heads, and security) was too crazy. Kind of ruined the vibe for me.

Sorry to hear that your vacation was ruined, but I'm wondering that if remaining "forever spiteful" toward these ingrates is worth the energy.

Made me sad to read that.

"I saw things getting out of hand

I guess they always will"

So ends my unsolicited two cents.

Peace to all

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Ticketless Heads

I wouldn't have been suprised if many of the miracle seekers back in the day would have simply turned around and resell the freebie tickets they had just recieved because they had no real intention of leaving the parking lot in order to score some extracurricular goodies, only to later crash the gates when the goodies kicked in, thus ruining the scene for everybody else. 16 years later, and the Deer Creek debacle still pisses me off. I will be forever spiteful to those who ruined a planned out vacation because the miracle they were seeking was only a smashed fence away.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

I did see the GD do it on a Friday once, July 10th '87 but it wasn't an April Fool's gag (though it was a surprise).

On the latest Road Trips from April Fool's '88, the band has just taken the stage and after a short little "Alouette" tuning (a la Beer Barrel Polka), Bob teases the crowd with "thank you very much, we'll be right back" : )

Gotta love Further. Those guys are having so much fun.


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