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Europe '72 Vol. 2 by Grateful Dead
Released: Sep 2011
Label: Grateful Dead/Rhino
To say this sequel to Europe '72, released four decades later, is long overdue is a grand understatement. Though its predecessor is a triple-disc set, Vol. 2 proves the band's vaults were by no means exhausted. And thanks to producer David Lemieux, the recordings stashed therein now sound excellent. Treats abound, but the standouts on disc one are inspired versions of the Jerry Garcia ballads "Loser" and "Sugaree." On the second disc, The Dead go deep with an exceptionally focused take on the "Dark Star" to "Drums" to "The Other One" triumvirate. This alone breaks the 50-minute mark!
Justin Farrar
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