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. You can purchase it now by clicking here.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC...
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.
I emailed Mark Pinkus to let him know what his minions were saying. He asked for my set #s, which are very, very close to yours. This was last week. I am waiting to hear back from him. If he doesn't respond, or punts, we can certainly consider our alternatives.
It's almost like Rhino set out to inflict as much misery as they could on the Grateful Dead's most loyal supporters. Maybe it was the result of a bet, like in Trading Places:
"Mortimer, what if we treated customers who were willing to spend $450 or $900 on CDs as badly as possible? If their address changed, we could force them to spend hours and hours on the phone providing us the new information. And then we still could screw up the order! We could send it to the wrong address, or send it a month late. We could mess up the personalizations, send them out separately, and then give some of the first 3,000 numbers in the 7,000s. Do you think they would stand for this and still buy from us? It's a question of whether their Deadhead loyalties are hereditary or learned. I will bet you one dollar that we can not drive these loyal customers away, even with the worst customer service in the history of mail order businesses."
My wife had ordered me the Egypt set for a Christmas present this past year, it came missing one of the 3 disks. It was such a nightmare process dealing with the Rhino staff and especially Dr. Rhino trying to get the missing disk sent to me that I cancelled my Europe 72 boxed set pre-order that I had placed on the first day it became available and told them I'd not be putting another dime in their pockets. I'd love to have the boxed set but I cannot support Rhino records financially or otherwise after my experiences with them.
I'm grateful for all the hard work of the musicians, engineers and artists involved in making, preserving and remastering this beautiful collection of music.
Thank you Mary for the email addy.
DrRhino at Rhino dot com
If anyone has Dr Rhinos email addy please post it.
I need to find out about replacements for scratched CDs, thanks.
i too had the same problem. i was one of the first to jump on board - and because i was one of the first 3K - i was given the option to personalize. i chose "wharf rat" - and what i got was a generic sticker that said "europe 72 box set" - with a box number above 3600 - i contacted dr rhino and was told the same thing. the numbers were issued at random. this is complete BS. if i was given the option to have 1/3000 without the personalization or 1/7200 with a random number and personalization - i would have chosen the 1/3000 - rhino screwed up on this one - i'd be okay with it if they were honest about it. hey, buddy - we overlooked your box number - we're sorry - sometimes these things happen - but to come back and say they never promised the the first 3K folks a number between 1/3000 - but only a personalization is crap. they finally sent me another generic sticker that said "wharf rat" - the entire experience with rhino has me turned off. i won't be ordering daves picks, or any other Dead.Net merchandise. the truth is they don't care about us little folks. hey - remember, we were one of the first 3K to commit to this project. that in itself is worth a box number between 1/3000 - period. this is first grade math.
Absolutely agree- well said
If I was Rhino, I would be pressuring vendors involved (sleeve makers, pressing plants) to refund money or replace defective product. I wouldn't waste any time going forward with litigation if they dragged their feet, either. But in the meantime, I would apologize and do what I could to make things right. I wouldn't worry about money lost, I would worry about customers lost. Far more important. Sadly, the shoddy customer disservice at Rhino is, in some ways, worse than the problems involved. They clearly are only about money. When a forum moderator has to intercede so a guy can get one replacement disc, then 'Houston, we have a problem.' She's gonna be running around like a headless chicken for the next ten years if that's how things are gonna work. It's surreal. And then you have Blair Jackson milling around asking people what their favorite Dead cover tunes are. "Hey--did you know it was twenty years ago that Bill Graham died?" Gee, Blair--we were thinking about more important things. We had to pay for our sets. We got scammed--that's why we're banging on Dr. Rhino's door--get lost. "Oh, ok--did I tell you that there's a new 1976 Road Trips?" KOO-KOO! KOO-KOO! KOO-KOO!
The thing that is interesting to me is that in the Real World, there are few people who would plunk down $450 for 73 GD discs of night after night of a tour. The ones responding here are among the very few who would. Happily. And out of those comparatively very few hard core fans with both the interest and the money to buy this set, there are a good number, like myself, who have been so alienated by Rhino and their crappy customer service and laughable number of mistakes that we will likely never give Rhino any more money. If the GD members knew, and really cared about selling these ultra expensive boxes in the future, they would be livid.