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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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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
regarding the DVD

the official answer is:

>The DVD is Region 0 and is playable on all players.

dank's picture
Joined: Feb 20 2008
30 years !

very nice surprise - good work! you guys are on quite a roll...................................

CosmicCharlie84's picture
Joined: Jun 19 2007

Talk about all good things in all good time! Thanks for adding in the From Egypt With Love Road Trips! ...can't wait!

mato1949's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
Egypt '78

Thanks for the new releases. As with so many other I too would like to see complete shows but I also know that not every show that got taped, has tapes that you can listen to. The soundboards for Egypt have been in circulation for some time, but they were less than stellar in quality, (or was it just too many generations of copy) so I for one am happy to see these few items that have made it out alive. I also have at least one of the From Egypt With Love shows, but my sever addiction to the music dictates that I want that one too.

So I've placed my order, (Even went for the T-Shirt) and am looking forward to my shipment.

Next time, how about the 1980 run at Radio City Music Hall, all nights, all sets, all songs complete. Some of my favorite aud tapes that I would love to upgrade.

"When I die bury me deep, put two speakers at my feet, pair of ear phones on my head, and always play The Grateful Dead."

Joined: Nov 14 2007
RT 1.4 trax

Looks, from the track listing at:
like RT1.4 will include the end of set 1 and beginning of set 2 from 10/20/78, and the beginning of set 1 and almost all of set 2 (missing only From the Heart of Me) from 10/22/78. All of the Bonus Disk could also come from these 2 shows, mostly from the 20th (first 4 tunes from set 1 plus the end of set 2).

Unless you believe the totally different tracklist over here:
which includes a whole bunch of stuff from 10/21/78 and more or less the same from 10/22.

could somebody please clarify this discrepancy??

Joined: Nov 14 2007
From Egypt w/ love

I've previously expressed my enthusiasm for the release of the Egypt tapes. Adding the 10/78 Winterland shows as a Road Trip was a great idea. Guess I'll be buyin em both.
If you are short on funds, know that the entire run of 5 complete Winterland shows can be downloaded from

Tommo's picture
Joined: Mar 31 2008
Some thoughts

Live Dead was a compilation.

And quickly flipping through my Dick's 'Dex, I found at least 8 Dick's Picks were compilations, and the first 2 (among others) were incomplete shows. I think what got so many peoples ire up about Road Trips was when the initial announcement of the new series was made, they called attention to the fact that they were compliations, instead of just slipping them out that way. I have the first three, and have enjoyed them very much.

I believe the title "Rocking The Cradle" refers to the fact that Egypt is sometimes called "The Cradle of Civilization".

I think putting the Egypt '78 shows out in a best-of format is the best way to handle these particular shows, because the performances were uneven, while the recording quality and history makes them very desirable. I remember seeing Jerry and Bob on "Late Night with David Letterman" back in the late 80's, and Jerry said something like "we tend to be terrible at all the really important gigs- we were awful at Woodstock". I don't remember if he mentioned the Egypt shows or not.

That reminds me that one of my favorite quotes from The Boys came from that same "Late Night" appearance, which came on the crest of the "Touch of Grey" hit single. When Dave asked how they were handling their new success, Bob said "You know how, when you're eating pistachios and every now and then you come across one that's really hard to open? I don't even mess with those anymore...


Joined: Jun 8 2007
egypt 78

I placed my order and as everybody else i just can't wait to receive the box set.
Question for the DVD: i hope it is encoded for multiple regions unlike a lot of the previous official DVDs....

also i would like to comment on the road trip n°4. Nice concept and i am please to see there are some good intentions in term of supplying great stuff and the pairing is spot on. Nevertheless i must say i was disappointed with the set list as these concerts contain OUTSTANDING moments which aren't captured here. So if you like the compilation type and can't resist buying everything go for it but you must know that there is MUCH more to the Winterland runs of October 78 to get.... Check deadbase and a famous review for the late Dick Latvala on the topic. Get the full run!!!

Finally living in France i hope you guys at Dead Net won't deal with customers living abroad last so the parcel arrive asap...

Great job on the package concept and very nice effort with the 3d video. Bravo et merci Dead Net.

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Joined: Jul 24 2007

CCs Gone said:

I don't get the title, "Rocking the Cradle"

because of the mummy tombs? is there something I'm missing about that title?
I'm guessing it's to do with the Fertile Crescent (Lower Egypt to what was ancient Mesopotamia [Iraq now]) being called the 'Cradle Of Civilization.'

c_c's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
looking more carefully

looking more carefully at the track listing for the DVD, I just noticed there is a "vacation tapes" track.
maybe that is what I was talking about??

also, I'll second that emotion about releasing more "complete" shows. I have always been a "purist" and every moment of a concert CD/DVD should include all of the concert, or the run of concerts. why not have a 3 or 4 or 5 CD set which includes ALL of the songs played and ALL of the concert film or film that exists of the band over there?? I do not mean to sound like I'm complaining about something I haven't seen yet, and don't know about... but so what if they didn't play there 'best' in all of the songs or repeated them? I think there are a lot of folks like me, that crave to see and hear anything and everything we haven't before. If the film or tapes exist, please use them. yeah yeah yeah, I know it is a business decision, costs of producing... blah blah blah.

any more Views from the Vault DVDs in the works?? Those were MOST cool!

oh, and how about putting this thread into the regular forum, rather than hide it in plain sight here on the front page.
(or is it there and I didn't see it?)

love and peace.


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