Sunday, July 27, 2008

Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978

Thirty years ago, the Grateful Dead headed out to Egypt for a series of concerts at the Pyramids. The Dead played three concerts in front of the Great Pyramid.

Highlights from the epic run will be available on a double-CD and one-disc DVD will be released on September 30th.

According to JamBase...
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.
I'm eagerly awaiting the CD/DVD!

And here's a video of the Dead in Egypt with Ken Kesey planting a flag on top of one of the pyramids...

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