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Europe '72 Vol. 2 (Awaiting Repress)This exclusive Record Store Day vinyl version of Europe 72 Vol. 2. LP includes a bonus track not found on the CD version; Big Railroad Blues recorded at the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen (4/17/72).
Europe '72, a triple live album documenting its historic trek across Europe became not only one of the band's best-selling releases, but also set the gold standard for live Dead. Now the group proves you can never get too much of a good thing when it revisits that legendary collection with Europe '71 Vol. 2, an essential continuation of the original that includes more than two hours of unreleased performances from that storied tour.
Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux, who produced this 20-track compilation, says he only chose song titles that did not appear on Europe '72 as a way to complement the original. I think this album, coupled with Europe '72, represents a complete overview of the tour in every way, he says. In fact, songs like Beat It On Down The Line, Next Time You See Me and Sing Me Back Home were selected by the Grateful Dead for the first set, but were left off because there wasn't enough room.
In a nod to the original, Vol. 2 features new cover art by Stanley Mouse, the artist who helped create the iconic artwork from Europe '72, which features the return of the legendary Ice Cream Kid. Trouble comes in many flavors. Ice Cream Kid is in hot water. The jury is out. His only defense is love, says Mouse of the Kid's return.
Recorded at various locations during the band's 22-show tour, the collection captures the Dead in white-hot moments of improvisational revelry as the band explores a number of its most enduring songs, like Bertha, Sugaree and Playing In the Band, plus relatively obscure cuts like Black-Throated Wind and Pigpen's Chinatown Shuffle.
As a special treat, the set includes an epic hour-plus jam that combines Dark Star and The Other One. Recorded at the Bickershaw Festival, it was the only show on this tour where the band broke out both of these beloved improvisational showpieces. Vol. 2 also includes Good Lovin and Dire Wolf from the April 26 show at Jahrhundert Halle in Frankfurt, West Germany. While much of that concert was released on 1995's Hundred Year Hall, these particular tracks were not included and have remained unreleased until now.LP1
1. Bertha (Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark 4/14/1972)
2. Me And My Uncle (Wembley Empire Pool, London, England 4/7/72)
3. Chinatown Shuffle (Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark 4/14/1972)
4. Sugaree (Olympia Theatre, Paris, France 5/3/72)
1. Black-Throated Wind (Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark 4/14/1972)
2. Loser (Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark 4/14/1972)
3. Next Time You See Me (Olympia Theatre, Paris, France 5/4/72)
1. Beat It On Down The Line (La Grande Salle Du Grand Theatre De Luxembourg, Luxembourg 5/16/72)
2. Dire Wolf (Jahnrhundert Halle, Frankfurt, West Germany 4/26/72)
3. Good Lovin (Jahnrhundert Halle, Frankfurt, West Germany 4/26/72)
1. Greatest Story Ever Told (Olympia Theatre, Paris, France 5/3/72)
2. Deal (Olympia Theatre, Paris, France 5/4/72)
3. Playing In The Band (Lyceum Theatre, London, England 5/24/72)
1. Dark Star (Bickershaw Festival, Wigan, England 5/7/72)
2. Drums (Bickershaw Festival, Wigan, England 5/7/72)
1. The Other One (Bickershaw Festival, Wigan, England 5/7/72) [Part 1]
1. The Other One (Bickershaw Festival, Wigan, England 5/7/72) [Part 2]
2. Sing Me Back Home (Lyceum Theatre, London, England 5/26/72)
1. Big Railroad Blues (Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark 4/17/1972)
2. Not Fade Away (Wembley Empire Pool, London, England 4/7/72)
3. Not Fade Away (Wembley Empire Pool, London, England 4/7/72)$69.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 4 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Europe '72Nearly 40 years ago, the Grateful Dead released Europe '72, a triple live album documenting its historic trek across Europe that became not only one of the band's best-selling releases, but also set the gold standard for live Dead.
The Grateful Deads 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 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 Deads label, Warner Bros., paid for the band to lug around a 16-track recorder to capture the entire tour.
This was a band at the top of its game, still ascending in the wake of three straight hit albums: Workingmans 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 groups exceptional pianist, and this marked the first tour to feature Donna Godchaux as a member of the touring band. This would also be Pigpen's final tour with the band.
There was a ton of 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, Hes Gone, Ramble on Rose, One More Saturday Night and Mr. Charlie. All those future classics were interspersed with songs from the aforementioned hit albums such as Cumberland Blues and Sugar Magnolia, as well as spectacular versions of Truckin and I Know You Rider.LP1
1. Cumberland Blues (Live in England 1972 Version)
2. He's Gone (Live in Amsterdam 1972 Version)
3. One More Saturday Night (Live in England 1972 Version)
4, Jack Straw (Live in Paris 1972 Version)
5. You Win Again (Live in England 1972 Version)
6. China Cat Sunflower (Live in Paris 1972 Version)
7. I Know You Rider (Live in Paris 1972 Version)
1. Brown-Eyed Woman (Live in Denmark 1972 Version)
2. Hurts Me Too (Live in London 1972 Version)
3. Ramble On Rose (Live in England 1972 Version)
4. Sugar Magnolia (Live in Paris 1972 Version)
5. Mr. Charlie (Live in England 1972 Version)
6. Tennessee Jed (Live in Paris 1972 Version)
1. Truckin' (Live in London 1972 Version)
2. Epilogue (Live in England 1972 Version)
3. Prelude (Live in England 1972 Version)
4. Morning Dew (Live in England 1972 Version)$59.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
One From The Vault (Awaiting Repress)
Back In Print On Vinyl After 22 Years On 3xLP
First Ever American LP Release
Newly Re-Mastered By Joe Gastwirt
Lacquers Cut By Kevin Gray
For a legacy filled with legendary performances, the Grateful Dead Live at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on August 13th 1975 stands out. The band only played 4 shows during that entire year! (Remarkable for a band that toured non-stop for decades) and at their August 13th show, they rolled multi-track tape (which allowed for the band decades later to properly mix the show).
Because the Great American Music Hall holds less than 1,000 people (another unique thing about this show), it was an invitation only performance in which the band debuted their recent studio album Blues For Allah in a live setting.
Although One From The Vault has been available on CD nearly continuously since 1991, the vinyl version was only available for less than a year (and in Europe only) in the early 1990's. This deluxe vinyl reissue marks the first time this legendary show has been available anywhere in over 20 years and the first time in America.
Rolling Stone magazine has described One From The Vaultas:
''The closest the Dead came in the Seventies to the band's trippy, late-Sixties peak, and the performance indulged the group's jazzy, free-form impulses even further. ''Help on the Way,'' ''Franklin's Tower'' and ''The Music Never Stopped'' cohere into a twenty-minute song cycle. ''King Solomon's Marbles,'' a tumbling, polyrhythmic instrumental by bassist Phil Lesh, crackles with energy. Inventive percussion duets by Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are appended to ''Eyes of the World,'' as well as to the pretty, elliptical ''Crazy Fingers.'' The crowning touch is ''Blues for Allah,'' which runs 21 minutes and explores inner space with a meditative intensity barely hinted at on the studio version.''1. Introduction
2. Help on the Way
3. Franklin's Tower
4. The Music Never Stopped
5. It Must Have Been the Roses
6. Eyes of the World / Drums
7. King Solomon's Marbles
8. Around & Around
10. Big River
11. Crazy Fingers / Drums
12. The Other One
13. Sage and Spirit
14. Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
15. U.S. Blues
16. Blues for Allah$59.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now