The Compendium’s do great analysis on each year of the Grateful Dead. Then, for each entry they review the show and include details such as the date, location, the songs played, the existing tapes and lineage, concert highlights, and a comments section. Dozens of great photographs throughout the book give the pages a visual appeal enhancing it immensely.
There has been a lot of new information since the Deadhead’s Taping Compendium’s were released, but they are still an essential resource an guide.
Vol. 1: 1959-1974
This volume includes rare and exclusive interviews with legendary early Dead soundman Oswley (“Bear”) Stanley and Dick Latvala, the official archivist of the Grateful Dead.
Vol. 2: 1975-1985
This volume includes rare and exclusive interviews with Better Cantor Jackson, one of the Grateful Dead’s primary recordist.
Vol. 3: 1986-1995
This volume includes rare and exclusive interviews with Jeffrey Norman, Grateful Dead sound engineer that plays an integral part of vault releases.
Addendum: Career spanning
Here is an excerpt from a The Tapers Addendum Press Release: “This final addition specifically addresses the onslaught of newly circulating music that has surfaced since our last publication, and is an essential companion to the first three volumes, containing a wealth of information and new data for both new tapers and old school veterans alike.”