In all honesty, I have never heard anything quite like the guitar work on this album. Although most people start off with Are You Experienced?, I was fortunate enought to discover this gem about 14 years ago, and my life has never been the same. In recent years, compilations of Jimi's lost works have been released; as they should be. Blues is one of the "lost and found" set. His influences shine through here, but Jimi is the pilot of this journey through the power of the blues.
While Hendrix encompassed virtually all genres of guitar in his music - rock, jazz, blues, funk, and even slight signs of classical - it is his ability to keep from limiting himself to any certain style that makes this album beyond words. While staying true to the feel and history of the blues throughout, the guitar work on this album is completely individual. At times, this is my favorite Hendrix album. It captures the versatility of the blues from the heartwrenching "Once I had a Woman" to the skyscraping agression of tracks such as "Voodoo Chile Blues." Hendrix's greatest feat here is that he manages to recognise the blues greats, Muddy Waters, T-Bone, Robert Johnson, BB King, etc., and still shines through with his own personal style and signature licks such as the opener from "Red House." His ability to express himself through his instrument is virtually unmatched.
To truly appriciate the legacy and ability of Jimi Hendrix, this album is essential. If God was a guitarist, he would be a Jimi Hendrix clone.