This Magnificent Distance

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This Magnificent Distance
Studio album by Chris Robinson & the New Earth Mud
Released June 29, 2004 (2004-06-29)
Genre Southern rock, blues-rock, roots rock
Length 66:15
Label Vector
Chris Robinson & the New Earth Mud chronology
New Earth Mud
(2002)New Earth Mud2002
This Magnificent Distance
Live at Bonnaroo
(2004)Live at Bonnaroo2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]

This Magnificent Distance is Chris Robinson's second solo album, released on June 29, 2004.

This Magnificent Distance is a work that draws on the vast panorama of Americana music--rock, blues, folk, country, soul and elements of jazz--and Robinson personalizes it with compelling vocals, free-spirited melodies and vivid lyrics in which he looks inwards and at the world around him.


The album generated some praise from a variety of outlets. It earned a four-star review in the June/July issue of Blender, in which Clark Collis cited “the singer’s heartfelt howling and dynamite harmonica playing.” Harp magazine’s Jaan Uhelszki praised Robinson's “rebel-hearted romanticism, tales of ruined innocence, and the quest for personal liberation” (August 2004), while Tracks’ Holly George-Warren noted how “Prominent keyboards and eloquent guitar work (by former Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed, Robinson and co-producer Paul Stacey) make the bucolic ‘Girl On The Mountain,’ the majestic ‘When the Cold Wind Blows…’ and the nostalgic ‘(Last of the Old Time) Train Robbers’ sound like Fillmore East jam sessions…A grittier mood envelops the harmonica-driven ‘Piece of Wind,’ in which Robinson's political convictions surface.”

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chris Robinson, except where noted.

  1. "40 Days" – 4:37
  2. "Girl on the Mountain" (Robinson, Paul Stacey) – 7:05
  3. "Mother of Stone" (Robinson, Audley Freed) – 3:45
  4. "(Last of the Old Time) Train Robbers" – 6:42
  5. "Like a Tumbleweed in Eden" – 5:08
  6. "When the Cold Wind Blows at the Dark End of Night" (Robinson, Stacey) – 7:59
  7. "...If You See California" – 4:44
  8. "The Never Empty Table" (Robinson, Stacey) – 5:06
  9. "Eagles on the Highway" (Robinson, Stacey) – 4:38
  10. "Surgical Glove" – 6:01
  11. "Piece of Wind" (Robinson, Stacey) – 5:08
  12. "Sea of Love" (Robinson, Stacey) – 5:22