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: Jun 13 2007
Update ...

I found two letters from Grateful Dead customer support in my mail when checking it right now. The first was this one:

"Date Of Response: 10/20/2008
Title: Missing Item/Items
After speaking with our warehouse manager I have confirmation this should have shipped. We are replacing this order as we have no other way to monitor progress on the order. You will still receive the bonus disks.

I apologize that you have yet to receive this merchandise. I have arranged for this missing merchandise to be shipped out to you promptly. Please be aware that you will receive an email shortly which states that you owe a small amount in check form, please disregard that email, as this amount has been paid for by us.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Many thanks for your patience and understanding regarding this matter.
Grateful Dead Customer Support"

The second mail is the one mentioned in the above reply ... so I hope, my package is now on it's way ... but I still feel things were better back in the days ...

Micke Östlund,
Växjö, Sweden

My record collection:

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

I just heard back that since the original order seems to have fallen off the radar they're replacing it and you WILL get the bonus discs. You probably already know this, as they say they have emailed you, but just in case.

deadmike's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007

PS! I was angry enough though when I wrote the customer service, to tell them I felt mad and I certainly hope they will make sure both bonus discs will be included in my package WHENEVER it will be sent ...

I don't ask for more than that ... but in the old days, if something went wrong with a package, the DeadStore would compensate any problems by including a sticker or a something ... but from those guys who now handle everything, I'm glad if I actually get what I have ordered ...

Micke Östlund,
Växjö, Sweden

My record collection:

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Joined: Jun 13 2007

Both myself and the Swedish post office have tried to track the package through the homepage of USPS and the answer is:

"Status: Electronic Shipping Info Received

The U.S. Postal Service was electronically notified by the shipper on September 24, 2008 to expect your package for mailing. This does not indicate receipt by the USPS or the actual mailing date. Delivery status information will be provided if / when available. Information, if available, is updated every evening. Please check again later."

I don't understand the message but the Swedish postal office says it means, the package have never been sent.

I have mailed customer service about the matter, leaving out that angry part of physical reach, of course, especially since I seldom get physical ... but sometimes get so frustrated, I feel I could actually get just that ... :-/

Thank you marye, for your concern. All these bad issues would never have happened back in the days when the store was being handled by people more of your kind. Thank You!

Micke Östlund,
Växjö, Sweden

My record collection:

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Joined: May 26 2007
Euro folks...

As has been said from time to time, we have no control over it once it's in the postal system.

That said, Deadmike, I agree with you that something doesn't sound right if it's never gotten into the postal system and I'm passing this along right now.

Since you have a tracking number, you might want to go to and see if you learn anything by tracking your package from there, just in case they know something the Swedish post office doesn't. But in the meantime I'm launching inquiries.

Joined: Mar 2 2008
mine has not arrived, yet!

25 days!

how much longer?

Joined: Jul 2 2007
Mine arrived in the UK

Mine arrived in the UK 10/18. Well within the stated delivery window for overseas delivery. Love the Egypt packaging if it was a vinyl packaging would be amazing at that size. Oh yes and the music is great. Thanks to all.

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Joined: Jun 13 2007

YES I AM!!! A LOT ...

Contacted the customer service and asked for a tracking number for my package, which I got within 24 hours ... so far so good ... but when I contacted the Swedish Postal Service, they told me that the package haven't been delievered to USPS, only a notification that it should BE. So I have been waiting since September 24th for a package that isn't registered as being recieved by USPS ... and therefore have never been shipped ...


Micke Östlund,
Växjö, Sweden

My record collection:

Joined: Jun 23 2007
Glad I Didn't

I went back and forth on ordering this set and am now glad I didn't. I have had tapes of the shows for years and knew they were less than amazing, but I really liked the Olin-Fire and am always up for new DVD's of the boys. Right before I got ready to order they put up the sample of the DVD with Bertha. It sounded horrible. Sloppy and disjointed. Because of that I decided to pass and now hearing all the problems with the packaging and such I'm glad I avoided ordering it. I'm sure I will eventually buy it, but at a store where I can at least somewhat see what I am getting. I will also throw my two cents in and say that other than video I will never buy a CD that is not a complete show. Seems kinda pointless to me.

Joined: Oct 16 2008
Interviewed the Dead for my High School Newspaper in Cairo

Wow - this is a blast from the past!

My friend Eugene and I got an interview with Phil Lesh for our high school newspaper in Cairo (Cairo American College) and then later we were at the pyramids for a press conference with Jerry Garcia and Mickey Hart - what a trip! Looking forward to seeing the DVD.

Grateful Dead at the Pyramids


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