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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
Perhaps The Greatest Cover Of A Beatles Song Beatles Ever......
thepeacesignguy's picture
Joined: Nov 1 2010
re: The Long and Winding road...

...It seems Bob has connections with an orchestra!


leedesj's picture
Joined: Feb 2 2011
its a little late for when im 64 for phil

but anything from sgt pepper would be welcomed anyway of course

they could do the beatles' "birthday" (a song that is a heck of a lot more fun to play than the trad. happy bday song)

actually i think bob weir turns 64 in the fall but i may be off a year

on my dad's 64th i made arrangements for the restaurant we went to... to crank "when im 64" to surprise him

Joined: Jan 23 2011
How sweet would it be for

How sweet would it be for them to bust out "When I'm 64" on Phil's Birthday??

leedesj's picture
Joined: Feb 2 2011
furthur on down abbey road

hmmm, hadnt really considered the position in set had been incrementing too, cool

and if they DONT break up the side 2 medley then i guess they'll have to go on to let it be for fairfax

can you imagine phil singing the long and winding road?

oh yeah... cant wait for E72

the 4/17/72 dark star (the TV from the tivoli show) was sounding mighty good on the way in to work today, recorded from the archive onto a cassette tape... like the old days

thepeacesignguy's picture
Joined: Nov 1 2010
Regarding Furthur update


It's even more fun when you notice that on the first night of tour they opened with "Come Together". The second song from the second night was "Something". Third song, third night was "Maxwell's S.H.". Fourth song, fourth night ... "Oh Darling". Any bets as to what the fifth song will be tomorrow eve? I'm looking forward to hearing "Because" this coming Sunday, and the always smile inducing "Abbey Road Medley" come next Tues. (Phil's B-day).

I realize that this is a bit off topic, but I've been enjoying watching the pattern unfold and was wondering who else was.


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Joined: Dec 22 2007
What else do I know?

That would be a pretty long post, so why don't I try to just stick to what's germane. (And yes, some day I'm going to find my "Arrogant Prick" switch and permanently weld it into the "off" position! Ideally that would produce great applause and acclaim, but whatever...)

It's pretty unusual for threads around here to completely disappear, although they can often be hard to find. One approach that I find useful is the link in the Nav Stack on the left titled "All Recent Posts." This page is the quick route to threads with recent activity and is sorted in descending chronological order by last post age. There is also a handy filtering tool near the top of that page that allows you to either include or exclude items from a particular forum topic or range of topics in that list. The range can be either continuous (click on one item, shift-click on the other to define the range) or discontinuous (click on one topic, control-click on others to add to the group.)

I'm not active in the Vineyard so I regularly filter for "Is None Of" and select "-- The Vineyard." That helps me keep up with what's going on around here. Of course, if all you are interested in is action in the Vineyard, then choosing "Is All Of" instead would do the trick for you.

What else do I know about the Music Only release of E72C? I know that if I actually had a spare $450 I would snap this up in a heartbeat. It's a steal! I know that I can't understand why anyone would be kvetching about it at $450, box and tchotchkes included or not. This is the freaking crown jewels, and I think they could have sold out the allotment of 7200 at a price point of $720. But they were never in it for the deep green anyway, were they? Isn't that at least a part of why we're all still here?

I also know that I'm not a shill for this site, GDP, Rhino or any other tentacle of WMG. I'm just another dood hanging around. Some of the local denizens have met me in person, they'll tell you. As a matter of fact, right now I'm not working for anyone. Anybody need a Java/SQL developer with deep financial services experience and a thorough understanding of markets and instruments? Buy side or sell side, I'm good either way. Hit me up. Please!

Conversation is always more interesting than recitation, so speak your mind and not someone else's.

Joined: Jan 22 2011

Back in Jan. when I was tearing out my hair and nashing my teeth etc. and hadn't heard where I stood I put my name on the music only list. Didn't hear back from them either but in a few days I received my code for the boxed set. Right on! I left San Diego Feb. 3, on a fishing trip for 14.5 days never having heard anything about my "music only" and unused codes expiring in a few days. I had decided to get the "music only" set also, but now I would be out of communications for two weeks and wondered if I would miss the boat, so to speak.

We returned to SanDiego 13 days later, a day early, because we couldn't fit another fish on the boat. As we motored into the harbor I turned on my cellphone to check messages. After looking at a bunch I realized there were 350 waiting to be read. Said, "forget that" and shut off the phone. Realizing we still had half an hour before we would dock I decided I'd better start plowing thru them. What pops up? The miracle letter! Wow!!!! I look at the date and time. I have 48 minutes to order a second boxed set.

I been thinking about what to do with the second boxed set that will be coming in Sept. I could put it Ebay and defray the expense of the first boxed set. I could leave it unopened sitting next to my Jerry/Giants bobble head doll, that'd be kinda cool! Or, my younger brother, who I started going to Dead concerts with back in 67/68, is turning 58 in Sept. Might be a nice birthday present. many choices. Maybe I should start a poll here. Think anyone would have an opinion?

Prior to the Jan. trauma/drama I hadn't really checked this sight out very carefully. I usually came to buy music etc. for myself and presents for others. With the E72 offering I was checking in multiple times daily and started browsing around. After listening to GD radio hour posts 190 and 191 for the third time I called my brother in Oregon and said, "Groovy you have to listen to this!" Fifteen minutes later I receive a text, "thanks for the turn on, this is some waygood$#!T!!!".

It was so incredibly good to hear that "sound" again. The long smokin' rambles that drew us in and lit up our lives.

I feel like a kid turned loose in a candy shop.

I want to say Thank You deadnet!

It's a long drive from the bay area to San Diego. The last trip Winterland, Nov. 73 kept me company there and back. I go again mid Sept. Hopefully I'll be riding with E72.

Thank You Again!

easy70wind's picture
Joined: Feb 5 2011
gald to be at the top of the new list

that's another way to look at it, Mr Pid knew the answer, what else does he know??? :)

spring '90 I ask please wait, man i gotta pay my dues for this one still, coz you know i'm going to buy it still ~ then i'll have some explaining to do to my other half ~ yikes!

leedesj's picture
Joined: Feb 2 2011
furthur update

jbli spend most of my available dead time between 68 and 74 like many of you i assume

but i just noticed furthur is doing something cool this tour (this may have been widely discussed in some forums but i havent seen it anywhere)...

on 3/4 furthur played come together

3/5 had something (sung nicely by john k)

3/6 had maxwell's silver hammer

3/8 had oh darling

there are 5 shows in NYC prior to the only furthur show i can attend this season... in fairfax va

if the trend keeps up i should hear a tune from the meat of the side2 AR medley... "here comes the sun king" perhaps?

i wonder if john russo will sing octopus's garden

anyway they do seem to keep finding new ways to make it extra interesting (beside just laying down the great jams)


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