Rocking the Cradle: Grateful Dead, Egypt 1978
ROAD TRIPS 1.4
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 Egypt '78
Egypt In The Archives
The Egypt Shows
Enjoy a short video montage from the
Egypt '78 DVD.
Watch a Video of Bertha in Egypt,
Listen in on an interview
with Richard Loren on how Egypt
At Long Last...
2 Disc Set + 1 DVD
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! Dead.net 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.
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”
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.
I just received my package and can't wait to see for myself what I experienced all those years ago. Yes, I know they weren't the best of shows and no they didn't play tunes like Sand Castles and Glass Camels, or Unusual Occurrences in the Desert like we were hoping they would but just being there, well that's one strange trip I will always cherish.
Blues for ALLAH In'sh'ALLAH
(sorry about the misspelled word there, crazy fingers typo if you will)
I pre-ordered Rocking the Cradle + T-Shirt on the 29th and can't wait 'till it arrives on my doorstep! I haven't received a shipping confirmation yet, but I'm patiently waiting...
I've been real curious about The Dead's legendary Egypt trip since 1991 when i visited The Cradle myself (Avatar is me on a camel outside of an Egyptian bedouin camp) :)
With the Grateful Dead Channel on Sirius, I didn't think I'd need to order any Dead CD's since the GD Channel completely feeds the jones...
But man... Egypt! Gotta have that one
Can't wait to Jam!!!!
---Searching for the Sound---
I just received my package and can't wait to see for myself what I experienced all those years ago. Yes, I know they weren't the best of shows and no they didn't play tunes like Sand Castles and Glass Camels, or Unusual Occurances in the Desert like we were hoping they would but just being there, well that's one strange trip I will always cherish.
Blues for ALLAH In'sh'ALLAH
I received "Rockin' the Cradle..." on time and also found disc 2 to have a nasty case of the glue issue. I ran warm water over the area on the disc to loosen the glue and then applied a commercial CD scratch remover and buffed it out with a lens tissue type cloth. End result - problem solved and the disc plays fine. My discs are now stored in paper sleeves rather than the original packaging. I also finally got around to purchasing the "Complete Winterland 1973" box and would appreciate a reminder from anyone about which discs in that set had production/playability problems, so I can check those for issues. All things considered - a nice upgrade from my old cassettes of these shows!
Most likely if you fall into a lake
you may remember to breathe
and for a moment
fully appreciate your life and your breath.
I ordered 2 weeks ago and just last night received my shipping notification email. Didn’t the website say to be received on release date and not to be shipped on release date?
Yes, my second disc had what appeared to be glue though it did'nt affect it's playability. The DVD has some scuffing.
As far as Road Trips Vol. 1 #4 , I'm all for the splicing of audience sources to fill in the gaps. They sound fine to me. In some instances, I prefer the AUD mixes to SDBs.
I haven't checked it all yet but I'm already happy with these releases.
The CDS, a great thread. To me, anything that helps me skip drums/space is worth it all. Those were great times with a head full of acid when I was at shows. However, listening to them now, it just sounds like filler.
I don't mind the compilations. most shows have a little bit of drag, we are all mortal. Remember what your buddies called their mix tapes: All killer, no filler. The site is trying to do the same thing.
Also, some folks above mentioned questions about the DVD. The concert stuff sucks ass. It is shot with super 8 or something... whatever the technology was. There is some cool 'candid' road trip type stuff. Specifically, it is also some super 8, about 20 minutes of it... with sound overdubbed.
lastly, it is likely I will buy or collect anything with Terrapin Station. I simply can not get enough of that masterpiece.
In the end, I think of music as the saving grace of all humanity
- Henry Miller
It is an amazing show. A totally different energy than I am used to. I mean, I love to collect '77 shows, they were smoking! However, this show is a slow groove. The band is tight, but the Iko Iko and Stagger Lee are almost sleepy. Yet, there is some of the most careful and passionate singing from Jerry I can ever remember hearing.
in addition, the audio is AMAZING. I can say with great certainty that shows sounds better on a real good stereo than it did in person. What a mix. If I were listening to the show, I might not know the historical significance of it... except for the drums. All throughout the show, the drums seem to transcend the music. They do more than serve the groove, they establish something more.
As usual, the Dead.net releases really just killed it great. though I don't think the Cow Palace is all that great, the 'Terrapin Station' show is one you must own as well. Can't wait to see what they release next.
In the end, I think of music as the saving grace of all humanity
- Henry Miller
I also took mine out slowly and I can't get rid of the glue. Is this some sort of joke? I guess Warner/Rhino are trying to alienate all of the band's fans. Perhaps Warner thinks they paid too much for the leasing of the vault and this is revenge. A word to the Dead, save your fanbase while there's time and start doing quality control
From the sound of the comments here, I get the feeling that the Road Trips has some real issues. I personally only got the Egypt CD's and DVD. I skipped the San Fran Road trips, and probably best that I did.
But I really am looking forward to the multi-track recordings.
Maybe I am crazy or something, but I would suggest that only the multi-track stuff be sold here on Dead Net, and then offer all of the 2 track shows with missing places from tape switches, etc, by Digital Download only. Maybe offer 25 shows or so every Jan 1 of every year, and let the people sort out what they want from that stuff.