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.


November 02-November 08, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1981 and 1989.

First up this week is music from 7/16/72 at Dillon Stadium in Hartford, CT, featuring

October 26-November 1, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1969, 1981 and 1984.

Our first selection this week is from 7/3/69 in Colorado Springs, CO, featuring two big Pigpen numbers from the era, and a terrific version of the quite-rare He Was A Friend Of Mine in the middle.

October 19 - October 25, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover 20 years of Grateful Dead history, 1969-1989, with a stop in 1973.

October 12 - October 18, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music covering 15 years of Grateful Dead history, from 1969, 1973 and 1984.

Our first selection this week is music from 6/28/69 in Santa Rosa, CA, where we have this fine set of music that shows the band on the cusp of transitioning from the psychedelic primal beasts of Live/Dead to the countrified Dead of Workingman's

October 05 - October 11, 2015

Greetings. Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music by the Grateful Dead from 1973, 1984 and 1990.

Our first selection is from Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR, on 6/24/73, during a short tour of the west coast (Vancouver, Portland, Seattle, three in LA).

September 28 - October 04, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this wee we have music by the Grateful Dead from New York City in 1969, and a double dose of New Jersey Dead in 1976 and 1991.

September 21 - September 27, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have two selections from New Jersey, and one from Colorado, two states that are virtually identical in every way.

Our first stop this week is on the excellent comeback tour in June 1976, where have this excellent sequence of music from 6/18/76 at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ:

September 14 - September 20, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from an eight year span in Grateful Dead history, 1970 to 1978.

Our first selection this week is from the Dead's final performance in Hawaii, on 6/13/70, featuring a good blend of typical 1970 Grateful Dead music,

September 07 - September 13, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from three excellent years in Dead history: 1970, 1976 and 1978.

Our first selection this week is a rare single track entry, specifically

August 31 - September 06, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music covering 11 years of Grateful Dead history, from 1973, 1978 and 1984.

Our first selection this week is from one of the more famous shows in the Grateful Dead's performing history, from 6/10/73 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, where the Dead played two shows with the Allman Brothers Band and Wet Willy.

August 24 - August 30, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1977, and a double dose of 1980.

Our first stop this week is the end of the first set of the penultimate show of the great Spring Tour of 1977, on 5/26/77 in Baltimore.

August 17 - August 23, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll span 12 years of Grateful Dead history, 1968 to 1980, with a stop in 1978, with three very distinct iterations of the Grateful Dead.

Our first stop this week is on 8/21/68 at the Fillmore West, where the Grateful Dead played two shows just before the Shrine shows in LA that would become Two From The Vault.

August 10 - August 16, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music spanning 12 years, from 1970, 1978 and 1982.

Our first selection this week is from the second night of a four night run in San Francisco at the Fillmore West, on 2/6/70, where we have this nice batch of Dead from the era:

August 3 - August 9, 2015

Welcome back to the Taper's Section, where this week we have music from 1973, 1978 and 1979

June 27 - August 2, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from three very fine Grateful Dead years, 1977, 1978 and 1979.

Our first stop is on 5/18/77 in Atlanta, on one of the greatest tours in the Grateful Dead's 30 year performing career.

July 20 - July 26, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from a short, but excellent, period in the Grateful Dead's touring history, with tunes from 1978, 1979 and 1981.

Our first selection is from 5/7/78 at the RPI Field House in Troy, NY, just outside of Albany. I saw a hockey game here (Capital District Islanders vs the St.

July 13 - July 19, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from the first five years of Brent time with the band, 1979-1984.

Our first selection this week is from 5/4/79 in Hampton, VA, the Grateful Dead's first stop at the Hampton Coliseum, and Brent's third show. This was included on the vinyl-only release for independent record stores a couple of years ago.

July 06 - July 12, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1978, 1981 and 1984.

Our first selection is the start of the show from the xcellent night in Nashville on 4/22/78, featuring

June 29 - July 5, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover 15 years of Grateful Dead history with music from 1969, 1978 and 1984.

Our first selection is from 4/20/69 in Worcester, MA, when the Dead were continuing their excellent run of shows in the winter and spring of 1969 with this excellent show, from the cassette master, from Worcester, featuring Morning Dew,

June 22 - June 28, 2015

Welcome back to the Taper's Section, where this week we music from 1970, 1978 and 1984.

Our first selection this week is from 4/15/70 at Winterland, one of the 30 shows in the upcoming 30 Trips Around The Sun box set, with our music today featuring

June 15 - June 21, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week, we have music spanning five years in the 1980s, from 1982, 1983 and 1987, a fine batch of East Coast Grateful Dead.

Our first stop this week is at Nassau Coliseum on 4/11/82, on the very good spring tour of 1982.

June 08 - June 14, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll tune in to a double dose of Grateful Dead music from the Spring Tour of 1978, with a bit of 1984 mixed in.

Our first stop this week is on 4/19/78 in Columbus, OH, where we have the start of the second set, featuring

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!