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Smash Hits

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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

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
  13. 51st Anniversary
  14. Highway Chile


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 23, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000008GHV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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Released while he was still alive, this is a good album for those who aren't total Hendrix fans. Unlike the phony poser musicians of today who rely on studio tricks, here is a man who could do it all! Start with this album and start adding to your collection if Jimi appeals to you.
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I originally purchased this recording on vinyl in deutchland around 1980. It contains a track not found on the u.s. release. I searched for a long time and had no luck locally finding it. I was so thrilled to find it on amazon! It took awhile to get it once I had ordered it , but it was well within the stated delivery estimate. I guess that's to be expected when it came from the other side of the planet! It was brand new and unopened as promised. Listening to it brought me right back to the first time I heard it. My only regret is that I can only give the seller 5 stars. DEFINITELY worth 6+!!!! Thank you
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Yes, this wonderful collection does contain some of Hendrix's best known songs:
Purple Haze, Hey Joe, etc. But it includes some rare items: 51st Anniversary,
Highway Chile, etc. This set clearly expands and the original album and CD and for the better. If you need to buy a Hendrix CD, this is the one, and I would add, you should order the other collection: Kiss the Sky (by Hendrix, not the group Kiss).
Why ? Same reasons as stated above, and for one more reason: the earth shaking live version of I Don't Live Today.

Happy listening !!

JW
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The early Reprise cd is phenomenal! It has in addition to the obvious selections many tracks not commonly found in the usa. Such as Remember, Red House, 51st Anniversary, and Highway Chile. Also the rare rechanneled stereo version of "Stone Free".
Fourteen tracks in all, this cd is great, even though it does not include any from "Axis". The sound is remarkably good, "Digital Re-Mastering by Joe Gastwirt' assisted by Dave Mitson, using the Sonic Solutions NoNoise System under the supervision of Are You Experienced? Ltd.". Also includes the "notes"page. You can easily identify this version by the yellow band at the top of the front cover that indicates "Features 2 Extra Songs".
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