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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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Deadicated's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

Two months from today, deja 4/08/72 vu - all over again. Holy Wembley!

wharfrattx's picture
Joined: Aug 22 2011
Defective Discs

The discs "skip" as if they were dirty, but they're not. I have 9 skips over 7 discs. Played them on different machines with the same results. Spoken to someone else who had the same problems with 3 of the same discs as me. Waiting for replacements...

cosmicbadger's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007

so how exactly are they defective wharfrattx? Just curious....

wharfrattx's picture
Joined: Aug 22 2011
Europe '72

I've held off posting about this for some time, but after reading various comments of frustration, I can no longer resist. I was one of the "few" (rhino's words, not mine) who received defective discs in their Europe box. I've waited patiently (more or less) for 4 months, calling every other week and emailing every other week. Yesterday I received my replacement discs from Dr. Rhino. Well, the discs they sent had the same exact flaws as my original ones. Talk about being bummed! I own a high end HDCD player and an equally high end stereo and speaker set up. I painstakingly played the discs on my home set up as well as the car and computer. The discs are defective-it's that simple. I know a defective disc when i hear one. These are not limitations on the source tape, I've found a few of those and am perfectly willing to accept those. However, I parted with $450 hard-earned dollars and I expect to get what I payed for. The fact that GDM, or whomever, refunded part of my purchase price is nice, but given the option, I would prefer to pay the entire amount and have a flawless product, not a discounted price with a flawed product. GDM had the golden opportunity to do this Europe '72 up right, and instead, in conjunction with Rhino, decided to offer up a cheaper, inferior product, hoping us deadheads would just lap anything up that was fed to us. I have been a mail-order customer for 25 years. Never have I been so disappointed with customer service of any organization, not to mention the shoddy attention to quality and detail. You people in charge ought to be ashamed of yourselves. You can make all the excuses you want, but the bottom line is that you screwed your loyal customers in order to increase your profit margin. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on you!

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
I am happy

that all is well at last!!

Joined: Nov 1 2010
After one full year....

....YES, I finally got the sticker for my box! Seriously, exactly one year to the day that I placed the order, the fabled sticker showed up in my mail. I have to thank Mary E for all her help to finally get this sale transaction finished. She was always quick to respond to my emails, and it did seem that, after a few weeks of "I told them blah blah blah" "yeah, but it's still not here", the sticker did finally arrive.

Phew, glad that's over. Thanks again, Mary!

Joined: Jan 12 2012

Uptil this point i never have been disappointed in any Dead merchandise I purchased prior to this so called Europe 72 Limited Edition Box Set and over the years i purchased plenty.
I dont want to consume your time with my list of complaints but looks like this product was rushed out, a very unprofessional job compared to any other Grateful Dead products Ive come across.
To add insult to injury Ive been shun over by customer service over at!They refer me to Rhino Records where its been all deaf ears!
I cant believe how aggravating buying this product has become!

Coconut Phil's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Bad CD

Took a loooooooooong time for my CD to arrive, then they sent me two copies in different shipments about a week apart. I gave it to a friend. Just got through reading a lot of negative stuff about the handling of this whole thing. Lots of hype over this release, it was sort of s let down. I'm glad to have my box, the CD packages are really poor.

Hopefully Dave's Picks will be on target.


old hippie's picture
Joined: Oct 9 2007
Got my 72 Box. Very disappointed.

I received my Steamer trunk Box recently.
As everyone found out the cardboard sleeves are so tight that the sleeves easily rip if you try to get the CD out. The cardboard causes scratches on the CD's.
Therefore I tried to import all the music in iTunes so I will be able to play the music as much as I like without having to pull the CD's out of the sleeves.
Then I found out that 12 of the concerts would not play in my CD player. That is more then half of the content!
I have paid full price for this limited set. But I still have to receive my personalized and numbered sticker.

I have placed many orders from Dead Net and I was never disappointed about the quality (apart for paper sleeves, that is.).

But this is the limit.

I did sent a complaint to customers service and they advised me to send an email to Dr. Rhino. I feel not ripped off at this moment. But if this matter is not solved in short time, I will.

I think I will only go for FLAC downloads in the future. The price for postage is prohibitive as I live in Europe. If there is a book, make it an E-book, suitable for downloading. That will all be more environment friendly anyway.

I have to rectify this.
The CD's could not be read by my CD player because of some incompatibilities with the computer. After that was fixed all the CD's could be played well.
No fault on the CD's.

Joined: Jun 6 2007
It's Christmas ...

... and after waiting all this time I finally got to open mine (apart from a quick peep at Bickershaw) and start to listen - one down and twenty-one to go - wonderful so far.
"Not enough room for the cops to dance." - Jim Morrison couldn't have put it better.

Just wish my RT 4.5 would come.

Best wishes to all.


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