Grover's Corners Hasn't Aged Well
Bob Desper - "It's Too Late"
The New Sounds reissue seems primarily aimed at collectors, boasting a facsimile of the original release and a bonus seven-inch with the first 1000 copies. The album warrants its reputation, and while it's not anything that'll re-contextualize local music history, it's definitely an interesting listen. Desper performs solo, with just a voice and a Martin guitar; he's a very fluid, capable guitarist and his voice bears a heavy tint of his reported admiration of Elvis Presley. The songs have a religious slant, but they don't mention Jesus explicitly. They're more along the line of that paranoid zeitgeist particular to the early '70s: "The world is crazy, man, people just don't understand, man." That is not an actual lyric, but this is: "Searching for reality, but they're too blind to see." There's a lot of talk about people not being able to see, which is fair enough coming from a blind dude. It's a marginal period piece, but a charming one.
The album comes paired with a reissue of Desper's 1972 seven-inch, "Dry Up Those Tears"/"The World Is Crying Out for Love." Desper is really obsessed with eyes and/or crying. (There's also a song on the LP called "Don't You Cry for Me.") On the seven-inch, Desper is backed by some other musicians, which softens his bummer-folk sound into gentle balladry.
Discourage has done a kickass job with this reissue, including a large insert with comprehensive liner notes and a very authentic tip-on style album cover. Order it here.