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 16 - April 22, 2018

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll cover 20 years of Grateful Dead history, with music from 1973, 1987, and 1993.

April 09 - April 15, 2018

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from the second half of the Grateful Dead’s touring career, from 1981, 1991, and 1993.

April 02 - April 08, 2018

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1971, 1974, and 1992.

March 26 - April 01, 2018

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have some March Grateful Dead music from 1977, 1991, and 1993.

March 12 - March 18, 2018

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1985, 1988 and 1993.

March 05 - March 11, 2018

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1970, 1974, and 1981.

February 26 - March 04, 2018

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1966, 1970 and 1973.

February 19 - February 25, 2018

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1970, 1972, and 1989.

February 12 - February 18, 2018

Welcome Back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1970, 1974 and 1990.

February 05 - February 11, 2018

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1971, 1981, and 1982.

Our first selection this week is the start of the show from the first night of a six night run at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, which is notable for a couple of reasons: it was Mickey’s last show with the Dead for a few years, and it featured the debuts of several songs, incl

January 29 - February 04, 2018

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1970, 1982, and 1987.

January 22 - January 28, 2018

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll check out some Grateful Dead music from 1969, 1970 and 1987.

Our first stop is from 1/24/69 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, the first of seven shows recorded for possible inclusion on Live/Dead. This was the first successfully recorded show using the new 16-track recording machine developed by Ampex.

January 15 - January 21, 2018

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1974, and 1977, all three jams starting with Truckin’, but all very, very different.

Our first stop this week is the show on 9/7/73 at Nassau Coliseum, the show that began the excellent three+ month run of shows that made up the Fall Tour(s) of 1973.

January 8 - January 14, 2018

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1970, 1972, and 1974

From the first show of one of the best years in Grateful Dead history, we have the Live/Dead suite from 1/2/70 at the Fillmore East in New York City, featuring

January 1- January 7, 2018

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, our first instalment of the new year. Happy 2018, everyone!

December 25- December 31, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where we wrap up 2017 with a batch of Grateful Dead music from the 1980s for your listening pleasure.

Our first stop this week is at the San Francisco Civic on 12/30/83, the always great night before New Year’s Eve for Dead shows, where we have the entire second set:

December 18 - December 24, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1973 and 1979.

Our first selection this week is some first set music, plus the first song of the second set, from 12/11/72 at Winterland, featuring

December 11- December 17, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll check out some Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1979, and 1980.

December 04 - December 10, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1971, 1979, and 1985, two selections from Western NY, and one from home in San Francisco.

Our first selection this week is from 11/6/71 at the Harding Theatre in San Francisco, where we have this nice batch of classic 1971 Dead:

November 27 - December 03, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have some excellent Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1984 and 1985.

From the final night of the second leg of the Fall Tour of 1973, from 11/1/73 in Evanston, IL, we have this sequence of

November 20 - November 26, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1969, 1973, and 1991.

November 13 - November 19, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1969, 1971 and 1972.

November 06 - November 12, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this we have Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1973 and 1983.

Our first selection this week is from the opening night of a three night run at the Fox Theatre in St.

October 30 - November 05, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music spanning more than 25 years, covering three distinct periods in the band’s music.

Our first selection is from the home-town Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco on 10/13/68, where we have the sequence of music that was in the midst of being perfected for the Live/Dead recordings a few months later:

October 23 - October 29, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1980, 1989, and 1994.

Our first stop this week is on 10/7/80 at the Warfield in San Francisco, where we have the entire first set, featuring acoustic music:

October 16 - October 22, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from three distinct periods in Grateful Dead history, much as we did last week, but with a couple of different years thrown in, from 1977, 1984, and 1994.

Our first selection this week is from the cool October tour through the south and southwest, with music from 10/7/77 in Albuquerque, NM:

October 09 - October 15, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from three distinct periods in Grateful Dead history, 1976, 1987 and 1994.

Our first selection this week is first set music (plus the first song of the second set) from the penultimate show of the fall tour of 1976 on 10/2/76 in Cincinnati.

October 02 - October 08, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1975, 1981 and 1987.

Our first selection this week is the big jam sequence from the fourth and final show of 1975, in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, which was released as part of the 30 Trips Around The Sun box set in 2015.

September 25 - October 01, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1982, and 1987.

Our first selection this week is from Waterbury, CT, on 9/24/72, during the great first leg of the Fall Tour of 1972.

September 18 - September 24, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1974, and 1987.

Our first selection this week is from Syracuse, NY, on 9/17/73, during the first leg of the fall tour of 1973, about a month before the Dead released Wake Of The Flood (on 10/15/73).