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Rocking the Cradle: Grateful Dead, Egypt 1978

From Egypt With Love

The two-CD Road Trips set,
plus a third Bonus Disc,
is drawn from the two
shows of the series that are in the vault,
October 21 and 22, 1978.

::More Information on RT 1.4

More Egypt '78

Egypt In The Archives

Photos, Passes & the Poster

The Egypt Shows

September 14, 1978
September 15, 1978
September 16, 1978


Enjoy a short video montage from the
Egypt '78 DVD.
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Watch a Video of Bertha in Egypt,
September 16th
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Listen in on an interview
with Richard Loren on how Egypt
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At Long Last...
Egypt '78
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2 Disc Set + 1 DVD

:: View the boxed set in 3D!

Good things come to those who wait! First, it took 30 years to produce this ultra-cool 2CD/DVD set from the Dead’s legendary September 1978 run at the Sound & Light Theater, outside Cairo, nestled in the dunes just a short mummy-walk from the Great Pyramid and the mysterious Sphinx. Then, Dead Heads had to endure the long, restless weeks between the announcement of the release and when they could actually order it. Well, ring them bells, because the wait is over! is NOW accepting orders for this beautiful and historic package, Rocking the Cradle: Grateful Dead, Egypt 1978, which includes two exceptional music CDs and a DVD with over 95 minutes of concert footage from the Egypt shows (plus an impressionistic “Vacation Tapes” mini-documentary that shows the band and Dead family at play).

Much has been written about this storied adventure: About the band’s long-standing desire to play in “places of power,” as Phil put it years ago… The incredible logistical gymnastics necessary to get permission for this strangest of American rock bands to bring their peculiar alchemy to the cradle of the ancient world… The huge, scattered caravan of crazies that descended on Cairo from the U.S. and Europe, drawn to the desert by some irresistible force… The sheer magnitude of shipping in tons of sound equipment, setting up in 110-degree heat, maxing out the local power grid, trying to turn the King’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid into an echo chamber (alas, Osiris would have none of that!)… The wondrous interplay at each of the three concerts between Nubian drummers and singers and the Grateful Dead… The miraculous final show, during a total lunar eclipse… The synchronicity of that last show and the signing of a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel… Magical horse and camel rides under the desert moon…Trips up and down the Nile… High adventure at every turn!

The three Egypt concerts—September 14, 15, 16, 1978—were captured on a 24-track tape recorder with an eye towards putting out a live album to help defray the (considerable) cost of the expedition. When the Dead got home, however, they discovered that the tapes of all of the first night and part of the second were not useable because of technical problems. Then the band got wrapped up in finishing their Shakedown Street album (begun before the Egypt venture), and soon the notion of putting out the Egypt album lost its momentum. But just as Howard Carter and all those other explorers in the ’20s and ’30s couldn’t stay away from the tombs in the Valley of the Kings, the Dead weren’t about to let those Egypt multitracks stay buried by the sands of time. Next thing you know there’s a phone call to ace GD mixer Jeffrey Norman and he and vaultkeeper David Lemieux discover that despite the problems with the first night’s tapes, there’s still lots of great material available from nights two and three, including: a dynamite “Shakedown Street” (just the second live version ever), “Truckin’,” an exquisite “Stella Blue,” “Eyes of the World,” fresh takes on then-new songs such as “Stagger Lee” and “I Need A Miracle,” and the hypnotic Egyptian tune called “Ollin Arageed” that features Hamza El Din and other percussionists, who are then joined by the Dead for a jam into “Fire on the Mountain.” Wow!

And the concert video, though rough around the edges in places, is quite a revelation as well. Not only does the DVD include many of the best tunes on the CDs—you’ll dig seeing Jerry do some pretty energetic thrashing here and there—it contains two songs not on disc—“Bertha” and “Good Lovin’.” The concert material has been mixed in both stereo and surround sound, with two listening options: DTS 5.1 and PCM Stereo. The beautifully designed booklet (with cover inspired by the late, great Alton Kelley’s Egypt 1978 tour poster) contains a revealing essay by longtime Ice Nine Publishing chief (and Egypt trip co-organizer) Alan Trist, and many rare photos. All that’s missing is sand, the smell of camels and some “hubbly-bubbly”!

So don’t delay! Order Rocking the Cradle: Grateful Dead, Egypt 1978 today by going Here.

Track List

Disc 1

1. “Jack Straw”

2. “Row Jimmy”

3. “New, New Minglewood Blues”

4. “Candyman”

5. “Looks Like Rain”

6. “Stagger Lee”

7. “I Need A Miracle”

8. “It’s All Over Now”

9. “Deal”


Disc 2

1. “Ollin Arageed”

2. “Fire On The Mountain”

3. “Iko Iko”

4. “Shakedown Street”

5. “Drums”

6. “Space”

7. “Truckin’”

8. “Stella Blue”

9. “Around And Around”



Track Listing


2. “Good Lovin’”

3. “Row Jimmy”

4. “New, Minglewood Blues”

5. “Candyman”

6. “Looks Like Rain”

7. “Deal”

8. “Ollin Arageed”

9. “Fire On The Mountain”

10. “Iko Iko”

11. “I Need A Miracle”

12. “It’s All Over Now”

13. “Truckin’”

Featurette: “The Vacation Tapes”


Road Trips Vol. 1, No. 4 features Winterland ’78 “From Egypt With Love” shows!

It must be the Curse of the Pharaoh’s Tomb or something, because once we’d put together Rocking the Cradle: Grateful Dead, Egypt ’78, we couldn’t get Egypt out of our system. Suddenly it seemed only natural that the next Road Trips should be culled from the great five-night “From Egypt With Love” run the Dead played at Winterland a month after they returned from Cairo. Each night the band treated the hometown fans to an extensive slide show of their travels, and at two of the concerts, Hamza El Din joined the Dead for versions of “Ollin Arageed” that helped summon even more of the flavor of Egypt. Harmonica ace Lee Oskar (of War) showed up a couple of nights, and at the final show, John Cipollina added his distinctive guitar to the back half of the second set. The two-CD Road Trips set is drawn from the final two shows of the series, October 11 and 22, 1978. Get complete order information Here.


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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

please send me a PM with your order details and I'll see what's up. Though if you ordered on August 28, it's quite likely not to have arrived yet, and if you wanted this DVD and the DaP4 to ship together, the whole thing waits till everything's available to ship.

Joined: Jul 19 2011
It is a desperate si

It is a desperate situation! I ordered the DVD and the Road Trips 4 at the 28th of August and I am still waiting! I wrote several times to the costumer service and there is not a single reply beside the standard message.
What can I do?
I am just so helpless, I want to have them.
Any help is most appreciated!!
I would love to be sooooo grateful.....

burton leal

Joined: Feb 2 2011

awesome!! how did i miss this!?

Joined: Apr 6 2008
Not blown away

This release is...well...OK...but nothing spectacular for me. It has its moments and I'm glad to have another dvd...packaging is cool-the show(s) were so-so.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Woo Hoo!!!

My sweet wife ah I mean Santa brought me this for Christmas. Watched the dvd already. I loved watching it, we definetly need more dvd releases. Peace everyone and Merry Christmas and have a very Grateful New Year!!!!

Joined: Aug 14 2007
Pharao awakens

Had a tinny sounding copy of the final show of this run in the days of tape-trading and wasn't so sure if it was such a great choice. But then I saw it sitting in the store and couldn't resist to take it home to give it a closer - hm - inspection with my mind's eye. I have to admit that I don't regret it. It is a very beautiful piece of artwork, the sound is terrific, the chosen songs are well done - to be true I find some of them a bit besides the flow but maybe this just reflects the energy of the place as was intended (at least even the pyramids weren't build in six days) - the booklet gives some interesting information and the DVD is just great! It changes my way of perceiving the songs because now you can see the band play and relate to each other and the audience. It is not my choice of shows I would consider outragous but it's interesting to listen to and watch. Surely Deal disturbed pharao in his sleep! I'm looking forward to road trips No.4. May Horus be watchful

Joined: Jun 11 2007

Thanks. I sent you the mail.
And all my hope with it....
Thanks again and have a grateful Day!

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

please send me a PM with your order info. I passed your post to Customer Service last time you posted and I thought we had this solved.

Joined: Jun 11 2007
Still waiting

It is a desperate situation! I ordered the DVD and the Road Trips 4 at the 28th of August and I am still waiting! I wrote several times to the costumer service and there is not a single reply beside the standard message.
What can I do?
I am just so helpless, I want to have them.
Any help is most appreciated!!

I would love to be sooooo grateful.....

Joined: Jun 6 2007
Egypt in the house

Arrived home from a two week road trip to find my copy has arrived at last! Ollin Arageed was the highlight on my first listen. The DVD is fun to watch as well.

Happy Trails


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