New Sounds  (Rose City Sound RCS 74092)  1974




Striking homemade recording of loner acoustic folk featuring blind singer Bob Desper and his guitar. Bob’s songs often have a stark, solemn, brooding presence, as on the opening minor-key ‘Darkness Is Like A Shadow’. Similar themes of loneliness and despair surface on tracks like ‘It’s Too Late’ and ‘Lonely Man’. Voices of hope and salvation periodically surface to balance the mood, particularly on ‘To A Friend Of Mine’, ‘Let It Shine For You’ and ‘Don’t You Cry For Me’. Even amidst the optimism, the music still often possesses a moody downer edge. Bob’s voice is calm yet infused with conviction and emotion. His guitar work is skillful and intricate, constantly shifting between finger-picking and strumming, exploring a broad range of dynamics that perfectly complements the album’s dark contemplative tone. Neat blue negative image cover photo. Custom press from Portland, Oregon studio. Re-issued on vinyl in 2009 by Discourage Records (DRR-007), including faithful reproduction of the cover art, a deluxe color foldout insert and Bob’s 7” single in a pic sleeve on blue/black swirled colored vinyl (see 7” section).  (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

This one was on the Heavenly Grooves Site.


01. Darkness Is Like Shadow

02. It's Too Late

03. Lonely Man

04. To A Friend Of Mine

05. Let It Shine For You

06. Don't You Cry For Me

07. Liberty

08. Time Is Almost Over