Grateful Dead

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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HowardH's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2007
New Road Trips that accompany the Egypt discs

I'm enjoying listening to the Egypt compilation, but am very disappointed that they are selling music that, on the Road Trips compilation have two songs (so far) that are spliced from lower quality audio sources. Specifically, I am referring to the Road Trips CA discs that accompany the Egypt discs. On the first disc, Sugaree is spliced towards the end of the song and the other splice is on the soaring lead at the end Stella Blue through the beginning of Sugar Magnolia. They both have awful splices. This is incomprehensible to me that they could sell this shit to the public. I could do a better job with Nero on my PC than their sound engineer did with those tapes....


Joined: Sep 25 2008
Still Waiting...

....for mine to arrive :o( Pre-ordered on the first day available.

ScarletBeg0nias1313's picture
Joined: May 28 2008
I'm having the same problem,

I'm having the same problem, KCJONZ.

~*Standing on the moon with nothing left to do, a lovely view of Heaven but I'd rather be with you*~

KCJONZ68's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Pre Order

I pre ordered mine the First day you could pre order. Still no package. I thought by ordering a month in advance I would get it the day before or at least on the release date. No such luck. I'm pissed. I have never complained once about anything on this site. But this is just wrong. I will never Pre Order again.

Joined: Jun 12 2007
Same Problems

I love the music, and am happy to see such a tidal wave of new material being offered up, it's almost as good as when a new Dick's Picks was being sold about every 3 months. However, most of the same problems here too. Disc two was stuck under some glue, not good for a CD. I'm noticing the same "drop outs" on the Road Trips (minus Stella Blue). And RT's 1.3 my disc one wouldn't work w/ iTunes. Granted, Cust Svc did replace the disc in a timely manner, but the replacement disc wouldn't work w/ iTunes either. All my discs, even bootlegs, work w/ iTunes. I am going to be a little more cautious about ordering going forward. Maybe wait until other people recieve and post first about what the issues are. I hate to say it. That's two orders in a row where I've had a complaint, I went years with zero complaints, so what gives.

Joined: Jun 6 2007

I too had the glue issue on mine. The cd seems ok though. Although it's a great concept, I think the packaging might have been too ambitious considering the flimsiness of the material (cardboard). I'm going to have to take extra precautions that my 2-year-old doesn't get near it. All that being said, the music is fantastic. I can't wait to watch the DVD tonight.

Joined: Sep 1 2008
Missing booklet

I don't want to complain - merely point out for others that there may be another mistake to be on the lookout for: missing booklets. I got all the discs in Rocking the Cradle collection - but the booklet was missing. Fortunately I didn't have the glued disc 2 issue (though the disc does have a number of minor scuffs and scratches on it - fortunately, so far it seems to play okay). I am all for Rhino pumping out this stuff ... but there seems to be a number of minor issues. Again, not complaining - I assume I will be able to get a booklet sent when I inform customer service. The main reason for my post is to just let others know that they should check for the booklet (I had to go to the webpage to make sure there was, indeed, supposed to be a booklet - so if you aren't looking for it, you may not realize you didn't get something you had paid for.

gratefuldaddy's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
The lack of quality control is astounding

Without exception, every forum posted here about the GD releases since Dick's Picks was shelved has contained issues with the quality of the materials released. Even their recent "dowload only" attempt is filled with complaints. And it sounds like most of the issues are not getting resolved or are hit-or-miss at best. Why anyone would continue to spend money on these sloppy, mishandled releases is beyond me.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Truckin' to: Egypt

Thank you, PainoMan. I also thought the review was a bit harsh, certainly not kind by any measure, and held my tongue. While Mr. Nichols' writing style is rather simple, he does indeed tell the story from his heart, and it gives an interesting perspective behind the scenes.

It almost sounds as if nobody in the organization knew there was going to be a lunar eclipse until Robert drew up the charts. And, granted, while Dark Star would be expected on that night, Jerry and Co. never really ever followed a script, did they?

The Heaven's Gate connection is sad also, I never knew that fact.

I'm not Beethoven

Bamski's picture
Joined: Jul 11 2007

Is there a .jpg file of the cover of the "Rock the Craddle" compilation? When I play CDs in iTunes, an album cover will show up. However, that didn't happen this time around. If anyone can point me in the direction of a cover .jpg it would be appreciated. Thanks.


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