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.


April 24 - April 30, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1976, 1985 and 1989, from the east coast, the Midwest, and the west coast.

Our first selection this week is from 6/18/76, the middle night of a three night run in Passaic, NJ, on the Dead’s comeback tour of small theatres, featuring first set music:

April 17 - April 23, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from a four year span later in the Grateful Dead’s performing career, from 1987, 1988 and 1991.

Our first stop is on 6/14/87, the Dead’s last-ever appearance at the Venture County Fairgrounds north of Los Angeles.

April 10 - April 16, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we once again feature Grateful Dead music from three eras of the band, with three different keyboard players.

From the tail-end of the Keith and Donna era, with only 10 months left before they’d leave the band, we have the start of the second set from 4/19/78 in Columbus, OH:

April 03 - April 09, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from three distinct periods in Grateful Dead history, featuring three different keyboard players.

Our first selection this week is from 6/4/78 at UCSB Stadium in Santa Barbara, CA where we have the start of the second set:

March 27 - April 02, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1978, 1980 and 1982.

Our first selection this week is the entire first set from the high-energy show on 6/4/78 at UCSB Stadium in Santa Barbara, CA:

March 20 - March 26, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have 1980, 1982 and 1993 Grateful Dead music for you.

Our first stop this week is on 5/29/80 in Des Moines, IA, where we have the start of the second set, featuring

March 13 - March 19, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1973, 1977 and 1993.

Our first selection this week is from 5/20/73 at UCSB Stadium in Santa Barbara, CA, the middle show of three big May concerts in 1973 (5/13 in Des Moines, 5/26 in San Francisco).

March 06 - March 12, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from three terrific years in Grateful Dead history, 1973, 1977, and 1982.

Our first stop this week is on 5/20/73 at UCSB Stadium in Santa Barbara, CA, where we have this big jam sequence:

February 27 - March 05, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1977, 1978 and 1981.

Our first selection is the end of the first set from 5/18/77 in Atlanta, the first night of a two night stand at the Fox Theatre:

February 20 - February 26, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1978, 1979 and 1981.

Our first stop this week is the start of the second set from 5/13/78 at the Philadelphia Spectrum on the excellent second leg of the Spring Tour of 1978

February 13 - February 19, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1978, 1979, and 1991, three distinct periods in Grateful Dead history as defined by three different keyboards players.

From 5/7/78 in Troy, NY, toward the end of Keith and Donna’s time with the Grateful Dead, we have the end of the show, featuring

February 06 - February 12, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1980, 1984 and 1991.

Our first selection this week is a quintet of songs from 5/6/80 at Penn State University, music that was included on one of the Road Trips releases a few years back:

January 30 - February 5, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1977, and a double dose of the first half of the 1980s, from 1981 and 1984.

Our first selection is from the first night of a five night run at the Palladium in New York City on 4/29/77, where we have the start of the second set, featuring a few usually first set songs:

January 23 - January 29, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1977, 1984 and 1989.

Our first stop this week is the big second set jam from 4/23/77 in Springfield, the second show of what’s widely considered one of the best tours in Grateful Dead history, where every night they pulled out interesting and exciting second set sequences, including this masterful high-oct

January 16 - January 22, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have some terrific music spanning nine years in Grateful Dead history, with tunes from 1977, 1978 and 1986.

Our first stop this week is from the first show of what’s widely considered one of the finest tours in Grateful Dead history, with the first notes of the lengthy trip across the east coast and Midwest, featuring

January 09 - January 15, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1969, 1982 and 1984.

Our first stop this week is on 4/20/69 in Worcester, MA, where we have this trio of early Dead songs:

January 02 - January 08, 2017

Welcome to our first full week of programming of 2017 here at the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1970, 1971 and 1972.

Our first stop this week is on 4/12/70 at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, where we have the end of the show from the final night of a four night run:

December 26, 2016 - January 01, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where we’ll roll into 2017 with some Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1983 and 1988.

Our first selection this week is from the first show of what’s widely considered one of the best Dead tours in history, the Europe 72 tour.

December 19 - December 25, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, as we roll toward the end of 2016, with plenty of great things planned in the Grateful Dead world for 2017.

ZOur first stop this week is on 4/3/70 in Cincinnati, where we have this eclectic batch of electric and acoustic Dead music:

December 12 - December 18, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have some later-era Grateful Dead from their final decade of touring, music from 1985, 1986 and 1993.

Our first selection this week is from the last night of a three night run at Nassau Coliseum, on 3/29/85, where we have

December 5 - December 11, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1979, 1987 and 1991.

Our first selection this week is the very long pre-Drums sequence from 12/11/79 in Kansas City, KS, where we have

November 28 - December 4, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, to the post-Thanksgiving edition of some fine Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1991 and 1992,

Our first selection this week is from 3/23/72 at the Academy of Music in New York City, where we have this terrific batch of pre-Europe ’72 Dead:

November 21 - November 27, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this wee we have music from three distinct periods in Grateful Dead history.

Our first stop this week is on 3/19/77 at Winterland in San Francisco, where we have this epic second set jam featuring music from albums in 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975 and 1977:

November 14 - November 20, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1970, and a double dose of the early 1980s, from 1981 and 1982.

Our first stop this week is on 3/1/70 at the Family Dog in San Francisco, where we have this terrific quartet of songs.

November 7 - November 13, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead miusic from three decades, the 1970s, 1980 and 1990s.

Our first selection is from the 3/1/70 at the Family Dog in San Francisco, where we have this short but excellent sequence featuring

October 31 - November 6, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1970, 1985, and 1987.

Our first stop this week is at the Family Dog in San Francisco on 3/1/70, when the Dead were playing during one of their busiest six month stretches ever.

October 24- October 30, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1970, 1981 and 1988.

Our first selction is from the Family Dog in San Francisco on 2/28/70, where we have this great short-ish segment of music that represents the classic transition period for the Grateful Dead when they went from psychedelic warriors to the Americana songwriters that would be defined by

October 17- October 23, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have some fine Grateful Dead music from 1971, 1974 and 1990.

Our first selection this week is from the final night in Port Chester, NY, on 2/24/71, where we have five songs, three of which are brand new from this week (the first, third and fifth song here):

October 10- October 16, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1971, 1973 and 1980.

Our first stop this week is on 2/18/71 in Portchester, NY, where the Dead were opening a six night run at the Capital Theatre, with this show being Mickey’s last for a few years.

October 03- October 09, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from three fine years in Dead history: 1970, 1978 and 1989.

Our first stop is on the first night of one of the most famous (and best) three night runs the Grateful Dead ever played, on 2/11/70 at the Fillmore East in New York City, where we have this fine batch of Dead: