With Yazoo's 1968 selection of vintage Bill Broonzy the label aimed to correct one lop-sided impression of him obtained by listening only to his available LPs. Although he suffered from over-exposure in the 50s, when he was mistakingly touted as practically the sole living ambassador of the blues (and played that role to the hilt), the very work for which he became famous to his original audience was never publicized.
From its premier appearances on record Broonzy's guitar style bore only tangential relationship to previously-recorded music of the Delta or Arkansas, where he was raised. Although Paramount's Papa Charlie Jackson has been credited with making a guitarist of him - sometime after his return from the European front and his arrival in Chicago (circa 1922) - no musical debt to Jackson is betrayed by the records of either man. Nor do Broonzy's earliest efforts convincingly point to his having imitated Blind Lemon Jefferson.
In short, his musical sources remain as ambiguous as those of Jackson or Jefferson. The ambiguity of Broozy partially resides in the fact that his earliest admirers interpreted him as a social phenomenon rather than as a musical or historical one. Featuring such timeless material as "How Do You Want It Done?," "Long Tall Mama" and "Skoodle Do Do," The Young Bill Broonzy 1928-1936 is a definitive look at his early career.