Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978 (2008) Thirty years ago the Grateful Dead set up shop at the foot of the Great Pyramid, took in a lunar eclipse, and blew some Middle… 2008-09-30 The Grateful Dead Rock
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Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978 (2008)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Sep 30, 2008; Lead Performance: The Grateful Dead; Genre: Rock

Thirty years ago the Grateful Dead set up shop at the foot of the Great Pyramid, took in a lunar eclipse, and blew some Middle Eastern minds. Enervated vocals and 4/4 thumping eventually give way to freaky, jazzy explorations on Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978, not least of which are 14 minutes of ''Fire on the Mountain.'' You'll want to hide the attendant DVD from hippie-hating friends, though: Poor above-the-neck fashion choices include drummer Bill Kreutzmann's turban and Jerry Garcia's, uh, pigtails. B

Originally posted Sep 30, 2008 Published in issue #1015 Oct 10, 2008 Order article reprints