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 5 - April 11, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week, as promised, we’ll be digging back into unreleased Grateful Dead music, from 1974 and 1990, all from the Bay Area.

March 29 - April 4, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section. Our focus here will continue to be unreleased Grateful Dead music for the most part, but occasionally we come across some music on commercially released CDs that we’d forgotten how good it was, so we’ll play it for you here.

March 22- March 28, 2010

This week we're going to check in on 11 years of Grateful Dead history, from 1972, 1982 and 1983, a good mix of great music.

March 15- March 21, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be checking in on three full first sets from 1987 and 1988.

March 8 - March 14, 2010

Like last week, this week we're going to check in on a few previously released commercial recordings, for no other reason than that they are exceptional bits of music.

March 1- March 7, 2010

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section. Over the last three and a half years, we've mostly been playing you things from the vault that have not been released on CD, and don't worry, that practice will continue.

February 22 - February 28, 2010

A warm welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover 15 years of Grateful Dead history from 1972 to 1987.

February 15 - February 21, 2010

Greetings, and a giant welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll hear music from 1974 and 1982, two distinct yet excellent years in Grateful Dead history.

February 8 - February 14, 2010

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be playing music from 1988, 1990 and 1992.

February 1 - February 7, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where as promised we'll be playing you music from the 1980s this week, specifically music from 1981 and 1989.

January 25, 2010 - January 31, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, as we wrap up January with a good variety of music spanning almost 20 years, from 1973 to 1992, with a stop in 1977.

January 11 - January 17, 2010

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section. We figured that with winter at its worst in many parts of the world, we'd check in on some music from late July in California, specifically at Laguna Seca, near beautiful Monterey, CA, in 1988.

Janurary 4, 2010 - January 10, 2010

Welcome back and thanks for joining us on for first full week of 2010 here at the Tapers’ Section. This week we’re going to feature music that has been inspired by one of the finest, and most important, behind-the scenes people in the Grateful Dead world, Eileen Law.

December 28, 2009 - January 3, 2010

Welcome back to our year-ending Tapers' Section. We'd like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank you for stopping in here every week throughout 2009 and checking out what we're doing.

Week of December 21 - December 27, 2009

Welcome back to our holiday edition of the Tapers' Section. Things are a bit light here this week, but we do have some excellent material for you.

Week of December 14 - December 20, 2009

Welcome back to our pre-holiday week of music here at the Tapers' Section, where this week we've got some excellent music from 1969, 1980 and 1985.

Week of December 7- December 13, 2009

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be checking out music from 1971, 1981 and 1989, an 18 year run through the Grateful Dead's recorded history.

November 30 - December 6, 2009

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll hear music from 1973, 1979 and 1981 as we head into December and what we expect will be a good holiday season of music.

November 23 - November 29, 2009

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers’ Section. This week we’re going to check out music from 1973, 1979 and 1980, a good selection from three very good years in Grateful Dead music.

November 16 - November 22, 2009

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week, like last week, we'll immerse ourselves in Grateful Dead music from 1971 and 1972. It's odd how it happens like this, where we'll have a few weeks of 1980s music, then a few weeks of 1970s music. Regardless, there's loads of good stuff in the vault, so we expect we'll keep hopping around forever like this.

November 9 - November 15, 2009

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where every week we try to play you some cool selections from this week in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history. We’ve had quite a lot of 1980s material the last few weeks, and this week we’re going to head back in time to 1971 and 1972 exclusively.

November 2 - November 8, 2009

Welcome back to our first full November week of music here at the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll listen to music exclusively from 1984 and 1985.

October 26 - November 1, 2009

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be checking out music from throughout the 1980s, and a bit of 1973 for good measure.

October 19- October 25, 2009

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section as we continue our run through October, where this week we'll listen to the music from throughout the 1980s, and a taste of 1973 to start things out.

October 12 - October 18, 2009

Welcome back to your weekly dose of this-week-in-Grateful Dead-history here at the Tapers' Section. As we mentioned last week, this week we'll be sticking to the 1980s again.

October 5 - October 11, 2009

Greetings and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be excusively checking out music from the 1980s, with a good selection from throughout the decade.

September 28 - October 4, 2009

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section as we close out September and head into October. This week we're going to listen mostly to music, and goooood music, from 1976, with a touch of 1989 mixed at.

September 21 - September 27, 2009

This week, the Tapers' Section is the place for you if you like Grateful Dead music from September 1972, which we expect you do. If not, you're welcome to come along for the ride and we're sure you'll hear something you dig.

September 14 - September 20, 2009

As we roll through the middle of September here at the Tapers' Section, we have some excellent music from 1972 and 1990 for you.