Europe 72 is a live album by Grateful Dead which captures the group in concert in Western Europe in April and May 1972.
A second volume of recordings Europe 72 volume 2 has been released in 2011. There is even a release of the complete Europe ’72 shows – all 22 concerts on 73 CDs.
Grateful Dead had released two of their most popular and critically acclaimed studio albums – Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty – which go back to the roots of American music.
This may be too “country” for music lovers primarily looking for guitar improvisations. Most of us are going to find this much more approachable and easier to listen to because of the strong song structures.
Grateful Dead Europe 72
Cumberland Blues – 5:42 (originally on the studio album Workingman’s Dead)
He’s Gone – 6:57
One More Saturday Night – 4:47 (this was one Bob Weir’s solo album called Ace)
Jack Straw – 4:49
You Win Again – 4:00 (cover of a Hank Williams song)
China Cat Sunflower – 5:32 (Aoxomoxoa)
I Know You Rider – 5:03 (cover of a traditional blues song)
Brown-Eyed Woman – 4:37
Hurts Me Too – 7:18 (cover of Elmore James song)
Ramble On Rose – 6:01
Sugar Magnolia – 7:10 (American Beauty)
Mr. Charlie – 3:37
Tennessee Jed – 7:10
The Stranger – 6:50
Truckin’ – 13:07 (American Beauty)
Epilogue – 5:06
Prelude – 7:37
Morning Dew – 11:26 (cover of Bonnie Dobson song that first appeared on Grateful Dead)
Looks Like Rain – 7:37
Good Lovin’ – 18:30 (cover of a song by The Young Rascals)
Caution (Do Not Stop On The Tracks) – 4:39
Who Do You Love? – 0:22 (snippet of the Bo Diddley song)
Caution (Do Not Stop On The Tracks) – 1:43
Good Lovin’ – 3:04 (see above)
The Yellow Dog Story – 3:09 (a joke)
This was the third live album released by the band and they made the decision that they were not going to repeat any of the tracks from Live/Dead or Skull & Roses. In some ways, that was an admirable sentiment but it means that this album is some distance away from showing what the band sounded like at a typical concert. It also has few songs that were on their earlier studio albums with just two from American Beauty and one from Workingman’s Dead so it introduced plenty of new songs by the band.
What Other People Say About Europe 72
The two live albums by Grateful Dead that receive most praise by those of us who aren’t Deadheads are Live/Dead from 1969 and Europe 72.
This has been recommended in the following lists of best live albums:
Slate Readers Poll 10
Rolling Stone Top 25
Vox Best 70
Reviews at Amazon are also very positive.
Buying Grateful Dead Europe 72
These links will help you get to the albums quickly and easily but I recommend that you still search for the best deal.
You get a lot of music for your money.
What Do You Think?
Is this a great live album?
Is it the best live album by the Grateful Dead? Which do you recommend?
What Are The All Time Best Live Albums?
While the Grateful Dead are hard to fit into a one music genre or another, they have live albums in the psychedelic / San Francisco poll, in the jam band poll and the country rock poll. While the dedicated poll is the best guide for fans, a high ranking in a genre poll will help attract more fans to the Dead’s music so please vote.
You can see the complete list of readers polls at Live Album Polls.