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 Home