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.


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.

July 12 - July 18, 2010

Greetings, and welcome back. This week we have music from the 1980s, and a taste of 1974.

July 5 - July 11, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from the 1980s, three sequences that ended concerts. We hope your 4th of July celebrations were fun!

June 28 to July 4, 2010

Here we go, barreling through the start of the summer and ending the week here at the Tapers' Section with the 4th of July. This week we're going to cover 16 years of Dead, with music from 1973, 1985 and 1989.

June 21 to June 27, 2010

This week at the Tapers' Section we're going to check in on some Grateful Dead music that covers just about 20 years, with selections from 1969, 1979 and 1988.

June 14 to June 20, 2010

As we head to the start of Summer, we have some excellent Fall Grateful Dead music, recorded in October and December, between 1973 and 1989.

June 7 to June 13, 2010

This week we've got a good variety of music from 1970, 1973, 1974 and 1988, with a bit of something for most people.

May 31 - June 6, 2010

This is a week devoted only to Jerry's solo material as we roll into June here at the Tapers' Section.

May 24 - 30, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where, as we mentioned last week, we're on a bit of a 1967 kick right now. We hope you don't mind, but considering the dearth of 1967 Dead here over the years, we feel we're making up for a bit of lost time.

May 17 - May 23, 2010

As we roll through May, we have a good batch of music covering the Grateful Dead’s first 17 years or so, with music from 1967, 1970 and 1982.

May 10 - May 16, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’re mostly going to be checking out Grateful Dead music from the late 1960s, with a dose of 1990 Dead to round things out.

May 3 - May 9, 2010

Welcome back, and we hope you're in the mood to hear some excellent Grateful Dead music from May, 1991. If not, I'm sure there's some music to your liking to be found in the older, archived entries in the Tapers' Section series. But, the music below is really good!

April 26 - May 2, 2010

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some music from 1970, 1986 and 1988.

April 19 - April 25, 2010

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section. This week we have music from 1970, and a first set from 1992.

April 12- April 18, 2010

This week we're going to hear some music from the first half of 1972, specifically music from the Grateful Dead's seven night run at New York's Academy of Music, plus a little taste of Europe '72 Dead.

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.