Hey Joe: Great drumming or overplaying?

I'd never mix or compare Mitchell and Baker, two very different styles. Even though he started in jazz, Ginger has the 'African thing' going in his beats and approach . Almost no other rock drummer had that. When you hear people cover Cream or Blind Faith songs you can tell what is missing.
I agree, their styles were very different, as you described. What they shared in common was their constant need to fill. I understand their busy styles appealed to many, they’re legends after all, but their approach to music from the drum throne just didn’t appeal to me.
My 2 shekels...

The Experience and Cream were both 3 piece bands. There's naturally more latitude for a drummer in a 3 piece band. In fact a little more space filling is required for a 3 piece band. More than in bigger bands IMO. I just can't imagine questioning the drum part of those songs. I think they are perfect, iconic, and I personally dig "Hey Joe" more than the majority of songs I know, specifically because of the drumming.

It's like Mona Lisa...great art of over-rated ha ha.

Great art without a doubt
Hey Joe by Hendrix came on the radio the other day and it was the first time I'd heard it in a good while. I remember marveling at it as a kid, impressed with all those fills, but now as I'm approaching 40, maybe my tastes have changed. As I listened the other day, I couldn't help feeling that a lot of those fills were unnecessary and the drummer should have stuck with "playing the song" as a lot of people talk about on this forum.

So what is it folks? A master class in in triplet and 32nd note fills or a load of unnecessary embellishments? How do you see it?
we all change with age, even Mitch

At the 2:58 mark, Mitch says Jimmy used to make him listen to the lyrics before recording. To be, the lyrics can really have define your drumming, I think the vibe of Hey Joe goes perfectly with the drumming