Grateful Dead w/Massive 60-CD Box

There’s a catch,
however…

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Grateful Dead’s legendary 22-show run in Europe during April
and May of 1972  spawned Europe ’72,
a live triple album that remains one of the band’s best-selling and most
popular releases. The tour offered a snapshot of 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 of new, unreleased
material that came into the repertoire in the fall of ’71 and during the spring
of ’72, including “Tennessee Jed,” “Jack Straw,” “Mexicali Blues,” “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,” “Casey Jones,” “Sugar Magnolia,”
“Bertha,” and “Not Fade Away”-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 Pigpen chestnut
“Caution.”

 

So now the band had returned to the well with every note from that 1972 tour in a
massive 60-CD box set – over 70 hours of music – titled Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings. It’s an individually numbered,
limited edition collection (7,200 total; 3,000 of them numbered) housed in a
replica steamer trunk reminiscent of the ones prevalently used at the time.
Along with the music, a vast majority of which is previously unreleased, the
travel chest contains tour memorabilia, a coffee-table book with
never-before-seen photos, and a comprehensive essay by noted Dead author Blair
Jackson. Each performance will also be accompanied by an essay specific to the
show written by top Dead scholars including David Gans, Gary Lambert, Nicholas
Meriwether, and Steve Silberman.

 

Jeffrey Norman, the primary mixer of the Dead’s archival multi-track material for the past 15 years,
is mixing each show from the original 16-track recordings, with the high-tech
Plangent Processes transfer and restoration tools used to bring the master
tapes back to life. Two-time Grammy®-winning engineer David Glasser
is mastering the music to HDCD specs. While many of the recordings heard on Europe ’72 were sweetened in the studio
after the tour, those tracks will be included in this collection without
overdubs, where possible.

 

But there’s a twist:

 

The box will not be manufactured until a baseline of 3,000
preorders is arrived at (e.g., those 3,000 numbered copies will be for the
folks who get in on the deal first), and it ain’t gonna be cheap: $450. They’re
taking preorders at Dead.net right now and want to meet that 3,000 copy goal by
April 1 – no joke.

 

According to the band, “Once the 3,000 order goal is reached
by April 1, Dead.net will continue to take orders through the summer but will
limit production of the collection to a maximum of 7,200 pieces, all of which
will be individually numbered. Orders will no longer be taken at some date (to
be determined) later in the summer. Once the order window ends, this collection
will never be available for sale again and will be manufactured specifically to
total orders, up to 7,200 maximum. Additionally, to
reward those loyal fans who have to wait until September to get their
bounty, Dead.net will periodically provide exclusive content (music, photos,
and more) in the coming months to all those who have placed an order.”

 

 

GRATEFUL DEAD EUROPE 1972 TOUR DATES

(All shows included in their entirety)

 

April 7       
                 
Wembley Empire Pool, Wembley  

April 8       
                 
Wembley Empire Pool, Wembley  

April 11     
                 
Newcastle City
Hall, Newcastle  

April 14     
                 
Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen  

April 16     
                 
Aarhus University,
Aarhus  

April 17     
                 
Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen  

April 21     
                 
Beat Club, Bremen  

April 24     
                 
Rheinhalle, Dusseldorf
  

April 26     
                 
Jahrhundert Halle, Frankfurt  

April 29     
                 
Musikhalle, Hamburg  

May 3        
                 
Olympia Theatre, Paris  

May 4        
                 
Olympia Theatre, Paris  

May 7        
                 
Bickershaw Festival, Wigan  

May 10      
                 
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam  

May 11      
                 
Rotterdam Civic Hall, Rotterdam  

May 13      
                 
Lille Fairgrounds, Lille  

May 16      
                 
Theatre Hall, Luxembourg  

May 18      
                 
Kongressaal – Deutsches Museum, Munich  

May 23      
                 
Strand Lyceum, London  

May 24      
                 
Strand Lyceum, London  

May 25      
                 
Strand Lyceum, London  

May 26      
                 
Strand Lyceum, London

 

 

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