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.


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.

August 04 - August 10, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll have music from 1978, 1983 and 1985.

Our first selection this week is from the final night of a three night run in Chicago on 2/1/78, featuring a great combination from this era,

July 28 - August 03, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from the 1980s exclusively, a big batch of Brent era Grateful Dead.

Our first selection is from 12/14/80 in Long Beach, CA, when the Dead were on quite a roll after the Warfield-Radio City shows in September and October.

July 21 - July 27, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week have music from 1972, 1980 and 1989, with the first and last selections from Bay Area iconic Grateful Dead venues, and the middle selection from Des Moines.

First up is music from 12/11/72 at Winterland, where the Dead were playing their return to the Bay Area after almost four months of excellence elsewhere in the country.

July 14 - July 20, 2014

Welcome back to our mid-July installment of the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1978, 1978 and 1980.

Our first selection this week is the big jam from the second set of 10/2/72 in Springfield, MA, the show that closed the first leg of the excellent Fall Tour of 1972:

July 7 - July 13, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out music from 1972, 1980 and 1987.

Our first stop this week is in Springfield, MA, on 10/2/72, where we have a big batch of classic 1972 Grateful Dead music, featuring

June 30 - July 6, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1987 and 1991.

Our first selection this week is from 10/2/72 in Springfield, MA, the show that wrapped up the first leg of the fall tour of 1972, featuring

June 23 - June 29, 2014

Welcome back to our weekly listen to some archival Grateful Dead recordings drawn from the Dead's vault.

June 16 - June 22, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1974, 1978 and 1987, three distinct, and excellent, eras in the history of the Grateful Dead.

Our first stop this week is on 7/27/74 in Roanoke, VA, where the Dead were playing with their massive Wall Of Sound.

June 09 - June 15, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1972 (barely), 1978, and 1987.

Our first selection this week is from 1/2/72 at Winterland, the first show of what would prove to be one of the Grateful Dead's most consistently great years. I gather that after the 12/31/71 gig, they decided to leave the equipment in place and play on 1/2/72.

June 02 - June 08, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1974, 1978 and 1987.

Our first selection this week is from 5/12/74 in Reno, the first show of the Wall Of Sound touring era.

May 26 - June 1, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1970, 1979 and 1982.

Our first selection is from the Grateful Dead's penultimate gig in the state of Hawaii on 6/12/70 in Honolulu.

May 19 - May 25, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have some Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1979 and 1987

Our first selection is from the excellent show on 10/25/73 in Madison, WI, where we have the end of the show, featuring

May 12 - May 18, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1973 and 1987.

Our first selection this week is from 1/2/72 at Winterland, the first show of what would prove to be one of the best years of Grateful Dead music in their 30 year performing career.

May 05 - May 11, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have a double dose of 1973, and some 1987 Grateful Dead music.

April 28 - May 04, 2014

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have a double dose of the mid-70s, and a 1987 segment.

April 21 - April 27, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll hear some music from 1972, 1983 and 1987.

April 14 - April 20, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we're going to hear some tunes from 1973, 1979 and 1987.

April 7 - April 13, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll check out some Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1979 and 1987.