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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direwulf's picture
Joined: Oct 15 2007
1978 Vinyl and Copenhagen

This is gonna be interesting, but how about something from the europe tour in '72. SO much fantastic music was heard those nights...and needs to be again. Maybe a DVD a la closing of winterland for the April 17 show in Copenhagen? of course with CD accompaniment. And when are we gonna get some new Vinyl pressings from GDP of new shows or just previously released material? IT WOULD BE AWESOME to have available a VINYL ONLY series of concert releases, as full a show as allowable would be fantastic!

livedead's picture
Joined: Jun 23 2007
where's the vinyl

I am surely pleased that you have finally released parts of the Egypt shows, but why don't you ever release vinyl LP's of the new material coming out. Sure I own CD's, but for pure listening enjoyment I would rather have a great 180 gram vinyl LP. So how about it, put out a limited edition vinyl set for those of us who want the best sound quality. It seems a shame that all you offer is American Beauty in your vinyl section. We want new vinyl releases, not just re-releases of the vinyl we have enjoyed for many years.

Joined: Aug 27 2008
Rocking The Cradle

I am very happy to see that there is an official release of a copmilation of these shows and a DVD compilation too. But I would have rather have the complete 09/16/78 show and DVD as the official release with highlights of the 15th and a song or two from the 14th as a bonus disc.

Underthevolcano's picture
Joined: Feb 6 2008
I can't wait to hear these

I've ordered the Egypt release along with the Road Trips. I like the compilation idea just fine. I also like complete runs of shows and would like to see more of these become released. I personally would rather have cd's with artwork, notes etc. I don't really care for downloads-but then I remember the lp releases as they happened. I still have or have replaced the original lps and listen to them regularly and enjoy the cover art and notes. It is tough being an anachronism, but some one has to do it. Anyway keep em coming and lets hope to get some Garcia vault. BTW, does anyone know whats up with those?

Joined: Jun 4 2007
I don't think so.

Why would I trust you with my money when you still haven't replaced the defective discs from the Winterland 73 box set or even responded to my last two queries about when the discs would be replaced?

rdevil's picture
Joined: Nov 2 2007
can we get DVD only

I would buy the DVD on it's own but will not pay $0.01 for another CD compilation.

Joined: Jul 20 2007
While we're waiting ...

... how 'bout a "listening party" for some of this stuff, either the Pyramid scheme and/or the Road Trips. Please.

pkpotter's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
Right on with this release

Appreciate your views, tommo. Hope you enjoy the work all at gd did as much as I will. There is an immense amount of sound work to get these "just exactly perfect" and i can feel it in my bones. Thank you peace,pk

Joined: Aug 15 2008


elpocho's picture
Joined: Aug 26 2008
Thanks for this one - I

Thanks for this one - I literally just finished watching a show about Cairo and the Egyptian desert; talk about your weird coincidences!
Then again, with most things GD, these sorts of "strange" events have occurred frequently with me. Such as running into an old friend at a show far from home, the breakout of a song I was listening to, etc...

GREAT 3-D flash video BTW, totally cool...listening to Hamza el-Din with the Dead always gives me the chills... = 8^])


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