Europe '72 - Grateful Dead.
This warms my heart. I'll try to be brief, here, but, well let me have my fun.
The discs them selves are enjoyable...particularly for me the Pigpen numbers...he was in poor health upon departure and many believe this tour, along with the poor weather and rigorous travel, hasten his demise. Blues standards excel, but Mr. Charlie is is just flat out as bad ass as Good Ol' Grateful Dead gets. Standouts such as Ramble on Rose, Brown Eyed Women (perhaps one of my all time favorite songs to play and sing) and when Cumberland finally came into its own. '72 is considered a high water mark for live Dead and for good reason. Better yet, all the shows from this spring tour have been released and the quality is excellent across the board. I recommend the Lyceum theatre shows as well as the Olympia in Paris. The dusseldorf show has been getting some air on Siruis lately, and is also worth a listen.
I particularly enjoy the England shows as I can just imagine one or two of the crew handing out sugar cubes after the ticker taker and having Limeys have their world's shattered into a million pieces and having it coming back together again with a standard era Lovelight or Morning Dew.
If this music interests you, may I suggest exploring further with the Dicks picks series and subsequent Dave's picks. Both were (Dick) and are (Dave) archivists of the dead's vault tapes. I would look for discs containing St. Stephen>The Eleven from late '68 to mid '69...the golden age of St Stephan that is perhaps the most powerful and electric song of their entire repertoire, or virtually any show from the May tour of '77, Dicks picks #3 (Pembroke p[ines, for instance, or Rochester (5-9 i wanna say) shows being particular favorites), although many claim the Cornell show from 5/8 to be teh best dead show of all time. I don't necessarily agree with this, but arguable the May '77 tour is the best music they ever produced, period. Lazy Lighting/Supplication, the recently released Terrapin pared down for concert length, Samson and Delilah, along with the best Half steps and Sugarees they ever played are songs to look out for, IMO. The extended jams of Playin' are the stuff of idolization for bands on the jam band circuit, and some of the best improv in roll and roll history. Thanks to whomever read this far.