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.


January 21 - January 27, 2008

We’ve been having such a great time the past few weeks focusing one specific year in the Taper’s Section, we’ve decided to continue the trend this week by exploring some excellent music from 1976.

January 7 - January 13, 2008

Like the last few weeks, this week here at the Taper’s Section we’re going to focus on one year in Grateful Dead history, and this week we’ve selected 1974 as our year.

December 24 - December 30

This week, like last week, we have decided to stick with one year and play some great music. With last week being our focus in 1971, this week we’re going to check out some material from 1977 and only 1977.

December 17 - December 21, 2007

This week we’ve decided to stay in 1971 and check out some great music played in the latter part of the year after Keith had joined the band.

December 10 - December 16

This week we have music from 1971, 1977, 1979 and 1984, a little bit for everyone. Except from the1990s. And the 1960s. We’ll work on that for an upcoming week.

December 3 - December 9

Like last week, we’re going to check into the fall tour of 1979, as there happened to be more great grateful dead shows played during this week in the band’s history in 1979, but we’ll also check out some great material from 1971.

November 26 - December 2

We're going to stop into a couple of fine years this week, specifically 1979 and 1973.

November 19 - November 25, 2007

This being the end November, we have a bit of music from 1972, and of course some terrific material from 1973.

November 12 - November 18, 2007

This week we have some terrific jams from 1971 and 1972, some great examples of what made these two years so highly regarded amongst Dead Heads.

November 5 - November 11, 2007

This week we have some great material from 1973 and 1985 from this week in Grateful Dead history, plus a little taste of some great music from 1974 just because we thought you’d really dig it.

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.