OK, here's the straight skinny: This is the absolute best Charlie Patton CD that exists . . . it has over 20 of his greatest, original tunes & has THE best sound quality . . . the situation with the transfers, the pops & scratches is this: if you are a fan of prewar acoustic blues you are used to recordings that sound old & scratchy, IF you're not this might not appeal to you. But there IS a reason Yazoo did not erase them because in doing so they would have taken all the high-end & richness out of the actual voice & guitar of Patton. Some companies, like Columbia, reissue their prewar blues with a dampened, 'cleaned-up' sound because they know the general buyer does not like the scratchy, old record sound, but, believe me, the music itself suffers, it's lifeless & muted . . . So, buyer beware, but understand that this is a well thought-out collection issued by people who actually understand the music & you WILL get used to pops & scratches if you are an earnest fan of this music. I am a prewar blues nerd & am in the process of buying the complete recordings of all my blues heros (Yazoo doesn't issue complete recordings generally) . . . but even then I will be buying Yazoo compilations of songs I already have because they are sonically the BEST sounding reissues of this material, bar-none. So are you serious about some of the deepest, most powerful music ever recorded by mankind or are you a joker?