(2010) Smash Hits

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

... read moreOne of the first hits compilations assembled of Jimi Hendrix's catalog, Smash Hits remains one of the best, since it keeps its focus narrow and never tries to extend its reach. Basically, this album contains the songs everybody knows from Hendrix, drawing heavily from Are You Experienced?, plus...

40′:23″ 12 Songs

1
Purple Haze
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
2:50
2
Fire
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
2:44
3
The Wind Cries Mary
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
3:21
4
Can You See Me
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
2:33
5
51St Anniversary
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
3:16
6
Hey Joe
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
3:30
7
Stone Free
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
3:36
8
The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam's Dice (Mayfair Studios, New York, July 19, 20, 1967)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
4:21
9
Manic Depression
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
3:43
10
Highway Chile
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
3:32
11
Burning Of The Midnight Lamp
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
3:39
12
Foxey Lady
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
3:18
Released 01 January 2010, ℗ 2009 Experience Hendrix L.L.C., under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

Review

One of the first hits compilations assembled of Jimi Hendrix's catalog, Smash Hits remains one of the best, since it keeps its focus narrow and never tries to extend its reach. Basically, this album contains the songs everybody knows from Hendrix, drawing heavily from Are You Experienced?, plus adding the non-LP "Red House," "51st Anniversary," and "Highway Chile." Those non-LP selections may still make this worth seeking out, even if they've appeared on subsequent hits collections, but the main strength of Smash Hits is that it contains the best-known big-name songs in one place. Maybe not enough to make the collection essential, but still enough to make it a representative, accurate sampler. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine