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.


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.

April 2- April 8, 2007

This week, with plenty of Spring Tours happening throughout the years, we have plenty of music to play, spanning the years 1972-1990.

March 26 - April 1, 2007

Week of March 26-April 1

March 19 - March 25, 2007

This week, we’re going to continue with some gems from the Spring Tour of 1990, as well as music from throughout the band’s career in regards to its recorded history as it exists in the vault.

March 12 - March 18, 2007

Mid-March often the saw the band in full swing with East Coast touring, and we therefore have some great East Coast Dead to play this week, plus a bit of West Coast and Midwest for good measure.

March 5- March 11, 2007

Week of March 5-11

February 26 - March 4, 2007

We’ve got some great material this week in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history, plus a few extra tracks that we didn’t play in December, but which have significance in the history of the ban

February 19 - February 25, 2007

By mid-February, the Grateful Dead’s touring year was really getting under way, with the usual March madness just around the corner.

February 12 - February 18, 2007

There’s plenty to play from this week in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history, and in addition to loads of great material from the week of February 12-18, we also have a great jam from a week l

February 5- February 11, 2007

There’s plenty of great material that was played during this week in the Grateful Dead’s performing history, much of which thankfully resides in the Grateful Dead’s vault.

January 29 - February 4, 2007

Mid-winter occasionally saw the band playing shorter runs of shows around the country, including the exceptional six show tour in the Midwest in 1978, consisting of the three shows at the Uptown Th

January 22 - January 28, 2007

We have some great music to play this week, spanning this week in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history from 1969 to 1993, with a cool studio jam from 1968 thrown in, just because we thought you

January 15 - January 21, 2007

Another relatively quiet week in the Grateful Dead’s performing history, although there were some great shows performed as the new year got rolling.

January 8 - January 14, 2007

Like the previous week, the week of January 8 was also a less-than-prolific week in the Grateful Dead’s performing history.

January 1 - January 7, 2007

As with us all, the week after New Year’s Eve was usually a quiet one in the Grateful Dead world.

December 25 - December 31, 2006

Well, if there was one holy week in Grateful Dead performing history, it certainly was the pre-New Year’s Eve week, culminating with the big New Year’s extravaganza hosted by Bill Graham and hi

December 18 - December 24, 2006

The week before Christmas was usually a quiet week for the Grateful Dead, as they needed their rest, too, before the big annual New Year’s festivities, which often ran the entire week from Decemb

December 11 - December 17, 2006

December moves along in the Grateful Dead recorded-history world to the tune of some outstanding shows.

December 4 - December 10, 2006

One of the most intriguing short tours in Grateful Dead history took place in the first two weeks of December, 1971, and featured the return of Pigpen, who had been resting himself the previous cou

November 27 - December 3, 2006

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