Dead's Early England Voyage Documented
After the Grateful Dead stormed foreign shores in the early 1970s, the band released the three-album set "Europe '72" (Warner Bros.) as a document of its longest trip abroad to that point. Thirty yearAfter the Grateful Dead stormed foreign shores in the early 1970s, the band released the three-album set "Europe '72" (Warner Bros.) as a document of its longest trip abroad to that point. Thirty years later, Grateful Dead Music and Arista have compiled another collection of material recorded in the U.K. during that monumental tour, "Steppin' Out With the Grateful Dead - England '72."
Due out next Tuesday (July 9), the sprawling four-disc collection features material recorded over seven nights in four venues: Wembley Empire Pool, Newcastle City Hall, the Bickershaw Festival, and the Lyceum Theatre. The group's personnel in that era consisted of the Jerry Garcia (guitar/vocals), Donna Godchaux (vocals), Keith Godchaux (piano), Bill Kreutzmann (drums), Phil Lesh (bass/vocals), Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (vocals/organ/percussion/harmonica), and Bob Weir (guitar/vocals).
Along with strong performances of such Dead staples as "Sugaree," "Uncle John's Band," and "Dark Star" are a handful of gems that have never been released on a Grateful Dead album. Among these are the group's version of Huey "Piano" Smith's "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu," which opens disc three, and an all-too-short rendition of Bo Diddley's "Hey Bo Diddley," which shows up in the midst of a performance of "Not Fade Away" to close disc two.
Ripped from a page from Dead lore, the album's name is derived from "Steppin' Out," the band's working title for "Europe '72." And like that original release, a favorite of many a Deadhead's collection, this five-hour set stems from the original multi-track master tapes recorded during the 1972 tour, which have been digitally mastered to produce "a recording of stunning clarity and presence," according to the Dead organization.
As reported yesterday, a planned reunion of the Dead's surviving members billed as "Terrapin Station" is back on schedule for Aug. 3-4 outside of Milwaukee, after the County Highway Committee initially rejected a permit, fearing it would cause health, safety, and police problems.
Here is the "Steppin' Out With the Grateful Dead - England '72" track listing:
"Cold Rain and Snow"
"Greatest Story Ever Told"
"Big Boss Man"
"Big Railroad Blues"
"Hurts Me Too"
"China Cat Sunflower" >
"I Know You Rider"
"Playing in the Band"
"Ramble On Rose"
"Sitting On Top of the World"
"Comes a Time"
"Turn On Your Lovelight" >
"Goin Down the Road Feeling Bad" >
"Not Fade Away" >
"Hey Bo Diddley" >
"Not Fade Away"
"Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu"
"The Other One" >
"El Paso" >
"One More Saturday Night"
"Uncle John's Band"
"The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion)"
"Dark Star" >
"Sugar Magnolia" >
"Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)"