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

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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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DeadHead85's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
Mail? On a Sunday?

Im not asking any questions, just glad its here. What a pleasant surprise. Arrive home from work on a sunday and theres a package slip hanging on the door, indicates that it wont be available till tuesday. Lets head down to the depot just in case. In line at the depot mail man walks by pushing a cart full of boxes. Desk attendant says it hasnt been dropped off yet. Oh wait I can check these new arrivals. Aha, there it is. Rocking the cradle, from egypt with love a t-shirt and two bonus disks. No glue issues and the sound is awesome. Will dive into dvd later. Candyman currently playing and excited to here the rest.

Joined: Jun 4 2007

You must not be familiar with The Oxford Plains shows or Laguna Seca (I'll take 7/29 over Cornell '77) just to name a couple.

Terry Tolkin's picture
Joined: Jun 22 2007
E-Gyppet shows

I'll oder it from Amazon used in a couple of months. I remember the shows to be largely lackluster, considering the venue (see my comments under the listing). I, at 18yo, had only traveled out of the country one other time, and that was three years before to live on a Kibbutz (a kind of collective farm) in Isreal (had to bug out early due to a "little " war that broke out shortly after I got there in 1976). In my nievite (sic), I was held up for 11 hours of questioning at customs because of the Isreali stamp in my Passport and my reason for going to Egypt, to see a "psychedelic" (their term) rock band. I was, let's say, a little nervous as I had a stored my liquid L in an eyedropper bottle.
Once I got in, the people were great and very welcoming. I remember a family paying for my dinner and leaving well before I had gotten my check. The manager said they could tell that I was an "American" and wanted me to feel at home.
I will also never forget the heat and the technical and logistical problems that seemed to doom the shows. Curious crowds of locals surrounded the fenced-off area of the
"venue" selling excellent hash and mushroom tea. I remember that the original plan was to play at the base of Kufu's Great Pyramid, or a later plan to play between the paws of the Sphinx itself when that was nixed. We ended up at neither.
When you see the Pyramids on TV or in films, you'd think that they were isolated way out in the desert. Not true, they were at the time almost completly surrounded by the city of Giza. It's kinda like the Alamo in San Antonio. It's not a sparse ruin outside of town, it sits right in the middle of downtown and looks totally out of place amongst the city's skyscrapers, not to mention it's own extensive rebuilding. In Giza, you could take a commuter train or bus right up to the site. I can only imagine, 30 years on, how much more encroached it's become. I had purchased tickets in the US ( I think that they were about $45.00 for each night, quite a lot of money at the time), but they weren't neccessary to see the shows as you could just walk right up to the stage.
I hope I don't sound like I'm complaning here, I'm still happy that I went, it's just that after the blistering and exciting US shows of 1977 and 78, Egypt's performances seemed dull and un-inspired.

Joined: Oct 11 2008

I've ordered the set when can I expect it to be in the mail box

DeadHead85's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007

Hey man I think you and me are in the same boat except I don't reside nearly as far away as sweden. I live on Vancouver island in Canada on the west coast and when I ordered the road trips vol 3 it took at least 30 business days. Nevermind weekends. I posted my frustrations just in time for the shipment to arrive, so I have decided not to hold my breath on this one. My egypt set shipped on the 23 sept. It could be a while. Ive been very tempted to download and I also nearly purchased it when I saw it in stores last week but decided not to give them my moneyX2.

deadmike's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
NOW I begin to worry ...

Saw on "my" record collection site that another collector i Sweden have already got his package ... but now it's 16 days since the package was shipped to me ... and still nothing ... :-(

Micke Östlund,
Växjö, Sweden

My record collection:

billdrumz's picture
Joined: Feb 22 2008
Olin Arageed

For those who are interested: On the back of Hamza El Din's "Eclipse" album it reads:
Ollin Arageed- A nubian percussion performance, played for a person only once in a lifetime-at the celebration of a first wedding-the rhythm composed of 3 different beats on the tar, accompanied by a melodic hand clapping, feet beating on the ground, and, traditionaly, singing and the noise of women's jewelry in their soft movements to those rhythms.

wvusteel87's picture
Joined: Jul 7 2007
Bonus disc

Was there supposed to be a bonus disc with Rocking The Cradle because I appear to have one. just wondering

billdrumz's picture
Joined: Feb 22 2008

I received my cds today including road trips and tshirt. Thank you to all concerned,the sound quality is fantastic. I'm really happy to have Olin Arageed on cd. If I remember correctly this is a Nubian tune that is only played at special times(weddings,etc).Does anyone have Hamza's original recording of this song on cd (was the album eclipse?) that could burn me a cd? I beleive Hamza passed away several years ago, and lived in the bay area.Also I have no gripes about quality glue/cd/playing etc. The shows started real late,hash was everywhere, and the desert vibe was mellow.Thanks again.

aaron's picture
Joined: Jun 12 2007
I could listen to....

that Shakedown forever! That's the peak groove for me on Rockin' the Cradle.


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