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 Egypt '78
Egypt In The Archives
The Egypt Shows
Enjoy a short video montage from the
Egypt '78 DVD.
Watch a Video of Bertha in Egypt,
Listen in on an interview
with Richard Loren on how Egypt
At Long Last...
2 Disc Set + 1 DVD
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.
1. “Jack Straw”
2. “Row Jimmy”
3. “New, New Minglewood Blues”
5. “Looks Like Rain”
6. “Stagger Lee”
7. “I Need A Miracle”
8. “It’s All Over Now”
1. “Ollin Arageed”
2. “Fire On The Mountain”
3. “Iko Iko”
4. “Shakedown Street”
8. “Stella Blue”
9. “Around And Around”
2. “Good Lovin’”
3. “Row Jimmy”
4. “New, Minglewood Blues”
6. “Looks Like Rain”
8. “Ollin Arageed”
9. “Fire On The Mountain”
10. “Iko Iko”
11. “I Need A Miracle”
12. “It’s All Over Now”
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.
I don't get the title, "Rocking the Cradle"
because of the mummy tombs? is there something I'm missing about that title?
does the DVD contain any footage of the band goofing around? I mean, not on stage concert film, but off stage antics? I have heard there is A LOT of film somewhere like home movies or something.
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Yee ha - as John Hartford sang "just when you think it can't get any better" I get my Phil/Allmans tix in the mail and then when I check my electronic mail there's Egypt just like they promised -all good things in all good time" frankly just like there was never a bad show for me any tunes I can get of the boyz are good tunes - complete shows or not please keep bringing it on.
Well, I've placed my pre-order, but I sincerely hope they've sorted out the various problems with defective discs they've had since Winterland 73. I enjoy the Road Trips series, and I've been waiting for Egypt, but I don't want to put in the discs and have them start skipping all over the place like they did with the last two releases.
It sounds great even coupled w/ The 4th installment of roadtrips makes it more appealing! I would prefer whole shows but anything that sounds as good as The GD Movie or Closing of Winterland Cd packages Color me In!!
man , i cant wait for the mail. this should be awsome
I have placed my order. Let's hope it's worthwhile waiting for ... =)
My record collection:
I like the idea of this being a compilation. The full shows lack luster in many spots, while the hot stuff appears to mostly make the release. Nice bonus w/ the RT's release too, that 10.17.78 World to Give totally smokes, and one of only three live. I'm in on both.
It does look great and I like the whole shows to. I do wish there was a series like dicks picks to satisfy the jones BUT.. there is something to be said for listening to the good stuff of a run and this looks like some GOOD stuff
Looks great but I'm still gonna pass on the Road Trips thing. Complete shows please. We know that youve got them so please release them.
Now that my order is in, when?