It's easy to critize the first effort by an artist, especially after the fact, once we have all seen the tremendous heights that his career has soared to and the lows that inevitably follow. But this album is remarkable, not just because of what came after. I dare anyone to listen to "In My Time Of Dyin'" or "House Of The Rising Sun" and tell me otherwise. It took a while for this album to grow on me, though after my very first listen I couldn't help but play "In My Time Of Dying"' over and over, even humming the lyrics at work. "Talkin' New York", "Pretty Peggy-O", "Song to Woody" and a few others could have fit perfectly on any of the three albums that followed this one. We also get a lot more of a yodeling sound in "Man Of Constant Sorrow" and "Freight Train Blues." I rated this album five stars because I love it and everything else by Bob, but I wouldn't choose this to start your collection. Having said that my first cd was the live bootleg 1966, so maybe it doesn't really matter where you begin. One last thing is about the quality. I own the old cd version and have just purchased the remastered version. WHATEVER YOU DO, SPEND THE COUPLE EXTRA BUCKS AND GET THE REMASTERED VERSION. There's nothing explicitely wrong with the old one, but the too aren't in the same league sonicly.