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  • Audio CD (November 7, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000008GHV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
13. 51st Anniversary
14. Highway Chile

Editorial Reviews

Track Listing:1. Purple Haze2. Fire3. The Wind Cries Mary4. Can You See Me5. Hey Joe6. All Along The Watchtower7. Stone Free8. Crosstown Traffic9. Manic Depression10. Remember11. Red House12. Foxey Lady13. 51st Anniversary14. Highway Chile

Customer Reviews

If you want a CD with all good songs on it, then order this CD.
Goddess of the Moon
Hey Joe one of those tracks that is very direct and cold.all along the watchtower, Foxey Lady,etc..
Patricia Hennessy
So, enjoy what you can make of it, and ask your dad to explain the rest.
Mr S. E. Weeks

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jim Gray on April 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Back in the late 60s and early 70s, one of the joys of finding British import LPs was the discovery of tracks that were not available in the USA; after all, much of the music we loved was doled out to us in a haphazard, thoughtless manner by the middle-aged music industry hacks who had no love nor respect for our tastes.
The UK Hendrix Smash Hits import LP was a treasure trove of unheard songs, such as Highway Chile and 51st Anniversary, but with no info given as to their origin. It was left to later fan/biographers to disclose that they were his earliest British singles that didn't make it onto Are You Experienced.
The US version of Smash Hits offered only a few of those rarities, going instead for a more predictable combination of the first and third Experience albums, plus Red House, a different take of which appeared on the very different UK debut album.
What is so disappointing and aggravating about this CD reissue is that all you get is the old US LP version, at a time when compilers who really care go to the trouble of combining different versions into a definitive collection and rounding up shamefully neglected B-sides; throwing a couple of tiny photo out-takes into the CD booklet does not make this a bargain. I expected so much more from the current gatekeepers, Experience Hendrix, who control and supervise all such reissues.
(They do deserve credit for putting some of these early tracks out in stereo for the first time, but for no good reason, they sat on Laughing Sam's Dice far too long and finally slopped it onto the South Saturn Delta compilation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason P. Pumphrey VINE VOICE on March 16, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a solid collection of Jimi Hendrix Experience tunes, but the thing I've always found strange is that there is no songs from Axis Bold As Love. But if you have the new remasters of Expereinced?, Axis, and Ladyland, you relly don't need for this collection since you will have all 12 Smash Hits on those albums. But this is a great collection for amatuer/new fan wishing to get a taste of classic Hendrix. But once you get a sample, you'll probably want the full menu!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ish on December 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in April 1968. This Album featured most of the songs from the experience's debut album "Are You Experienced?" then released in England on May 1967. This was the first "greatest hits" album released during in which the band were still together as the original experience. Soon after Noel Redding left the band, Hendrix released the U.S. version in July 1969. Consisting of nothing from Axis: Bold As Love and only one track from Electric Ladyland, this UK listing is still in my opinion the better of the two. Red House, Remember, All Along The Watchtower, and Crosstown Traffic are not incuded in the track listing of this compilation. Instead 51st Anniversary, Highway Chile, Burning Of The Midnight Lamp, and The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam's Dice are included. Burning Of The Midnight Lamp is truly one of the best songs written by Jimi Hendrix,in which the lyrics run deep with emotion. The Stars is an outlandish track consisting of excellent guitar solo's throughout, this was Jimi's first song in which he used a Wah Wah pedal. Frank Zappa is also featured on this track helping with the vocal for the "Milky Way Express." The new digitally remastering is worth the value of this mini lp cd.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr S. E. Weeks on June 9, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The thing about music is that it's subjective in two ways. One; it means something to you personally - where you were at - at the time. Two; even the collective view is lost in time - one can never recapture the impact of hearing Hendrix for the first time - in the context of being there in 1969. Someone asked me at the time if JH was British or American, and I realised that for me in 1969 he was neither, he was more like one of the characters from the Marvel Comics that I collected - JH was from another planet like the Silver Surfer! When The Experience appeared on the Lulu show and interrupted Hey Joe to play Sunshine of Your Love in tribute to Cream (who were doing their farewell concert that night) it was as if the hippies had taken over - starting with the invasion of Saturday Night Propriety! This was way before we learned from GSH that The Revolution would not in fact be televised :-) So, enjoy what you can make of it, and ask your dad to explain the rest. Cheers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Hennessy on May 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD
this was my first Hendrix Album and as a Kid back in the day I was blow away by Jimi Hendrix's tone on Guitar and the rawness,fury and funk He displayed."Purple Haze" then and now sounds like nothing else on radio. Hey Joe one of those tracks that is very direct and cold.all along the watchtower, Foxey Lady,etc.. he had a way of putting words and expressing himself so freely. he was soulful with a Bluesman's pain, he was R&B,Pop and Gospel all as one. He made his Music like it was truly a extension of himself which is so rare for any artist to accomplish. a true musical Force. his impact and legacy are timeless to the ears, hearts and souls.
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Hendrix-Newly restored "Smash Hits"
The original release featured a number of the tracks in mono - will this issue feature any tracks in the original mono mix?
Feb 20, 2010 by Stephen M. Greene |  See all 4 posts
Hendrix "new" Smash Hits pretty much sounds the same as the earlier...
I have the 2002 version probably the same master as the 2010 version.
Mar 11, 2010 by Tom |  See all 2 posts
Original United Kingdom edition - no longer available
I recently just purchased as a japanese import
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SERIOUSLY....how many times is this gonna be reissued? Be the first to reply
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