Smash Hits (Jimi Hendrix Experience album)

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Smash Hits
Three photos of Hendrix in colorful clothing with the album title above him
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedApril 12, 1968 (1968-04-12)
RecordedOctober 1966 – July 1967
GenreRock
LabelTrack
ProducerChas Chandler
Jimi Hendrix UK chronology
Axis: Bold as Love
(1967)
Smash Hits
(1968)
Electric Ladyland
(1968)
Jimi Hendrix US chronology
Electric Ladyland
(1968)
Smash Hits
(1969)
Band of Gypsys
(1970)

Smash Hits is a compilation album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Track Records first issued it on April 12, 1968, in the UK and included all four of the group's singles (eight "sides") released up to that time, plus four additional songs from the UK edition of Are You Experienced.

Reprise Records did not issue the album in the US until July 30, 1969, and it included some different tracks, it included two songs from Electric Ladyland and a stereo version of "Red House" from a different session than the original mono take found on the UK version of Are You Experienced.

The album was included in Robert Christgau's "Basic Record Library" of 1950s and 1960s recordings, published in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981).[1]

Smash Hits has been reissued several times on CD, including one pairing in 1999 with the Live at Woodstock DVD by MCA Records.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted.

UK version
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Purple Haze" 2:52
2."Fire" 2:45
3."The Wind Cries Mary" 3:20
4."Can You See Me" 2:33
5."51st Anniversary" 3:16
6."Hey Joe"Billy Roberts3:30
7."Stone Free" 3:36
8."The Stars That Play with Laughing Sam's Dice" 4:21
9."Manic Depression" 3:42
10."Highway Chile" 3:32
11."Burning of the Midnight Lamp" 3:39
12."Foxy Lady" 3:18
US version
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Purple Haze" 2:52
2."Fire" 2:45
3."The Wind Cries Mary" 3:20
4."Can You See Me" 2:33
5."Hey Joe"Billy Roberts3:30
6."All Along the Watchtower"Bob Dylan4:00
7."Stone Free" 3:36
8."Crosstown Traffic" 2:19
9."Manic Depression" 3:42
10."Remember" 2:48
11."Red House" 3:50
12."Foxey [sic] Lady" 3:18

Charts and certifications[edit]

Smash Hits peaked at numbers four and six in the UK and US respectively;[4] the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it as 5× Multi Platinum[5] and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) ceritifed it as Gold.[6]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "A Basic Record Library: The Fifties and Sixties". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 0899190251. Retrieved March 16, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Jimi Hendrix / The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Smash Hits – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Shapiro, Harry; Glebbeek, Cesar (1990). Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy. New York City: St. Martin's Press. pp. 531, 534. ISBN 0-312-05861-6.
  5. ^ "Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  6. ^ "BPI Certified Awards – Search". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on June 27, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2014.