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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Joined: Sep 18 2008

Still NO Brown Eyed Woman or Dire Wolf on a DVD release?????

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Joined: Jun 7 2007

Regarding the post by Garage, stories may have been shared at but all the links seem to lead only to "404 - Error:file not found" messages. I have spent many a happy hour browsing this site in the past - it has brought back many happy, albeit hazy memories of the UK festival scene in the '70's. gets one in at the front door so the site is still there (and well worth checking out), but the link to the Egypt page leads to the page with only dead (sic) links. Shame. The Bickershaw bit is well worth checking out. Surely the worst weather of any festival ever - until the good old Grateful Dead made the sun shine.

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
Do I need to worry?

My pre-order was accepted on August 26th but so far the amount of money hasn't been drawn from my bank account. I do hope this doesn't mean my order is forgotten. The whole package can be obtained from other places than through DeadNet and I don't want to have to wait for months and months to get what I have ordered.

Also I'm kind of worried because I only use my VISA-account to buy things through the Internet and have only transferred 400 SEK for the package and that was more than enough on August 26th but is no longer. Sure, the total price has only increased so far by circa $ 5.00 but it's much better if the amount of money gets drawn when one place an order.

I have checked and my order is registered in my order history, so I hope it will ship in good time before the end of the month. And that I will have it by the first week of October.

Micke Östlund,
Växjö, Sweden

My record collection:

Joined: Mar 2 2008
now that order has been confirmed

the countdown has begun!


keep up the good work!

Joined: Sep 16 2008
30 Years

Well we were there and stories have been shared at

Thirty years since Camp David and the Dead played Egypt Sir Paul McCartney is due to play in Israel September 25th.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

I'm emailing this to my lovely wife right away. Sounds like a Grateful Christmass to me!!!!

Joined: Aug 21 2007
stop complaining!

folks, you don't like? don't buy! you need the bonus disc and can't afford? ask a friend for a copy.

Joined: Mar 2 2008
no placed order confirmation

Dear Rhino people,
I'll try this..i ordered crypt and roadtrips 1.4 on the 28th of August and haven't received an email confirmation of placed order..I contacted the customer service twice with no answer..I'd like to know if my order has been correctly placed before the bonus disc offers expire..please let me know, my order came of course from Italy.
thanx a lot!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Pre-Order for What?

Whats with getting the Bonus Dics ONLY IF YOU PRE-ORDER BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30? Like GD Net needs our money instantly. What if I don't get paid until October 1st? Then, even as a loyal customer just cause I can't scrounge together $35 before September 30th I'm out of luck? You usually seem to have enough bonus discs for the Road Trips CDs. The lame part is I want to order it just so I don't MISS OUT on that disc. Welcome to America

Joined: Aug 27 2008
I will enjoy this

Although this release is not just exactly what I want (see my prior post) I will enjoy this one. Nice packaging, probably very good restoration of the video for the DVD, nice liner notes, only to be read once or twice, and of course, wonderful music -- just not that overwelming.
Thanks in advance for a very nice release.


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