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: Nov 6 2007
A+ Sound

This is the best sounding show I own beating out Rockin at the Rhein. Any good Sound System will do these CDs immense justice. The instruments are crystal clear and there are some strong vocals too.

I really like the "Row Jimmy" which has a great ensemble sound as everyone seems to pitch in the jams, especially Bob Weir. "Shakedown Street" is also real strong as the band definitely gets loose. "Eyes of the World" has some shifty rhythms and some great playing by Jerry.

The DVD is really amazing. Its all about set and setting and it's hard to top Egypt. Some high spirits were definitely abound at this show. Great to see...


'In fact your salvation is within yourself, in your own essence of mind, it is not to be gotten grasping at external people like me.' ~ Jack Kerouac

Joined: Sep 10 2008

This album is absolutely amazing! The dead really put their hearts into this show, the music is so lively and they hold nothing back. Definately worth the money!

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
I'm finally there in spirit...

I remember the jumbotron with light-bulb sized pixels at the Meadowlands show in September of '78. First time I had ever seen a giant stadium TV...I thought it was pretty cool to see close-ups from far away as I was about halfway back and halfway up. I enjoyed the show even though it was a bit more of a tame scene then the previous year at Englishtown. At the end of the show, the message on the screen was for the trip to Egypt. "Wow! I thought..."sure would like to catch the Dead at the pyramids". Price on the screen was $2500. After carefully checking, I realized I had the $25...but not the hundred. Oh well...there were a few more shows stateside in the cards for me, but I always wondered what the trip to Egypt was like. Since then I've read some and heard a few stories. The release here is sure shedding a lot of light as to the hows and whys and such. I'm certainly glad to have these jams. I do remember the event happening with all of the peace initiatives and there were the Dead right in the middle of the world doing what they like to do. I am enjoying this release and digging on it a lot. I'm defenitely high on the Shake>Drumz right now! Wicked cool! I'm finally there in spirit in my own space and time and it's been a long time waiting to join in but now I can stay as long as I like. Thanks for the shadows and the songs...Peace!

"Walk into splintered sunlight
Inch your way through dead dreams to another land"

Robert Hunter

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Sorry, I don't get it

After many years and many, many shows on CD, I find this one way short of expectations. Disk 1 is almost a complete loss, with the exception of a decent Row Jimmy and Deal. Disk 2 starts off great, and dies at Aiko. A fair Shakedown is all that is left. I haven't bothered with the bonus CD yet, I doubt it's any better. Continuing in the tradition of Dick's Picks #25, 1978 is pretty much a disappointment.

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
woo hoo!!

that's great news! I'll pass the word.

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
Weird Tales from the Sweden ...

All of a sudden ... yesterday ... the untraceable package turned up ... mysteriously ... after three weeks of Hide & Seek from the Swedish Custom Authorities ... and this after I had been going after the wrong "crooks" ... (sorry Dead Store Customer Service) ...

Because I cannot imagine the package I recieved yesterday is the one sent to me last Monday ...

I had to pay an additional 21, 22 dollars in tax and custom charge ...

I promise I will try to find out how come the package was invisible to both the Swedish Postal Service as well as the American one ...

I feel a little ashamed, of course, now with a new package on its way to Sweden ... but I'm telling you this, because I want to be honest with everybody ... if the new package goes through the Custom Authorities without me having to pay another 20-25 dollars for it, I'm willing to return the goods unopened.

Sorry about this mess ... but I feel I'm not to be blamed myself ... since I trusted both USPS as well as the Swedish Postal Service, not being wrong about the first package being missed ... okey??

I haven't listened to the CD's or watched the DVD yet ... because I'm not in the right mood, feeling a little down because of the happenings ... so I will get back on that matter when this sudden sadness have gone away ...

Micke Östlund,
Växjö, Sweden

My record collection:

Joined: Jun 7 2007

...because I wrote a somewhat whiny post about my package not arriving, my package has arrived - complete, correct discs, bonus discs, no glue, no tears. Nice one.

Now to start listening...

Joined: Jun 7 2007
Australian deadheads

Anyone in Australia received their package? I'm starting to worry - the last Rhino package I got (The Doors Live in Pittsburgh) didn't appear after three months and I had to have it resent. Normally Dead stuff arrives fairly quickly (1-3 weeks) so I'm only in a mild panic at this stage.

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

I'm sorry your order has been so darn cursed!

deadmike's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
Yes ...

But thank you again marye for caring ... *love*

Micke Östlund,
Växjö, Sweden

My record collection:


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