Grateful Dead Europe 72 Vol. 2

Europe 72 Vol. 2 is a second live album by the Grateful Dead to come from the European tour after the highly regarded Europe 72.

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.”

This has the more psychedelic songs on it like Dark Star.

The European tour of 1972 is a high point in the history of the Grateful Dead but it was also the last time Pigpen was a functioning member and he died the following year.

Grateful Dead Europe 72 Vol. 2

Grateful Dead Europe 72 Vol. 2

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Set List

Disc 1:

Bertha – 5:55
Me And My Uncle – 3:13 (John Phillips cover)
Chinatown Shuffle – 2:38
Sugaree – 6:56 (originally appears on Jerry Garcia’s first solo album called Garcia)
Beat It On Down The Line – 3:11 (Jesse Fuller cover)
Loser – 6:29 (originally appears on Jerry Garcia’s first solo album called Garcia)
Next Time You See Me – 4:57 (cover of a Junior Parker)
Black-Throated Wind – 6:00 (from Bob Weir’s solo album Ace)
Dire Wolf – 4:46 (Workingman’s Dead)
Greatest Story Ever Told – 4:52
Deal – 5:05 (originally appears on Jerry Garcia’s first solo album called Garcia)
Good Lovin – 12:09 (Young Rascal’s cover originally on Shakedown Street)
Playing In The Band – 11:55 (originally on Bob Weir’s solo album Ace)

Disc 2:

Dark Star – 19:51 (originally a single)
Drums – 2:24
The Other One – 30:27
Sing Me Back Home – 10:58 (Merle Haggard cover)
Not Fade Away – 4:26 (Buddy Holly cover)
Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad – 6:09 (traditional blues song)
Not Fade Away – 2:45

I’m beginning to get an idea how addictive the Grateful Dead are.

I’ve read that when Europe 72 was compiled, the band didn’t want to include songs that had featured on earlier live albums. Whilst the intention was very noble, it means that many of the best known songs were excluded from volume 1.

Volume 2 picks up classics like Bertha, Dark Star and Playing In The Band and creates a very strong companion album to Europe 72. I liked the first album so this was an obvious extra for me to buy.

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