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.


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').

December 28, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we wrap up 2015 and enter 2016 with some Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1982 and 1991.

Our first stop this week is in Baltimore on 3/26/73, where the Dead played a very fine, and very long, show, which featured this excellent big second set jam:

December 21 - December 27, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1982, 1989, and 1990, as we roll toward the end of 2015.

December 14 - December 20, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1970, 1982 and 1989.

Our first selection this week is from 2/23/70 in Austin, TX, where we have this interesting sequence of music, from the time when the Grateful Dead were slipping effortlessly between acoustic and electric music:

December 07 - December 13, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out a classic jam from 1973, and two late-80s first set sequences.

Our first stop this week is on Jerry's birthday on 8/1/73 at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, NJ, where we have this massive second set jam of

November 30 - December 06, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have some fine Grateful Dead music from 1974, 1982 and 1984.

Our first stop is on 7/27/74 during the Dead's final American tour with the Wall Of sound. After this tour ended on 8/6/74 in NJ, they would play a European tour followed by five nights at Winterland, and then would pack it in.

November 23 - November 29, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1974, 1982 and 1984.

Our first stop this week is on 7/25/74 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Chicago, IL, featuring the big sequence of

November 16-November 22, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from three phases of the Brent era: early 80s, mid 80s, late 80s.

Our first selection this week is from the Oklahoma City Zoo on 7/5/81, where we have a batch of mid first set music, featuring

November 09-November 15, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1981 and 1989, three fine years in the Dead's history.

Our first stop is on 7/16/72 at Dillon Stadium in Hartford, the first show in the post-Pigpen era.