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.


February 14 - February 20, 2011

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have some 1972 and 1977 Grateful Dead music, two of our favourite years.

February 7 - February 13, 2011

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll have music from 1973, 1979 and 1980.

January 31 - February 6, 2011

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music spanning three decades of Grateful Dead history, the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s

January 24 - January 30, 2011

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section for the week that ends the coldest month. This week we have some 1971 Grateful Dead to start out with, followed by a double dose of 1985 Dead.

January 10- January 16, 2011

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some music from 1969 and 1977, two mighty fine years in the Grateful Dead world.

January 3 to January 9, 2011

Greetings, welcome to our first full week of 2011 here at the Tapers’ Section! We have some excellent 1971, 1972 and 1984 Grateful Dead music for you here this week.

December 27, 2010-January 2, 2011

Hello! We hope your holidays are going well and that you're as excited as we are about 2011. At least, in the GD world there is plenty of upcoming activity to be excited about!

December 20 - December 26, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, and Merry Christmas to those celebrating the day. This week we have music spanning 12 years of Grateful Dead, filled with holiday cheer!

December 13- December 19, 2010

Hello, and a hearty welcome back to the Tapers' Section! This week we have Grateful Dead music from 1973 and 1982.

December 6 - December 12, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have the rare opportunity to play you music from all four of the decades the Grateful Dead were active, the 1960s, 70s, 80 and 90s.

November 29 - December 5, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll roll into December with music from 1970 and 1987.

November 22 - November 28, 2010

Ahoy hoy! Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music spanning three decades (and three keyboard players).

November 15 - November 21, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have a very healthy dose of 1973, 1974 and 1990 Dead.

November 8 - November 14, 2010

Greetings! This week at the Tapers' Section we have music from Spring Tours of 1990 and 1991.

November 1- November 7, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music spanning 20 years of Grateful Dead touring.

October 25 - October 31, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section as we roll toward the end of October. This week we'll check out some more of the March, 1972 shows in New York, and some 1991 Dead.

October 18 - October 24 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section where this week's we'll hear a batch of springtime Dead spanning 21 years in Grateful Dead history.

October 11 - October 17 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we're going to do something we've never done here, a full week's programming from 1986, specifically from a three night run in Providence, RI. Please note there are a few minor dropouts on these recordings owing to the occasionally fragile PCM recordings (these are BetaMax video tapes, with the digital audio recorded to the video track).

October 4 - October 10 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll have music from a 19 year span of Grateful Dead history 1970 and 1989, plus a taste of 1988 for good measure.

September 27 - October 3, 2010

Greetings and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week, as we mentioned last week, we'll hear music from the same years as last week's installment, 1972, 1983 and 1989.

September 20- September 26, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where you're always welcome to come and listen to some prime Grateful Dead music for free. This week, we have music from 197, 1983 and 1989.

September 13 - September 19, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll hear some tunes from 1972, 1986 and 1989.

September 6 - September 12, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section in our Labor Day week installment of your dose of Dead from the vault. This week we have some music from 1978, 1986 and 1989.

August 30 - September 5, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, as we roll into September with what looks like a good month of music coming up.

August 23 - August 29, 2010

Welcome back to our weekly installment of Grateful Dead music drawn from the vault's master tapes. You might not always like what we play here, but you certainly can't complain about the cost...

August 16 - August 22, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out a decade worth of Grateful Dead music, 1982-1992.

August 9 - August 15, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from the more recent Grateful Dead past, 1985 through 1992.

August 2 - August 9, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we once again dip into Grateful Dead music from the 1980s (don't worry, plenty of 60s, 70s and 90s will be heard in the future!).

July 26 - August 2, 2010

Greetings, and thanks for joining us again here at the Tapers' Section, where this week have some music from the summer tour of 1981, and a taste of 1985 Grateful Dead music.

July 19 - July 25, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from the mid and late 1980s, from second sets exclusively.