Jimi Hendrix - Smash Hits
(Track Records 1970 613004 Stereo)
Matrix No's: A1/B1 - UK Pressing
Vinyl in Excellent+ condition
(there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl when held up to the light but they don't affect the sound quality apart from some light pops/crackles)
Front Laminated Sleeve in Excellent condition
- some thumbnail creases to laminate on front, some wear along spine & some rubbing on back
Original Decimal price sticker on front
James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music".
Born in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. In 1961, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and trained as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division; he was granted an honorable discharge the following year. Soon afterward, he moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, and began playing gigs on the Chitlin' Circuit, earning a place in the Isley Brothers' backing band and later with Little Richard, with whom he continued to work through mid-1965. He then played with Curtis Knight and the Squires before moving to England in late 1966 after being discovered by Linda Keith, who in turn interested bassist Chas Chandler of the Animals in becoming his first manager. Within months, Hendrix had earned three UK top ten hits with the Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze", and "The Wind Cries Mary". He achieved fame in the U.S. after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and in 1968 his third and final studio album, Electric Ladyland, reached number one in the U.S.; it was Hendrix's most commercially successful release and his first and only number one album. The world's highest-paid performer, he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 before his accidental death from barbiturate-related asphyxia on September 18, 1970, at the age of 27.
Hendrix was inspired musically by American rock and roll and electric blues. He favored overdriven amplifiers with high volume and gain, and was instrumental in utilizing the previously undesirable sounds caused by guitar amplifier feedback. He helped to popularize the use of a wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock, and was the first artist to use stereophonic phasing effects in music recordings. Holly George-Warren of Rolling Stone commented: "Hendrix pioneered the use of the instrument as an electronic sound source. Players before him had experimented with feedback and distortion, but Hendrix turned those effects and others into a controlled, fluid vocabulary every bit as personal as the blues with which he began."
Hendrix was the recipient of several music awards during his lifetime and posthumously. In 1967, readers of Melody Maker voted him the Pop Musician of the Year, and in 1968, Rolling Stone declared him the Performer of the Year. Disc and Music Echo honored him with the World Top Musician of 1969 and in 1970, Guitar Player named him the Rock Guitarist of the Year. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Rolling Stone ranked the band's three studio albums, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love, and Electric Ladyland, among the 100 greatest albums of all time, and they ranked Hendrix as the greatest guitarist and the sixth greatest artist of all time.
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 #4 on the British album chart and #6 on the Billboard 200, and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA.
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 Are You Experienced.
- "Purple Haze" – 2:52
- "Fire" – 2:45
- "The Wind Cries Mary" – 3:20
- "Can You See Me" – 2:33
- "51st Anniversary" – 3:16
- "Hey Joe" (Roberts) – 3:30
- "Stone Free" – 3:36
- "The Stars That Play with Laughing Sam's Dice" – 4:21
- "Manic Depression" – 3:42
- "Highway Chile" – 3:32
- "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" – 3:39
- "Foxy Lady" – 3:18
- Jimi Hendrix – vocals, guitar, piano, bass guitar
- Mitch Mitchell – drums, backing vocals
- Noel Redding – bass guitar, backing vocals
JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE - SMASH HITS LP - EXC+ A1/B1 UK STEREO TRACK
- Product Code: 613004
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