Album of the Day
Wembley Empire Pool, London, England 4/8/72 (LIVE)
WEMBLEY EMPIRE POOL, LONDON, ENGLAND 4/8/72 captures the second night of the Grateful Dead's European tour of that year. From the dynamic performances and intuitive interplay it's clear the band was chomping at the bit to take this music out on the road - the dual keyboards of Pigpen and recent arrival Keith Godchaux merit special mention, as does Jerry Garcia's Strat and pedal steel guitar work. The collection includes such famous songs as “Casey Jones” and Truckin',” the version of “Cumberland Blues” tapped for the EUROPE '72 double album and an epic “Dark Star> Sugar Magnolia> Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)” that's the stuff of legend. One of the very best concerts of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' storied six-week overseas trek, WEMBLEY EMPIRE POOL will be available on Record Store Day this month as a 180-gram vinyl 5-LP boxed set.