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.
Thought to mention again the soundcheck from Luxembourg, which contains the only performance (that I know of) where Jerry takes the lead vocals on Big River. A perfect example of one of the hundreds of smaller moments...
Thanks anyway. I got it elsewhere. :-)
Syracuse, I'm so lame, sorry. Actually (in the e-mail announcement) it states in the last line, of what I guess you would refer to as the header, "As a special bonus, the first 3000 boxed sets issued will be personalized editions." In the body of the letter, the second paragraph ends with the same statement. And no, I dinna' get your pm. Last time I know (think) that worked for me was Oct 12.
That's a great idea. I tried to send you a PM with my email address. We'll see if you get it.
Mr. Syracuse, my pm still doesn't seem to be working. That was a waste of time. Anyway, if you still have your announcement email from Jan., mine arrived 1/21. The last line is what you want. It also states in the second sentence of that paragraph, The limited edition, individually- numbered comprehensive collection.......". As in all 7200 will be numbered
If anyone happens to have a screenshot of the original Europe '72 box offer (showing the $450 price incl. shipping, and the fact that the first 3,000 will be personalized), please send me a private message. I tried using archive.org, but their January 2011 page didn't have the E72 box, and February already had the Music Only edition. Thanks very much!
So I finally get my two "personalizations" yesterday. I had changed one by phone about two months ago, and reminded Dr. Rhino in FIVE email correspondences about the changed personalization. Five! I felt like I was treating him like a child, but every time over the last month and a half that we corresponded about when Rhino might complete my order, I reminded him of what the personalizations should say. Needless to say, they came in wrong yesterday. And while I was somewhat expecting that, after everything else that has been screwed up, I wasn't expecting to get numbers in the 7,000s. HTF can you advertise that the first 3,000 will be personalized, and then take almost two extra months to send out the personalization, and then number it over 7,000?
I am quite sure that, while I love GD music, I have spent my last dime with Rhino. Just when I think they have screwed up every last thing about this offering, they find new ways to screw up that I hadn't even considered.
Did I mention that they charged a surcharge for me originally using a PO box for shipping, nevermind the fact that I changed it in July, and that they will not ship to PO boxes no matter what? I'm quite curious to see the ultimate resolution on my first ever credit card dispute.
I just want to thank everyone who buys official releases, you guys should be highly commended. In this digital age nobody HAS to buy music, so I sincerely appreciate those who do.To that end I would like to thank and defend GDP and Rhino who allow Archive.org, bit torrent sites and the wide spread free access to all these shows.
Syracuse, if you came online tomorrow and saw Rhino offering, "Europe '72 and Rhino,, the Inside Story!", "Including interviews and photos of all involved." Wouldn't you be tempted to purchase? As long they didn't offer lots of "ephermia, extraneous gafargas and personalization" I would! Europe '72,all 22 shows. What a vision. Who would of thought it would ever really come to pass? Hey, where's my Capcha
Virtually NO mail order-based business has figured out how to deal with the vexing PO Box issue, and virtually all such businesses end up postponing delivery by a month or two if you try to CHANGE your address to a street address. It's just too hard to deal with, and what mail order business could even think they had to have a system in place for such an unlikely scenario?
So, I'm guessing that you got charged an extra $9.06 per set as a "we won't ship to a PO Box, but if we did we would charge you a premium, so let's continue to charge you a PO Box delivery premium even though we (finally) shipped to a street address" penalty.
Yup, on a scale of 1 to 10, its:
Rhino service: 1
I'll be interested in whether my ill feelings towards Rhino fade as they (eventually) ship the personalizations and correct the overcharge, and as I continue to love the music, or whether Rhino has lost me as a customer despite my love for the Dead. It is hard to imagine a company fostering such ill will despite being associated with such a great release.