Smash Hits Original recording remastered
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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.
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?Read more ›
The 12-song set contains a somewhat top-heavy 6 (out of 11) tracks from the U.S. version of the group's debut, "Are You Experienced?" (eschewing the longer, more exploratory cuts), and none (!) from their extraordinary follow-up, the fleet, near-flawless, and lyrical "Axis: Bold As Love." We also get the two singles taken from "Electric Ladyland," both recorded before Hendrix took over production reigns for the sprawling double album. This album is a fleet snapshot of the Jimi Hendrix Experience during their first year as a recording unit, when they were bursting with energy and ambition. What makes "Smash Hits" more than a throwaway "hits" set was the inclusion of four hitherto unissued-in-the-US gems that have since become classics in their own right: "Red House," in 1969 was a very rare 12-bar blues original; "Can You See Me" and "Stone Free," are both concise, explosive Who-style rockers; and the mid-tempo, loping, "Remember" is reminiscent of the moody, deliberate music of the band Free. Like most of this collection, these tracks display a band (together less than a month when some songs were recorded!)at an early, high-energy peak in varied styles alike only in their relative brevity.Read more ›
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The Best in his time, and it still is great today some 44 years later !!!Published 17 months ago by James Hamilton
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