"Michael Fairchild, who wrote…the 28-page booklet for :Blues, tells ICA, 'I'm really excited about the live track, Hear My Train A Comin from Berkeley, because it's one of Jimi's finest blues…it's never been put out on CD…We found the original reel just a few months ago, so it's the best sound we've ever heard on that.'"
- ICE Magazine - March 1994
"This tour of [Jimi's] blues roots…is a must…Excellent liner notes."
- Daily Mail Newspaper (London) - April 15, 1994
"Sumptuously packaged, with unreleased versions…the playing is always inspired…the booklet notes are superb."
- Bournemouth Advertiser Newspaper (U.K.) - April 1, 1994
"Speechless in Seattle...The most essential Hendrix record released since his death…as Michael J. Fairchild's exceedingly erudite sleeve-notes explain."
- Hot Press Magazine (Seattle) - April 1994
"The latest Hendrix compilation, :Blues, is such a revealation…as Michael Fairchild's 28-page booklet accompanyhing the CD amply points out…Fairchild…known internationally for his devotion to the minutiae of Hendrix…picked several of the 11 tunes, and placed all 11 into an order that represents the span of a bluesman's life."
- City Newspaper - May 25, 1994
"Michael Fairchild's 28-page liner notes are a sheer joy to read. Fairchild pinpoints the exact original blues classics…If this release does not receive a Grammy award next year I think we should all write a complaint letter."
- Straight Ahead (San Francisco) - May 1994
"Making the Hendrix Connection - Something really big must be going on, and this week you can hear it for yourself. Jimi Hendrix :Blues is in the stores. Michael Fairchild's involvement is significant. As with the case with the re-packaging and re-release of Hendrix's first three albums earlier this year, the Rochester native wrote the booklet that accompanies the CD. And in true Fairchild fashion it includes an exhaustive history and track-by-track analysis of Hendrix blues-roots efforts. Jimi Hendrix :Blues is off to a huge start. Its March 18 European release saw it debut on the album charts in most countries - among the Top 20 in some, it drew an enthusiastic response from Rolling Stone magazine. Jimi Hendrix :Blues is quite a work. There's no getting around the observation that Fairchild is quite a work himself. Fairchild has positioned himself as one of the world's preeminent Hendrix scholars...Fairchild works for the Hendrix estate...Hendrix came to Rochester only once, performing at the Community War Memorial in 1968. But that one visit - and the fact that the late bluesman Son House once lived here - have become central to Fairchild's Hendrix philosophy. 'Son House was celebrating his 66th birthday in Rochester on the day Hendrix came to play in '68' is how Fairchild begins his huge essay with the new CD...the George Eastman House was built around the same time as the Son House house on Grieg Street, Fairchild insists that his Hendrix-Rochester connection will 'eclipse the Eastman House, it is the deepest story ever to come out of Rochester.'"
- Democrat & Chronicle - May 5, 1994
"It shows the importance of 'the blues' to Jimi...as the highly informative sleeve notes inform us."
- Univibes - May 1994
"A celebration of Hendrix's love for blues...Bravo...providing fans with a glimpse as to just what all the fuss about Jimi Hendrix was in the first place...:Blues nicely complements his legacy and is a welcome addition to any serious Hendrix collection."
- Guitar Magazine - August 1994
"Some of this stuff is just too outrageous for words...Even to the fervid, :Blues is less of a trawling exercise than an eye-opening extravaganza...:Blues is enough to confirm that Hendrix's music still lives."
- Q Magazine (U.K.) - May 1994
"Hendrix's awesome, timeless guitar sound was rooted in the blues, as clearly shown by this lovingly compiled album...This is utterly essential for Hendrix devotees and blues fans."
- The Chronicle (Wolverhampton, U.K.) April 29, 1994
":Blues is such an excellent compilation, an essential purchase for any remotely interested Hendrixophile...Altogether an inspired release."
- Basildon Echo (U.K.) April 20, 1994
"Some of the most hair raising guitar playing imagainable...Hendrix transcends nostalgia, this release...hits home with the force of a wondrous new discovery."
- Upbeat Magazine (U.K.) May 1994
"Better than most new studio LPs today...outstanding tracks...This well-packaged LP seeks to set Hendrix firmly within the blues tradition of the deep south."
- Northumberland Gazette (U.K.) April 15, 1994
"Hendrix shines through so powerfully that you find yourself saying yet again that he really was that good."
- Top Magazine (U.K.) April 1994
"This nicely packages treasure trove...comes with an informative 28-page booklet."
- Inverness Courrier (U.K.) April 29, 1994
"Best Historic Recording of '94."
- Guitar Player Magazine - 1995
"On :Blues Hendrix proves to be a master light years ahead of his time...The packgage is pure blues...with detailed text and a historical blues discography to support its thesis that Jimi Hendrix the rocker was actuallly a stellar bluesman in line with Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King...The overall effect of this set is mind-boggling."
- by Karl Byrn, from a column titled Backbeating, MetroActive - San Francisco - Spring 1994
":Blues is no casually themed package...:Blues has no filler, no padding, and extensive sleeve notes, and it is difficult to conceive of a more fitting monument to the musical head of Jimi Hendrix...:Blues is a curiously uplifting record."
- Daily Telegraph (U.K.) April 16, 1994
"Guitar Player magazine chose :Blues as its best historic recording of the year."
- Billboard Magazine - April 15, 1995
"Jimi Hendrix and the blues make such a logical connection that it's hard to believe no one has ever assembled an album like :Blues (MCA) before…:Blues covers almost every aspecty of the style…what sets this album apart is the way it illuminates the guitarists debt to other bluesmen."
- Rolling Stone - May 19, 1994
[NOTE: In other words, Michael Fairchild's booklet story is what brings Jimi's music all together into focus. This is why Fairchild's insights are such a target for media mogul Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder's jealousy compelled him to spend millions of dollars to stage a brat tantrum lawsuit to destroy Michael's career at the Hendrix company and order that Fairchild's writing for :Blues be taken off the market. The Rock Prophecy story of Jimi's remote view of the Asteroid aimed to hit Earth has been kept secret by media for more than a decade. We'll all perish from impact winter because everyone was prevented from acting on what's explained in Rock Prophecy. The book was targeted by Mr. Allen's cronies for an internet smear campaign.
- James Sedgwick]