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.


May 26 - June 1, 2008

This week we'll cover 20 years in the Grateful Dead's recorded history, from 1973 to 1993, with a little taste of something in between.

May 19 - May 25, 2008

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section. This week we're going to jump right into a nice, big jam from 1969, followed my some great music from throughout the band's recorded history.

May 12 - May 18, 2008

This week we have some nice music from 1970, 1972, 1977, 1978 and 1981, so without further ado, on to the music.

May 5 - May 11, 2008

This week we have some very, very classic Grateful Dead, as well as a unique jam from 1972.

April 28 - May 4, 2008

As always, lots of great music was found to fit into this week's installment of the Tapers Section, and we're going to play some acoustic music, followed by some electric music.

April 21 - April 27, 2008

Well, with today being 4/21, and a Monday, we're sure many of you are feeling a little tired, so we'll start this week with something mellow to get you into the groove…

April 14 - April 20, 2008

This week we're going to check out some cool, under-the-radar material from early 1971, as well some other great stuff.

March 31- April 6, 2008

Welcome back to another fine week in the history of the Grateful Dead's recorded legacy. We're going to visit four decades this week, the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, so on to the music...

March 24 - March 30, 2008

Welcome back to the Tapers Section. With so much great music played throughout the Grateful Dead's history during the latter part of March, we'll jump right in with some tasty stuff from Spring of 1990.

March 17 - 23, 2008

This week we're going to hang out on the East Coast during a couple of the fine Spring Tours of the later years that took place, including music from 1990 and 1991.

March 10 - March 16, 2008

This week we're going to jump around a bit and play a few things that recently passed by our ears and that we felt you'd dig hearing.

March 3 - March 9, 2008

This week, like we’ve done a few times so far in 2008, we’re going to look at a year in Grateful Dead history rather than just this week in Grateful Dead history. Well, two years, really. Rest assured, we’ll get back to our weekly focus soon, but for now, we’re going to listen to some music from 1984 and 1985.

February 25 - March 2, 2008

We’re going to do another Taper’s Section this week that focuses on one year in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history, and we felt 1989 would be a good year to look into.

February 18 - February 24, 2008

Like last week, we figured we'd focus on one city in this week's Taper's Section. Like our focus-on-Rochester last week, we've selected an equally prolific city from which to draw loads of interesting Grateful Dead music: Hartford, Connecticut.

February 11 - February 17, 2008

Rather than focus on a specific year this week, we’re going to listen to some music from one city, specifically Rochester, NY. The Grateful Dead always performed exceptionally well in Rochester, and that goes for all of upstate and Western New York.

February 4 - February 10, 2008

This week, rather than focus on one year in the Grateful Dead's recorded history as we've been doing the past few weeks, we're going to take a look at a very important seven night run of shows from 1972.

January 21 - January 27, 2008

We’ve been having such a great time the past few weeks focusing one specific year in the Taper’s Section, we’ve decided to continue the trend this week by exploring some excellent music from 1976.

January 7 - January 13, 2008

Like the last few weeks, this week here at the Taper’s Section we’re going to focus on one year in Grateful Dead history, and this week we’ve selected 1974 as our year.

December 24 - December 30

This week, like last week, we have decided to stick with one year and play some great music. With last week being our focus in 1971, this week we’re going to check out some material from 1977 and only 1977.

December 17 - December 21, 2007

This week we’ve decided to stay in 1971 and check out some great music played in the latter part of the year after Keith had joined the band.

December 10 - December 16

This week we have music from 1971, 1977, 1979 and 1984, a little bit for everyone. Except from the1990s. And the 1960s. We’ll work on that for an upcoming week.

December 3 - December 9

Like last week, we’re going to check into the fall tour of 1979, as there happened to be more great grateful dead shows played during this week in the band’s history in 1979, but we’ll also check out some great material from 1971.

November 26 - December 2

We're going to stop into a couple of fine years this week, specifically 1979 and 1973.

November 19 - November 25, 2007

This being the end November, we have a bit of music from 1972, and of course some terrific material from 1973.

November 12 - November 18, 2007

This week we have some terrific jams from 1971 and 1972, some great examples of what made these two years so highly regarded amongst Dead Heads.

November 5 - November 11, 2007

This week we have some great material from 1973 and 1985 from this week in Grateful Dead history, plus a little taste of some great music from 1974 just because we thought you’d really dig it.