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 1 - April 7, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we've got some more recent offerings than usual, from 1982, 1991 and 1993.

Our first selection this week is drawn from the cassette master from 3/14/82 at Recreation Hall at U.

March 25 - March 31, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll sample some music from 1977, 1989 and 1993.

In March 1977, the Grateful Dead played the first of three multi night runs of shows at Winterland in San Francisco in 1977, with the others being in June and December, and all of which were excellent.

March 18 - March 24, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be checking out some Bay Area Grateful Dead music from 1970, 1977 and 1988.

March 11 - March 17, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll dig into some music from 1973, 1988 and 1990.

We'll first stop in to the great show on 2/22/73 in Champaign-Urbana, IL, with the big second set sequence of

March 4 - March 10, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out music from 1970, 1971 and 1989

February 25 - March 3, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music recorded in 1970, 1971 and 1977, three very fine years in Grateful Dead history.

February 18 - February 24, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll listen to music from a relatively short span, but a very productive and inspired period, 1969-1973.

The first few months of 1969 featured some of the most consistently great music in the Grateful Dead then-brief career, featuring the three nights at the Avalon in January, the four nights at the Fillmore West a month late

February 11 - February 17, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from three great years in Grateful Dead history, 1970, 1973 and 1987.

February 04 - February 10 , 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from the 1970s, covering an eight year span of 1970 to 1978, and three very distinct eras for the Grateful Dead.

January 28 - February 3, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have a double dose of 1978, and a very good complete set from 1989.

On 4/22/78, the Grateful Dead were wrapping up their first leg of their Spring Tour of 1978 in Nashville, followed by a 4/24 show in Normal, IL.

January 21 - January 27, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll hear music from 1977, 1978 and 1989.

January 14 - January 20, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1978, 1980 and 1989, a good batch of music from some prime eras.

January 7 - January 13, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll be rolling into our first full week of the new year with music from 1977, 1978 and 1989.

December 31, 2012 - January 06, 2013

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, and a huge Happy New Year to everyone. We hope you have/had a great New Year's Eve.

December 24 - December 30, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, and we hope you're having a great holiday season. This week we're going to check out some music from 1973, 1976 and 1988.

This first bit of music is from 12/19/73 in Tampa, Florida, a show very famously known as Dick's Picks Volume 1.

December 17 - December 23, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover a 17 year span of Grateful Dead music, 1972 to 1989, with music recorded in Northern California, Southern California and Rochester, NY.

December 10 - December 16, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from a short, but very sweet, period in Grateful Dead history, 1978-1981.

As you may have noticed the past couple of weeks, we've played some music from 4/21/78 in Lexington, KY, and this week we're pleased to continue with more from that same fine show, with the start of the second set, featuring

December 3 - December 9, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we're going to check out quite a slim period in Grateful Dead music, covering 1975 to 1978.

In 1975, as most of us know, the Grateful Dead only performed four shows: two benefit gigs, one free concert in Golden Gate Park, and a private gig to announce the release of their studio album Blues For Allah.

November 26 - December 2, 2012

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be hearing some music from an eight year span in Grateful Dead history, from 1973 to 1981.

We'll begin our week toward the end of the spectacular two month run of shows that ran between October 19 and December 19, 1973, with music from Duke University in Durham, NC on 12/8/73.

November 19 - November 25, 2012

Week of November 19 - November 25, 2012

Welcome back.

November 12 - November 18, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have a double dose of Fall 1979, and some 1984 Grateful Dead.

November 5 - November 11, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1973, and a double dose of 1979.

Our first stop is on 10/30/73 in St. Louis, the second night of a two night run.

October 29 - November 4, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some mighty fine Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1973 and 1979.

October 22 - October 28, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check in on 13 years of Grateful Dead history, from 1972 to 1985.

October 15 - October 21, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1982 and 1984.

October 08- October 14, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section. This week we have music from 1971, 1974 and 1985.

October 1 - October 7, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1974 and 1984.

September 24 - September 30, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover a span of 10 years of Grateful Dead history, 1969-1979.

Our first stop this week is in Boston on New Year's Eve 1969-1970, the only Grateful Dead New Year's show to take place outside of California.

September 17 - September 23, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1973 and 1989.

September 10 - September 16, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some Grateful Dead music from 1968, 1973 and 1987.