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.


March 23 - March 29, 2009

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be checking out some Grateful Dead music from 1990, 1991 and 1993, all of which was played in Albany, NY, at the Knickerbocker Arena. When the Dead arrived to the venue in March of 1990, it had been open for just about a month.

March 16 - March 22, 2009

As we break past the midpoint of March, we have music spanning 20 years minus a day in Grateful Dead history, from 1971 to 1991.

March 9 - March 15, 2009

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, and an extra big Happy Birthday to Phil this coming Sunday. This week we'll be playing four pre-Drums sequences, not by design but by coincidence, all four of which come from 1981 and 1993.

March 2 - March 8, 2009

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, and welcome to our first full week of March, 2009. For no reason in particular, we're going to check out music mostly from the previous week in the Grateful Dead's recorded history.

February 23 - March 1, 2009

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, as we close out February with some excellent music spanning the Grateful Dead's first decade.

February 16 - February 22, 2009

This week we have four big jams for you, three of which are from 1973, and one from 1969.

February 9 - February 15, 2009

As we mentioned this week, we're going to check in on a whole bunch of 1970 Grateful Dead here at the Tapers' Section, but to start the week, we'll hit some 1967 Dead.

February 2 - February 8, 2009

Welcome to February here at the Tapers' Section, where we have a nice range of Grateful Dead spanning 18 years or so.

January 26- February 1, 2009

As we close out January here at the Tapers' Section, we're going to listen to quite a bit of music from 1978, but we'll start our week from 12 years before that.

January 19 - January 25, 2009

As we mentioned last week, we're going stick within a two year or so period this week at Tapers' Section, 1969-1971, but the music's great, so we hope you don't mind.

January 12 - January 18, 2009

Greetings and welcome back to the Tapers' Section. We have a pretty eclectic mix of early Grateful Dead music for you this week, specifically 1968-1972, a truly Golden Age in the history of the band.

January 5 - January 11, 2009

Welcome back to our first full week of 2009 here at the Tapers' Section, where we hope your year is starting as well as ours.

December 29, 2008 - January 4, 2009

Welcome back to our continuing holiday editions of the Tapers’ Section. This week we have some New Year’s themed music, although not all from New Year’s Eve, but from the time around then.

December 22 - December 28, 2008

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, and happy holidays to everyone. This week we have three big jams, two post-Drums sequences and one pre-Drums sequence.

December 15 - December 21, 2008

Welcome back to our continuation of our December march through the history of the Grateful Dead’s recorded legacy. This week we’re going to check out bits from two years, specifically 1969 and 1973.

December 8 - December 14, 2008

Greetings, and welcome back to our second week of December here at the Tapers' Section, where we’ll check in on some excellent music from 1969, 1973 and 1979.

December 1 - December 7, 2008

Greetings, and welcome to the start of our December run of great Grateful Dead music here at the Tapers’ Section. This week we have a couple of huge jams from 1971, plus some tasty material from 1973 and 1979.

November 24 - November 30, 2008

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers’ Section. This week have some tasty selections from 1973, 1979 and 1980.

November 17 - November 23, 2008

As we mentioned last week, we’re going to stay in 1972 and 1973 this week here at the Tapers’ Section, but hold onto your hats, as we have some great material from those two mighty fine years.

November 10 - November 16, 2008

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be checking out music spanning virtually the full breadth of the 1970s, from early 1970 to late 1979, specifically 1970, 1971, 1973 and 1979.

November 3 - November 9, 2008

Welcome back. This week we have some great Grateful Dead music from 1969 through to 1985, with a rare Tapers’ Section appearance of an audience recording in the mix this week.

October 27 - November 2, 2008

Welcome back to the Tapers Section, where this week we have more great music spanning about 18 years, including selection from 1973, 1979, 1989 and 1991.

October 20 - October 26, 2008

Welcome back to the Tapers Section. This week we've got about 17 years of Grateful Dead music to explore, so without further ado, on to the music…

October 13 - October 19, 2008

This week, we're going to check in with three sequences of music, a little lighter than usual in number, but the scope of these jams should more than make up for it. One little thing to note is that all of the music this week is from San Francisco.

October 6 - October 12, 2008

Greetings and welcome to a mighty fine week of Grateful Dead music here at the Tapers Section. This week, we'll be listening to music covering a 13 year span in the band's recorded history, 1976-1989, with plenty of fine music in between.

September 29 - October 5, 2008

Plenty of good music on the docket this week here at the Tapers Section, ranging from 1969 through to 1980, with plenty of good stuff in between.

September 22 - September 28, 2008

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers Section. This week we’re going to check out some music from 1972, 1976 and 1981, some great years in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history.

September 15 - September 21, 2008

Like last week, we’re going to start out this week at the Tapers Section with music from 1972, followed by material from 1974, 1987 and 1994.

September 8 - September 14, 2008

Welcome back to the Tapers Section. In this installment, we’re going to check out some music from this week in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history exclusively from 1972 and 1973, and we hope you don’t mind the years we’ve selected.

September 1- September 7, 2008

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers Section. This week we have a good selection of Grateful Dead music from this week in the Grateful Dead's recorded history, as well as some music from Jerry Garcia concerts that took place during this week many years ago.