Smash Hits (The 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 the Jimi Hendrix Experience
Released April 12, 1968 (1968-04-12)
Recorded October 1966 – July 1967
Genre Rock
Label Track
Producer Chas 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.

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

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted.

UK version[edit]

  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 Roberts) – 3:30
  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[edit]

  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" (Roberts) – 3:30
  6. "All Along the Watchtower" (Bob Dylan) – 4:00
  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" – 3:19

Charts and certifications[edit]

Smash Hits peaked at numbers four and six in the UK and US respectively.[3] The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it as 5× Multi Platinum[4] and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) ceritifed it as Gold.[5]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Jimi Hendrix / The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Smash Hits – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Shapiro, Harry; Glebbeek, Cesar (1990). Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy. New York City: St. Martin's Press. pp. 531, 534. ISBN 0-312-05861-6. 
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ "BPI Certified Awards – Search". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on February 6, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2014.