Europe '72

A Compilation of Live Material from April - May '72

Released: 1972


Cumberland Blues [5:47]
He's Gone [7:12]
One More Saturday Night [4:45]
Jack Straw [4:46]
You Win Again [3:54]
China Cat Sunflower [5:33]
I Know You Rider [4:55]
Brown-Eyed Women [4:45]
Hurts Me Too [7:18]
Ramble On Rose [6:09]

Sugar Magnolia [7:04]
Mister Charlie [3:40]
Tennessee Jed [7:13]
Truckin' [13:08]
Epilogue [4:33]
Prelude [8:08]
(Walk Me Out In The) Morning Dew [10:35]


Liner Notes:

The first album to feature newly recruited members Keith and Donna Godchaux (keyboards and vocals respectively), The Grateful Dead's Europe '72 contains nearly two hours of classic live Dead recorded during the group's landmark tour of the continent. Including such crowd pleasing standards as "I Know You Rider," "Truckin'," "(Walk Me Out In The) Morning Dew" and "Sugar Magnolia," Europe '72 captures all the dazzling instrumental interplay and freight train momentum of the band's legendary live performances.

Compared to the sound of "rolling thunder," The Grateful Dead first began to perfect their awesome on-stage prowess during the halcyon days of San Francisco's psychedelic era. Comprised of guitarists Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, drummer Bill Kruetzmann and keyboardist Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, The Grateful Dead earned an international reputation as a premier concert attraction with continuous touring throughout the late '60s and '70s, taking them to nearly every continent on the globe. Studio albums, starting with their 1967 debut The Grateful Dead and carrying on through such landmark long players as Anthem Of The Sun, Aoxomoxoa, Workingman's Dead and American Beauty, often provided the raw musical material for the group's extended on-stage explorations. The band's prolific output of live recording began in 1970 with the double album set Live Dead and continued with Grateful Dead - a second double album set - a year later.

Marin County musicians Keith and Donna Godchaux, a husband and wife team who had played with English rocker Dave Mason, augmented the Dead's lineup for their first major European tour in early 1972. With a following as fervent as their stateside contingent, the Dead played a dozen major cities across the continent, including sold-out engagements at the Lyceum and Empire Pool in London, the Olympia Theatre in Paris and the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.

With performances captured at these venues and elsewhere, Europe '72 marks the last time original member Pigpen would appear on record with the group before his untimely death in 1973. Among the album's harvest of classic Dead tracks are such originals as "Jack Straw," "Cumberland Blues," and "China Cat Sunflower," as well as classic Dead renditions of Hank Williams' "You Win Again" and Elmore James' "Hurts Me Too."

Original Notes:

And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, by what they had done
(Revelation 20:12).

For example, consider the rise of hypnocracy during April and May 1972. The 43 persons constituting the Grateful Dead's (latest) European tour apportioned themselves for the most part between two buses which came to be known as the Bolo bus and the Bozo bus. The Bolo bus had a john in it and its seats faced forward. The Bozo bus had a refrigerator and some of its seats were installed facing back, to accommodate four tables. And to look back. The subtle difference in character and import and atmosphere between the two omnibuses was so profoundly hidden and enigmatic that you could never possibly understand it. The Bozos wore masks, and the Bolos showed their faces. At one time the Bozos staged a raid on the Bolo provisions; at one time the Bolos staged a raid on the Bozo provisions.

One St. Dilbert defected from the Bozos and lived for a season with the Bolos. In view of his subsequent martyrdom, his penitence and reconciliation with the Bozos, it came to be said that he was a true hypnocratic missionary to Bololand. And to look back, it appears evident that Bozo and Bolo knew themselves each the other's raison d'etre. Is hypnocracy not the aspiration to know what it is?

Departure from U.S. was Feast of Fools, 1 April. Arrival in London was Easter Sunday, 2 April. April saw England, Denmark and Germany. May saw France, England, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and England.

7, 8 April - Empire Pool, Wembley
11 April - Newcastle City Hall
14 April - Tivoli Theatre, Copenhagen
16 April - University of Aarhus
17 April - Television: from the Tivoli
21 April - TV show, 'Beat Club': Bremen
24 April - Rheinhalle, Duesseldorf
26 April - Jahrhundert Halle, Frankfurt
29 April - Musikhalle, Hamburg
3, 4 May - Olympia Theatre, Paris
7 May - Bickershaw Festival, near Manchester
10 May - Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
11 May - Rotterdam Civic Hall
13 May - Lille Opera, open air, Lille
16 May - Radio Luxembourg
18 May - Deutsches Museum Halle, Munich
23-26 May - The Lyceum, London




The Band
Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - rhythm guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - electric bass, vocals
Ron (Pigpen) McKernan - organ, harmonica, vocals
Keith Godchaux - piano
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Donna Godchaux - vocals
Robert Hunter - songwriter

Heard, Jackson, Kid, Parrish, Ramrod, Razine, Winslow, Barry and Rudzo
Technical assistance - Dan Healy
Stage lighting - Candace Brightman, Ben Haller

Betty Cantor, Jim Furman, Bob Matthews, Rosie, Wizard

Annette, Bonnie, Sam Cutler, Dale, Francis, Jon McIntire, David Parker, Rock Scully, Sue, Alan Trist

Cathy, Christie, Francis, Frankie, Kitty, Mary, Mary Ann, Mountain Girl, Susula

Recorded live in Europe by Alembic Sound
Mixed at Alembic Studios, San Francisco, by Bob and Betty and the Grateful Dead

Special arrangements - Out of Town Tours, March Artists, Artists Services

Cover Artwork - Kelley/Mouse Studios



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Europe '72 was released in November 1972. This is the last officially released recording of Ron "Pigpen" McKernan and the first for Keith and Donna Godchaux. Mickey Hart was not playing with the band at this time. An alternate title for this album was Over There. The music from this tour spawned not just this classic album, but also quite a few others over the years. To date the following albums have come from this tour: Hundred Year Hall (4/26/72), Steppin' Out With the Grateful Dead (from the England shows), and Rockin' the Rhein (4/24/72). Don't be shocked if yet another live album is spun out of this awesome tour!

Where was each song recorded?

Cumberland Blues: Empire Pool, Wembley, London
He's Gone: Concergebouw, Amsterdam
One More Saturday Night: The Lyceum, London
Jack Straw: Olympia Theatre, Paris
You Win Again: The Lyceum, London
China Cat Sunflower: ?
I Know You Rider: Olympia Theatre, Paris
Brown-Eyed Woman: Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
Hurts Me Too: The Lyceum, London
Ramble On Rose: The Lyceum, London
Sugar Magnolia: Olympia Theatre, Paris
Mr. Charlie: The Lyceum, London
Tennessee Jed: Olympia Theatre, Paris
Truckin': ?
Epilogue: The Lyceum, London
Prelude: ?
(Walk Me Out In The) Morning Dew: The Lyceum, London

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