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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: #188,228 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
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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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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 SMASH HITS: A Fine Place to Start & the End of an Era August 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"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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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 3 months 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 23 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 19, 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 May 31, 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 December 31, 2005
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