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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: Mar 18 2010

I had a trance dance that Keith's piano in You Win Again from Paris transported me to the version of Half Step from 12/19/73, the first Dick's Picks. Then I realized it's the Grateful Dead, singing me home. That's the way it's always been, that's the way I like it

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Joined: Feb 17 2008
and now back to the music

I agree with Hal M about the tightness of 1972. I remember seeing the Berkeley shows in August and they seemed note perfect. At the time I attributed it to the Europe tour and I think I was right. I've been listening chronologically and I'm only up to the Tivoli show. I was struck by how hot even the first show at Wembley is. First one and they were ready. As the years went on they seemed to loose alot of the textures and subtle segues for whatever reason. I used to feel that I favored the era of shows that I attended ( '71 - '80 predominately) but I do think they were more cohesive than the 80's or 90's. I have a few favorite picks from those years but for me they just lack a certain warmth. Being immersed in the Europe box, it's hard to think about what I'd like to see released next, but if there is a pristine version of 12-31-71 & 1-2-72, that would be cool. Oooh, 11-6 & 7-71. No wait. February 74 Winterland. Ugh. I gotta go finish off Tivoli.

gratefuldaddy's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007

No one is disputing your right to sell the box set. You paid for it, it's yours to sell if you wish, even make a profit if you want. The illegal part is keeping the copied files after you sell it. By selling the box to another person you have relinquished your right of ownership and no longer have a legal right to the files you are keeping.

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Joined: Jan 2 2009

Yeah there isn't a shortage of positive words but they don't seem to come true. The man who runs the GD business for Rhino says "I have them tracking your package and we'll be back in touch with you confirming the status". "Them" must be their 3rd party associate, where I gather this whole mess stems from. I'm not sure what "tracking my package means"?? Is it in transit? Who knows. Cuz no one knows!

I assume the next step will be for the order to get cancelled or I will end up with the music only because they sent my personalized box to someone else. Grrrrrrrrr...

"I won't take your life won't even take a limb just unload my shotgun and take a little skin"

gratefaldean's picture
Joined: Jun 22 2007
Man, Jackstraw

I keep hoping for an "it's here!" report from you. Any positive word at all, even a lie?

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Joined: Jan 2 2009
china rider

I just wish you would have sold your box to me...

"I won't take your life won't even take a limb just unload my shotgun and take a little skin"

rne's picture
Joined: Aug 29 2007
Starting to explore the music

I received my box this Friday (well, actually, I had to pay the fee and retire it at the international postal office in Buenos Aires). So far, I

easy70wind's picture
Joined: Feb 5 2011
next box

I'd hope for '85 box, but not huge 30 - 40 cds, as I got a hammering from my missis for getting '72 box, she just don't get it and never will ~ what can I say ;) only us deadheads understand.

I just could'nt imagine wanting to let this go, cash or no cash, cirumstance or no circumstance. Believe me I had a very difficult time justifying spending the money when times are tough like this. Lets face you can't compair the real thing to having copies of items.

I love this release and still have to pay for it somehow, any suggestions?

Joined: Sep 11 2007
more HARUMPH back at ya! china rider, tell it to 60 Minutes

china rider, thanks for a little mo' of your non-righteous indignation, noted by the music payers. You can sell your set, give it away, pass it around to friends like the Stanley Cup, we don't care. Circumstances do change.

But you didn't update us on the ripping and keeping part of your earlier harumph-i-am-outta-here post, that's that part the Rhino lawyers or the FBI or the RIAA (or all three) will care about, unfortunately. And it is wrong if you do it or I do it. Don't say otherwise on a band site or anywere else where copyright is the law, 'cuz you'd be wrong.

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Joined: Nov 1 2010

I made a note to myself on Friday when listening to this at work but never got around to checking it. I don't have the original CD on hand at the moment, so I'll just throw it out there....

Anyone else have a glitch at 0:46 on the Greatest Story Ever Told from Newcastle 4/11?


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