We are not now, an anarchic community. We’re a survival unit. We’re into survival…emotional, financial, physical and psychic survival. Perhaps the basis of the Dead’s popularity is that their struggle is the struggle of ordinary people to find pleasure in their everyday life on this planet.
All the European concerts were recorded on a 16-track machine brought over from America. On the band’s return, the process began of selecting tracks for a live album. Eventually, a triple-album was released. The unique thing about Europe ’72 was that the stage environment was recreated in the studio for the purpose of overdubbing. This was done by playing each of the tracks back over the same equipment that it was originally played on, arranged in the same configuration, while the overdub was belng made; thus generating an approximation of the original ambience. To this day. most people assume it was all recorded live at the same time.
Pigpen with Veronica
The last Festival Express show,
McMahon Stadium, Calgary Canada
July 4, 1970.
Below is a video from the same performance.
Photos: Main – David Bluestein, Inset – Jim Marshall