Charley Patton is to Mississippi what Blind Lemon Jefferson is to Texas: its most important black rural artist of before WW2. If you have a taste for this sort of thing, it doesn't get better than this. A blazing performer whose singing and guitar work can still overwhelm you, seven decades later. But it's completely inaccurate to slam the disc's sound qualtity and accuse the label of "laziness." To the contrary, Yazoo Records has always had the very best in 78-reissue sound, disc after disc. Its engineers, far from being lazy, have always taken scrupulous care and a ridiculous amount of time in achieving their sonic results. The fact is that the old Paramount78s from which most of these tracks were taken were worn almost beyond recognition, from cheap manufacture and overplaying with heavy tonearms. Yazoo's audio philosophy is that you can't eliminate all the noise without eliminating the high frequencies that make the music live. If you can't take the noise, that's up to you; but the typical Yazoo CD will come closer than any other label's to the sound you'd get if you played these 78s on an antique gramophone: an entirely different, and genuine, sound experience. In the present case, this disc is a complete digital remastering, going back to the original source 78s, of a landmark Yazoo 2-LP set from about 30 years ago (and an earlier CD issue of same). This is no. 10 in Yazoo's "2000 series" of all- digital 78 reissues, and the only place you'll find Patton sounding this good is on its compantion, Yazoo 2001. Get ready to tap, no, make that stomp, your foot to one of the great American dance musicians.