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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 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

Videos

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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Interview

Listen in on an interview
with Richard Loren on how Egypt
happened.
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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! 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.

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”

 

DVD

Track Listing

1.“Bertha”

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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Amen, Brother

I for one am just happy that there is apparently enough demand to allow ANY releases at all. There are numerous groups out there from days gone by who do not get any attention at all by anyone in the marketplace. I hope that these gripes about compilations do not mean that they will not find a strong market-if that happens the flow of any future releases will stop-ya need money to keep all of this going. The government ain't gonna subsidize us.

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we love the music

Sounds like CCs gone has the ultimate solution with his i-pod idea...when's the pre-order? :)
All this discussion about compilations vs. full shows reminds me of a time in the early '90s when a good friend and I were talking about how we had completely different tastes in music. Another friend there asked how that could possibly be since all either one of listened to (at the time) was the Greatful Dead.
But we do all have one thing in common: we love the music.

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the cradle will rock

ok, I dig it. The Cradle of Civilization. yeah, that thought came to me about 10 minutes after I asked.

CDS? compilation defense society. fuck all if I didn't just spit up my coffee all over the keyboard. you folks crack me up. thanks!

compiled shows v. full shows?

well, I'm a full show kind of guy. always have been, always will. to each his own. matter of fact, I was always sad when every second of drumz and space wasn't on the tape, and there was nothing worse than a cassette or a reel that got cut off in the middle of a song that you had to flip or change to hear the rest of it. a jamming "Deal" for example, and suddenly SILENCE! nothing worse, trying to save 'tape' rather than purity. sheeesh!

do Rhino suits actually consult Bobby, Phil, Mickey, and Bill and say:

"hey, we are thinking about releasing the Egypt shows, what do you think?"

I'd really be interested to know the TRUTH but something tells me, the boys don't get asked or consulted.

anybody from the office care to comment on that, please?

I would be happy with the availability of only the Egypty DVD, too. I think that is a nice option that folks should have. Like a 10-12$ simple package release. Like the Anthem of Beauty. just, Rhino, please do not put that stupid crap hail to Rhino advertising shit on it that can not be skipped before viewing. ) -;

like I said before, I'd be very happy with more DVD releases, especially more views from the vaults, which are basically complete shows. Brent era, rather than Bruce and Vince, please. pretty please with sugar on top.

AND:

matter of fact, what I really want is a 50,000 GB hard drive type i-pod type cigarrette pack sized contraption that plays the highest quality flac/shn (or whatever is the best) digital music, that includes EVERY SINGLE SECOND of every show, every acid test, every last tiny bit of tape of the good o'l grateful dead, EVER recorded, AND I want it to have noise reduction head phones. ( -;

AND I want it by Christmas!

ok, just to keep everybody happy, my dream i-pod can have a shuffle feature for the people who like compliations.

hows about that?

( -;

peace.

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the cradle will rock

ok, I dig it. The Cradle of Civilization. yeah, that thought came to me about 10 minutes after I asked.

CDS? compilation defense society. fuck all if I didn't just spit up my coffee all over the keyboard. you folks crack me up. thanks!

compiled shows v. full shows?

well, I'm a full show kind of guy. always have been, always will. to each his own. matter of fact, I was always sad when every second of drumz and space wasn't on the tape, and there was nothing worse than a cassette or a reel that got cut off in the middle of a song that you had to flip or change to hear the rest of it. a jamming "Deal" for example, and suddenly SILENCE! nothing worse, trying to save 'tape' rather than purity. sheeesh!

do Rhino suits actually consult Bobby, Phil, Mickey, and Bill and say:

"hey, we are thinking about releasing the Egypt shows, what do you think?"

I'd really be interested to know the TRUTH but something tells me, the boys don't get asked or consulted.

anybody from the office care to comment on that, please?

I would be happy with the availability of only the Egypty DVD, too. I think that is a nice option that folks should have. Like a 10-12$ simple package release. Like the Anthem of Beauty. just, Rhino, please do not put that stupid crap hail to Rhino advertising shit on it that can not be skipped before viewing. ) -;

like I said before, I'd be very happy with more DVD releases, especially more views from the vaults, which are basically complete shows. Brent era, rather than Bruce and Vince, please. pretty please with sugar on top.

AND:

matter of fact, what I really want is a 50,000 GB hard drive type i-pod type cigarrette pack sized contraption that plays the highest quality flac/shn (or whatever is the best) digital music, that includes EVERY SINGLE SECOND of every show, every acid test, every last tiny bit of tape of the good o'l grateful dead, EVER recorded, AND I want it to have noise reduction head phones. ( -;

AND I want it by Christmas!

ok, just to keep everybody happy, my dream i-pod can have a shuffle feature for the people who like compliations.

hows about that?

( -;

peace.

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Come on!

To rdevil: As a card-carry member of the CDS (your joke is funny), I can say that I love full shows too, but the compilations are fine with me as well. They ARE releasing both. Winterland 73 ring a bell? I think to answer you question about who decides what gets released is a moot point. As much as the Dead's original ethos was to make their audience a part of what they did, at the end of the day, the music was theirs. Really. The music was created by these people and it belongs to them. They can do with it what they please. If the members of the band wanted all of these recordings to come out as full shows, it would happen. I find it amusing that people wonder if the "suits" at Rhino make all the decisions. Do people actually think there is some kind of conspiracy against full shows? Everyone knows more shows will be released. I'm sorry. I just love the music. That's where I am at with it all. There are waaaaaay bigger things in life to worry about.

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getting the best music out...

"It's about getting the best music out to all the listeners."
Well I agree with that and that this is not baseball cards or stamps.
But who decides what's 'the best' and what isn't? Who decides what parts of shows are worthy of release? If the listener has the entire show he or she can make THEIR OWN choices as to what's worth their time. They would have the option of listening to the entire show or a set or hitting the fwd button.
Look, if people like compilations then that's fine but isn't there enough demand out there to release complete shows too? The Road Trips series wouldn't be so frustrating if every other release was a complete show.
In all seriousness, is there valid reason for releasing compilations over entire shows? Are compilations better sellers statistically? Is there some empirical data that suggests compilations will lead to more merchandise sales? If there is an explanation along these lines maybe that would help some of us understand.
I'll shut up now and let the Compilation Defense Society go back to making fun of me. :)

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Beautiful

Looks like a terrific release. I'm in for it, along with RT4. I've had visions in my head of that old King Tut routine Steve Martin used to do since this release was announced. Jeez, I guess I'm a marketer's wet dream because I almost threw in for a t-shirt and one of those silly pyramid paperweight things too. I had to stop myself. Anyway, the complete show snobs need to chill. This isn't baseball card or stamp collecting. It's about getting the best music out to listeners. They'll never release everything in the vault anyway, so let's get over it. And back in the day of the bootleg cassette tapes, a lot of my first-set tapes collected dust while my second-set tapes got major rotation. If you're honest with yourself, you'll agree that this is true for most of you too. I didn't always listen to a complete show from beginning to end (who has time to do a lot of that?). Does that mean I'm not a 'real' deadhead? I guess so, but I won't lose any sleep over it. My only real gripe with the Dead universe is that the Jerry solo releases have disappeared. 'Pure Jerry' was great while it lasted.

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egypt shows sucked?

as has been remarked, did not these shows sort of suck? why release something that sucks?

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Weird but right!

Maybe I'm not the only vinyl nut around these parts.

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thats weird

I just made my post and then looked at the comments above it!!!! Too weird but somehow all so familiar...ha lets get those vinyls its in the ether now!

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