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.


October 29 - November 4, 2007

We have often been asked how we’d go about selecting the year from which the next Dick Pick or Vault Release was selected.

October 22- October 28, 2007

This week we have some music from 1968, 1982 and 1984

October 15 - October 21, 2007

We’re going to be doing some jumping around the calendar this week, to play you some music we didn’t get a chance to play for you the past few weeks.

October 8 - October 14, 2007

This week, we’re going to stop into the years of 1980, 1984 and 1989 exclusively, with some great stuff from both years.

October 1 - October 7, 2007

Heading into October, we have some terrific Grateful Dead music to cover this week, including a good selection from the brilliant September-October, 1976 tour.

September 24 - September 30, 2007

This is another busy week in the Grateful Dead’s performing history, with music spanning another relatively short span, but containing some exceptional jams.

September 17 - September 23, 2007

We’ve got some outstanding music for you this week, covering a rather limited span in the Grateful Dead’s performing history, but it’s a span that includes some of the best years.

September 10 - September 16, 2007

This week, as we roll toward the official start of Fall, we have 15 years of Grateful Dead history to cover, starting in 1972.

September 3 - September 9, 2007

We have a tremendous variety of music for you this week, spanning almost 20 years of the Grateful Dead’s recorded history, and we hope you’ll find this week’s journey as enjoyable as we did whil

August 27 - September 2, 2007

I undertook the Taper's Section last November with a pretty simple vision: to have fun providing folks a regular opportunity to hear vault material that kept their interest in Grateful Dead mus

August 20 - August 26, 2007

As we move toward the symbolic end of summer (Labour Day, of course), we have some great music to play spanning about 21 years of Grateful Dead music, from 1968 to 1989, two fine years with which t

August 13 - August 19, 2007

In addition to some excellent moments from this week in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history, we also have some great material from outside of our date range, including a good chunk of music from 19

August 6 - August 12

This week, we have 15 years of Grateful Dead music for you, spanning a nice period from 1972 to 1987.

July 30 - August 5

We have more than 20 years of Grateful Dead music for you this week, spanning many great eras. Hopefully we’ll have something for everyone.

July 23 - July 29

Late July finds us with a whole lot of 1974 material for you, plus a few other choice bits from 1966 and 1982.

July 16 - July 22

Rolling along toward the dog days of summer, the Grateful Dead continued to perform exceptional shows around the country, and we have music from 1970 through 1989 from this week in the band’s rec

July 9 - July 15, 2007

This week we have almost 25 years of Grateful Dead music for you to hear, including plenty of material from this week in the history of the band’s recorded legacy, as well as a few other bits tha

July 2 - July 8, 2007

There is some great music this week, so we’ll jump right in.

June 25 - July 1, 2007

The summer months were excellent times to see the band, with not only so many shows, but with so many downright excellent shows.

June 18 - June 24, 2007

June was always busy month in the Grateful Dead’s touring schedule, and we once again cover more than 20 years of recorded music.

June 11 - June 17, 2007

This week, we have a nice selection of music from 1970 to 1991, with hopefully a little something that’ll suit everyone’s taste.

June 4 - June 10, 2007

Once again this week, we’ll be covering more than 20 years of the Grateful Dead’s recorded history in the Tapers Section, from 1969 through to 1991, plus a taste of 1967.

May 28 - June 3, 2007

This is quite a light week in regards to vault tapes from this week in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history, so as we’ll often do, we have some music from outside of this week that we think you’

May 21 - May 28, 2007

We’ve got almost 25 years of Grateful Dead music to cover in this week’s installment, so let’s jump right into it.

May 14 - May 20, 2007

This week, we’ll span 23 years of the Grateful Dead’s recorded history, from 1970 to 1993.

May 7 - May 13, 2007

It seems as though as the year rolls on, the music just keeps getting better, and this week, like last, is filled with a good variety of some deep, big jams.

April 30 - May 6, 2007

The year seems to keep getting busier for the Grateful Dead, at least in regards to their recorded history. We have a nice span of music this week, hopefully something for everyone.

April 23 - April 29, 2007

Plenty took place this week in the Grateful Dead's recorded history, including some rehearsal material, plus a lot of live material 1969 to 1991, which we're pleased to bring to you today.

April 16- April 22, 2007

April continues to roll on strongly in the history of the Grateful Dead's recordings. We have a great variety of music this week, spanning 20 years, 1969 to 1989.

April 9- April 15, 2007

Like last week, we've got some very good early-1970s material from this week in the Grateful Dead's recorded history, as well as some nice early 1980s material and a taste of 1989.