CD133 - Warner Bros. 1972
1 CUMBERLAND BLUES
Originally a three-album set, now on two CDs, Europe '72 offered the first recorded versions of a number of fine tunes, such as "Brown-Eyed Women," "Tennessee Jed," "He's Gone," "Jack Straw" and "Ramble On Rose," as well as muscular workouts on "Truckin'" and "China Cat" > "I Know You Rider." Tight, well-executed performances throughout (actually they sound as if there might have been a little cosmetic tweaking, particularly in the vocals, here and there), though the two lengthy jams are not among my favorites. I loved this album in the '70s, but it hasn't worn as well as some others for me, and it sounds a little flat to me sonically. For years the version of "Morning Dew" was one of my favorites, but listening to it again recently it sounded a bit slow for my current taste in "Dew"s. Go figure.