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.


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:

September 26- October 02, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1970, 1987 and 1989.

Our first stop this week is the opening night of a very famous three night run at the Fillmore East in New York City, on 2/11/70, where we have this exceptional sequence of

September 19 - September 25, 2016

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

Our first selection this week is the start of the show from 2/8/70, the final night of a four night run at the Fillmore West:

September 12 - September 18, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1978 and 1989.

Our first stop this week is a quartet of shorter songs from 12/11/72 at Winterland in San Francisco, where we have

September 05 - September 11, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where we start our first full week of September with Grateful Dead music from 1969, 1972 and 1978.

Our first stop this week is on 1/24/69 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, we have this classic Anthem Of The Sun sequence of

August 29 - September 04, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1969, 1970 and then some late-era Dead from 1993.

First up this week is music from 1/17/69 in Santa Barbara, where we have this classic sequence from the era,

August 22 - August 28, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1969, 1970 and 1987.

Our first stop this week is on 11/7/69 at the Fillmore Auditorium, the night before the show that would become Dick’s Picks Vol.

August 15 - August 21, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1969, 1972 and 1987.

First up this week is music from 7/7/69 in Atlanta, where we have the first part of our cassette master:

August 08 - August 14, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1973 and 1989.

Our first stop this week is on 1/2/72 at Winterland, the first show of 1972, and an auspicious start to the year many consider to be the Dead’s finest.

August 01 - August 07, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we roll into August (and Jerry’s birthday!) with music from 1969, 1972 and 1989.

Our first selection this week is from 12/31/69 in Boston, at the only Grateful Dead New Year’s show outside of California.

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: