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UPC: 008811298425

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Purple Haze
  2. Fire
  3. The Wind Cries Mary
  4. Can You See Me
  5. Hey Joe
  6. All Along the Watchtower
  7. Stone Free
  8. Crosstown Traffic
  9. Manic Depression
  10. Remember
  11. Red House
  12. Foxey Lady


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 20, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Experience Hendrix
  • ASIN: B00006GA4N
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,976 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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"Smash Hits" was the fourth album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, the classic trio created in England during September, 1966. Formed a few short months after another legendary trio, Cream, The Experience also broke up not long after Cream's "Goodbye" album was issued, around the beginning of July 1969, following an uneven, chaotic, but lucrative final tour. It was the same month that Reprise Records and the group issued this slightly odd but classic compilation.
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.
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