Grateful Dead

Taper's Section

In this space, every Monday, you will find information on the recorded history of the Grateful Dead’s music as it pertains to that week, specifically focusing on the shows for that week, through the band’s 30 year performing history, that reside in the Grateful Dead's storied tape vault. Although not everything is in there, with more than 1,600 of the band's 2,400-odd shows represented, there is plenty about which to talk. Check back weekly for new entries and insight into the vault, as well as exclusive audio clips relating to that week in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history.


July 25 - July 31, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we end the month with Grateful Dead music from the 1980s, specifically 1981, 1988 and 1989.

Our first selection this week is from 5/12/81 in New Haven, CT, where we have the start of the first drawn from the cassette master, featuring

July 18 - July 24, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1968, 1982 and 1991, three very distinct and excellent eras in Grateful Dead history.

Our first stop this week is in Louisville, KY, on 12/7/68, where we have this classic sequence from the era of

July 11 - July 17, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1969, 1973 and 1989.

Our first selection this week is from 12/19/69 at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, where we have a good batch of music:

July 04 - July 10, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1979, 1980 and 1989, three fine years in Grateful Dead history.

Our first selection is the long pre-Drums sequence before Drums on 12/11/79 in Kansas City, featuring

June 27 - July 03, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll check out some Grateful Dead music spanning 18 years, from 1971 to 1989, with a stop in 1981 to hear some excellent early-ish Brent music.

Our first stop this week is on 12/10/71 in St. Louis, where the Dead were rolling through their first tour featuring both Keith and Pigpen.

June 20 - June 26, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1971, 1979 and 1981.

Our first stop this week is the Dead’s opening night at the Felt Forum on 12/4/71. After the Fillmore East closed earlier in the year, Bill Graham had no New York venue, but put on shows around town, including at the Felt Forum.

June 13 - June 19, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1973, 1979 and 1980.

Our first selection is from 12/1/73 in Boston, the middle night of a three night run at the Music Hall, featuring

June 06 - June 12, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1979, 1980, and 1981.

Our first selection this week is from 11/25/79 UCLA, during a short California run of shows in San Diego and LA, where we have the start of the second set, featuring

May 30 - June 05, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week, we’re going to check out three shows from the 1970s, from 1972, 1973 and 1979.

Our first selection is classic, perfect sequence from the outstanding Fall Tour of 1972, which featured great music at every stop.

May 23 - May 29, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this wee have music from 1971, 1972 and 1973, with a double dose of Texas Dead.

Our first selection this week is second set music from 11/15/71 in Austin, TX, featuring one of the all-time great versions of NFA>GDTRFB>NFA:

May 16 - May 22, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this we have Grateful Dead music from 1979, 1980 and 1985.

Our first selection this week is from 11/10/79 in Ann arbor, MI, where we have this long, and excellent, sequence from the start of the second set:

May 09 - May 15, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1971, 1979 and 1985.

Our first stop this week is on 11/6/71 at the Harding Theatre in San Francisco, where we have this great sequence of

May 02 - May 08, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1984 and 1985.

Our first selection this week is the big second set jam from 10/30/73, the second night of a two night run in St.

April 25 - May 01, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll check in on music from three very different eras in Grateful Dead history, 1973, 1984 and 1991.

Our first selection this week is from the exceptional show on 10/25/73 in Madison, WI, the Dead’s second stop at Dane County Coliseum in 1973, after the 2/15/73 show.

April 18 - April 24, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section.

April 11 - April 17, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1967, 1971 and 1972.

Our first stop this week is this powerful show early in Mickey Hart’s tenure with the Grateful Dead on 10/22/67 at Winterland, where they played this classic 1967 song list:

April 04 - April 10, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1972, and a double dose of 80s Dead, from 1984 and 1988.

Our first stop this week is on 10/17/72 in St.

March 28 - April 03, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll check out Grateful Dead music covering a 21 year span, 1968-1989.

Our first selection this week is at one of the Grateful Dead’s primary hometown venues in the late 1960s, the Avalon Ballroom on 10/13/68, where we have the classic sequence from the period of

March 21 - March 27, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1977, 1980 and 1981, a short but excellent span of the Dead’s performing career.

First up this week is music from the Grateful Dead’s stop in Albuquerque, NM on 10/7/77, where they’d play this second set sequence of

March 14 - March 20, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll check out some Grateful Dead music from 1976, 1980 and 1981, a great five year span of Dead.

First up this week is the bulk of the first set from 10/1/76 in Indianapolis, where we have a classic (and excellent) batch of 1976 Grateful

March 07 - March 13, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from a five year span, 1976-1981.

Our first selection this week is from the slightly underrated Fall Tour of 1976, the second tour of the Dead’s comeback after the big June-July batch of shows.

February 29 - March 06, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1981 and 1987.

February 22 - February 28, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1974 and 1987.

Our first selection is from the first leg of the terrific Fall Tour of 1972, on 9/23/72 in Waterbury, CT, featuring this second set sequence:

February 15 - February 21, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1987 and 1988.

February 08 - February 14, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have some September Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1982 and 1988.

Our first stop this week is on 9/12/73 at William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where the Dead famously had so much fun playing on 9/11 that by the end of that show they added this second show.

February 01 - February 07, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1978, 1983 and 1990.

Our first selection this week is from 9/2/78, the Dead's first-ever show at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, where we have

January 25 - January 31, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we wrap up our January listening with music from the end of summer in 1978, 1979, and 1983.

First stop this week is on 9/2/78 at Giants Stadium, just before the Dead left the USA for Egypt, their second giant New Jersey show in a row to celebrate Labour Day.

January 18 - January 24, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll hear some Grateful Dead music from 1969, 1980 and 1982.

Our first stop this week is on 8/30/69 at the Family Dog in San Francisco,

January 11 - January 17, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1981 and 1987.

January 04 - January 10, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section and our first full week of 2016 music offerings from the Grateful Dead's vault.

Our first stop this week is on 8/12/81 in Salt Lake City, where we have the music coming out of Space, although we're missing the final two songs of the set (Around and Around>Good Lovin').