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2 CD/1 DVD set marks the 30th anniversary of The Dead's historic concerts at Giza-More than 3 hours of rare and previously unreleased music remastered in HDCD plus over 100 minutes of extremely rare, previously unseen concert and behind the scenes footage.

Disc: 1
1. Jack Straw
2. Row Jimmy
3. New, New Minglewood Blues
4. Candyman
5. Looks Like Rain
6. Stagger Lee
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Disc: 2
1. Ollin Arageed
2. Fire On The Mountain
3. Iko Iko
4. Shakedown Street
5. Drums
6. Space
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Disc: 3
1. Bertha
2. Good Lovin'
3. Row Jimmy
4. New, New Minglewood Blues
5. Candyman
6. Looks Like Rain
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 30, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B001C4Z71K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Who knows, you might like it.
Riley
They have done a good job upgrading the tapes for this cd set and the dvd of the show is of great historical interest to any serious Deadhead.
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Philip S. Wolf on October 3, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The long-awaited release of: "Egypt 1978" is over. Was it worth a 30 year wait? For me, yes it was, good or bad this package is an accurate document of a legendary event, The Grateful Dead playing right in front of The Great Pyramid and right next to The Sphinx. The 3 record set was due for release in early 1979, to help pay the 1/2 Million dollars of debt that this vacation cost the band. Jerry Garcia, wasn't happy with the tapes and the plan was canceled.

Over the years many tapes have circulated from audience and soundboard sources. I saw a lavish bootleg CD set at a record collector's show in 1996. This Box contained 8 Cd's, a hardshell book, a poster, stickers, the works. The vendor, wouldn't go under $80.00 for the package, and I passed on the deal. The tapes that I have heard, were high-quality sound and good to not-so-good performances by The Dead.

This set of two CD's {3, if you buy it from The Grateful Dead Website} and a DVD of 13 songs, and a short home movie of band and friends in Cairo, and on The Nile. This is a nice package, of an event of legendary proportions.

30 YEARS OF BAD VIBES:
The band didn't play well in Egypt, The equipment did weird things in the 110 degree heat, No: "Blues For Allah" performed, The amps melted together in the sun, The piano was outta tune, Billy could only drum with one arm, Donna was singing 'Flat' again, No hash was allowed to be smoked on stage, only behind the amps, No: "Dark Star" performed, not enough Stella Beer, after the crew stole all of it, The King's Chamber deep inside the Great Pyramid wasn't successful for use as an echo effect for the concerts, sand in equipment...ETC, ETC, ETC.

THE MUSIC:
After 30 years of rumors like that, you will have to be the judge of this package.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Riley on March 18, 2009
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I guess I was expecting the worst and that's why this recording from one of their nights in Egypt just doesn't seem that bad to me. I'll say it didn't live down to my expectations. The first time through I was about to give it 3 to 3 1/2 stars but I started to enjoy the weirdness of the whole event. Eveything that could go wrong did go wrong (as has been pointed out in other places). Of course, Donna was out of tune as usual and her typical lost self. But I really like what we get. An overall good groove. And there is something about Jerry's guitar this night that stands out. Maybe it was the heat.

This was the Dead at their most ambitious. Maybe they missed the mark but how many groups go and play at the Great Pyramid during an eclipse? Seriously? So, I give them two thumbs up for giving this a try and then I give the effort 5 stars for the band fighting through some oppressive musical roadblocks.

Now, if you're new to this whole live Dead thing then you might want to start with something else. Maybe something from '73, maybe their best year. Rocking the Cradle is more of an event album than anything else.

For the rest of you who have heard all the bad stuff you might want to give this a whirl. Who knows, you might like it.

Lastly, my review is based on the download and not the cd/dvd release. For the collectors that seems like an awful cool thing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daryl on April 29, 2013
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Unexpectedly I took a side trip to Cairo on 12 September 1978 - as a twenty-one year old Aussie lad I was suffering a little culture shock with six (6) nights to fill in before the return flight to Athens and I was at a loss for evening entertainment until a stranger (a more worldly not much older American lad) suggested myself and two travelling companions should come out to the pyramids that evening to a concert. Until 9pm on 14 September 1978 I had never heard of Grateful Dead or if I had I must not have been listening. Later that night and into the early hours of the following morning I listened and was well pleased with what I heard at a venue far removed from Brisbane's Festival Hall where concerts of the early seventies occurred in my experience. Having watched and again listened to extracts of from this concert of a lifetime courtesy of the Rocking the Cradle: Grateful Dead, Egypt 1978 DVD I have been able to travel to my youth as if it were yesterday and again enjoyed this band and experience they gave me so long ago. The DVD has made this worldlier fifty-five year appreciate a well spent youth. I would like to thank the Dead for filling in some downtime in Cairo and look forward to their company courtesy of Amazon into my later years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Anderson on November 24, 2008
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The Dead always lamented these shows as below par....well, frankly....it's the Dead we are talking about here. Even below par, the Dead were exceptional. D.L. and team have selected the good stuff for us. I just wish it had the entire Hamza El-din portion. It's a classic show that is worth owning if you like the Dead.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas C. Beall on December 12, 2008
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I have been waiting for an "official " release of these concerts for many years. There have been some rather poor quality unofficial releases before, even a cd box set that was disappointing. They have done a good job upgrading the tapes for this cd set and the dvd of the show is of great historical interest to any serious Deadhead. I've been to the pyramids but years after these shows, and to see the Dead there is really fabulous. It was not their best concert ever to be sure but it was a seminal episode in their history and it's great to have it available now.
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