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.


March 2 - March 8, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1968, 1976, and 1985.

Our first stop is on 12/7/68 in Louisville, KY, one of the few later-1968 board tapes in the vault.

February 23 - March 01, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from an 11 year span of Grateful Dead history, 1973, 1977 and 1984.

Our first selection this week is from 7/1/73 at the Universal Amphitheatre in LA, the final night of a three night run, where we have the end of the first set followed by the first two songs of the second set.

February 16 - February 22, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover a dozen years in Grateful Dead history, with music from 1973, 1977 and 1985.

Our first selection is music from the final night of a three night run at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA, on 7/1/73, a really solid batch of shows to rap up a short west coast tour of Vancouver, Portland and Seattle, as w

February 9 - February 15, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music spanning 15 years of Grateful Dead history.

Our first selection is from 11/7/69 from the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, featuring

February 2 - February 8, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1969, 1981 and 1989, a nice range of eras for the Grateful Dead.

From 11/7/69 at the Fillmore Auditorium, we have the start of the show, featuring

January 26 - February 1, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music covering 20 years of Grateful Dead history, from 1969 to 1989, with a stop in the middle in 1981.

Our first selection is the huge second set sequence from 11/7/69 at the Fillmore Auditorium, featuring three of the biggest jamming songs of the era:

January 19 - January 25, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have early, middle, and late-era Grateful Dead from 1968, 1981 and 1989.

Our first selection is from 8/21/68 at the Fillmore West, recorded to 8-track tape just a few days before the exceptional show that would make up Two From The Vault.

January 12 - January 18, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1970, 1981 and 1989.

Our first selection is from the first show of the 1970s, on 1/2/70 at the Fillmore East in New York, during the Dead's only foray outside of California during the New Year festivities (they played in Boston on 12/31/69).

January 5 - January 11, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, and we hope you're having a great start to 2015.

December 29, 2014 - January 04, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, as we roll into 2015, where we'll have plenty of things going on to mark the Grateful Dead's 50th Anniversary.

December 22 - December 28, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week have music from Brent's first three years in the Grateful Dead, 1979, 1980 and 1981, including a first set, a pre-Drums sequence, and a post-Drums sequence.

First up, from 12/10/79 in Kansas City we have the start of the second set, featuring a long sequence of

December 15 - December 21, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1979, 1981 and 1991, recorded on the east coast, Midwest, and west coast.

Our first selection this week is the end of the show from 12/7/79 in Indianapolis on the excellent Fall Tour of 1979, which had plenty of great shows.

December 08 - December 14, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some Grateful Dead music Chicago (well, and Rosemont, IL) in a three year span from 1978 to 1981.

Our first selection this week is from 11/18/78 in Chicago, where we have a great second set sequence of

December 1 - December 7, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section as we roll into December with a triple dose of Grateful Dead music from the first half of Brent Mydland's tenure with the band.

Our first selection this week is music from 11/29/79 in Cleveland, where we have the end of the second, featuring

November 24 - November 30, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1979 and 1985.

From the middle night of the terrific three night run at the Boston Music Hall in the fall of 1973, we have

November 17 - November 23, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1973 and a double dose of mid-80s Dead.

Our first selection is from the middle night of a three night in Boston, the first of third of which were produced into Dick's Picks Vol. 14.

November 10 - November 16, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers Section. This week we have a batch of Grateful Dead music from Brent's first six years in the band.

November 03 - November 09, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1983 and 1985.

Our first selection is from 11/22/72 in Austin, TX, where we have a big batch of first set Dead, featuring

October 27 - November 2, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll have music from 1971, 1983 and 1985.

Our first selection is from 11/14/71 in Fort Worth, TX, featuring the start of the show:

October 20 - October 26, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have some great Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1979 and 1985.

Our first stop this week is on 11/15/72 in Oklahoma City, we have some terrific first set music featuring

October 13 - October 19, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we've got some Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1979, and 1985.

Our first stop this week is in Tempe, AZ on 11/25/73 as part of the Dead's excellent fall tour in 1973.

October 06 - October 12, 2014

Our first selection this week is from the first set of a terrific show on 11/14/73 in San Diego, CA, featuring

September 29 - October 05, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1973, 1983 and 1985.

Our first selection this week is the second set opening jam from 11/1/73 in Evanston, IL, featuring

September 22 - September 28, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll stay in the 1970s with music from 1971, 1973 and 1979.

Our first stop this week is in Detroit on 10/23/71, when the Grateful Dead were playing their first tour Keith Godchaux on piano, without Pigpen, who was home resting.

September 15 - September 21, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1976 and 994, three very different eras of Grateful Dead music.

Our first stop this week is the third night of a three night run in St.

September 08 - September 14, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1973, 1983 and 1984.

Our first section this week is from 10/29/73 in St.

September 01 - September 07, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1973 and 1989 to start off the month of September.

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

August 25 - August 31. 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll end August with some Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1979 and 1981.

First up is music from 10/23/73 in Minneapolis, on one of the Dead's best tours ever.

August 18 - August 24. 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we've got Grateful Dead music from the 1980s.

Our first selection this week is from 7/5/81 at the Oklahoma City Zoo

August 11 - August 17. 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we're going to check out some Grateful Dead music from 1971, 1973 and 1977

Our first selection this week is from the Harding Theatre in San Francisco on 11/6/71, the first night of a two night run at this beautiful venue, where the Dead only played in 1971.