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Great set of music by a Grate band. No qualms about the quality. Favorites include Black Throated Wind, Deal, Playin in the Band, Greatest Story and Goin Down the Road Feeling Bad. Worth it for these and a few other notables. LP has Big Boss Man, last Pig Pen appearance on a record. Almost as good as the original Europe 72 but not complaining, good to hear others left off. The two volumes compliment each other so I’d recommend this if you have the original and 1972 was a great year in between a rockin’ "turn on a dime" band and more experimental as in Playin in the Band extended. This is a treat to have and a bonus to the previously released material. Check it out!
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.The high-quality sound heard on Vol. 2 stems from painstaking work done by Jeffrey Norman, who has been the primary mixer of the Dead’s archival multi-track material for the past 15 years. For this release, he mixed each show from the original 16-track recordings while two-time Grammy®-winning engineer David Glasser mastered the music to HDCD specs.
Europe 72 Vol. 2 Review
I won’t go on about this “new” Grateful Dead “Europe 72,Vol. 2” except to note that even non die hard Dead fans aka Deadheads, may find this a great recording to own. There are many more detailed reviews on this subject, so I won’t go into detail about the songs and what I was doing in ’72. Safe to say that “Europe ’72” was a long time road companion. The Dead have released most of these ’72 shows in individual form so I’m guessing they decided to release this “Vol. 2” to highlight more of those shows from the tour. A large number of the songs on “Vol. 2” are from concerts in England. As I listened to this, I was immediately amazed that I liked these recordings as well or better than the ones on the original “Europe ’72” which I have on the original vinyl 3 LP set and in the remastered box set. The recording quality is mostly excellent, and that may be due to the improvements of CD remastering. The recording of “Dark Star” while not as lengthy as some that have been released, may be the best one I’ve heard so far. This should be a must have for fans of great 60’s and 70’s psychedelia, jam bands, blues rock, etc. What could be better than some old Dead? -Read Reviews-
I’ve owned the original Europe ’72 album in one format or another since 1972. Volume 2 is even better. The quality of the sound and the performances are outstanding from start to finish. If I were only going to own 1 Live Dead album, this would be it. I must however agree that the packaging does leave something to be desired. Getting the disks in and out of their sleeves gives me a headache.