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.

Tracks:

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

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