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Grateful Dead Road Europe '72 The Complete Recordings- New release

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Europe '72:  Europe '72 The Complete Recordings - Grateful Dead
The Complete Recordings
22 shows
72 Plus Discs
 
 
 
 
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Grateful Dead Road Europe '72 The Complete Recordings- New release

Europe '72: The Complete Recordings
22 shows 72 plus disc, 70 hours of music - and more

During the 40th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's Europe '72 tour, the Grateful Dead treated their fans to a listening party of the complete concerts of each of the four Strand Lyceum London shows from May 23 - 26. 

I heard a generous chunk of them. The sound quality is remarkable and the top notch playing. The concerts were very long with either "The Other One" or "Dark Star" as a centerpiece; "Playing in the Band," and "China Cat Sunflower" > "I Know You Rider" at all of the shows, and lots of "GDRTFB" and "Not Fade Away's" in various unique variations. 

The May 25 show included a remarkable sequence of "Uncle John's Band" > "Wharf Rat" > "Dark Star" > "Sugar Magnolia"; "Comes A Time." Jerry's voice sounds wonderful delivering the ballads with intense  emotion and inflection. May 26 highlighted "The Other One" as its theme. This one started with "Truckin' and Jerry's ballads that were weaved in and out of "The Other One" were jaw dropping. Both "Morning Dew" and "Sing Me Back Home," reached the emotional levels or higher from the previous evening. The versions of "Truckin" and "Dew" is on Europe '72 and the "Sing Me Back Home" is on Europe '72 Vol. 2, but hearing it in sequence within "The Other One" enhanced the listening experience further. 
by Barry Small

4/07/72 Wembley Empire Pool review by Ramble on Joe

From the first note, we're convinced; this band is ready to go. Good showing of "China>Rider" but by "Loser" the band seems to pick up more steam. The remainder of the disc provides enjoyable performances of mundane songs; even "Chinatown" sounds fresh & solid. 

With the strange tape run out on "Big Boss Man" (and the missing "Casey Jones"), the complete (surviving) first set could have all gone on one disc. Instead, PITB leads disc 2. There might be a disappointing '72 PITB somewhere but this isn't it; putting it on the same disc as the "Truckin" sequence effectively makes this a built-in highlight disc. If you didn't hear STEPPIN' OUT, it's definitely must-have material; "Truckin" retains the vocal reprise heard on LADIES & GENTLEMEN but is already moving toward the post-song mystery & magic later heard on 5/26. Like that show, it eventually becomes "The Other One" -- where Phil suggests a turn to "Caution" (which the band declines to accept) and Bobby successfully interpolating "El Paso" as if it belonged there.

Since the Truckin-through-Wharf Rat sequence was already issued on STEPPIN' OUT, China>Rider and PITB are the obvious reasons to hear 4/07. But it doesn't stop there; "Ramble On Rose" comes off as well as any other version I can think of. "Sugar Magnolia" sounds as good as the Paris performance; "One More Saturday Night" does as well.

So: what would I have done differently? Well, part of the appeal of E72 for me is the two-keyboard arrangement; I could do with Pigpen & Keith being a little more prominent in the mix. Pigpen was not perhaps outstanding as an organist, but what he did was always right on the note. Still, I can't fault a mix that makes everyone equally audible.

The other aspect of this release is how very dry it is: the audience is just barely audible between songs, robbing some of the power of out the rocker finale. On the other hand, that means we really hear the nuances in the jam, so there's always a trade off. And in a big venue like the Empire Pool, the room sound probably wasn't terribly great. Minor cavils, but I share them in the interest of the complete listening experience.

Final word: a solid show with everything you expect from E72, including some outstanding highlights, and a fine way to begin the E72 box set. 
by Ramble on Joe

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April 7, 1972, Wembley Empire Pool, Wembley 
April 8, 1972, Wembley Empire Pool, Wembley 
April 11, 1972, Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle 
April 14, 1972, Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen 
April 16, 1972, Aarhus University, Aarhus 
April 17, 1972, Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen 
April 21, 1972, Beat Club, Bremen 
April 24, 1972, Rheinhalle, Dusseldorf 
April 26, 1972, Jahrhundert Halle, Frankfurt 
April 29, 1972, Musikhalle, Hamburg 
May 3, 1972, Olympia Theatre, Paris 
May 4, 1972, Olympia Theatre, Paris 
May 7, 1972, Bickershaw Festival, Wigan 
May 10, 1972, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
May 11, 1972, Rotterdam Civic Hall, Rotterdam 
May 13, 1972, Lille Fairgrounds, Lille 
May 16, 1972, Theatre Hall, Luxembourg 
May 18, 1972, 
May 23, 1972, Strand Lyceum, London 
May 24, 1972, Strand Lyceum, London 
May 25, 1972, Strand Lyceum, London 
May 26, 1972, Strand Lyceum, London 


04/07/72 (Fri) Wembley Empire Pool - London, England

About
The Tour opener, originally scheduled at the Rainbow Theatre, and then re-scheduled at the Commodore, and then re-re-scheduled at Wembley Empire Pool, the show was played before 8,000 London Dead Heads eager to get their first glimpse of live Dead.


CD 1 of 3
Greatest Story Ever Told
Sugaree
Chinatown Shuffle
Me & My Uncle
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Big Boss Man
Black Throated Wind
Loser
Mr. Charlie
Beat it on Down the Line
Tennessee Jed

CD 2 of 3
Playing in the Band
Truckin'
drums
The Other One
El Paso
The Other One
Wharf Rat

CD 3 of 3
Ramble On Rose 
Sugar Magnolia
Not Fade Away
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
Not Fade Away
One More Saturday Night


04/08/72 (Sat) Wembley Empire Pool - London, England

About
As great as the first night at Wembley was, the second night was even better. Played again before 8,000 fans, it featured one of the finest "Dark Star's" of the tour, as well as the "Cumberland Blues" that appeared on the Europe '72 2-disc compilation set.

CD 1 of 3
Bertha
Me and My Uncle
Mr. Charlie
Deal
Black Throated Wind
Next Time You See Me
Cumberland Blues
Brown Eyed Women
Beat it on Down the Line
Tennessee Jed

CD 2 of 3
Playing in the Band
Good Lovin'
Looks Like Rain
Casey Jones
Truckin'
Big Railroad Blues
Hurts Me Too

CD 3 of 3
Dark Star 
Sugar Magnolia
Caution
One More Saturday Night

04/11/72 (Tue) Newcastle City Hall - Newcastle, England

About
This show at Newcastle's City Hall featured an amazingly lengthy 18 song first set, and a second set with a way-out there "Other One."

CD 1 of 3
Greatest Story Ever Told
Deal
Mr Charlie
Black Throated Wind
Tennessee Jed
Big Boss Man
Beat it on Down the Line
Sugaree
Jack Straw
Chinatown Shuffle
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider

CD 2 of 3
Playing in the Band
Next Time You See Me
Brown Eyed Women
Looks Like Rain
Big Railroad Blues
Casey Jones
Good Lovin'
Ramble On Rose

CD 3 of 3
Truckin'
Drums
The Other One
Comes A Time
Sugar Magnolia
Brokedown Palace

04/14/72 (Fri) Tivoli Theater - Copenhagen, Denmark

About
The first night at Tivolis Koncertsal in Copenhagen was the first-ever concert the Grateful Dead ever performed in front of a paying, foreign-speaking audience.

Setlist:
CD 1 of 4
Bertha
Me and My Uncle
Mr. Charlie
You Win Again
Black Throated Wind
Chinatown Shuffle
Loser
Me and Bobby McGee
Cumberland Blues
Playing in the Band

CD 2 of 4
Tennessee Jed
El Paso
Big Boss Man
Beat it on Down the Line
Casey Jones
Truckin'
Hurts Me Too
Brown Eyed Women
Looks Like Rain

CD 3 of 4
Dark Star
Sugar Magnolia
Good Lovin'
Caution
Good Lovin'

CD 4 of 4
Ramble On Rose
Not Fade Away
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
Not Fade Away
One More Saturday Night


04/16/72 (Sun) Aarhus University - Arhus, Denmark

About
At the tiny Stakladen on the campus of Aarhus University in Denmark, the Grateful Dead played a mighty fine, unheralded show. For unknown reasons, Donna was absent from this concert.

Setlist:
CD 1 of 3
Greatest Story Ever Told
Sugaree
Chinatown Shuffle
Black Throated Wind
Tennessee Jed
Mr. Charlie
Beat it on Down the Line
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Mexicali Blues
Loser  
Next Time You See Me

CD 2 of 3
Playing in the Band
Dire Wolf
Good Lovin'
Cumberland Blues
El Paso
Deal

CD 3 of 3
Truckin'
Jam
The Other One
Me and My Uncle
The Other One
Not Fade Away
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
Not Fade Away

04/17/72 (Mon) Tivoli Gardens - Copenhagen, Denmark

About
A return to Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen saw the band playing a portion of the concert in front of TV cameras for a broadcast on Danish TV. The show featured a magnificent closing jam of "Dark Star>Sugar Magnolia>Caution>Johnny B. Goode."


Setlist:
CD 1 of 3
Cold Rain and Snow
Me and Bobby McGee
Chinatown Shuffle
China Cat Sunflower>
I Know You Rider
Jack Straw
He's Gone
Next Time You See Me
Black-Throated Wind
Casey Jones
Mr. Charlie

CD 2 of 3
Playing In The Band
Sugaree
One More Saturday Night 
Hurts Me Too
Ramble On Rose
El Paso
Big Railroad Blues
Truckin'

CD 3 of 3
Dark Star
Sugar Magnolia
Caution
Johnny B. Goode

04/21/72 (Fri) Beat Club - Bremen, Germany

About
Not a live concert but rather a performance in a TV studio in Bremen, the Beat Club show featured a condensed version of a typical Europe '72 concert, with shorter songs like Bertha and Sugaree, mid-length jammers like "Playing In The Band" (two versions!) and a "Truckin'>Drums>Other One."

Setlist:
CD 1 of 1
Bertha
Playing in the Band
Mr. Charlie
Sugaree
One More Saturday Night
Playing In The Band
Beat It On Down The Line
Truckin' (false start)
Truckin'
The Other One

04/24/72 (Mon) Rheinhalle - Dusseldorf, Germany

About
After two consecutive shows that were played in front of TV cameras (4/17 Copenhagen and 4/21 Bremen) the Grateful Dead returned to playing for just-the-fans (and the multi-track recorder, thankfully!) with this terrific show in Dusseldorf, a show so good it is the only show that was released in its entirety prior to 2011.
Released as Rockin' the Rhein

Setlist:
CD 1 of 4
Truckin'
Tennessee Jed
Chinatown Shuffle
Black Throated Wind
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Mr. Charlie
Beat it on Down the Line
Loser
Playing in the Band

CD 2 of 4
Next Time You See Me
Me and Bobby McGee
Good Lovin'
Casey Jones
He's Gone
Hurts Me Too
El Paso

CD 3 of 4
Dark Star
Me and My Uncle
Dark Star
Wharf Rat
Sugar Magnolia

CD 4 of 4
Not Fade Away
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
Not Fade Away
One More Saturday Night


04/26/72 (Wed) Jahrhunderthalle  - Frankfurt, Germany

About
The German odyssey continues with this mighty fine concert at Hundred Year Hall (or more appropriately Centennial Hall) in Frankfurt, the first vault release after the Grateful Dead stopped touring, and one of the finest, most powerful shows on the tour. On a tour filled with great Other Ones, this is one of the best.

Setlist:
CD 1 of 4
Bertha
Me and My Uncle
Mr. Charlie
He's Gone
Black Throated Wind
Next Time You See Me
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Jack Straw
Big Railroad Blues

CD 2 of 4
Playing in the Band
Chinatown Shuffle
Loser
Beat it on Down the Line
You Win Again
Good Lovin'
Dire Wolf

CD 3 of 4
Truckin'
The Other One
Comes A Time
Sugar Magnolia

CD 4 of 4
El Paso
Tennessee Jed
Greatest Story Ever Told
Casey Jones
Two Souls In Communion
Turn On Your Lovelight
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
One More Saturday Night


04/29/72 (Sat) Musikhalle - Hamburg, Germany

About
The German leg of the tour wraps up (well, they did return three weeks later for a show in Munich) with this under-the-radar show in Hamburg, where the band played one of its second sets that were centered around "Dark Star" and "Caution."

Setlist:
CD 1 of 3
Playing in the Band
Sugaree
Mr. Charlie
Black Throated Wind
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Big Boss Man
Jack Straw 
Loser
Chinatown Shuffle

CD 2 of 3
Me and My Uncle
Big Railroad Blues
Good Lovin'
Casey Jones
Greatest Story Ever Told
He's Gone
Next Time You See Me

CD 3 of 3
Dark Star
Sugar Magnolia
Caution
One More Saturday Night
Uncle John's Band


05/03/72 (Wed) Olympia Theatre - Paris, France

About
The first show in Paris is the Olympia is one to behold! Start-to-finish, prepare for your socks to be knocked off. Highlights are many, but we suggest an extra close listen to "Greatest Story," "Good Lovin'," and the entire second set jam centered around "The Other One."

Setlist:
CD 1 of 4
Bertha
Me and My Uncle
Mr. Charlie
Sugaree
Black Throated Wind
Chinatown Shuffle
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Beat It On Down The Line
He's Gone
Next Time You See Me
Playing in the Band

CD 2 of 4
Tennessee Jed
Good Lovin'
Sing Me Back Home
Casey Jones
Greatest Story Ever Told
Ramble On Rose
Hurts Me Too

CD 3 of 4
Truckin'
The Other One
drums
The Other One
Me and Bobby McGee
The Other One
Wharf Rat

CD 4 of 4
Jack Straw
Sugar Magnolia
Not Fade Away
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
Not Fade Away
One More Saturday Night

05/04/72 (Thu) Olympia Theatre - Paris, France

About
The Paris stay continues with another fine show in the City of Lights. This night, "Dark Star" takes the cake (as it did so many nights on this tour) as the highlight of the show, with honorary mention to another "Good Lovin'," remarkably different than the previous nights.

Setlist:
CD 1 of 4
Greatest Story Ever Told
Deal
Mr. Charlie
Beat it on Down the Line
Brown Eyed Women
Chinatown Shuffle
Playing in the Band
You Win Again
Hurts Me Too
He's Gone
El Paso

CD 2 of 4
Big Railroad Blues
Two Souls In Communion 
Casey Jones
Good Lovin'
Next Time You See Me
Ramble On Rose
Jack Straw

CD 3 of 4
Dark Star
drums
Dark Star
Sugar Magnolla
Sing Me Back Home

CD 4 of 4
Mexicali Blues
Big Boss Man
Uncle John's Band
Not Fade Away
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
Not Fade Away
One More Saturday Night

05/07/72 (Sun) Bickershaw Festival - Wigan, Lancashire, England

About
The band's first outdoor gig of the tour at the Bickershaw Festival in Wigan, where they played one of the longest shows of the tour. This was the only show on the tour that featured both a "Dark Star" and an "Other One," and just about everything else you could hope they'd play.

Setlist:
CD 1 of 4
Truckin'
Sugaree
Mr. Charlie
Beat it on Down the Line
He's Gone
Chinatown Shuffle
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Black Throated Wind
Next Time You See Me

CD 2 of 4
Playing in the Band
Tennessee Jed
Good Lovin'
Casey Jones
Greatest Story Ever Told
Big Boss Man
Ramble On Rose
Jack Straw

CD 3 of 4
Dark Star
drums
The Other One
Sing Me Back Home

CD 4 of 4
Sugar Magnolia
Turn On Your Lovelight
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
Not Fade Away
One More Saturday Night


05/10/72 (Wed) RAI Concertgebouw - Amsterdam, Netherlands

About
Ahhhh, Amsterdam...The first of two nights in Holland sees the band playing a dynamic, excellent show, one so good that had this massive boxed set not happened, it was once given serious consideration to be coupled with the next night in Rotterdam as a boxed set from Holland.

Setlist:
CD 1 of 4
Bertha
Me and My Uncle
Mr. Charlie
China Cat Sunflower>
I Know You Rider
Black-Throated Wind
Loser
Next Time You See Me
El Paso
He's Gone
Chinatown Shuffle> 

CD 2 of 4
Playing in the Band
Big Railroad Blues
Jack Straw
Tennessee Jed
Big Boss Man
Greatest Story Ever Told
Casey Jones

CD 3 of 4
Truckin'>
Drums>
The Other One>
Me and Bobby McGee>
The Other One>
Wharf Rat

CD 3 of 4
Beat it on Down the Line
The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion)
Ramble On
Sing Me Back Home
Sugar Magnolia
Not Fade Away>
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad>
Not Fade Away

05/11/72 (Thu) Rotterdam Civic Hall - Rotterdam, Netherlands

About
Rotterdam brought out the best of the band, from the opening "Playing In The Band" (you know they're into it when they open with a jam like this) to the end, with a "Dark Star" that sees the band hitting some unique and inspired grooves unlike any others.

Setlist:
CD 1 of 4
Playing in the Band
Sugaree
Mr. Charlie
Black Throated Wind
Deal
Chinatown Shuffle
Mexicali Blues
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Hurts Me Too
Beat it on Down the Line
Brown Eyed Women

CD 2 of 4
Jack Straw
Big Railroad Blues
Casey Jones
Good Lovin'
Morning Dew
Me and My Uncle
Two Souls In Communion
El Paso
Tennessee Jed
Next Time You See Me

CD 3 of 4
Dark Star
drums
Dark Star

CD 4 of 4
Sugar Magnolia
Caution
Who Do You Love
Truckin'
Uncle John's Band
One More Saturday Night

05/13/72 (Sat) Lille Fairgrounds - Lille, France

About
Making good on their promise to return to Lille, where they had to cancel a show a week earlier, the band played their second outdoor show of the tour in the town square to a crowd of mostly locals, but still mustered the energy to blow their minds with another huge "Other One."

Setlist:
CD 1 of 3
Tuning Rap
Bertha
Black Throated Wind
Chinatown Shuffle
Loser
Beat it on Down the Line
Mr. Charlie
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Me and My Uncle
Big Railroad Blues
Next Time You See Me
Playing in the Band

CD 2 of 3
Sugaree
Mexicali Blues
Casey Jones
Truckin'
drums
The Other One Listen
He's Gone

CD 3 of 3
Hurts Me Too
Sugar Magnolia
Not Fade Away
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
Not Fade Away
One More Saturday Night


05/16/72 (Tue) Radio Luxembourg - , Luxembourg

About
An international radio broadcast live from the duchy of Luxembourg saw the band playing a nice, tight, concise show that featured yet another monster "Other One," as well as the first "Promised Land" in a while, with great background vocals on the final verse by Jerry and Pigpen.

Setlist:
CD 1 of 2
Big River (soundcheck)
Sugar Magnolia (soundcheck)
Bertha
Me and My Uncle
Mr. Charlie
Sugaree
Black Throated Wind
Chinatown Shuffle
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Beat it on Down the Line
Hurts Me Too
Tennessee Jed
Playing in the Band

CD 2 of 2
Promised Land
Truckin'
drums
The Other One
Sing Me Back Home
29
Not Fade Away
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
Not Fade Away
One More Saturday Night

05/18/72 (Thu) Kongressaal Deutsches Museum - Muenchen, Germany

About
After three weeks away, the Grateful Dead return to Germany for the final mainland show of the tour, in Munich. The show featured the tour's first performance of "Sitting On Top Of The World" and the second appearance of "Morning Dew," coming out of a smooth-as-silk "Dark Star."

Setlist:
CD 1 of 3
Truckin'
Sugaree
Mr. Charlie
Jack Straw
Tennessee Jed
Chinatown Shuffle
Black Throated Wind
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
El Paso

CD 2 of 3
Hurts Me Too
You Win Again
Playing in the Band
Good Lovin' 
Casey Jones
Top Of The World
Me and My Uncle
Ramble On Rose
Beat it on Down the Line

CD 3 of 3
Dark Star
Morning Dew
drums
Sugar Magnolia
Sing Me Back Home
One More Saturday Night


05/23/72 (Tue) The Strand Lyceum - London, England

About
The band began its final run of shows on the tour in London with a bang, sharing stage with opening act and good friends the New Riders of the Purple Sage. Just like the previous show in Munich, this show's big second set highlight was a "Dark Star>Morning Dew." This, of course, is the less-famous London Dew, after the magnificent version played on 5/26 and included on the Europe '72 album. The show also featured the first version by the Grateful Dead of "Rockin' Pneumonia" and the "Boogie Woogie Flu."

Setlist:
CD 1 of 3
Promised Land
Sugaree
Mr. Charlie
Black Throated Wind
Tennessee Jed
Next Time You See Me
Jack Straw
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Me & My Uncle
Chinatown Shuffle
Big Railroad Blues
Two Souls In Communion
Playing in the Band

CD 2 of 3
Top Of The World
Rockin Pneumonia
Mexicali Blues
Good Lovin'
Casey Jones
Ramble On Rose
Dark Star
Morning Dew

CD 3 of 3
He's Gone
Sugar Magnolia
Comes A Time
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
Not Fade Away
Hey Bo Diddley
Not Fade Away
Uncle John's Band


05/24/72 (Wed) The Strand Lyceum - London, England

About
In typical Europe '72 fashion, if it was "Dark Star" one night, it was "The Other One" the next (usually...see previous show). And this "Other One" is up with the best of the tour. The second of the tour's two "Rockin' Pneumonias" was played this night, as well as the last-ever Pigpen-sung version of "Lovelight."

Setlist:
CD 1 of 3
Cold Rain and Snow
Beat it on Down the Line
Mr. Charlie
Deal
Me and My Uncle
Hurts Me Too
Dire Wolf
Black Throated Wind
Chinatown Shuffle
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Playing in the Band
You Win Again
Jack Straw

CD 2 of 3
Casey Jones
Rockin' Pneumonia
Mexicali Blues
Black Peter
Truckin'
drums
The Other One
Sing Me Back Home

CD 3 of 3
Sugar Magnolia
Turn On Your Lovelight
The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion)
One More Saturday Night


05/25/72 (Thu) The Strand Lyceum - London, England

About
The second set jam this night is unique both in terms of the tour and the greater Grateful Dead history, featuring three three Garcia-sung songs in a row: "Uncle John's Band>Wharf Rat>Dark Star." All three are top notch, and "Wharf Rat" was quite a rarity on this tour, so this is a nice treat.

Setlist:
CD 1 of 4
Promised Land
Brown Eyed Women
Big Boss Man
Black Throated Wind
Tennessee Jed
Mr. Charlie
Jack Straw
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Me and Bobby McGee

CD 2 of 4
Good Lovin'
Playing in the Band
Brokedown Palace
Casey Jones
Me and My Uncle
Big Railroad Blues
Chinatown Shuffle
Ramble On Rose

CD 3 of 4
Uncle John's Band
Wharf Rat
Dark Star
Sugar Magnolia

CD 4 of 4
Comes A Time
El Paso
Top Of The World
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
One More Saturday Night

05/26/72 (Fri) The Strand Lyceum - London, England
About
The last night. As much the band could be forgiven for being exhausted and ready to go home, they brought their A-game and played what many consider to be one of the top two or three shows on the tour. A 19 song first set (!) ends with the usual second set closer "Not Fade Away>GDTRFB>Not Fade Away," and the set also included a 17 minute "Playing In The Band," the show at which "Playing" became the 17-25 minute jam vehicle it would be for the rest of 1972 through 1974. The second, set, though, is so good that it was immortalized on Side 5 and Side 6 of the Europe '72 album. What that album is missing from this jam, though, is a terrific "Other One" around the "Morning Dew," and the finest (and totally appropriate) "Sing Me Back Home" of the tour.

Setlist:
CD 1 of 4
Promised Land
Sugaree
Mr. Charlie
Black Throated Wind
Loser
Next Time You See Me
El Paso
Dire Wolf
Two Souls In Communion
Playing in the Band

CD 2 of 4
He's Gone
Cumberland Blues
Jack Straw
Chinatown Shuffle
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Not Fade Away
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
Not Fade Away

CD 3 of 4
Truckin'
The Other One
Morning Dew
The Other One
Sing Me Back Home

CD 4 of 4

Me and My Uncle
Ramble On Rose
Sugar Magnolia
Casey Jones
One More Saturday Night

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Grateful Dead
Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Ron (Pigpen) McKernan - organ, harmonica, vocals
Keith Godchaux - Keyboards
Donna Godchaux background vocals

Grateful Dead Road Europe '72 The Complete Recordings- New release
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Release Date - Sept. 2011 (Expected)
Produced by Grateful Dead
Produced for release by David Lemieux and Blair Jackson
Recording - 16 track master reels 
CD mastering and mixing - Jeffrey Norman, David Glasser of Airshow Mastering 
Liner Notes - David Gans, Steve Silberman, and Nicholas Meriwether

The original
limited edition production 0f 7,200 copies. As a result: from the Grateful Dead website.  
"Hey now! Due to overwhelming demand, surprising even those of us with huge faith in the Europe '72 project, the entire limited edition run of 7,200 boxed sets has sold out in less than 4 days. We thank you beyond words for your support and belief in this unprecedented and wonderful release.

After lengthy discussions, we've decided we don't want to deprive anyone of this music, some of the finest the Grateful Dead ever performed. Of course, we're keeping to our promise that the boxed set and all of its accouterments will not be made available beyond these 7,200 boxed sets (and wait until you see the case in which the music is housed, the hard-bound coffee-table book, plus all of the other cool surprises we've been unearthing!). But, we're going to offer just the music, all 22 shows, more than 60 CDs, more than 70 hours of music, each show housed in its own packaging, for the same price as the boxed set, $450 including domestic shipping. Although perhaps not as cool as the boxed set, the bottom line is that the most important aspect of Europe '72: The Complete Recordings is going to be made available to all, the music. 
- David Lemieux

Then in Sept. 2011, they announced that individual shows would be available, get them at Dead.net

Key set 2 pieces already released:
April 7 Steppin' Out With The Grateful Dead & Europe '72 Vol. 2
April 8 Steppin' Out With The Grateful Dead
April 24 - Rockin' the Rhein
April 26 - Hundred Year Hall and Europe '72 Vol. 2
May 7 - Europe '72 Vol. 2
May 23 Steppin' Out With The Grateful Dead
May 24 - Europe '72 Vol. 2
May 26 - Europe '72 & Europe '72 Vol. 2

From the Grateful Dead website

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, beautifully designed EUROPE ’72 MEGA-BOX SET containing ALL 22 SHOWS of what is arguably the greatest tour the Grateful Dead ever played, on a whopping 60+ 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 stunning 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).

The packaging is, as you might expect, first rate. Each show is its own Digipak, with its own liner notes by top Dead scholars (including David Gans, Steve Silberman, and Nicholas Meriwether) and attendees of some of the concerts, and many never-before-seen photos. Additionally, there is an enormous book worthy of coffee table treatment featuring hundreds more photos and a comprehensive essay by yours truly (Blair Jackson). The box will also contain other memorabilia and ephemera from the tour.

Europe '72: The Complete Recordings
A rough sketch of the potential packaging.
Check back soon for more product images.

At $450, this clearly will not be a box for everyone. In fact, this individually numbered boxed set will be limited to orders placed with a maximum of 7,200 boxes produced. As a special bonus, the first 3,000 orders will receive a personalized copy. Due to the huge manufacturing costs (wait 'til you see it! We're doing something unlike any other boxed set release ever! It's exceptional!!), we need to hit 3,000 sales before we even go into production. If we don't reach 3,000 by April 1st, the boxed set won't be able to happen. This isn't a gun-to-your-head sales pitch. Rather, we want to be open with you about the realities of this release's massive scope and ambition.

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.

Grateful Dead Road Europe '72 The Complete Recordings- New release

Some links to the Grateful Dead pages on the release

http://www.dead.net/europe-72

Europe '72  The Complete Recording Notes

Grateful Dead Road Europe '72 The Complete Recordings- New release

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Jeffrey Norman

Grateful Dead Road Europe '72 The Complete Recordings- New release

David Glasser
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David Glasser

Grateful Dead Road Europe '72 The Complete Recordings- New release

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Jeffrey Norman and David Glasser

Grateful Dead Road Europe '72 The Complete Recordings- New release

 

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