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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Day Glo Louisville's picture
Joined: Mar 4 2008

There was glue on 2 of 3 discs, the spine of the casing was crushed and when i opened it up the seams came appart. For $37 I expected alot more. As for the show, its nothing special, bonus disc sucks

Joined: Jun 6 2007
At least two thirds solved


I received a shipping notice for 65860 to Bermuda yesterday 15 Oct. I already had the shipping notice for 71717 to the USA on 23 Sept. That one arrived in Maryland a week later on 30 Sept. Still no news on 65868 to Oz. Nor, for that matter, on 77398, a Golden Road box to the same Oz address.

Thanks, I really appreciate your help.

Happy Trails

Joined: Oct 1 2008
finally arrived

Ok my package finally arrived yesterday. I am on the east coast in the US and I received my shipping email on Oct 3rd. Anyone else on the East coast can use that as a barometer as to how long it could take to get to you.

The Good
I was lucky that I did not have any glue on any of the discs, my package also arrived with a booklet.

The Bad
The packaging arrived with the cd spine creased and bent and the sleeve that the sphinx is on (the one with the booklet) will not even open. part of it is glued way too much and the other part is not glued at all. If i try to open up the entire package and lay it flat the popups of the sphinx and other items on that side will rip along with the flap.

I guess i should consider myself lucky that the glue issue only effected the packaging and not the music.

Joined: Aug 5 2008
still waiting too - in Vancouver

Yeah - I'm also in Vancouver and still waiting for mine. Got the shipping notice on Sept. 23. It seems pretty random how they're arriving - some are showing up in Argentina, but people in the US are still waiting... Anyway, I submitted something on the store's customer service page, so we'll see if that moves things along. Right now I'm not finding the wait to intolerable, I've got a whole pile of great music to dig through these days.

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

I'll pass this one on too. So sorry.

rrussell, I think the great Andrea has been in touch and your problem is dealt with, but if this is not so lemme know.

SugarMAG13's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
Waiting in the US

Well, I'm glad to see I'm not the only one waiting, but I'm in the US - on the east coast...I have not EVEN received a shipment email...what happened??

Joined: Jun 6 2007


Thanks. I ordered three copies, received shipping notice for only one (which was to a USA destination, no shipping confirmations for the Oz and Bermuda orders).

Happy Trails

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

I've passed this on.

Joined: Jun 6 2007

Is Argentina closer to the USA than Bermuda?

I haven't even received a sjhipping notice for my order, placed August 20th, let alone received the goods.

Happy Trails

rne's picture
Joined: Aug 29 2007

Finally, I received my package (I live in Argentina, so 15-20 days wait it´s perfect). Of course, I´m still going through the material. First complaint: the packaging. I suffered the "glue on CD" syndrome, unfortunately. And, in addition, those bleeding "cd-scratcher" carboard sleeves again. Nice design, nice fold-out pyramid and Sphynx, but: why not use digipaks, for God´s sake??!!! Regarding the Road Trips´ packaging, I understand the lack of plastic, for they are using recycled "Earth friendly" paper, and I think that´s great. But "Egypt 78" is not the case: it features glossy "Earth unfriendly" paper (so to speak)!
Anyway, the important thing, after all, is music. And I have to go through it. I listened to disc 2 of "Egypt 78" and I REALLY liked it (a pity they edited the "Drums->Space" section) Extrordinary sound quality! Mr.Norman did it again. I also listened to the Bonus Disc and I found that the version of "Terrapin Station" is terrible! The band seems awfully akward with it! Anyway, we know Dead live records follow the "warts and all" philosophy. And, by the way, I´d rather listen to Dead´s mistakes than some other band´s best moments.
Well, that´s all by now. I´m not a big fan of 1978 concerts, but I hope to find some fine music on Road Trips 4 and the parts of "Egypt 1978" that still wait to be listened.
Summing up:Disc 2 of the Egypt set is REALLY fine. Packaging is not. Anyway, let there be songs to fill the air.
PS: Wasn´t the electric piano supposedly out of tune? I can´t realize, actually.


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