Smash Hits (album)

Smash Hits (album)

Infobox Album | Name = Smash Hits
Type = compilation
Artist = the Jimi Hendrix Experience

Released = April 1968 (UK)
July 1969 (U.S.)
Recorded = October 1966-July 1967 (UK)
October 1966-May 1968 (U.S.)
Genre = Rock, hard rock, psychedelic rock, blues rock
Length = 44:31
Label = MCA
Producer = Chas Chandler (UK)
Chas Chandler and Jimi Hendrix (U.S.)
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|4.5|5 [ link]
*"Rolling Stone" Rating|4|5 [ link]
Chronology = Jimi Hendrix
Last album = ""
This album = "Smash Hits"
Next album = "Electric Ladyland"

"Smash Hits" is the first compilation album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. It was released in 1968 in the UK and the following year in the United States. Containing nothing but the band's biggest successes, both editions of the albums have proven to be long and popular sellers.


The UK version first appeared in April 1968, only four months after the band's second studio album, "", and while they were working on their third. Containing their first four (hit) UK singles (and their respective B-sides) in addition to four standout tracks from their (hit) LP "Are You Experienced", "Smash Hits" became exactly that - a #5 album in the UK and one that had a long chart life. It also marked the first appearance on album of "Burning of the Midnight Lamp", five months ahead of its placement on "Electric Ladyland".

In the US, however, things were done a little differently. Jimi's then-record label, Reprise Records, felt that a greatest hits collection was far too premature (as he hadn't had any there yet) and waited until mid-1969 (and, coincidentally, the break-up of the original band once Noel Redding suddenly quit) to issue a different compilation with the same title. Now with "Electric Ladyland" in the mix, there was more to choose from (and also a "hit" single, his only one in US). There were also tracks that had been elbowed off the UK edition of "Are You Experienced" in 1967 to make way for "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze" and "The Wind Cries Mary". As a result, the US version of "Smash Hits" - which reached #6 in its territory - although only including one "smash hit", is more balanced and more representative of the band's career, yet still failed to include any tracks from "Axis: Bold As Love", and only two from "Electric Ladyland". However, the UK (612004) and Japanese mono editions include the mono mix of the rare 1967 B-Side "Stars That Play With Laughing Sam's Dice". It is also available on CD on "The Singles Album".

A Japanese vesion was released in 1969, with a Fish eye photograph cover by Karl Ferris, Jimi's personal photo/designer. In 1997, Experience Hendrix Inc. compiled and issued ', which currently stands as the definitive Hendrix compilation. However, this compilation was reissued and remastered in 2001. Neither the UK or US version contained tracks from the acclaimed 1967 album '.

Track listing

"All songs by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted."

UK Version (April 1968)

Available in mono (612004), or 'mono enhanced for stereo' (fake stereo!) Polydor (613004)& genuine stereo (1972?) Polydor (Super 613004)
#"Purple Haze" – 2:52 ("Smash Hit")
#"Fire" – 2:45
#"The Wind Cries Mary" – 3:20 ("Smash Hit")
#"Can You See Me" – 2:33
#"51st Anniversary" – 3:16 ("Smash Hit" B side)
#"Hey Joe" (Roberts) – 3:30 ("Smash Hit")
#"Stone Free" – 3:36 ("Smash Hit" B side)
#"The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam's Dice" – 4:21 ("minor hit" B side)
#"Manic Depression" – 3:42
#"Highway Chile" – 3:32 ("Smash Hit" B side)
#"Burning of the Midnight Lamp" – 3:39 ("minor hit")
#"Foxy Lady" – 3:18

US Version (July 1969)

Different LP stereo only
#"Purple Haze" – 2:52
#"Fire" – 2:45
#"The Wind Cries Mary" – 3:20
#"Can You See Me" – 2:33
#"Hey Joe" (Roberts) – 3:30
#"All Along the Watchtower" (Dylan) – 4:00 (only US "Smash Hit")
#"Stone Free" – 3:36
#"Crosstown Traffic" – 2:19
#"Manic Depression" – 3:42
#"Remember" – 2:48
#"Red House" – 3:50
#"Foxy Lady" – 3:19

The version of "Red House" found here derives from a different take than the one found on the UK edition of "Are You Experienced".


*Jimi Hendrixguitar, vocals, bass, piano
*Mitch Mitchelldrums
*Noel Reddingbass, vocals

Chart positions

succession box
before = "The Seekers' Greatest Hits"
by The Seekers
title = Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
years = November 23 - November 29 1968
after = "The Graduate (soundtrack)"
by Various artists

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