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: Jun 4 2007
You're right, lamagonzo, but....

...I don't want to hear someone telling me to rattle my jewelry because I'm willing to pay to obtain something that costs what it costs. Rattle your bones somewhere else, one thing I'm NOT buying is an attempt to shame the community when there's nothing to be ashamed of here.

Well I remember the heads back in the day who didn't want to pay for tickets. One gave my buddy a hard time for continuing to seek a trade for the next city's show, rather than GIVING this guy his extra ticket. The guy got positively livid. Like my buddy, who'd PAID for the ticket, didn't have a right to trade it while a poor, forlorn head ~ who cared nothing for HIS situation and was treating him like dog$h!t ~ needed it.

How about the "Where's My Miracle?" signs for shows that weren't even sold out? Um, right over there, it's called the BOX OFFICE. But forbid you'd actually have to pay $15 for it, which is all they cost in those days.

Sorry, I don't feel guilty about enjoying music that I paid for. And because I paid for it, I have a right to enjoy the fruits of it. Bottom line.

lamagonzo (not verified)
Deadheads divided into classes?

Wish it wern't so, but obviously is. Just another reflection of our society.

~ There were days ~

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Byrd and Chiboy

I hope you realize that not all of us who are plunking down for this are "rattling our jewelry." We're doing what we have to to obtain this because we want to enjoy these shows ~ it doesn't mean we have jewelry to rattle.

I for one will be quite annoyed if they release them all individually, because if I thought they were going to do that I for one wouldn't have bought the entire box, but rather the four or five shows (in addition to Rockin' the Rhein, which I already have) that I'd most be interested in.

Puh-LEASE don't start separating the Heads into classes ~ those that can afford, and those that can't. This release was put out there and everyone can get the music.

No, Chiboy, I won't whine if they put out a three or a five-disc best of for 3/72nd of the cost. I think it would be great, actually. But all 22 shows? You betcha I'd be annoyed. And I'm not apologizing for that.

lamagonzo (not verified)
And you know whats really crazy?

Everybody connected with this Rhino project is going nuts trying to put it together for a ship deadline. I, for one, would wish they would take their time and get it all right from the liner notes to the perfectly sleeved discs.

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Joined: Jul 15 2010
Oh, and then when they sell

Oh, and then when they sell a 3 disc show for more than 3/72 of the cost of the box or Music Only Edition, you can come here and listen to all the whining. ;-)

Syracuse78's picture
Joined: Jul 15 2010
I'd be shocked (SHOCKED, I

I'd be shocked (SHOCKED, I tell ya) if they didn't sell individual shows. Just like I would have been shocked if they hadn't issued anything beyond the first 7200 boxes. There is nothing in their writeups to suggest that this is the only way to ever get any of the music. Once they have remastered these 22 shows, why oh why would they not sell them individually? Just like they sold the remastered studio stuff individually after they came out with the Golden Road and Beyond Description boxes. They won't announce it yet, since they want people to pony up for the whole thing (which I did) rather than cherry pick a show or two. But they damn sure aren't going to forgo a big revenue stream when they have already done the work to ready these shows for sale. And maybe you will have to wait until the fever breaks after the boxes ship, but they will at some point in the not too distant future sell these as either individual shows or at worst, as runs. Mark my words.

Joined: Jun 15 2007
Sad to hear...

...that the Grateful Dead may not release the shows individually, as I thought that was the original intent of the Vault.

So to paraphrase John Lennon, if all those in front will just rattle your jewelry, the rest of us will know where to throw our bones.


rrot's picture
Joined: Oct 3 2009
22 releases?

If by "available singularly" we mean each and every show, sold as individual 3-disc releases, then no. I'll go out on a limb and say no way that's going to happen. The economics are horrible.

They're going to assume, rightly I think, that this release kills the Europe goose -- most of the potential sales for any future show release will have already been cannibalized by this release. Not to say they mightn't release *some* shows, but probably fewer than a handful, given what's already available from the period. It's also true that as awesome as this release is, what was already available is more than a fair portion of the finest gems from the tour.

And so, if this all works out for TPTB (i.e., there are profits, profits, profits), we can look forward to many more releases of greatly desired and/or unexpected stuff from OTHER tours and eras. Here's to 'em!!!!

cbs73's picture
Joined: Nov 1 2010
individual shows

Despite the apparent demand to make individual shows available for purchase, there has been no indication that is even a possibility.

The Weve's picture
Joined: Feb 16 2010
Never assume

When you assume, you make an ASS out U & ME !



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

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


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