40 years of listening to Jimi. You cannot underestimate his influence on the blues. We needed the mantle to be passed on from Muddy, Buddy, BB, et al. Jimi did this in spades. You may own all the 'legitimate' pre 18/09/1970 releases but you cannot fault the efforts of the foundation set up by his father, Al, to re-release and, simply release the unheard archive. Most of the tracks in this set, you will be familiar with, but that should not detract from the brilliance and innovation of his musical style. To call this album 'Blues' sells itself. The bookending of accoustic and electric renditions of 'Hear My Train a-Comin' is genius. Recorded at the start and end of his career ably demonstrates his influence. The former is intimate and shows off his versatility on the 12 string and his humour. The latter is the definitive version of the song and, possibly, his defining moment in blues. The rest of the album touches all the bases. Robert Johnson may well have sold his soul to the devil for the sake of his art. Jimi Hendrix was born with the gift and future generations of blues guitarists my find themselves in direct negotiations to keep the flame alive.