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Published: 2011/01/19

Grateful Dead Release Entire Europe ’72 Tour on CD

The Grateful Dead will release all 22 shows from its first-ever major European tour from April 1972. The run—highlights of which were documented on Europe ’72 — will be made available on 60 discs this September via Along with the music, the travel chest Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings box set 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 Dead scholars David Gans, Gary Lambert, Nicholas Meriwether and Steve Silberman.

“This was a band at the top of its game,” Jackson writes on, “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.”

Each show will be mixed from its original 16-track recordings by Jeffrey Norman, the primary mixer of the Dead’s archival multi-track material for the past 15 years. The first 3,000 fans to order will have their copy personalized with a name requested by the purchaser. Once the 3,000 order goal is reached by April 1, 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.

The follow ’72 Grateful Dead shows will be 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


There are 17 comments associated with this post

Jim Sykes January 26, 2011, 05:37:04

I recall the Filmore Live/Dead box retailed for $70 on pre order and was going for $350 > $450 on eBay by the time my copy arrived Downunder. This Europe set willl undoubtedly go for well over $1000 before Xmas. But as a collector I have my order in and won’t be reselling.
And I also bet selected shows will be released over the months after the September release.

Jerry January 26, 2011, 14:47:13

I find it absolutely abhorrent to shut people out for the benefit of a bunch of whores who will invariably sell this shit on ebay. I tried for three days to get through the website to order my set and was unable to get on the website. On monday I heard it was sold out. Such bullshit!. Unfair and a sell out. At least offer a second unnumbered version (with the extras) so we don’t play into the hands of scalpers.

chris chalmer March 6, 2011, 15:53:41

I was at the Olympia on may, 4 : it was great !!! I keep hiden the ticket ?!... That was the start to a new life ; it continues playing guitar, “dans l’air de” Jerry & His Friends…
The music celebrate the joy of livin in a time that ALL inspire the “contrario” !...
Keep on truckin’ with YOU, and keep HOPE and SMILE INSIDE forever !... It’s possible with, by example, the inspiration of Prem Rawat who came in west in… 1971 :)

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Jim S January 19, 2011, 16:50:44

I will need to rob another bank to pay for this LOL LOL

Matt January 19, 2011, 17:17:43

Can’t wait to see how much this’ll cost. What…$500 maybe? Can’t do it if they charge that kind of fee.

mike January 19, 2011, 17:19:07

What’s the price?

JP January 19, 2011, 17:45:59


Miguel January 19, 2011, 17:49:24 pretty much just copy and pasted the article from, but they leave out the price. Nice job again BTW, the price is $450

Trevor January 19, 2011, 19:33:10

Most likely all the audience recordings of these shows are already on to download for free. They should sell shows like this individually and let the fans get a discount buying all at once or a few bucks more to pick and choose. Not all of us can afford $450 for cd’s.

EOTW January 19, 2011, 20:29:51

Let’s face it. This is beyond epic, something I had hoped for for years now. And let’s also be realistic. Despite only being limited to 7,200 copies, this thing WILL end up on the torrent sites in perfect LOSSLESS. the cynical buyer (like myself) will buy one of these, never open it, wait fo the whole thing to get online, DL it and then sell the unopened copy for 2,3 or more times what it is worth on Ebay. That’s just the times we live in. I haven’t bought a physical CD in almost 10 years now.

Richard Cohen January 19, 2011, 21:51:43

$450 is pretty reasonable for 22 shows plus the extras.

Scott January 20, 2011, 00:22:25

I think the price of this one will be way out of line for most of us heads!! Come on guys the Dead never charged us to record their shows and as Jerry said when we are done with it they can have it….So come on and listen to Jerry

Ross January 20, 2011, 09:08:46

really? you’re going to try to resell it for $1,000?? good luck with that buddy. You’d have better luck if it was on vinyl.

Mutant January 20, 2011, 16:47:06

Some of you weren’t born when Jerry said “when we are done with it they can have it”.
Educational not; Jerry was a lousy businessman. My first Dead show was about 5 bucks, a couple dollars lower then other bands. A show from 1994 was about 30 bucks, again a comparably nice deal for the time. This set cost less then 21 bucks a show and there is a lot more to it then the cd’s. I know people who saw more then 15 shows in the 90’s. I also saw very few shows in the 90’s because, among other things, gate crashers had ruined the scene. If this isn’t for you, move on and quit bitchin’. One more thing; The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story Deluxe Edition, 3 CD’s & a DVD...$115.

aikomule January 21, 2011, 09:39:54

Have you ever seen what they charge for jerry’s artwork?? This is a great looking set for collectors. You don’t wanna pony up that kind of change? Spend some time looking that the sites. eTree alone you can find most of these in SDB form. There are plenty of ways to find these shows if you want to. hello mitchell.

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