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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Jack Straw's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Still Waiting....

I pre-order with two days of the announcement. I got my email saying the order was shipped, three weeks later, i am still waiting in Houston, TX. How much i did i pay for shipping anyway, i am not sure, but it was too much. This is really pathetic. If they need more money for the disc's they should charge more and not try to make money with expensive shipping costs and then this LOUSY service.

Joined: Aug 21 2008
across the pond

Mine arrived today. Customs charges to pay, but still cheaper than going through the UK Dead merchandise stockist.

Had a brief look at the DVD, the mix is fantastic - very full sound in DTS, drums rumbling around the surrounds.

Just started listening to the Road Trips set, and the sound is excellent.

Nice package all in all. Oh, and no signs of glue on my discs.

Joined: Mar 2 2008
the wailing wall

I know, I know this forum is slowly turning into The Wailing Wall...
but 21 days are a long time...

I ordered the Cradle/ roadtrips1.4 package when it was summer and scorching hot...autumn set in leaves are falling... and here i am still waiting..

something should be done for those who order from the other side of the would be more fun to share emotions all together, waiting too much spoils the fun....

= [

Joined: Oct 4 2008
Hidden Easter Eggs


Hey!! I just found a "hidden" easter egg.

If you put in CD 2, go to Track 10 then hit eject just as you hear the first ragged notes of IKO, then put in a CD of Uptown Theatre, Chicago 11-18-78, you'll hear an amazing:

Scarlet Begonias [11:35] > Fire On The Mountain [7:05] ; I Need A Miracle [7:52] > He's Gone [11:09] > The Other One [13:29]

Then you'll NEVER have to listen to Egypt AGAIN.


lanceybro's picture
Joined: Sep 11 2008
Hidden "egg"??

Just received the set Saturday (the 11th). DVD is sweet, but the vacation tapes is the highlight IMHO.
Anyway, did anyone notice the blue rose in the songlist section of the DVD? Looks like the same one from the Closing of Winterland DVD where they called them hidden "eggs" and it had some extra photos and interviews? I forget what to press to open that up?
I could be wrong, of course, but maybe the codes are the same.
Thoughts anyone? Thanks in advance...

"May the four winds blow you safely home" -Robert Hunter

Joined: Oct 1 2008
still waiting .........

I pre-ordered 2 weeks early ......... Friday after the release date I finally got the shipping email and I am still waiting for my package to arrive. I am in the US

Joined: Aug 21 2008
Still waiting for mine to

Still waiting for mine to arrive in the UK, too. :-( :-(

deadmike's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007

What can I say. I would get even madder if I lived in Vancouver and it took 30 days to recieve a package from California ...

I just recieved my mail today but still no package with my ordered records ... and today it's 20 days since it was shipped ... hope this one will not be worse than Road Trips 1 ... :-(

I think the Laguna Seca 7-29 is one of the perhaps two shows from 1988 that I've actually heard ... but I'll take ANY 1977-show over any 1979-, 1982-, 1983-, 1984-, 1985-, 1986-, 1987-, 1988-, 1991-, 1992-, 1993- or 1994-show. Also over any 1995-show except perhaps the last run, but that's only for sentimental reasons ...

Micke Östlund,
Växjö, Sweden

My record collection:

simonrob's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
Garage &

Nice work - great to see that it all works now. The "Egypt" part of the site was something I had not investigated before. Highly recommended viewing. I hope it wasn't too much work to get it back working. Even if it was, it is now done and will be appreciated, hopefully by many. A big "thank you" for your efforts.

Joined: Sep 16 2008

Replying to Simonrob September 17th, 2008. Kinks all kinked out! Enjoy at


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