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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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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

we're already on the case...I totally agree.

simonrob's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007

I am astonished that some have still not received their box sets yet. In your case, where you ordered three and received one, I suspect that something has gone awry with processing your order. I would suggest sending a PM to MaryE with your order number and as much other info as you can muster. She is frequently the angel of last resort in such matters.

cosmicbadger's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007

to hear that some are still struggling to get their sets

Joined: Mar 7 2011
Europe 72 Full Set Shipping Issues

Hey everyone,

If you are one of the original 7200 for the full box set have you received your sets? We had three on order and only received one. Two were for gifts with birthdays that have since passed. I've had about 10 emails to "Dr. Rhino" with only the feedback that they'll monitor shipping. Bla Bla Bla. My credit card was charged for three sets about two months ago, and yet, I still don't have the goods.

Just wondering if anyone has an alternative to resolve the mess? Hate to say it, but it kind of feels like a scam when a company takes your money on a pre-order and then doesn't ship...

Any contacts in email or phone at or Rhino would be much appreciated!

In good faith,

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Joined: Apr 28 2009


lamagonzo (not verified)

Of all the comments I've seen in both big threads on E72, the hardest thing to get out of these people is a personalized sticker. Everybody got a number, most in a special first class mailing.

To be fair, some people did report getting their personalization. I just took a good look at the sticker and it's actually made for a name as well as a number.

Joined: Sep 14 2011
It is now November, still waiting for personalized numbered stic

This is the biggest ripoff I have ever seen. I forked over $450 almost 12 months ago for an advertised personalized and numbered box set. It is November and I still have not received a personalization or a number despite repeated promises that they were on their way. Not acceptable for any retail purchase. I am done with any purchases from Rhino period and am calling my bank to dispute the charge. Complete incompetence!!

lamagonzo (not verified)
Wow! I thought I had some issues!

I had one scratched disc and ripped covers but there is a real reverberation of anger over this one. Rhino is going to lose so much money due to non-payment of defective items that they just don't really care about E72.

Whoever oversaw and rushed through this project is like the guy who decided it was safe to put the BP well on line that blew up.

I don't think this whole thing bodes well for further GD sales from Rhino. They must be as sick of the Deadheads as we are of them.'s picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
It's here, finally!

No. 7034/7200 - even though my order must have been among the first 100 or so (#DNxxxxxx). And just the standard sticker, not the personalization I ordered.

I've had absolutely no issues with the covers so far. Given the high number and late arrival, I'm wondering if there was a second printing of the orginal box set with more sturdy covers. Who knows, perhaps Rhino realized their mistake and printed better covers for the AllMusic and single-show editions. I wonder if anybody out there is in a position to compare them?

The music is of course magical, with unexpected nuggets of pure bliss popping up everywhere. My fellow commuters will have to get used to my silly grin and non-stop foot-tapping. Thank you, Rhino, DL, JN, Blair and Grateful Dead!

Joined: Aug 3 2008
Still waiting on my Complete '72 set

When, oh, when, will I see the darned thing?


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