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.


December 04 - December 10, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1971, 1979, and 1985, two selections from Western NY, and one from home in San Francisco.

Our first selection this week is from 11/6/71 at the Harding Theatre in San Francisco, where we have this nice batch of classic 1971 Dead:

November 27 - December 03, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have some excellent Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1984 and 1985.

From the final night of the second leg of the Fall Tour of 1973, from 11/1/73 in Evanston, IL, we have this sequence of

November 20 - November 26, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1969, 1973, and 1991.

November 13 - November 19, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1969, 1971 and 1972.

November 06 - November 12, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this we have Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1973 and 1983.

Our first selection this week is from the opening night of a three night run at the Fox Theatre in St.

October 30 - November 05, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music spanning more than 25 years, covering three distinct periods in the band’s music.

Our first selection is from the home-town Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco on 10/13/68, where we have the sequence of music that was in the midst of being perfected for the Live/Dead recordings a few months later:

October 23 - October 29, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1980, 1989, and 1994.

Our first stop this week is on 10/7/80 at the Warfield in San Francisco, where we have the entire first set, featuring acoustic music:

October 16 - October 22, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from three distinct periods in Grateful Dead history, much as we did last week, but with a couple of different years thrown in, from 1977, 1984, and 1994.

Our first selection this week is from the cool October tour through the south and southwest, with music from 10/7/77 in Albuquerque, NM:

October 09 - October 15, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from three distinct periods in Grateful Dead history, 1976, 1987 and 1994.

Our first selection this week is first set music (plus the first song of the second set) from the penultimate show of the fall tour of 1976 on 10/2/76 in Cincinnati.

October 02 - October 08, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1975, 1981 and 1987.

Our first selection this week is the big jam sequence from the fourth and final show of 1975, in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, which was released as part of the 30 Trips Around The Sun box set in 2015.

September 25 - October 01, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1982, and 1987.

Our first selection this week is from Waterbury, CT, on 9/24/72, during the great first leg of the Fall Tour of 1972.

September 18 - September 24, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1974, and 1987.

Our first selection this week is from Syracuse, NY, on 9/17/73, during the first leg of the fall tour of 1973, about a month before the Dead released Wake Of The Flood (on 10/15/73).

September 11 - September 17, 2017

Our first stop is on 9/27/76 in Rochester, NY, where we have this terrific second set featuring

September 04 - September 10, 2017

Our first selection this week is from 9/10/72 at the Hollywood Palladium, the final time the Dead would play there.

August 28 - September 03, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1972, and a double dose of late-Brent material, from 1987 and 1988.

Our first stop this week is on 9/9/72 at the Hollywood Palladium, a very cool building that brought out something great in the Grateful Dead.

August 21 - August 27, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have a double dose of 1988 Grateful Dead music, and music from Vince Welnick’s second show with the Dead.

First up is the entire first set from Tacoma, WA, on 8/26/88, from the Tacoma Dome.

August 14 - August 20, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this we have Grateful Dead music from 1983, 1988, and 1990.

Our first selection this week is from 9/4/83 at Park City, UT, here we have the entire first set, featuring

August 07- August 13, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have some Grateful Dead music from 1978, 1983, and 1988.

Our first selection this week is the incredibly hot

July 31- August 6, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we roll from the end of July into early August, past what would have been Jerry’s 75th birthday, hearing some Grateful Dead music from 1983, 1988, and 1991.

Our first stop this week is at the Hult Center in Eugene, OR, where we have the end of the show, wrapping up a terrific three night run at the Hult, with

July 24 - July 30, 2017

Our first selection this week is from the third night of a four night run at BCT in Berkeley, CA on 8/24/72, just before the Dead went north for the Veneta show.

July 17 - July 23, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have a triple dose of 1980s Grateful Dead, from 1980, 1981 and 1988.

Our first selection this week is a quartet of first set music from 12/27/80 in Oakland, the second night of a five night run:

July 10 - July 16, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where we roll into the middle of July with music from 1968, 1980 and 1988.

Our first stop this week is on 8/21/68, when the Dead played this excellent sequence at the Fillmore West in San Francisco:

July 03 - July 09, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1973, and 1980.

Our first selection this week is the big jam from 9/3/72 in Boulder, CO, the Grateful Dead’s first appearance at Folsom Field, where we have

June 26 - July 02, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we roll into July with music from 1982, 1984 and 1988.

From 7/28/82 at Red Rocks, the middle night of a three night run of the Dead’s return after three years away from Red Rocks, we have this batch of second set music,

June 19 - June 25, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music covering 15 years, from 1974, 1984, and 1989.

Our first stop this week is on the Wall Of Sound summer tour, from 7/27/74 in Roanoke, VA, where we have this music from the end of the second set:

June 12 - June 18, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1974, 1984, and 1989.

Our first selection is from 7/25/74 in Chicago at the International Amphitheatre, one of the Wall Of Sound shows.

June 05 - June 11, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from three years during the Brent era, 1981, 1984 and 1989.

Our first selection is from 7/8/81 in St.

May 29 - June 04, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1970, 1981 and 1989.

Our first selection this week is one song, but what a song it is:

May 22 - May 28, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have triple dose of Brent-era Grateful Dead music, from 1981, 1986, and 1989.

Our first selection this week is from 7/5/81 in Oklahoma City, where we have the end of the first set (Let It Grow) followed by the start of the second set:

May 15 - May 21, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1973, and a double dose of 1980s Dead from 1981 and 1989.

Our first selection this week is from 7/1/73 at Universal Amphitheatre, the final night of a short, six show tour of the west coast, which featured stops in Vancouver, Portland, Seattle, and three nights at Universal Amphitheatre in LA.