1. China Cat Sunflower [Live In Paris 1972 Version]
2. Cumberland Blues [Live In England 1972 Version]
3. I Know You Rider [Live In Paris 1972 Version]
4. You Win Again [Live In England 1972 Version]
5. Jack Straw [Live In Paris 1972 Version]
6. One More Saturday Night [Live In England 1972 Version]
7. He's Gone [Live In Amsterdam 1972 Version]
1. Sugar Magnolia [Live In Paris 1972 Version]
2. Tennessee Jed [Live In Paris 1972 Version]
3. Mr. Charlie [Live In England 1972 Version]
4. Brown-Eyed Woman [Live In Denmark 1972 Version]
5. Ramble On Rose [Live In England 1972 Version]
6. Hurts Me Too [Live In London 1972 Version]
1. Prelude [Live In England 1972 Version]
2. Epilogue [Live In England 1972 Version]
3. Truckin' [Live In London 1972 Version]
4. Morning Dew [Live In England 1972 Version]
Performer: Grateful Dead
Distributor: Elektra (Label)
Notes: Originally a three-LP set, this live document of the band at their largest (an octet if you count non-performing lyricist/official member Robert Hunter) is a well-recorded portrait of one of the Dead's finest eras. The Chick Corea-channeled-through-Floyd Cramer piano of Keith Godchaux had already begun to take the Dead to new improvisational heights, but diehard bluesman Pigpen was still representing the group's roots with his harmonica and gritty vocals. If you favor the jamming side of the Dead, EUROPE '72 offers a wealth of riches. "Morning Dew," "Truckin'" and other classics are presented in epic versions, spotlighting the musicians in all their free-form glory. But those who admire the band's excellent songcraft won't be disappointed either, as songs like "Jack Straw" and "Tennesee Jed" exemplify the Dead's gift for matching lyric with melody. Though the Dead had their moments in the studio, this extended set captures the band as they were truly meant to be experienced: live and uncut.
Q (12/95, p.168) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...the Dead were at the height of their powers in spring, 1972....Garcia's liquid guitar never falters, focusing the emotional attack of the shorter songs and stretching out with lyrical abandon on the extended pieces..." Mojo (Publisher) (p.153) - "Originally a triple vinyl set, this was the first of many official and unofficial recordings....They play good-time rock'n'country material with considerable ease, warmth and gusto..." NME (Magazine) (1/20/96, p.43) - 8 (out of 10) - "...covers just about all the band's musical ground and it really is some journey. There's...cosmic biker blues from Pigpen...and there's Dead heaven as Garcia guides the band from 'China Cat Sunflower' through some kind of miraculous osmosis into 'I Know You Rider'..."
The Grateful Dead were right there at the birth of the 1960s West Coast psychedelic scene, but they handily incorporated simple folk, blues, and country sounds into their swirling, jam-oriented style. With an endless touring schedule and a huge following of devoted fans, the group fueled hippie visions well into the '90s and sparked the jam-band movement that would eventually fill the void left by the dearly departed Grateful Dead after the passing of guitarist Jerry Garcia. Since Garcia's passing, surviving members of the band have participated in various musical projects, including a reunion tour in 2003 under the shortened name of "the Dead."
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Allman Brothers Band (The) Band (The) Black Crowes (The) Blind Melon Blues Traveler Buffalo Springfield Commander Cody Coral (The) Cream Creedence Clearwater Revival Doors (The) Eagles Elliott, Ramblin' Jack From Good Homes G. Love & Special Sauce George, Lowell God Street Wine Gov't Mule Hendrix, Jimi Holy Modal Rounders (The) Hot Tuna Jayhawks (The) Jefferson Airplane Joe Gallant & Illuminati John, Dr. Joplin, Janis Kaleidoscope (US) Kaukonen, Jorma Leftover Salmon Little Feat Love Marshall Tucker Band (The) Mason, Dave Matthews, Dave Mighty Baby Miller, Steve (Guitar) Moby Grape North Mississippi Allstars Notting Hillbillies (The) Phish Poco Quicksilver Messenger Service Santana Solar Circus Space Opera Spin Doctors Spirit String Cheese Incident (The) The Charlatans The Flying Burrito Brothers The Sons of Champlin The Traveling Wilburys Traffic Wasserman, Rob Widespread Panic Wilco Young, Neil Zappa, Frank Zero moe.
Beatles (The) Berry, Chuck Bland, Bobby "Blue" Byrds (The) Cotten, Elizabeth Crosby, Stills & Nash Davis, Reverend Gary Dixie-Cups (The) Dobson, Bonnie Dylan, Bob Gus Cannon Guthrie, Woody Haggard, Merle Holly, Buddy James, Elmore Meters (The) Monroe, Bill Patton, Charley Redding, Otis Reed, Jimmy (Blues) Robbins, Marty Rolling Stones (The) Thomas, Henry (Guitar/Vocals) Waters, Muddy Watson, Doc Williams, Hank Wolf, Howlin' Womack, Bobby
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