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 8 - July 14, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from three fine years in Grateful Dead history, 1973, 1979 and 1984.

July 1 - July 7, 2013

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

June 24 - June 30, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from three Spring Tours, in 1977, 1979 and 1984.

June 17 - June 23, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, as we head into Summer. To launch our first Summer entry here, we have music from 1978, 1979 and 1984.

Our first stop this week is on 5/17/78 in Chicago, the final show of the Spring Tour of 1978 (which was divided into two legs: 4/6 through 4/24, and 5/5 through 5/17).

June 10 - June 16, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover 14 years in Grateful Dead history, 1979, 1984 and 1993.

From Brent Mydland's third-ever show with the Grateful Dead, and the Dead's first-ever appearance at the Hampton Coliseum, on 5/4/79, we have

June 3 - June 9, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1977, 1984 and 1993, spanning three distinct eras of Grateful Dead music.

Our first selection is from 5/1/77 at the Palladium in New York City, the 3rd night of a five night run at the venue formerly known as the Academy Of Music.

May 27 - June 2, 2013

We big welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out a relatively brief stretch of years in the Grateful Dead's history, 1977 to 1984.

Our first stop is in Passaic, NJ, for music from first of a three night at the Capital Theatre on 4/25/77, featuring

May 20 - May 26, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music spanning 11 later years in the Grateful Dead's history, 1982-1993.

We'll start things out with music from the Spring Tour of 1982, which featured plenty of great playing (plus Bob and Jerry's first appearance on Letterman).

May 13- May 19, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have some fine tunes from 1978, 1987 and 1993, featuring three different keyboard players.

First up this week is music from 4/19/78 from Columbus, OH, where we have the start of the first set featuring

May 6 - May 12, 2013

Week of May 6 - May 12, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1970, 1976 and 1990.

April 29 - May 5, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1973, 1989 and 1991.

Our first selection is nice, long portion of the first set from 4/2/73 in Boston, the last show of the Spring Tour of 1973. After this show, the Dead didn't too much touring until September, playing many big one-off shows instead (RFK, the three weekend gigs in May, Watkins Glen, etc).

April 22- April 28, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some music from a 15 year span in the Grateful Dead's career, 1978-1993.

Our first stop is on 4/18/78 in Pittsburgh, PA, where we have the first bit of the first set, featuring

April 15- April 21, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover 15 years of Grateful Dead music, 1969-1984.

Our first selection this week is from 7/3/69 in Colorado Spring, CO, during a very creative time for the Dead:

April 8 - April 14, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have tunes from 1970, 1973 and 1989, all from the West Coast and beyond…

Our first selection this week is the last-ever Grateful Dead show in Hawaii.

April 1 - April 7, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we've got some more recent offerings than usual, from 1982, 1991 and 1993.

Our first selection this week is drawn from the cassette master from 3/14/82 at Recreation Hall at U.

March 25 - March 31, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll sample some music from 1977, 1989 and 1993.

In March 1977, the Grateful Dead played the first of three multi night runs of shows at Winterland in San Francisco in 1977, with the others being in June and December, and all of which were excellent.

March 18 - March 24, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be checking out some Bay Area Grateful Dead music from 1970, 1977 and 1988.

March 11 - March 17, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll dig into some music from 1973, 1988 and 1990.

We'll first stop in to the great show on 2/22/73 in Champaign-Urbana, IL, with the big second set sequence of

March 4 - March 10, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out music from 1970, 1971 and 1989

February 25 - March 3, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music recorded in 1970, 1971 and 1977, three very fine years in Grateful Dead history.

February 18 - February 24, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll listen to music from a relatively short span, but a very productive and inspired period, 1969-1973.

The first few months of 1969 featured some of the most consistently great music in the Grateful Dead then-brief career, featuring the three nights at the Avalon in January, the four nights at the Fillmore West a month late

February 11 - February 17, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from three great years in Grateful Dead history, 1970, 1973 and 1987.

February 04 - February 10 , 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from the 1970s, covering an eight year span of 1970 to 1978, and three very distinct eras for the Grateful Dead.

January 28 - February 3, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have a double dose of 1978, and a very good complete set from 1989.

On 4/22/78, the Grateful Dead were wrapping up their first leg of their Spring Tour of 1978 in Nashville, followed by a 4/24 show in Normal, IL.

January 21 - January 27, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll hear music from 1977, 1978 and 1989.

January 14 - January 20, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1978, 1980 and 1989, a good batch of music from some prime eras.

January 7 - January 13, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll be rolling into our first full week of the new year with music from 1977, 1978 and 1989.

December 31, 2012 - January 06, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, and a huge Happy New Year to everyone. We hope you have/had a great New Year's Eve.

December 24 - December 30, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, and we hope you're having a great holiday season. This week we're going to check out some music from 1973, 1976 and 1988.

This first bit of music is from 12/19/73 in Tampa, Florida, a show very famously known as Dick's Picks Volume 1.

December 17 - December 23, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover a 17 year span of Grateful Dead music, 1972 to 1989, with music recorded in Northern California, Southern California and Rochester, NY.