GOODGODALMIGHTY!! YOU NEED THIS! No. We don't have recordings from the absolute beginning of the blues, but we can absolutely get pretty damn close. And this is it. Sure, we're talking about ancient, archaic Paramount Records 78s here, so there may be a little bacon frying in the background. But the sound is as good as it can get, and dang it... that's pretty darn good. The power and presence of the rough 'n tumble CHARLEY PATTON transcend the near-century that has passed since he laid down his gutbucket vocals and acoustic guitar. The set in question contains 3 CDs and an informative booklet inside a little clamshell cardboard box. Too cool for school.