Album of the Day
Grateful Dead cut their fair share of great studio albums, but it was always said they did their finest work live, and the wealth of stellar concert sets the band produced over the years makes that hard to dispute. One of the best was EUROPE ‘72, a triple disc snapshot of the group's first tour of the continent; it would be the last release with founding keyboardist Ron “Pigpen” McKernan and the first with Keith and Donna Godchaux on piano and vocals, respectively. Virtually all of the 22 dates on this Western European trek were recorded, so there were many outstanding performances from which to choose, of songs both old (“Truckin',” “Sugar Magnolia”) and new (“Jack Straw,” “Brown-Eyed Woman”). On the 50th anniversary of Pigpen's final show with the Dead, we'll cue up the double-Platinum EUROPE ‘72 one more time.