Grateful Dead

By Aaron Felman


Last month, my inner deadhead reared its head when I read that an official compilation was being released featuring a smattering tracks from the Dead’s 1978 three-night run in Egypt. If you’re any kind of fan on the band’s late seventies work/theatrics you have more than likely read tomes dedicated to the group’s pilgrimage to the pyramids. If so, you’re also aware that, despite the majestic setting, a lunar eclipse, and various pageantry, the shows were, by most accounts, sub par. Based on a cassette bootleg I heard over a decade ago I would say that is a fair assessment. But wait, don’t stop reading.

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