This is the name of the upcoming Phil Lesh & Friends
studio record on the Lapis
This is the first time Phil has been in the studio since 1989 when the Grateful Dead
recorded their last studio disc Built To Last
"I wanted this band to make a record because I wanted to see whether we could translate that energy that we have live, with the onstage jamming, into compositions for recording, which is really an art in itself," said Lesh in a statement on his website.
The title is a clear reference to the continuation of the Long Strange Trip that this San Francisco bassist extraordinaire has participated in since 1964.
The record will be released in two versions: one to be sold only over the Internet on April 16, 2002 with a bonus track. And another standard version sans bonus track in May for the stores.
The disc contains 10 new originals and a version of Liberty, a Dead song written by Lesh's Grateful Dead co-founder Jerry Garcia (the Dead never recorded it in the studio b4 Jerry died in 1995).
Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter contributed to six of the album's 11 tracks. "It's like a new isotopes of rock and roll matter has entered the universe," Hunter wrote on his blog after hearing the rough mixes. "Or like a piece of the sun split off and started circling the moon. A whole new beginning based on the old premises, unexpectable if not simply inconceivable at this age and date, but there it is!"
The band's lineup is:
Warren Haynes on guitar and vocals (Allman Brothers, Govt. Mule)
Jimmy Herring on guitar (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Allman Brothers)
Rob Barraco on keyboards and vocals (Zen Tricksters),
John Molo drums (Bruce Hornsby Band)
Phil Lesh bass (Grateful Dead, The Other Ones)
Don Gehman (Hootie & the Blowfish, John Mellencamp),
Night Of A Thousand Stars
The Real Thing
Again and Again
No More Do I
Leave Me Out of This
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