Magellan Was Wrong

Magellan Was Wrong

by Bob LindBob Lind


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In 1966, Bob Lind was chasing the bright, elusive butterfly of love, but a half-century later, he seems to have developed a less optimistic view of matters of the heart. Just four years after 2012's Finding You Again (which was Lind's first studio album since 1971's Since There Were Circles, suggesting a quantum leap in his productivity), Lind has delivered Magellan Was Wrong, and for the most part the songs are artful but cynical, crafted with care but suggesting Lind has been having a hard time with both love and life in general. "I Don't Know How to Love You," "Blind Love," and "Never Even There" all reflect a world-weary, dispassionate outlook on relationships, and in his notes, Lind dismissively mentions "these me-first, feminist times." Then again, "You, Lola, You!" points to the overall absurdity of love (and love songs), while "The Outsider's Dream" and the title song are paeans to lives where things don't quite work out. Ultimately, Magellan Was Wrong is where Bob Lind has given the misanthropic side of his mind free reign, though his philosophy hasn't much changed his craft. Lind is in fine voice here, and his 21st Century blend of vintage pop, smooth jazz, and soft rock sounds as confident as it did on Finding You Again, while the melodies are, if anything, even stronger. Lind also finds something sad and introspective in Tom Paxton's "Bottle of Wine," and the album's production (divided between Lind, Jamie Hoover, Greg Foat, and Frank "Rat" Falestra) is clean but imaginative, sounding full and intelligent without too much gingerbread. The Bob Lind of Magellan Was Wrong is a very different man than he was in 1966, or even 2012; not every fan will embrace what he has to say, but his craft remains strong, and it's more than clear that he has plenty to say and a genuine gift for getting his message across.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2016
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667433525
catalogNumber: 5066507
Rank: 119898


  1. I Don't Know How to Love You
  2. You Are Home
  3. Never Even There
  4. Magellan Was Wrong
  5. I Turn to You
  6. Bottle of Wine
  7. My Friend
  8. From the Road
  9. You, Lola, You!
  10. The Outsider's Dream
  11. Blind Love
  12. A Break in the Rain

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Lind   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Synthesizer Horn,Finger Picking
Dave Hubbard   Tenor Saxophone
David Floyd   Piano,Electric Piano
Jamie Hoover   Background Vocals
George Wurzbach   Piano
Henry Rajan   Bass
Greg Foat   Percussion,Keyboards,Vibes
Wes Malkin   Mandolin
Christopher Wayne Chapman   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Chris Dario   Acoustic Guitar
Debbi Lawlor   Background Vocals
Steve Bristol   Drums
Scott Schotter   Tenor Saxophone
Mark Beverley   Electric Bass,Ampeg Baby Bass
Jim Felicio   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jerry "Baby Bear" Crisp   Banjo
Jan Verruso   Background Vocals
Jamie Pflug   Bass
Carla Chadick   Background Vocals
Arbel Martin   Coloratura
Abner Torres   Drums

Technical Credits

Tom Paxton   Composer
Bob Lind   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Dion DiMucci   Liner Notes
Jamie Hoover   Arranger,Producer
Richard Hawley   Liner Notes
Frank "Rat Bastard" Falestra   Producer,Engineer
Ron Litschauer   Engineer
Ric Pattison   Engineer
Greg Foat   Arranger,Producer
Christopher Wayne Chapman   Musical Director,Choral Composition
Debbi Lawlor   Choral Composition
Eileen Averkiou   Choral Composition
Arbel Martin   Contributor,Choral Composition

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