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.


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.

May 08 - May 14, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1969 before jumping ahead to the 1980s with music from 1984 and 1988.

Our first selection is this very cool show from 6/28/69 in Santa Rosa, CA, featuring

May 01 - May 07, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from the second half of Brent’s time with the Grateful Dead.

Our first selection this week is the end of the show from SPAC on 6/27/85, featuring:

April 24 - April 30, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1976, 1985 and 1989, from the east coast, the Midwest, and the west coast.

Our first selection this week is from 6/18/76, the middle night of a three night run in Passaic, NJ, on the Dead’s comeback tour of small theatres, featuring first set music:

April 17 - April 23, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from a four year span later in the Grateful Dead’s performing career, from 1987, 1988 and 1991.

Our first stop is on 6/14/87, the Dead’s last-ever appearance at the Venture County Fairgrounds north of Los Angeles.

April 10 - April 16, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we once again feature Grateful Dead music from three eras of the band, with three different keyboard players.

From the tail-end of the Keith and Donna era, with only 10 months left before they’d leave the band, we have the start of the second set from 4/19/78 in Columbus, OH:

April 03 - April 09, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from three distinct periods in Grateful Dead history, featuring three different keyboard players.

Our first selection this week is from 6/4/78 at UCSB Stadium in Santa Barbara, CA where we have the start of the second set:

March 27 - April 02, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1978, 1980 and 1982.

Our first selection this week is the entire first set from the high-energy show on 6/4/78 at UCSB Stadium in Santa Barbara, CA:

March 20 - March 26, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have 1980, 1982 and 1993 Grateful Dead music for you.

Our first stop this week is on 5/29/80 in Des Moines, IA, where we have the start of the second set, featuring

March 13 - March 19, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1973, 1977 and 1993.

Our first selection this week is from 5/20/73 at UCSB Stadium in Santa Barbara, CA, the middle show of three big May concerts in 1973 (5/13 in Des Moines, 5/26 in San Francisco).

March 06 - March 12, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from three terrific years in Grateful Dead history, 1973, 1977, and 1982.

Our first stop this week is on 5/20/73 at UCSB Stadium in Santa Barbara, CA, where we have this big jam sequence:

February 27 - March 05, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1977, 1978 and 1981.

Our first selection is the end of the first set from 5/18/77 in Atlanta, the first night of a two night stand at the Fox Theatre:

February 20 - February 26, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1978, 1979 and 1981.

Our first stop this week is the start of the second set from 5/13/78 at the Philadelphia Spectrum on the excellent second leg of the Spring Tour of 1978

February 13 - February 19, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1978, 1979, and 1991, three distinct periods in Grateful Dead history as defined by three different keyboards players.

From 5/7/78 in Troy, NY, toward the end of Keith and Donna’s time with the Grateful Dead, we have the end of the show, featuring

February 06 - February 12, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1980, 1984 and 1991.

Our first selection this week is a quintet of songs from 5/6/80 at Penn State University, music that was included on one of the Road Trips releases a few years back:

January 30 - February 5, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1977, and a double dose of the first half of the 1980s, from 1981 and 1984.

Our first selection is from the first night of a five night run at the Palladium in New York City on 4/29/77, where we have the start of the second set, featuring a few usually first set songs:

January 23 - January 29, 2017

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we have music from 1977, 1984 and 1989.

Our first stop this week is the big second set jam from 4/23/77 in Springfield, the second show of what’s widely considered one of the best tours in Grateful Dead history, where every night they pulled out interesting and exciting second set sequences, including this masterful high-oct