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.


June 01 - June 07, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have a batch of Grateful Dead music from 1982, 1985 and 1988.

Our first selection this week is the pre-Drums second set sequence from the famous show on 4/6/82 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, featuring

May 25 - May 31, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1986, 1988 and 1993, all from East Coast Spring Tours.

Our first selection is the entire first set of 4/1/86 in Providence, RI, where the Dead played a good set of

May 18 - May 24, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music spanning 20 years, from 1973 to 1993, all of which comes from the state of New York.

Our first select this week is second set jam sequence from 3/30/73 in Rochester, NY, which features

May 11 - May 17, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1974 and 1981.

Our first selection is from the Academy of Music in New York City on 3/22/72, where we have big batch of first set music featuring

May 4 - May 10, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1971, 1977 and 1993.

Our first selection is from Iowa City on 3/20/71.

April 27 - May 01, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1973, 1991 and 1993, a broad range of three versions of the Grateful Dead lineup.

Our first stop this week is on 3/16/73 at Nassau Coliseum, the second night of a three night run at Nassau, the Dead's first-ever stop there.

April 20 - April 26, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1981, 1982 and 1993

Our first stop this week is at Madison Square Garden in New York City on 3/10/81, when they Dead were playing the second night of a terrific two night run, and from this show we have the first set featuring

April 13 - April 19, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from the 1980s, specifically 1981, 1985 and 1988. Dead Freaks Unite!

April 6 - April 12, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1974, 1981 and 1982

Our first stop this week is on 2/22/74, the first show of 1974, at Winterland in San Francisco.

March 30 - April 05, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music by the Grateful Dead from three good years in Dead history, 1974, 1982 and 1990.

Our first stop this week is at Winterland in San Francisco on 2/23/74, the middle night of a three night run, where we have three of the new songs released on October 15, 1973 on the Wake Of The Flood record.

March 23 - March 29, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1978, 1989 and 1994.

Our first selection is the start of the second set from 2/4/78 in Milwaukee, a very good show sandwiched between two great shows in Mdison and Cedar Falls.

March 16 - March 22, 2015

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1970, 1978 and 1989, three great years in Grateful Dead history.

Our first selection is from 2/11/70 at the Fillmore East in New York City, the first night of a three show run at the Fillmore.

March 09 - March 15, 2015

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

Our first stop is on 9/15/72 in Boston, at the Music Hall. These two shows on September 15 and 16 were originally scheduled to take place at SPAC in Saratoga Springs, NY, but the city decided to not allow the shows to proceed, so theyw ere moved to Boston.

March 2 - March 8, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1968, 1976, and 1985.

Our first stop is on 12/7/68 in Louisville, KY, one of the few later-1968 board tapes in the vault.

February 23 - March 01, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from an 11 year span of Grateful Dead history, 1973, 1977 and 1984.

Our first selection this week is from 7/1/73 at the Universal Amphitheatre in LA, the final night of a three night run, where we have the end of the first set followed by the first two songs of the second set.

February 16 - February 22, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover a dozen years in Grateful Dead history, with music from 1973, 1977 and 1985.

Our first selection is music from the final night of a three night run at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA, on 7/1/73, a really solid batch of shows to rap up a short west coast tour of Vancouver, Portland and Seattle, as w

February 9 - February 15, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music spanning 15 years of Grateful Dead history.

Our first selection is from 11/7/69 from the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, featuring

February 2 - February 8, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1969, 1981 and 1989, a nice range of eras for the Grateful Dead.

From 11/7/69 at the Fillmore Auditorium, we have the start of the show, featuring

January 26 - February 1, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music covering 20 years of Grateful Dead history, from 1969 to 1989, with a stop in the middle in 1981.

Our first selection is the huge second set sequence from 11/7/69 at the Fillmore Auditorium, featuring three of the biggest jamming songs of the era:

January 19 - January 25, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have early, middle, and late-era Grateful Dead from 1968, 1981 and 1989.

Our first selection is from 8/21/68 at the Fillmore West, recorded to 8-track tape just a few days before the exceptional show that would make up Two From The Vault.

January 12 - January 18, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1970, 1981 and 1989.

Our first selection is from the first show of the 1970s, on 1/2/70 at the Fillmore East in New York, during the Dead's only foray outside of California during the New Year festivities (they played in Boston on 12/31/69).

January 5 - January 11, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, and we hope you're having a great start to 2015.

December 29, 2014 - January 04, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, as we roll into 2015, where we'll have plenty of things going on to mark the Grateful Dead's 50th Anniversary.

December 22 - December 28, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week have music from Brent's first three years in the Grateful Dead, 1979, 1980 and 1981, including a first set, a pre-Drums sequence, and a post-Drums sequence.

First up, from 12/10/79 in Kansas City we have the start of the second set, featuring a long sequence of

December 15 - December 21, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1979, 1981 and 1991, recorded on the east coast, Midwest, and west coast.

Our first selection this week is the end of the show from 12/7/79 in Indianapolis on the excellent Fall Tour of 1979, which had plenty of great shows.

December 08 - December 14, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some Grateful Dead music Chicago (well, and Rosemont, IL) in a three year span from 1978 to 1981.

Our first selection this week is from 11/18/78 in Chicago, where we have a great second set sequence of

December 1 - December 7, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section as we roll into December with a triple dose of Grateful Dead music from the first half of Brent Mydland's tenure with the band.

Our first selection this week is music from 11/29/79 in Cleveland, where we have the end of the second, featuring

November 24 - November 30, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1979 and 1985.

From the middle night of the terrific three night run at the Boston Music Hall in the fall of 1973, we have

November 17 - November 23, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1973 and a double dose of mid-80s Dead.

Our first selection is from the middle night of a three night in Boston, the first of third of which were produced into Dick's Picks Vol. 14.

November 10 - November 16, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers Section. This week we have a batch of Grateful Dead music from Brent's first six years in the band.