BERLINGSKE TIDENDE - ‘Den grimme amerikaner’ – (‘The ugly American,’)
‘Both Hendrix-concerts sold out’ – review by Jørgen Kristiansen:
“After weak concerts in December in Tivolis Koncertsal with the Move and the Electric Prunes - regarding audience attention - it was nice to see that the pop-audience came out to see the exciting American guitarist Jimi Hendrix, who gave a concert last night in Tivoli with his group -Experience
As a solid support for the main event SBA offered two of their most solid groups - Defenders and Page One. Defenders made one happy with a brilliant blues, where it is obvious that they had picked up inspiration from last years Cream concert and the recent release ‘Disraeli Gears’. Rudolf Hansen is freer in his improvisations, and he picked up excellent backing from his brother Flob and the drummer Niels Kjær. Even better yet were the Swedish instrumental duo Karlsson and Hansson [sic], who jammed with a jazz background on organ and drums, so that almost the entire hall was swinging their feet and clapping their hands. The drummer knew how to use every sound of the drums - it was not just the usual noise on the drums. Maybe the organ in some passages was too sweet and liquid, but the organ has never been a brilliant instrument in avant-garde pop, so it is forgiven.
Page One with Flemming Sørensen at the front, who has promised to keep away from progressive beat music, started their performance paradoxically with the Mothers Of Invention song ‘Motherly Love’. It is a little hard to judge the group on the basis of a three song performance, but their concert debut was promising. One is able to hear that Ulrik Hansen, former member of Matadorene, has developed. A song like ‘Pretty Woman’ was played with nerve and clerical [?]. But it was of course the ugly American with the woolly hair, Jimi Hendrix, people had come to see. His guitar space trips were wild and rough, exactly like his several hit singles and two full albums have shown. Although we - fortunately - did not experience smashed furniture like Jimi Hendrix left in a Swedish hotel, there were lots of well-played pop blues with a massive wall of sound close against the audience. He didn’t hesitate for a second, flinging around him sounds from the edge There was playing with hands and teeth. And the crunches of his tooth enamel were another beautiful effect altogether. Noel Redding on the bass - with fluffy hair like Eric Clapton - and Mitch Mitchell’s brilliant playing followed these sound experiments. The concert was a success.”
BT (magazine) - ‘Hendrix er som født i en elektrisk guitar’ – [‘Hendrix is like he’s born in an electric guitar’] – review by Sven Wezelenburg:
“Jimi Hendrix, dark guitarist and singer, knows his instrument so well, that one gets the feeling that he was born in an electric guitar., He strums the strings brilliantly, which vibrate through the speaker-cabinets so that you ‘drop both hat and glasses’. The performance last night in Tivolis Koncertsal, was so shaking, that you couldn’t walk straight. Throughout the whole show the music sounded like a pot of soup at boiling point. Constantly bubbling and gurgling. So powerful, that the ears flapped and swelled to make room for the wall of sound which comes from the stage. The guitar continuously becomes a more and more important part of him. His playing contains fewer gimmicks than earlier, and he has reduced it to just biting the strings a couple of times, like we eat Shrovetide-buns. Besides this, the slow songs were the best. Because with them he puts more feeling and blues into his playing. He appears to become one with his guitar. In his singing, he spits the words out through his teeth. He has more blues in his fingertips than hair on his head - and that says quite a lot! His unruly locks bristle, so that he resembles the Bushman, who lives around the corner.
The other main attraction of the evening was Hansson And Karlsson, respectively electric organ and drums. Eminent swinging jazz-rhythms. Absolutely music on a higher level, which besides the less simple arrangements was well received by the audience. The duo, which is known for playing jazz non-stop for four hours, will come in February for a 14 day visit to Denmark, mainly in jazz clubs. Besides this we heard the new group Page One. Nice playing. Nice. Not exciting. Appeared after all as a capable copy-group, who should have good opportunities to reach a broad audience, because they used the newest things in their repertoire, for example Mother Of Invention and Free Spirits.
Finally The Defenders. They appear to be still growing. But also with bigger audience appeal.”
AKTUELT - ‘Troldmanden uden gnist’ – [‘Sorcerer without spark’] – review by Steffen Larsen:
“The Hendrix concert was a bit of a disappointment. Sgt. Hendrix’ Lonely Heart Club’s Band opened the last part of the show in Tivolis Koncertsal last night with the Beatles’ opening theme from the record with almost the same name. Hendrix had a plaster on his right hand, but had no other marks after the berserk fury in Gothenburg the other day. He had got out of Sweden, and that was the most important thing for us.
What you must put up with at a Hendrix concert is that it is impossible to understand a word of what is being sung. Only some moans and sexy voices from the master carry through the thunder, like a kind of fourth instrument. The dangerous, deadly volume from the amplifiers, which by the way buzzed all too much, drowns everything. Furthermore, it was clear that the group was not in good shape, at least at the first show, and played uninspired and with a well-known routine. Only occasionally did one sense the claw of the lion: A sudden unexpected guitar-chord, that cut sharp as a razor through the otherwise muddy theme, playing with a cat-like movement, which made the beat go faster, or the well known playing-on-the-guitar with the teeth, which last night only lasted a short while. - There was too long between the explosions, where one could recognize the genius magician. - However, a Hendrix out of shape is [still] a concert worth going to. The Hendrix routine is more than well. - The group demonstrated again vitality and a sense of getting the music swinging [rocking?]. The nervous fits and starts, which are the ‘image’ of the group, did not appear in Copenhagen. The sudden outbursts of feeling from a Hendrix, who must be on the brink of having a nervous breakdown, only appeared in glimpses. - Instead, the group pumped out almost unbearable sound to the audience, a sound, that physically hurt and is part of the music. But the sound doesn’t do it alone! The applause after the concert was deafening. One wonders if part of it was not a thank you for the last outstanding record from the group?
In the first half, the new Defenders, the Swedish duo Hansson and Karlsson plus Page One performed, their first performance. - Most exciting were the Swedes, who with only two instruments, organ and drums, were capable of whipping up an atmosphere, which stood up well to Hendrix.”
[Photo caption?] Jimi Hendrix – a bit of a disappointment.
INFORMATION - ‘Jimi Hendrix’ – review by Wiedemann:
“At the moment at least Jimi Hendrix in one way or another is, a recommended experience for going to beat concerts, even though nothing much may happen musically. The ambiance, the brimful, expectant concert halls, and the enormous vitality of young people - who in the breaks promenade in the most fantastic costumes and haircuts - where else could you see this? As a social phenomenon it‘s very interesting. It could also be musically, when one thinks of the many records which have been released lately, especially by American groups, but in the wider view I don’t think that the latest concerts have been very good, even Cream, the Electric Prunes, or even as it was at Tivoli yesterday - Jimi Hendrix, who had been on the concert poster.
Hendrix is somewhat exceptional in almost closed, white beat and rock music. As one might expect, and as he also demonstrated yesterday, he has an exceptionally familiar relationship with the blues, but his personality is not insistent, and it appeared quiet characteristic, that the two most creative numbers he played at the first show, were not his own - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Wild Thing.
As a guitarist, he has a considerable technique and can especially make use of the long, infinite floating notes, that are brought about by very powerful amplification, but the artistic effects are, after all, the same, as one knows, as Cream’s Eric Clapton, apart from the effect-hunting (playing with the teeth, god-help-me), which Hendrix has a disastrous partiality for. His stage appearance was less exhibitionistic though than the last concert last spring, but that might be due to the fact that he (and the audience) were bothered by the heavy buzz from the amplifiers all the time. Its okay having excuses and regrets, but when one plays beat music, it ought to be a part of the deal to keep control of the power.
Another reason is that it was less rewarding to hear the concert’s main attraction than the Swedish organ-and-drum duo, which for the first, short part of the concert performed something that for a debut [weaning] really deserves support. Those two I would like to see again.”