BRIDGEPORT TELEGRAM & POST:
“Preceded by The Eire Apparent, who did the worst ‘Baby Blue’ ever, and ‘Gloria’ with a great deal of noise but no control whatsoever; and the Soft Machine …with an excellent drummer but otherwise no more impressive than the Irish group, Jimi Hendrix and his two co-conspirators played several of their better known numbers with enough amplification to drown out their virtuosity....
When he strode out onto the portable theater, demanding sotto voce of his bass guitar player (‘Where are we man?’ ‘Bridgeport’; and then ‘Welcome to Bridgeport.’) he seemed much shorter, skinnier than we had expected, and one really couldn’t hear his voice for the whining and droning of his guitar. He opened with ‘Are You Experienced?’, continued through ‘Foxy Lady’, ‘Hey Joe’ and ‘Spanish Castle Magic’, somewhat lacking in his legendary verve. The Hendrix Experience have built their popularity upon album sales, they have yet to produce a top ten song. ‘Purple Haze’ comes closest to being their best known number. As their finale it was their best and most appreciated.
What is initially disappointing about Hendrix, as well as the other groups with him last night, is the deafening electric cacophony which, at close range, clouds the air so thickly with twang that the tune, and there always is a tune, is lost. And the precautionary over-lighting and over-policed atmosphere of the show added nothing to the performance.
Nevertheless, Hendrix is one of the best, and the concert the best attended in Kennedy Stadium this season. And no-one else can truly sing ‘Hey Joe’ or ‘Foxy Lady’ like him.”