Grateful Dead | Europe '72 Volume 2 | 4LP Set

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Over 40 years ago, 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. Now the group proves you can never get too much of a good thing when it revisits that legendary collection with EUROPE '72: VOL. 2, an essential continuation of the original that includes more than two hours of unreleased performances from that storied tour.

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.

Recorded at various locations during the band's 22-show tour, the performances on VOL. 2 feature Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Ron (Pigpen) McKernan (sadly, his last tour), plus some of the earliest shows with pianist Keith Godchaux and singer Donna Godchaux. 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.

LP Track Listings:

LP 1 _ Side 1
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)

LP 1 _ Side 2
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)

LP 2 _ Side 1
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)

LP 2 _ Side 2
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)

LP 3 _ Side 1
1. Dark Star (Bickershaw Festival, Wigan, England 5/7/72)
2. Drums (Bickershaw Festival, Wigan, England 5/7/72)

LP 3 _ Side 2
1. The Other One (Bickershaw Festival, Wigan, England 5/7/72) [Part 1]

LP 4 _ Side 1
1. ÄThe Other One (Bickershaw Festival, Wigan, England 5/7/72) [Part 2]
2. Sing Me Back Home (Lyceum Theatre, London, England 5/26/72)

LP 4 _ Side 2
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. Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad (Wembley Empire Pool, London, England 4/7/72)
4. Not Fade Away (Wembley Empire Pool, London, England 4/7/72)