The Dead Rock the Cradle of Civilization
2-CD/1-DVD Collection Rocking The Cradle: Egypt 1978 Celebrates The 30th Anniversary of the Band’s Historic Concerts at Giza With Previously Unreleased Audio and Video
Fans Who Pre-Order on Dead.net Will Receive an Exclusive Bonus Disc Containing Additional Egypt Performances.
Available September 30 from Grateful Dead Productions and Rhino
In the fall of 1978, author and counterculture icon Ken Kesey reported to a close friend that he had recently witnessed “the latest Rocking of the Cradle of Civilization.” The course of events that he went on to recall was the Grateful Dead’s assorted family, friends and fellow Pranksters—“Pyramidiots” of various origins—descent upon Egypt’s Nile Valley that culminated in three legendary concerts performed at the foot of the Great Pyramid in Giza. Although perhaps unintentionally, the entire adventure might have been easily seen, as Kesey did, as one very special contribution to the then-critical Middle Eastern peace effort. To commemorate the 30-year anniversary of this cosmic convergence of sound and sphinx, Grateful Dead Productions and Rhino will release ROCKING THE CRADLE: EGYPT 1978, a collection of highlights from this historic three-night stand. The 2-CD/1-DVD set will be available September 30 at regular retail outlets and www.dead.net for a suggested list price of $34.98. Fans who pre-order the set from Dead.net will receive an exclusive eight-song bonus disc that includes additional unreleased performances from the Egypt run. A digital version that includes all the CD content will also be also available.
Recorded September 15-16, 1978 at the Gizah Sound and Light Theater, the original 24-track recordings have been mixed and mastered for this set in HDCD by Jeffrey Norman for optimal sound quality. The two CDs contain 18 tracks featuring more than two and a half hours of music. Except for three performances that appeared on 2004’s Beyond Description boxed set, the tracks on ROCKING THE CRADLE have never been released. The accompanying DVD features more than 100 minutes of footage, including 13 songs from the third and final Egypt show, which took place during a rare lunar eclipse.It is misxed in 5.1 surround sound and presented in DTS surround and PCM stereo sound. Legendary promoter Bill Graham called this show “one of the great experiences of my life.” The DVD also includes a featurette titled “The Vacation Tapes” which catches never-before-seen candid band footage from the trip. The set comes in pyramid-inspired packaging and features rare photos from the trip and liner notes by longtime Dead associate Alan Trist, who was pivotal in making the trek to Egypt happen.
Trist recalls that “the Dead long dreamed of playing at the foot of the Great Pyramid.” However, pulling off this dream proved to be a monumental task as no other American band had ever performed there. The band spent months planning and making arrangements with the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. The band agreed to pay all of its own expenses for the trip and donated all of the proceeds from ticket sales to several Egyptian charities, as well as the Department of Antiquities, which preserves the country’s ancient treasures. Another major challenge was the minimal amount of power available at Gizah, which required the band to bring in an enormous generator to power its state-of-the-art sound and recording equipment. In the end, the massive effort paid off. The shows were spectacular successes, attracting a mix of world cultures including American Dead Heads and European fans as well as curious Egyptians and Bedouins on camels drawn by the unusual spectacle.
Unbeknownst to the band at the time, these shows would soon have a remarkable historical context. On September 17, the day after the last show, the Camp David Peace Accords were signed after nearly two weeks of secret negotiations. The Accords lead to the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty, which made Egypt the first Arab country to officially recognize Israel and ended a near 30-year state of war between the two countries. One has to wonder if the Dead’s message of peace and love might have had some sort of impact on the negotiations.
ROCKING THE CRADLE features Jerry Garcia (guitar, vocals), Donna Jean Godchaux (vocals), Keith Godchaux (keyboards), Mickey Hart (drums), Bill Kreutzmann (drums), Phil Lesh (electric bass, vocals), and Bob Weir (rhythm guitar, vocals). These performances took place just a few months before the band released Shakedown Street, its tenth studio album. The shows featured performances of several songs from the upcoming album, including the title track, “I Need A Miracle,” “Fire On The Mountain,” and an updated take on the blues standard, “Stagger Lee.” The band also peppered its Egyptian setlists with classics like “Deal,” “Truckin’” and “Stella Blue.”
ROCKING THE CRADLE: EGYPT 1978
1. “Jack Straw”
2. “Row Jimmy”
3. “New, New Minglewood Blues”
5. “Looks Like Rain”
6. “Stagger Lee”
7. “I Need A Miracle”
8. “It’s All Over Now”
1. “Ollin Arageed”
2. “Fire On The Mountain”
3. “Iko Iko”
4. “Shakedown Street”
8. “Stella Blue”
9. “Around And Around”
2. “Good Lovin’”
3. “Row Jimmy”
4. “New, Minglewood Blues”
6. “Looks Like Rain”
8. “Ollin Arageed”
9. “Fire On The Mountain”
10. “Iko Iko”
11. “I Need A Miracle”
12. “It’s All Over Now”
Featurette: “The Vacation Tapes”
Dead.net Exclusive Bonus CD
2. “Good Lovin’”
3. “El Paso”
4. “Ramble On Rose”
5. “Estimated Prophet”
6. “Eyes Of The World”
7. “Terrapin Station”
8. “Sugar Magnolia”
So CosmicBadger is confused - but not half as confused as I am. Indeed all the order buttons have disappeared, but they were there when I looked yesterday (and ordered, as stated in my post of yesterday). What has been going on in between is more than a mere mortal can understand. Having placed my order, I printed out the on-screen invoice, then checked my mail. The standard "Grateful Dead - Order Placed" mail arrived seconds later. Everything in that mail was correct. So far so good. A mere 4 and a half hours later, I received a second mail, this time the standard "Grateful Dead - Order Shipped" mail. Everything in this mail matched everything that had come before. In between mails, did I fall asleep for 6 weeks, did my watch stop or did I get caught in a time warp. As far as I am aware, it is not September 30 yet, so what is happening here. I guess I will just have to wait and see. If nothing else, it looks like I may be in pole position as regards posting a review. Help! Marye!
so now all the pretty order buttons and special offers have vanished along with my last post (entitled 'you've got to laugh') and a few others besides. Or was that another page? Or did it happen at all? I give up.
Since when are Rocking The Cradle and RTV1N4 available? I've been waiting for the link to appear for pre-ordering Rocking The Cradle and now I hear the next Road Trips is up for pre-order as well?
I followed the link someone posted a while ago to the then-inactive pre-order page for Rocking The Cradle. Now it has Road Trips stuff. Amazing.
Can anyone point out where I might find the info page for Road Trips V1N4 or is this not meant to be visible yet?
Not a bad little combo really - Egypt, then to Winterland, then back to Winterland for a party. Wait, I just realised - I'll have all the 1978 releases - these and the two DPs. How did that happen?
Rocking the Cradle plus Road Trips 1.4 - all for a very nice price. Nice one, Rhino. I was convinced and I've ordered them. Only thing is - will Road Trips also be out on Sept. 30 or will I have to wait a bit longer. Whatever, it will be worth the wait.
Let's set up and run the server out of the King's chamber in the pyramid...
I'm being teased by the mummy again, I see.
No, no cold here, just another bozo. Lookit, Dead are and always will be copasetic. Made a decision to cut all loose to Rhino - pretty much - one might say "chips cashed in" but that said they gave us so much for free. Don't forget some of the boys (we know who they are) paid the ultimate price for their muse and their music (in that order). Like my other brah's, I'll buy what floats my boat, and decline otherwise.
This is unique, is what it is,deserves "discovery" for that reason alone. Put me down for one and another as a Christmas gift for sis (saw GD 2 months before my first show, Englishtown, my first being Rochester 11/5/77 - yes, that would be DP #34).
Rock on, and remember to wave your freak flag high in honor of JIMI (RIP 9/70). "DtM"
I had a countdown started for the 1st of august and then it stopped to a shuddering halt after a couple of days, disappointing indeed......hope the preorder will start very, very soon!
Yep I feel strongly that after a band are done,ANY new albums/dvds etc.are to be applauded. It seems mean spirited somewhat to complain about this edition,as if Rhino and GDP are going to make millions from this,whereas its sad old guys like myself that are dead(ahem!!) excited about this edition. I think with deadnet and all the releases we all get an insight into how the band could be maddening,crazy,sloppy yet utterly beguiling,like no other band ever!Thats why we ALL still love 'em no?