Grateful Dead: Egypt 1978

2-CD/1-DVD Collection Rocking The Cradle: Egypt 1978 Celebrates The 30th
Anniversary of the Band's Historic Concerts at Gizah With Previously Unreleased Audio and Video
Fans Who Pre-Order on Will Receive an Exclusive Bonus Disc
Containing Additional Egypt Performances

Jerry Garcia at the Pyramids
In the fall of 1978, author and counterculture icon Ken Kesey reported to a close friend that he had recently witnessed "the latest Rocking of the Cradle of Civilization." The course of events that he went on to recall was the Grateful Dead's assorted family, friends and fellow Pranksters--"Pyramidiots" of various origins--descent upon Egypt's Nile Valley that culminated in three legendary concerts performed at the foot of the Great Pyramid in Gizah. Although perhaps unintentionally, the entire adventure might have been easily seen, as Kesey did, as one very special contribution to the then-critical Middle Eastern peace effort. To commemorate the 30-year anniversary of this cosmic convergence of sound and sphinx, Grateful Dead Productions and Rhino will release ROCKING THE CRADLE: EGYPT 1978, a collection of highlights from this historic three-night stand. The 2-CD/1-DVD set will be available September 30 at regular retail outlets and for a suggested list price of $34.98. Fans who pre-order the set from will receive an exclusive eight-song bonus disc that includes additional unreleased performances from the Egypt run. A digital version that includes all the CD content will also be available.

Recorded September 15-16, 1978 at the Gizah Sound and Light Theater, the original 24-track recordings have been remastered for this set in HDCD for superior sound quality. The two CDs contain 18 tracks featuring more than three hours of music, including a version of "Fire On The Mountain" that many fans consider one of the band's best. Except for three performances that appeared on 2004's Beyond Description boxed set, the tracks on ROCKING THE CRADLE have never been released. The accompanying DVD features more than 100 minutes of footage; including 13 songs from the third and final Egypt show, which took place during a rare lunar eclipse. Legendary promoter Bill Graham called this show "one of the great experiences of my life." The DVD also includes a featurette titled "The Vacation Tapes" which catches never-before-seen candid band footage from the trip. The set comes in pyramid-inspired packaging and features rare photos from the trip and liner notes by longtime Dead associate Alan Trist, who was pivotal in making the trek to Egypt happen.

Trist recalls that "the Dead long dreamed of playing at the foot of the Great Pyramid." However, pulling off this dream proved to be a monumental task as no other American band had ever performed there. The band spent months planning and making arrangements with the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. The band agreed to pay all of its own expenses for the trip and donated all of the proceeds from ticket sales to several Egyptian charities, as well as the Department of Antiquities, which preserves the country's ancient treasures. Another major challenge was the minimal amount of power available at Gizah, which required the band to bring in an enormous generator to power its state-of-the-art sound and recording equipment. In the end, the massive effort paid off. The shows were spectacular successes, attracting a mix of world cultures including American Dead Heads and European fans as well as curious Egyptians and Bedouins on camels drawn by the unusual spectacle.

Unbeknownst to the band at the time, these shows would soon have a remarkable historical context. On September 17, the day after the last show, the Camp David Peace Accords were signed after nearly two weeks of secret negotiations. The Accords led to the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty, which made Egypt the first Arab country to officially recognize Israel and ended a near 30-year state of war between the two countries. One has to wonder if the Dead's message of peace and love might have had some sort of impact on the negotiations.

ROCKING THE CRADLE features: Jerry Garcia (guitar, vocals), Donna Jean Godchaux (vocals), Keith Godchaux (keyboards), Mickey Hart (drums), Bill Kreutzmann (drums), Phil Lesh (electric bass, vocals), and Bob Weir (rhythm guitar, vocals). These performances took place just a few months before the band released Shakedown Street, its tenth studio album. The shows featured performances of several songs from the upcoming album, including the title track, "I Need A Miracle," "Fire On The Mountain," and an updated take on the blues standard, "Stagger Lee." The band also peppered its Egyptian setlists with classics like "Deal," "Truckin'" and "Stella Blue."


Disc 1
1. "Jack Straw"
2. "Row Jimmy"
3. "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"

1. "Bertha"
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" Exclusive Bonus CD
1. "Bertha"
2. "Good Lovin'"
3. "El Paso"
4. "Ramble On Rose"
5. "Estimated Prophet"
6. "Eyes Of The World"
7. "Terrapin Station"
8. "Sugar Magnolia"

[Published on: 7/15/08]

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oh man, I used to have a TERRIBLE recording of this. back in the days of analog tapes. what an epic release!!!

aquariumdrunk starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/15/2008 09:35AM
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Entangled Minds Clothing starstarstarstar Tue 7/15/2008 09:39AM
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Entangled Minds Clothing

Inner-galactic Space Pyramidiots forward!!!

gamecat starstarstarstar Tue 7/15/2008 09:58AM
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Can't wait to see the DVD.

Thanks for sharing Grateful Dead Productions and Rhino!

beatstock starstarstar Tue 7/15/2008 09:58AM
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the dvd cut out the drums and space??!! for such an amazing project you would think it would be like 3 dvds with all three nights, and all the music on cd's, not everone can preorder that shit and look at the tracklisting on the bonus dvd!!! everyone deserves those tracks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mountain_Icculus starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/15/2008 10:13AM
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wow this is some bad ass news.

Woody Tue 7/15/2008 10:18AM
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i remember reading in Phil's book that these shows were littered with tech problems, mostly b/c of the monitors and b/c the piano was out of tune. maybe this has something to do with the limited release?

overall Tue 7/15/2008 10:25AM
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Can't wait to get my hands on this stuff.

Funny comment, beatstock. The reason they offered up the bonus tracks was to get diehard fans to buy quickly and start a buzz that'll translate into even more sales. Simple business.

If you toss the bonus tracks to everyone, no matter how long they drag their feet, it defeats the purpose. The same train of thought explains why it is that festivals offer early bird pricing that's about half the cost of gate ticket fees.

If you snooze, you lose. But at least in this case you can find an "on the ball" friend to burn a copy of whatever you don't buy quickly enough.

wagsinnorthernva starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/15/2008 10:29AM
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Will be ordering this weekend

Tpetty Tue 7/15/2008 10:30AM
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Song lists look pretty heady..definitly gonna get this....

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/15/2008 11:01AM
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I used to have a crappy DVD video copy of this...there were a bunch of heads in it, like Bill Walton and Kesey and some others I think. Speaking of which, I almost got knocked over by that giant Bill Walton at the Ratdog show a couple of weeks ago. He's huge. I bet he used to play basketball.

phishr82 Tue 7/15/2008 11:22AM
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jammasterjustin Tue 7/15/2008 11:40AM
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boo yah!

salmon401 starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/15/2008 12:03PM
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Anyone else keep having the song Berta pop into their heads everytime the news talks about the hurricane? - "Berta don't you come around here anymore"

bbqribs starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/15/2008 12:12PM
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Berta. Hillarious.

sunnbear starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/15/2008 12:16PM
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Can't wait! Also, salmon401, it's Bertha.

salmon401 Tue 7/15/2008 12:20PM
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Let this be a lesson to you kids, there is no greater spell checker in the world than your peers. Great thing is I managed to do it twice. Dammit.

Jukebox Hero Tue 7/15/2008 12:49PM
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Jukebox Hero

Having read Phil's book, I can't say that I'm super excited about this release. The historical and mythical significance is undeniable, but if Phil is to be believed, the Dead kind of "blew it" with these shows. He doesn't seem to think that they are anything special musically. That's not to say the DVD won't be badass (who doesn't want to see the Dead in front of the pyramids, even if they're not particularly "on"). I'm not sure that I'll pick this up, but I hope one of my buddies does so I can watch the video. I think I'll just go listen to 6-18-74 (it's on archive and if you don't have it you should).

phishr82 Tue 7/15/2008 01:01PM
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in all due respect to Phil (I love phil)... but he was there, for every show, for 30 years. Most of us were not; i know i'm curious as to what transpired on those nights. I remember reading somewhere where Jerry used to pick apart a lot of the earlier shows until he realized that people were having magical, transcendent experiences even when he might have thought the band sucked. Musicians tend to be their own worst critics

FormulaOBX Tue 7/15/2008 01:12PM
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I can honestly say I wasn't there. But I will purchase these epic shows.

Sixmilliondollarman starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/15/2008 01:14PM
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I was only six at the time....Lunar eclipse sounds pretty cool.

D-Line Tue 7/15/2008 01:59PM
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im not saying this isnt an awesome release, but as far as the show goes, it was very mediocre for this band at that time when they were peaking.and this isnt comming from me, this is comming from Jerry himself. he talked about this show many times as so did the rest of the band. Jerry says he thinks they sucked at this show becasue of how hard it was to get it done, how much was expected of them and how much druggs they were on. ive heard the show many times, and i dont hate it, its just not great. read any book about jerry and the band where they discuss this show and they mention it every time. jerry always thought that they didnt play well in BIG SPOTS and this was no exception

acomma Tue 7/15/2008 02:01PM
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hahaha!! salmon, the same thing happens to me! "Bertha don't you come around here anymore" I just keep on thinking that's what everyone should be saying around the coast.

Flat5 Tue 7/15/2008 02:16PM
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GnarDogg Tue 7/15/2008 02:33PM
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dude idk jerry didnt like how this show went. it was supposed to bring some dough in and jerry just didnt wanna release it. (read it in the liner notes of Beyond Description 1973-1989 box set)

electromagnetic starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/15/2008 02:35PM
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They played this(or another super high quality sbd on the GD radio on sirius from Egypt '78) during Langerado and it sounded fantastic, can't wait for this beauty to come out!

nobodysjam starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/15/2008 03:25PM
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Billy had a bum wrist or hand, which didn't help the fluidity factor. But the big bars of Egyptian hash sold everywhere, with the 3rd world prices and strong dollar back in the day, must have brought a "kid in the candy store" vibe and Kesey tells a great story of seeing a pyramid guides face morph into all the faces of mankind, heady days indeed and look out for the 7 ft tall red head, he's sure to stand out.

torn&treyed Tue 7/15/2008 03:29PM
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Yea..... I also read that in phil's book he didn't think these shows were that sweet, but if you actually read what he said. It was that the shows were not good enough to release (just audio but with a bunch on DVD with of interviews, backstage footage, good pictures and the handful of singular songs that I'm sure are sick, like the fire, maybe the darkstar this would be a good buy for any deadhead

jbleiche Tue 7/15/2008 04:17PM
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it's definitely been said that these shows were not that good but i'm sure this is gonna be an awesome release nonetheless, it's gonna be great to see on dvd either way, I've tried to youtube this show many times...

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/15/2008 04:56PM
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finally..., cant wait

they were supossed to release this months after the show to help pay for the trip/event.... 30 years later.....

O1Roggae Tue 7/15/2008 05:05PM
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Nice Ive been waiting a while for the dvd-cd release. The tape recording of it I have is kinda weak.

cliftonhanger420 Tue 7/15/2008 06:43PM
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DAMONCORY starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/16/2008 06:51AM
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I also have a shitty cassette of this & still listend to it now & then. Cant wait to get this!

AintNoFreedom starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/16/2008 08:17AM
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Wow, what a great story. can't wait to check this out!

Beaser starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/16/2008 08:45AM
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Super excited to pick this one up...its gonna be fantastic

dedhed611 starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/16/2008 09:26AM
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aaah. the minute criticisms. makes me feel like i'm a very young man again, when the internet was just beginning to bloom and everybody had something to say about the show, even when just the night before it was the greatest thing you had ever heard. i'm sure that this release is worth every cent, all the "shitty" stuff has been edited out, and with some good american hash you can almost relive the experience. damn i miss the (grateful) dead.

phalluscooper Wed 7/16/2008 02:24PM
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I have the 9/16/78 SBD...the music definitely is not the Grateful Dead at their best but this release will serve as a time capsule for a very special event that probably couldn't be done by a western musical act in today's geo-political climate. The Ollin Arrageed drumming into Fire On The Mountain is sure to be a DVD highlight.

In a Big Country Wed 7/16/2008 05:31PM
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In a Big Country

Blu-ray ???

Mugs starstarstarstar Wed 7/16/2008 08:08PM
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I'm not sure if I heard this recording before but I do remember the Egypt trip/show was a huge thing back in the day. There was high expectations for the show so I could understand if they felt it wasn't their best. I'm sure its fairly good, the late 70's was when the dead at their best(IMO), this show is definately a big part of Dead history.

digideley223 Thu 7/17/2008 02:39AM
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Sweet wish I was there but, I was'nt even born by that time

digideley223 Thu 7/17/2008 02:41AM
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Cant wait for my next show it keeps the fever alive for me lately Peace.

bhoadley Thu 7/17/2008 04:45AM
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I was born on 9/16/78! It's my birthday show!!

n-1 starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/17/2008 12:11PM
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now people outside the US, don't even pay attention to jambands, or the counterculture ideas of the 60's, our generation is once again reverting to materialism and aggressive d*ck heads. Alas Jambasers, we were born in the wrong erra

deadheadjim starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/17/2008 03:18PM
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Finally, keep the releases coming! Road trips 2 & 3 are freaking awesome. I want to hit on the live compilation dilemma. There are great things and bad things about both whole shows and compilations. Many whole shows either weren't played well enough all the way through to warrant a release, or there are problems with the masters. Compilations are kind of like cheating, but come on, you get to hear tracks from shows that would never be remastered because of poor quality recordings or playing. Just being honest man! ANd a DVD and a kick ass bonus disc, woo-hoo. And to an earlier poster, why can't you preorder to get the bonus, it's pretty easy, just log on and order.

I_Drink_It_Up starstarstarstarstar Fri 7/18/2008 11:21AM
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A lot of Persian Heroin was involved here.

torn&treyed Sat 7/19/2008 10:18AM
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wait.... no blu ray...... j/k

Jack Straw Berry starstarstarstar Sat 7/19/2008 09:35PM
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Jack Straw Berry

historic, but the boys (and Donna) weren't in great form during these shows...maybe the persian heroin? Billy with a broken arm, Bill Walton on crutches (seen him hobble lately?!...) Big party on the road with some shows to fund it?!

jgradydead starstarstarstar Sun 7/20/2008 02:40PM
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9/14 and 9/15 were definitely sub-par shows, imho. 9/16 is a good show, though, imho. especially the Ollin>Fire (wow). i've got a good-sounding source, but who cares, buy from the band.

(side note: listening to gd79-12-07.shn--MAMU>Big River(!) is smokin'.

also, a great show from Maine to check out (Brent's voice sounds very unique: 80-09-06)

FinDPloyK Sun 7/20/2008 04:12PM
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in searching for the sound phil claims he read an old egyptian prophecy or poetry stanza or something ( forgot the title he gave it) but its really strange it says something about there being peace on the night of dancing under the shadow of the moon with the grateful dead... read the book it tells the story better.. fucking awesome that we're finnaly getting a dvd on this... i agree with filo bonus disk should of been 1st disk except i would rather have llr instead of el paso... a better bobby song i think

cavemandan Tue 7/22/2008 02:20PM
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i coulda swore they opened with Promised Land... had a SUNY hallmate go to this show and I wondered why when Jerry was going to be playing in our gym!

let's just pray DSO dont go butcher this also

DirtyRice starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/22/2008 05:40PM
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i wasnt there as i was only two at the time but an old hipster friend o mine claims he made the trek and that the rhythm devils played and that they had screens projecting images of Apocalypse Now (which wasnt released theatrically til 79). I always thought my friend was fibbing but i did hear the Apocalypse Now screen imagery thing happened again later but not in Egypt. just wondrin if anyone knew anything bout it..

I will get this on because my favorite song is on the bonus - Estimated Prophet!

philsfriend Tue 8/26/2008 12:16PM
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can't wait to hear [and see] those cats down under the stars. hows about a nice long tour? i'm fired up and ready to go!