June 10, 2010 – 10:15 am

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Munich 1972 [no label, 3CD]

Live at the Kongressaal Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany, May 18, 1972. Very good soundboard.

When it comes to releases of live recordings, it sometimes is a toss up between a selection of “hits” and having the complete show. Take these shows for instance: Neil Diamond’s Hot August Night (2000 reissue) was probably as complete as possible; An Evening With John Denver was taken from shows in August and September 1974; and Loggins And Messina’s On Stage was taken from shows between March and April 1973.

When it comes to the Grateful Dead, things are not much different. Their Europe ‘72 compilation, which is also part of The Golden Road Box Set, is a selection of songs from various dates and venues.

But thanks to the music fraternity, complete shows of the Dead’s ‘72 tour are available and this May 18, 1972 show in Munich is a joy. Apart from staples such as Truckin’, Tennessee Jed and Dark Star, one highlight is the Marty Robbins’ oldie, El Paso, given a refreshing new breath of life with its staccato rhythms. A song too good to be left out of any collection is Good Lovin’ - while omitted in the Europe ‘72 release, a version from Copenhagen is included in the Golden Road set. A hit for The Young Rascals, it is difficult now to consider a Dead concert without it.

The liner notes to Europe ‘72 might say “There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.” But that is hardly saying anything. The Dead built their reputation as a live and jam band. It is not only their musical virtuosity that is on display. The Dead have a knack of locking into a groove and staying with it. They have an easy laidback feel - the ultimate in mellow rock - and how time flies when you are floating along (and this is a three-hour show!).

For those who want some details, this is what Cliff Hucker posted at

Another very strong performance, if somewhat less spectacular (with the exception of Morning Dew). Recent upgrades in sound quality have made this show more enjoyable. It’s consistently well played. Stand outs include what might be the best ever performance of It Hurts Me Too and, of course, the superb performance of Dark Star> Morning Dew, the first time that this combination was played together.

The 26-minute Dark Star is superb. It’s not as beautiful as the performance of the song at Wembley, or as jazzy as the Rotterdam version. Nor is it as cohesive as the rendition in Copenhagen. Still, it is an excellent and up beat performance of the song that carries its momentum entirely through its duration. The intro theme jam is gorgeous. Following a brief bass solo, there is a lovely duet between Garcia and Weir starting at 7:00 that turns nice and jazzy before soaring back into the pre-verse theme. A second bass solo follows the verse and things get atonal for a while, building in intensity before the first ever segue from Dark Star into Morning Dew.

This performance of Morning Dew is unique and extraordinarily beautiful. Although the rendition on 5/23 [The Strand Lyceum, London] seems to garner more accolades, this one is just a bit better in my opinion. Jerry’s voice is strong and his interpretation here is highly emotive. He really slows it down and turns reflective prior to the refrain.

One of the elements that sets the music of the European tour apart is the dynamics of having two keyboard payers. Nowhere is this more apparent than during this gorgeous performance of Morning Dew. Pigpen’s swirling organ fills really seem to complement Keith’s [Godchaux] piano work on the beautiful quiet parts. It’s one of the high points of the tour. An interestingly placed drum break follows Morning Dew before the band launches into a great Sugar Magnolia. [Note: This was Ron “Pigpen” McKernan’s last tour with the Dead before he died in 1973.]

Thanks to Charlie Miller who transferred and mastered the tracks and to analog2 for sharing the lossless tracks on the internet. analog2 notes: “There is a contender to this one for linage that comes from Garcias’ reel collection. I have not heard the alternate source, so I can’t chime in on that, but wanted to throw it out there.”

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1/Set 1
Track 101. Truckin’ (13.2MB)
Track 102. Sugaree (9.8MB)
Track 103. Mr. Charlie (5.4MB)
Track 104. Jack Straw (6.8MB)
Track 105. Tennessee Jed (10.6MB)
Track 106. Chinatown Shuffle (4.5MB)
Track 107. Black Throated Wind (9.0MB)
Track 108. China Cat Sunflower (8.4MB)
Track 109. I Know You Rider (8.2MB)
Track 110. El Paso (6.7MB)
Track 111. It Hurts Me Too (11.1MB)
Track 112. You Win Again (6.3MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Playing In The Band (14.5MB)
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Track 202. Good Lovin’ (17.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 203. Casey Jones (9.1MB)

Set 2:
Track 204. Sittin’ On Top Of The World (4.4MB)
Track 205. Me And My Uncle (4.8MB)
Track 206. Ramble On Rose (9.9MB)
Track 207. Beat It On Down The Line (5.0MB)

Disc 3
Track 301. Dark Star (37.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 302. Morning Dew (15.6MB)
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Track 303. Drums (598k)
Track 304. Sugar Magnolia (9.6MB)
Track 305. Sing Me Back Home (15.8MB)
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Track 306. One More Saturday Night (6.6MB)

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  1. 21 Responses to “GRATEFUL DEAD - MUNICH 1972”

  2. hey bigo, thanks!!! it’s been 6 months on the dead. the last one was celestial synapse which is on my ipod now.

    after i fix the tags, i will play it and yo la tengo-black session #42 again. it’s cool too.


    By Ed Saad on Jun 10, 2010

  3. Ahhh…More Pigpen! I really loved this artist’s work, and his enormous part of the Dead legacy was and is missed. Thank you BigO for letting us hear more!

    By 2yrsnojob on Jun 10, 2010

  4. Wow..I grew up on 50’s rock and roll and classic country and western, and El Paso was one of the first and best songs I had heard.. Thanx Marty Robbins, Thanx Grateful Dead, and Thanx BigO!! Another tear to my eye. It helps to cry out the pain from this week’s big “C” diagnosis of my beautiful sweet wife. Thank you. BTW, dont let ANY doctor tell you “lets take a wait and see on this” when tests dont explain why you or a loved one is tired every day. GO FOR A CT SCAN! the ONLY thing that found it - 4 months later! The poor that dont qualify for any govt program - like us - get the boot and the end of the long line, and the 20 hour waits at ER. But God bless those outside the USA.

    By 2yrsnojob on Jun 10, 2010

  5. Thank you Big O Amigos!
    I look forward to hearing the Dark Star Morning Dew combo. The only version of Dark Star that I’ve heard is the one on “Live Dead.” It is wonderful, but I ‘ve always wondered about other interpretations. If I get the cattle separated Saturday, it will be the Thompson sunset soundtrack. Have a great weekend.

    By James on Jun 10, 2010

  6. Great Thanks very Nice Sound Top!More from That!

    By Udo on Jun 11, 2010

  7. hey bigo, i got disc 2. thanks! i will play it walking.

    i got zappa-amsterdam 10.20.68 on the ipod too. it’s a good one. i like dog breath. if anybody wants it, do a search on top left above recent comments. it was offered by bigo in feb.


    By Ed Saad on Jun 11, 2010

  8. top right. sorry.

    By Ed Saad on Jun 11, 2010

  9. WoW, Thank U BiG O for that gem!
    As you say, it is hard to find a whole live concert, and especially of this quality….
    I saw them that year in Paris, and that was the last time they toured with Pig Pen.
    Very good Dark star, very different from the “Live Dead one”, but Aren’t they all different? So GRATEFUL to U, Big O to make the Dead live again…

    By Pat on Jun 12, 2010

  10. Munich 1972 is a Solid show. Love the Dark Star dual!

    Ed - Zappa for President and thanks for the zappa upload.

    By Dovid on Jun 13, 2010

  11. Thanks To all involved! Very nice listening as we head into summer in the US.

    By bill on Jun 15, 2010

  12. DARK STAR forever!!!

    By roberto on Jun 15, 2010

  13. Beautiful, the real GD. Is anyone else hearing some radio broadcast commentary in a foreign language esp during some of the 300 level tracks? Maybe I just picked up some radio station thru the internet?

    By kn on Jun 18, 2010

  14. …and the 20 hour waits at ER. But God bless those outside the USA.

    By 2yrsnojob

    Why? Do you think your country has the best health assistance??
    Is a 20-hour wait at an ER your idea of a good health assistance?
    In my country, you’d only get a wait like that if you ONLY had a barely noticeable scratch on your body!!!

    By E. Matos on Jun 24, 2010

  15. Why? Do you think your country has the best health assistance??
    by no means! What is the tone - a complaint!
    Is a 20-hour wait at an ER your idea of a good health assistance?
    not at all - dont you get the gist?
    In my country, you’d only get a wait like that if you ONLY had a barely noticeable scratch on your body!!!
    Which country? - I have over 10 million foreign nationals from my state alone to send your way that you will be forced to feed, handle their colds (on up) at your hospitals, educate and provide income or jobs for in all walks of life - all free of charge. And your citizens will have to put up with murders and gang wars. Our citizens are now the huddled masses (barricaded) yearning to be free!

    By 2yrsnojob on Jun 24, 2010

  16. I got your complaint tone, alright!
    …but I apparently didn’t grasp the irony in “God bless those outside the USA”.

    As for the rest, in a FREE WORLD, that’s the price to pay for being the big ole land of opportunity.

    If you must know, we get a little bit of that too (violence from unsatisfied foreigners and free state assistance to them) in my small southern-Europe country.

    By E. Matos on Jun 24, 2010

  17. Then lets toast each other with our favorite brews (mine’s green tea) and an ‘electronic’ handshake to each other. Maestro BigO, back to the music!

    By 2yrsnojob on Jun 24, 2010

  18. Peace to you, my friend! Cheers and do feel handshaked from afar!

    Back to the music it is!!

    By E. Matos on Jun 25, 2010

  19. thanx a lot for the great concert. btw i was there in person. great to hear it again, also the paris show where i went too after munich

    best wishes katerr

    By peter schroeder on May 8, 2012

  20. @2yrsnojob:

    Sending positive energy to your wife and you for victory! Power and good thoughts to you both going forward to a clear reading ahead.


    By kingpossum on Nov 23, 2013

  21. 2yrsnojob,

    Sorry to hear about your wife’s diagnosis. My daughter had cancer when she was 3.5 yrs old received treatments (including a week in the hospital each month and several surgeries) until she was 6. She’s now 33.I also had no insurance at the time. I simply paid what I could on each bill every month. Sometimes it was only 2 dollars. They can not send you to a collection agency, if you acknowledge the debt and are making an effort to pay.Also friends and family will want to help, but don’t know what to do. Don’t be afraid to ask them. They will probably be glad to help. I wish you and your wife the best, my prayers are with you.

    Bob W.

    By Bob W on Nov 24, 2013

  22. Hi Bigo, Can you upload Dark Star again? When I tried to get it, this is what it said: ‘GDmunich301.mp3′ is unavailable. This file was deleted. Also track 206 takes me to a strange website. Another request, can you get any of the Black Sabbath or Blue Oyster Cult shows from NYC? The Sabbath show was smoking with a great set list! Thanks for all you do.

    By tunafan on Mar 4, 2016

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