This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):
Call it the return of the living Dead.
Some seven years after Jerry Garcia went off to that big jam session in the sky, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh has found his way back to the studio. And on the decent There and Back Again, he gets by with a little help from his Friends. Some, like Gov’t Mule andAllman Brothers Band singer-guitarist Warren Haynes and ex-Allman guitarist Jimmy Herring, are new. Others, like Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, are familiar. Unsurprisingly, when you put ’em all together on this 11-track effort, you get a cross between the Dead’s trippy psychedelia and the Allmans’ bluesy jam-rock — perhaps a litle more of the latter, since Haynes sings the bulk of the vocals and wrote many of the tunes. OK, so maybe Phil isn’t exactly picking up Jerry’s torch here. But at least he isn’t wallowing in nostalgia either. It’s nice to see at least one member of the group has found life after the Dead.