Blind Willie McTell of Statesboro, Georgia was undoubtedly the most rhythmic and lyrical of all 12-string blues guitarists. A guitarist par excellence and a vocalist of equal stature, his artistry as presented in this 1968 Yazoo collection of his early years (1927-1933) exhibits some of the finest the blues idiom has to offer. There are very few better examples of the varied and many-faceted blues form than "Three Woman Blues" and "Statesboro Blues." And although much the same can be said concerning all of the other tracks, suffice to say that it, the blues, is all here. From the ominous "Broke Down Engine" to the excitement of "Mama 'Tain't Long For Day," from the raggy "Georgia Rag" to the double-entendre "Southern Can Is Mine" from the imagery of "Writing Paper Blues" to all of the others included is this, the finest assortment of McTell efforts on record.