Another gem from Jack White’s label Third Man Records — the first volume of the complete recordings of Charley Patton on vinyl.

Patton’s growling vocals and supernatural guitar playing stand at the very heart of the blues — he was a crucial influence on every bluesman who followed him and his art remains tremendously powerful. Bob Dylan once said that if it was up to him he would only sing Charley Patton songs at his concerts, though he conceded that his audiences probably wouldn’t approve.

I have the wonderful Revenant box set of Patton’s complete works on CD, but hearing him on vinyl is something else again.

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