A Minute With: Bob Weir looking back to Grateful Dead '72

Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:09am EDT
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By Mike Ayers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Grateful Dead revisit their historic 1972 tour of Europe with the release this week of "Europe '72 Vol.2, " featuring live versions of more of the band's classic songs and new material.

Reuters talked with guitarist/vocalist Bob Weir about the album, and how the 1972 tour became such a seminal moment in the band's long career.

Q: I read that the original multi-tracks (from 1972) were lost, but maybe they weren't? What's the story behind those?

A: "They were stacked up in some corner. I don't think anyone in our organization for a few decades had any notion that there'd be a whole lot of use for them. So they weren't on anybody's mind. The record was made as far as we were concerned. It took a lot of work, sorting out what we were going to do, and then polishing it up."

Q: The original "Europe '72" had overdubs done after the tour. Was that your decision, or the label or a combination of the two?

A: "It was a mutual decision, they wanted us to dress it up a bit, so yeah, sure, we can do that."

Q: Was it rare for a label to send a band to Europe in the early '70s and ask to record every single note?

A: "It was a mutually arrived at decision. As I recall, we might have forwarded that idea and they said that the last live recording did well enough. They were aware that the band was pretty hot at that point and so they went for it. It was an expensive proposition, I will say that. There was some risk-taking done there and they're to be credited for that."   Continued...