THE SACRAMENTO BEE - by Don Speich:
“It is difficult to say whether Hendrix. . . is a masterful technician or a somewhat accomplished musician. Without a doubt he has mastered the art (?) of effectively manipulating the electronic devices on his white guitar and his assorted amplifiers. The net result of this deftness is usually mind-tearing dronings and screeches which sound like they might be emerging from the fabled dark holes of Calcutta.
On the other hand when he was doing such songs as ‘Purple Haze,’ Foxey Lady’ and ‘Hey Joe’ - three of his best known songs which are rated in the rock world as ‘biggies’ - he did what genuinely could be called good work on his guitar. However, to praise an electrical guitarist - especially one whose bag is rock - as an accomplished musician is difficult at best. For it is extremely difficult to determine where the electronics end and the musician begins.
Without a doubt, Hendrix. . . is a showman. On stage he is definitely Mr. Cool, stopping between each number to tune up his guitar, adjust his electronic devices and throw to the audience a few anecdotes - which unfortunately were inaudible due to the continual droning of the amplifiers....
To say that The Jimi Hendrix Experience is either a good or a bad rock group is hard to do. There appears to be absolutely no point to any of his songs other than providing a vehicle from which he can display his technological and/or musical know-how. However, if this is your thing, your kind of rock, complete with numerous chords and tricky finger work, Hendrix is unsurpassed.
The outstanding group of the night, in this writer’s opinion, was the Vanilla Fudge, a New York-based rock group which preceded Hendrix on stage...”