This ten-track, 26 1/2-minute mid-priced disc is a reissue of the Olympic Records LP Blind Lemon Jefferson (7134), and contains recordings originally made for Paramount Records in the 1920s, among them "The Black Snake Moan." Despite sonic cleansing, the tracks are still primitive-sounding, but Jefferson's distinctive singing and guitar playing can still be appreciated. For neophytes, this short, low-cost album provides a good curtain-raiser to Jefferson's work.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann