The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Smash Hits

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Smash Hits
Greatest hits album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Released April 16, 1969
Recorded October 1966 – July 1967 (UK)
October 1966 – May 1968 (US)
Length 44:31
Label Polydor
Producer Chas Chandler (UK)
Chas Chandler, Jimi Hendrix (US)
Jimi Hendrix American chronology
Electric Ladyland
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Jimi Hendrix British chronology
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  "Smash Hits" is a compilation of singles by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and the very first compilation album for Jimi Hendrix, released in mono in the United Kingdom in 1968 on Track Records 612004, and a year later in stereo in the United States on Reprise Records, catalogue 2276. It peaked at number four on the British album chart and number six on the Billboard 200, and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA.



The 'rest of the world outside of US/Canada' (and in this unique case Barclay France who released their own choice of 'Greatest Hits') version appeared only four months after the second studio album, "Axis: Bold as Love", while the band worked on their third. It contained their first four UK hit singles, "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze", "The Wind Cries Mary", and "Burning of the Midnight Lamp", along with respective B-sides, supplemented by four tracks taken from the debut LP "Are You Experienced": "Fire", "Can You See Me", "Manic Depression", and "Foxy Lady". It 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, Reprise Records felt that a greatest-hits collection would have been premature in 1968, as up to then Hendrix had only had three low-charting singles in the US: "Purple Haze" peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at #65, with "Foxy Lady" at #67 and a track taken from Axis, "Up from the Skies," at #82. Hendrix gained two more chart entries in 1968, both being tracks from Electric Ladyland: "Crosstown Traffic" going to #52 and "All Along the Watchtower," his only US Top 40 'hit', at #20. A stereo version of "Fire" issued as a single in April 1969 missed the chart. As no new studio album was on the horizon in 1969, partly owing to the disbanding of the Experience by Hendrix exacerbated by tensions with Noel Redding, the label decided to issue a different compilation with the same title. To include three British hit singles on the American configuration of the debut album, there were also the tracks that had been elbowed off the UK Experienced which had yet to be released on album in the States, or in stereo.


Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars


Track listing

All songs by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted. The stereo take of "Red House" derives from a different session than the original mono take found on the UK version of Are You Experienced.

UK version

  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


  • Jimi Hendrix – vocals, guitar, piano, bass guitar
  • Mitch Mitchell – drums, backing vocals
  • Noel Redding – bass guitar, backing vocals

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1968 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1


The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Smash Hits

U.K. Polydor 2310-268 stereo (1973)

Album produced by Chas Chandler.

The vinyl attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

The albums laminated cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

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