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Smash Hits [Original recording remastered]

Jimi HendrixAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (August 20, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Experience Hendrix
  • ASIN: B00006GA4N
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,879 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for completists, but a great Hendrix sampler. February 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'm amused at some of the reviewers trashing this compilation because in their great wisdom it is superfluous. Well, there's quite a few of us who grew up with Hendrix who remember when "Smash Hits" was originally released, and for us it served as a nice, curt compendium when we didn't want to be accosted with Jimi's more mind-blowing noodle sessions, or be subjected to an entire double album. Back in the day, Rolling Stone suggested this CD was the "tightest" hits compilation, and I tend to agree. If you like Hendrix at his most concentrated 3.5-minute-per-cut best, this may be for you. To suggest that any CD that contains a dozen of Hendrix's best and most memorable recordings is worth a single star review solely because you like the way other alternatives are compiled is a disservice to the readers of these reviews, as well as to the memory of Jimi Hendrix.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Please ignore the rantings of so many like "why another compilation" and "it's too short" -

This is simply a straight reissue of the great 12-song LP that was in every record store in America for 20 years after it's 1969 release, introducing millions to Jimi's music.

This was THE Hendrix collection while he was still alive.

If you didn't hold the records in your hands back then, and cherish the 30-40 minute LP format, you can't understand.

You're too young, you don't get it, and you shouldn't be reviewing music that was made before you were born.

**Only 2 Hendrix albums have gone Double-Platinum in sales :

Are You Experienced? and SMASH HITS.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Hendrix but surpassed by other compilations August 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The 1969 "Smash" Hits was the first Hendrix LP I owned and a great introduction to the legendary guitar genius. The remastered sound is brilliant. That said, though, this collection has been surpassed by several other CDs that cover Hendrix's career more fully ("Smash Hits" was released while Hendrix was still alive and recording, after all). "The Ultimate Experience" is the best single-CD compilation available, and the recent "Voodoo Chile" double-CD is even better, and both include the same great remastered sound. Start there if you're looking for an overview or an introduction. "Smash Hits" is more for those of us who are feeling nostalgiac about our old LPs.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just buy "Are You Experienced?" instead! August 25, 2002
By B-MAN
Format:Audio CD
With all the Hendrix collections available now, the re-release of 1969's "Smash Hits" seems a little irrelevant except for the historic fact that it was the first actual compilation of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and its been out of print for many years. I read somewhere that this is the first time "Smash Hits" has been on CD, which is not true because I used to own it. Also this is different from the original "Smash Hits" CD. The original had 14 songs, all 12 included here + "51st Anniversary" and "Highway Chile". For some reason these two were removed for this remaster. So this isnt even the same "Smash Hits"! What's the point?
I recommend buying the 17 track remaster of the first Jimi Hendrix Experience album, "Are You Experienced?", which this version of "Smash Hits" borrows 10 songs from, not to mention includes the two previously mentioned ommissions from the original "Smash Hits". The other two, "All along the Watchtower" and "Crosstown Traffic" are on the third Experience album, "Electric Ladyland". Something I never understood is why there is nothing on "Smash Hits" from their second album, "Axis: Bold as Love", but that's not important because that album is essential in itself. I can't recommend "Smash Hits" for two reasons: 1. Its just another collection, who cares if its remastered? and 2. The ommission of the two original tracks take away the historical relevance.
If you want the true best of Jimi Hendrix, start out with the first three Experience albums mentioned in this review. Want more?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How I got to know Jimi!!! October 21, 2002
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Along time ago, I heard of this guy Jimi Hendrix. Since the best way (usually) to get to know an artist's works is to buy their "greatest hits" compilations... or at least I believe so. So, back then, I bought this (in cassette form) and was so excited by his music, that my collection of Hendrix albums and CDs soon reached 3 digits (after years of collecting, it continues to expand). This is a perfect JHE starter. Are there better? Sure, but when you get down to it, this album/tape/CD lit a flame that still burns after over 15 years (just as his music still does after 35 years). I have my doubts that the musically curious wouldn't enjoy it as much as I. As for favorite CDs... there are so many. Just look around at used record stores and record conventions... your average collector knows what I mean. Its good for new and old fans... like one reviewer said, for the old fans, it brings back memories regardless... for the new, it will make memories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real "Best Of Hendrix" June 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
No, this album is not a bit outdated, and no, it doesn't have every single Hendrix song anyone could ever want. These are the hits that made Hendrix's reputation. They're the songs that people loved back in the late '60s, and they're the songs that you hear on the radio station today. The true hits -- not 1998's "Experience Hendrix: Every Good Song Hendrix Ever Made." More for the Hendrix purists than the casual fans (although even the most casual of fans should find thorough enjoyment from this album), and more for LP nostalgia than for the "Best Of" collections on CD shelves today, this album is Smash Hits, as Hendrix saw them.

If you want the bare-boned, can't-miss, really rockin' Jimi Hendrix Experience tunes, start here. If you want more bang for your buck, go for "Experience Hendrix," but there's probably a reason that Jimi decided to leave "Castles Made of Sand" off of his "Smash Hits."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music by the talented Jimi Hendrix - had it ...
Great music by the talented Jimi Hendrix - had it in vinyl - wanted to update - so glad it's still in print - great find!!!!
Published 18 days ago by Nanette
4.0 out of 5 stars should have sounded better
it had a noisey audio background though wish it was clearer and not hard to listen too other then that it is what it is i guess
Published 20 months ago by SRV FAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Jimi - Smash Hits
The perfect album. Jimi is fab, but he had his duds, too. So these songs are all his best, in one disk. I'd buy it again and again.
Published on December 3, 2011 by John J. Spelta
3.0 out of 5 stars Use this as a starting point, but nothing more
Hendrix's 1968 compilation 'Smash Hits' was a great idea at the time. Jimi was getting famous -- and quickly -- and the very casual fans who wanted the bulk of his radio hits and... Read more
Published on April 5, 2010 by Johnny Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Groovy!
I'm confused. The LP that I bought when this album came out has exactly the same songs as this re-issue. Read more
Published on November 30, 2007 by Paul M. Provencher
2.0 out of 5 stars Smash Hits?
God...if you're going to make a compilation album, you should do it right. Because tweleve songs just is not going to cut it. Read more
Published on October 6, 2006 by T. Caporale
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Cd but...
There are plenty of things about this cd that are good. The songs, and the sound quality come to mind. Read more
Published on July 20, 2006 by Stef
5.0 out of 5 stars Smash Hits - Remember - a concise collection
There has been the Ultimate Experience, Experience Hendrix, Voodoo Child - The Jimi Hendrix Collection. Now Smash Hits. Read more
Published on June 1, 2006 by Brian O'Marra
3.0 out of 5 stars The only reason this gets three stars is for the presence of Purple...
I have said that any Hendrix disc with Purple Haze and Watchtower gets at least three stars. And I stand by that claim. Sadly, the rest of the collection is in sorry shape. Read more
Published on February 25, 2006 by finulanu
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection of the Jimi Hendrix Experience!
This is a great (and brief) overview of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, featuring all of the biggest hits from the Experience (Purple Haze, Hey Joe, All Along The Watchtower, etc. Read more
Published on January 1, 2006
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