Nearly 40 years ago, Grateful Dead released 'Europe '72', a triple live album documenting its historic trek across Europe that became not only one of the band's best-selling releases, but also set the gold standard for live Dead. Now the group proves you can never get too much of a good thing when it revisits that legendary collection with 'Europe '72 Vol. 2', an essential continuation of the original that includes more than two hours of unreleased performances from that storied tour.
Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux, who produced this 20-track compilation, says he only chose song titles that did not appear on 'Europe '72' as a way to complement the original. "I think this album, coupled with Europe '72, represents a complete overview of the tour in every way," he says. "In fact, songs like 'Beat It On Down The Line,' 'Next Time You See Me' and 'Sing Me Back Home' were selected by the Grateful Dead for the first set, but were left off because there wasn't enough room."
In a nod to the original, 'Vol. 2' features new cover art by Stanley Mouse, the artist who helped create the iconic artwork from 'Europe '72', which features the return of the legendary Ice Cream Kid. "Trouble comes in many flavors. Ice Cream Kid is in hot water. The jury is out. His only defense is love," says Mouse of the Kid's return.