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 29 - March 06, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1981 and 1987.

February 22 - February 28, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1974 and 1987.

Our first selection is from the first leg of the terrific Fall Tour of 1972, on 9/23/72 in Waterbury, CT, featuring this second set sequence:

February 15 - February 21, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1987 and 1988.

February 08 - February 14, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have some September Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1982 and 1988.

Our first stop this week is on 9/12/73 at William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where the Dead famously had so much fun playing on 9/11 that by the end of that show they added this second show.

February 01 - February 07, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1978, 1983 and 1990.

Our first selection this week is from 9/2/78, the Dead's first-ever show at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, where we have

January 25 - January 31, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we wrap up our January listening with music from the end of summer in 1978, 1979, and 1983.

First stop this week is on 9/2/78 at Giants Stadium, just before the Dead left the USA for Egypt, their second giant New Jersey show in a row to celebrate Labour Day.

January 18 - January 24, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll hear some Grateful Dead music from 1969, 1980 and 1982.

Our first stop this week is on 8/30/69 at the Family Dog in San Francisco,

January 11 - January 17, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1981 and 1987.

January 04 - January 10, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section and our first full week of 2016 music offerings from the Grateful Dead's vault.

Our first stop this week is on 8/12/81 in Salt Lake City, where we have the music coming out of Space, although we're missing the final two songs of the set (Around and Around>Good Lovin').

December 28, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we wrap up 2015 and enter 2016 with some Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1982 and 1991.

Our first stop this week is in Baltimore on 3/26/73, where the Dead played a very fine, and very long, show, which featured this excellent big second set jam:

December 21 - December 27, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1982, 1989, and 1990, as we roll toward the end of 2015.

December 14 - December 20, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1970, 1982 and 1989.

Our first selection this week is from 2/23/70 in Austin, TX, where we have this interesting sequence of music, from the time when the Grateful Dead were slipping effortlessly between acoustic and electric music:

December 07 - December 13, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out a classic jam from 1973, and two late-80s first set sequences.

Our first stop this week is on Jerry's birthday on 8/1/73 at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, NJ, where we have this massive second set jam of

November 30 - December 06, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have some fine Grateful Dead music from 1974, 1982 and 1984.

Our first stop is on 7/27/74 during the Dead's final American tour with the Wall Of sound. After this tour ended on 8/6/74 in NJ, they would play a European tour followed by five nights at Winterland, and then would pack it in.

November 23 - November 29, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1974, 1982 and 1984.

Our first stop this week is on 7/25/74 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Chicago, IL, featuring the big sequence of

November 16-November 22, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from three phases of the Brent era: early 80s, mid 80s, late 80s.

Our first selection this week is from the Oklahoma City Zoo on 7/5/81, where we have a batch of mid first set music, featuring

November 09-November 15, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1981 and 1989, three fine years in the Dead's history.

Our first stop is on 7/16/72 at Dillon Stadium in Hartford, the first show in the post-Pigpen era.

November 02-November 08, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1981 and 1989.

First up this week is music from 7/16/72 at Dillon Stadium in Hartford, CT, featuring

October 26-November 1, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1969, 1981 and 1984.

Our first selection this week is from 7/3/69 in Colorado Springs, CO, featuring two big Pigpen numbers from the era, and a terrific version of the quite-rare He Was A Friend Of Mine in the middle.

October 19 - October 25, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover 20 years of Grateful Dead history, 1969-1989, with a stop in 1973.

October 12 - October 18, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music covering 15 years of Grateful Dead history, from 1969, 1973 and 1984.

Our first selection this week is music from 6/28/69 in Santa Rosa, CA, where we have this fine set of music that shows the band on the cusp of transitioning from the psychedelic primal beasts of Live/Dead to the countrified Dead of Workingman's

October 05 - October 11, 2015

Greetings. Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music by the Grateful Dead from 1973, 1984 and 1990.

Our first selection is from Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR, on 6/24/73, during a short tour of the west coast (Vancouver, Portland, Seattle, three in LA).

September 28 - October 04, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this wee we have music by the Grateful Dead from New York City in 1969, and a double dose of New Jersey Dead in 1976 and 1991.

September 21 - September 27, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have two selections from New Jersey, and one from Colorado, two states that are virtually identical in every way.

Our first stop this week is on the excellent comeback tour in June 1976, where have this excellent sequence of music from 6/18/76 at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ:

September 14 - September 20, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from an eight year span in Grateful Dead history, 1970 to 1978.

Our first selection this week is from the Dead's final performance in Hawaii, on 6/13/70, featuring a good blend of typical 1970 Grateful Dead music,

September 07 - September 13, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from three excellent years in Dead history: 1970, 1976 and 1978.

Our first selection this week is a rare single track entry, specifically

August 31 - September 06, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music covering 11 years of Grateful Dead history, from 1973, 1978 and 1984.

Our first selection this week is from one of the more famous shows in the Grateful Dead's performing history, from 6/10/73 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, where the Dead played two shows with the Allman Brothers Band and Wet Willy.

August 24 - August 30, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1977, and a double dose of 1980.

Our first stop this week is the end of the first set of the penultimate show of the great Spring Tour of 1977, on 5/26/77 in Baltimore.

August 17 - August 23, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll span 12 years of Grateful Dead history, 1968 to 1980, with a stop in 1978, with three very distinct iterations of the Grateful Dead.

Our first stop this week is on 8/21/68 at the Fillmore West, where the Grateful Dead played two shows just before the Shrine shows in LA that would become Two From The Vault.

August 10 - August 16, 2015

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music spanning 12 years, from 1970, 1978 and 1982.

Our first selection this week is from the second night of a four night run in San Francisco at the Fillmore West, on 2/6/70, where we have this nice batch of Dead from the era: