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.


July 28 - August 03, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from the 1980s exclusively, a big batch of Brent era Grateful Dead.

Our first selection is from 12/14/80 in Long Beach, CA, when the Dead were on quite a roll after the Warfield-Radio City shows in September and October.

July 21 - July 27, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week have music from 1972, 1980 and 1989, with the first and last selections from Bay Area iconic Grateful Dead venues, and the middle selection from Des Moines.

First up is music from 12/11/72 at Winterland, where the Dead were playing their return to the Bay Area after almost four months of excellence elsewhere in the country.

July 14 - July 20, 2014

Welcome back to our mid-July installment of the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1978, 1978 and 1980.

Our first selection this week is the big jam from the second set of 10/2/72 in Springfield, MA, the show that closed the first leg of the excellent Fall Tour of 1972:

July 7 - July 13, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out music from 1972, 1980 and 1987.

Our first stop this week is in Springfield, MA, on 10/2/72, where we have a big batch of classic 1972 Grateful Dead music, featuring

June 30 - July 6, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1987 and 1991.

Our first selection this week is from 10/2/72 in Springfield, MA, the show that wrapped up the first leg of the fall tour of 1972, featuring

June 23 - June 29, 2014

Welcome back to our weekly listen to some archival Grateful Dead recordings drawn from the Dead's vault.

June 16 - June 22, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1974, 1978 and 1987, three distinct, and excellent, eras in the history of the Grateful Dead.

Our first stop this week is on 7/27/74 in Roanoke, VA, where the Dead were playing with their massive Wall Of Sound.

June 09 - June 15, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1972 (barely), 1978, and 1987.

Our first selection this week is from 1/2/72 at Winterland, the first show of what would prove to be one of the Grateful Dead's most consistently great years. I gather that after the 12/31/71 gig, they decided to leave the equipment in place and play on 1/2/72.

June 02 - June 08, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1974, 1978 and 1987.

Our first selection this week is from 5/12/74 in Reno, the first show of the Wall Of Sound touring era.

May 26 - June 1, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1970, 1979 and 1982.

Our first selection is from the Grateful Dead's penultimate gig in the state of Hawaii on 6/12/70 in Honolulu.

May 19 - May 25, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have some Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1979 and 1987

Our first selection is from the excellent show on 10/25/73 in Madison, WI, where we have the end of the show, featuring

May 12 - May 18, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1973 and 1987.

Our first selection this week is from 1/2/72 at Winterland, the first show of what would prove to be one of the best years of Grateful Dead music in their 30 year performing career.

May 05 - May 11, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have a double dose of 1973, and some 1987 Grateful Dead music.

April 28 - May 04, 2014

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have a double dose of the mid-70s, and a 1987 segment.

April 21 - April 27, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll hear some music from 1972, 1983 and 1987.

April 14 - April 20, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we're going to hear some tunes from 1973, 1979 and 1987.

April 7 - April 13, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll check out some Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1979 and 1987.

March 31 - April 6, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1973, 1980 and 1988.

Our first stop this week is on 11/20/73 at the Denver Coliseum, when the Dead were playing two nights in Denver.

March 24 - March 30, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from Brent’s first three years in the Grateful Dead, 1979, 1980 and 1981.

March 17 - March 23, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, and one of my favorite weeks of the year as we head into Spring. This week, we're going stick to the 1980s exclusively, with music from 1980, 1981 and 1987.

Our first stop this week is in Pembroke Pines, Florida, on 11/26/80, the first show after the long runs at the Warfield and Radio City that featured acoustic and electric Dead.

March 10 - March 16, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1973, 1984 and 1994.

Our first selection is music from El Paso, Texas, on 11/23/73 as part of the terrific Fall Tour of 1973, one of the creative highpoints of the Grateful Dead's performing caree.

March 3 - March 9, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll be playing some music from 1973, and a double dose of early Brent-era Dead from 1981 and 1983.

February 24 - March 2, 2014

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1981 and 1994.

February 17 - February 23, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1983 and 1994.

February 10 - February 16, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1981 and 1994, a nice variety of different Grateful Dead eras.

February 3 - February 9, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover a span of just over 20 years with some Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1981 and 1994.

January 27 - February 2, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where we roll through the depths of winter with music from 1969, 1981 and 1994.

January 20 - January 26, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we check in on some Grateful Dead music from 1976, 1981 and 1987.

January 13- January 19, 2014

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some music from 1972, 1982 and 1987.

January 6- January 12, 2014

Welcome back, and we hope 2014 has started well for you. This week we have a batch of music from the 1980s.