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Rockin' the Rhein with the Grateful Dead
     

Rockin' the Rhein with the Grateful Dead

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by Grateful Dead
 
Judging from the exceptional live recordings that have been culled from this period, the Grateful Dead were in peak form during their European tour of 1972. The first document of the tour’s riches showed up on the classic album Europe 72; with Rockin’ the Rhein, we have yet another exceptional multi-disc set to bask in. The European tour found the band

Overview

Judging from the exceptional live recordings that have been culled from this period, the Grateful Dead were in peak form during their European tour of 1972. The first document of the tour’s riches showed up on the classic album Europe 72; with Rockin’ the Rhein, we have yet another exceptional multi-disc set to bask in. The European tour found the band at a career high, coming off the great earlier success of Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty. Although reduced to one drummer in the rhythm section, and with vocalist Pigpen in failing health, the Dead remained in top shape. The material on Rhein is familiar: band classics (“Dark Star,” “Wharf Rat,” “Sugar Magnolia”), favored covers (“Me and Bobby McGee,” “El Paso”), and new material that would debut on Europe 72 (“Tennessee Jed,” “Mr. Charlie”). The stinging performances make everything a delight to hear. The band sound energized, and the joy they take in playing is infectious. Whether stretching out on extended jams that exhibit the instrumental inventiveness of these musical pioneers or digging into more compact numbers that display their group unity, the Dead simply dazzle. There can never be too much additional material released from this landmark tour.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Although the Grateful Dead's 1972 European excursion has been the subject of several multi-volume packages, Rockin' the Rhein With the Grateful Dead (2004) is the first inclusive and unedited concert taken from their initial full-fledged tour outside North America. According to the liner notes ."..some very minor adjustments had to be made to the show's running order, both to keep all of the musical sequences intact and to present you with the complete show, unabridged." Producer Jeffrey Norman commented, "I realize everyone is used to the CD order because that's the order on the [surreptitiously traded] rough mixes, but that's not truly how the sets went down. I found that out when I put on the multi-tracks and listened to the segues between songs, as well as the '...thank you we'll be right back...' after [both] "Casey Jones" and "Sugar Magnolia." If we had kept the original set order, we would have had to break up the long segments. [The approach we chose] seemed a more musically, if not historically, pleasing thing to do." Hence, there were, in fact, three sets played that night. The first is replicated as it happened, while the second boasted the meaty "Dark Star" suite running through "Sugar Magnolia." According to Norman, the third consisted of: "He's Gone," "It Hurts Me Too," "El Paso," "Not Fade Away">"Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad">"Not Fade Away (Reprise)," followed by the "One More Saturday Night" encore. That noteworthy historical caveat aside, casual enthusiasts as well as Deadheads alike have long praised 1972 as a challenging and pivotal era. A rousing "Truckin'" kicks things off, initiating a set that yielded effective run-throughs of primarily newer tunes, such as Bob Weir's (guitar/vocals) Bakersfield-influenced "Black-Throated Wind," Jerry Garcia's (guitar/vocals) "Loser," and the Ron "Pigpen" McKernan-led "Chinatown Shuffle," "Mr. Charlie," and "Next Time You See Me." Things really begin to gel during the "China Cat Sunflower">"I Know You Rider" coupling. Their inspired interaction on the pairing continues for "Playing in the Band," foreshadowing the epic "Dark Star" ahead. Keeping to the track list here, the next set commences with the second-ever live performance of "He's Gone" that suffers a few minor growing pains perhaps not even discernible to the casual listener. The aforementioned "Dark Star">"Me & My Uncle">"Wharf Rat"> "Sugar Magnolia" finds them unleashing their true psychedelic potential as the collective improvisations are nothing short of transportational. While practically anything would pale in comparison, the reading of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" -- split by a refreshing "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad" -- maintains a substantive energy level and boasts some of Garcia's trademark crystalline string work. The bonus tracks feature two McKernan classics from May 24, 1972, at the Lyceum in London. The highlight is an exhilarating "(Turn on Your) Lovelight," which marks the final time the concert staple was driven by Pigpen, as failing health prohibited him from touring again. Accompanying the discs is a nine-panel poster sporting black-and-white photos and a replica of artwork. Parties purchasing Rockin' the Rhein (2004) from the band's own merchandising website can take advantage of a CD premium offering 73 minutes from a series of March 1972 shows for the Academy of Music, New York City March 1972 (2004).

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
Label:
Grateful Dead / Wea
UPC:
0081227892128
catalogNumber:
78921
Rank:
54619

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grateful Dead   Primary Artist
Jerry Garcia   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Bob Weir   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Donna Jean Godchaux   Vocals,Group Member
Keith Godchaux   Piano,Group Member
Bill Kreutzmann   Drums,Group Member
Phil Lesh   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan   Organ,Harmonica,Percussion,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Jesse Fuller   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer
Mickey Hart   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Bob Weir   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
John Phillips   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
John Perry Barlow   Composer
Earl Forest   Composer
Fred Foster   Composer
Bill Harvey   Composer
Elmore James   Composer
Bill Kreutzmann   Composer
Phil Lesh   Composer
Deadric Malone   Composer
Bob Matthews   Engineer
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan   Composer
Jeffrey Norman   Producer,Audio Production
Marshall Sehorn   Composer
Betty Cantor   Engineer
Robert Minkin   Package Production,Package Layout
Rudy Clark   Composer
Joseph Scott   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Richard Biffle   Cover Art
David Lemieux   Producer,Tape Archivist,Audio Production
Arthur Resnick   Composer
Fred L. Foster   Composer

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