Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Smash Hits”

The Sleeve:
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The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
None.

Personal Review:
 Firstly, Jimi Hendrix was one of the greatest guitar players of all time, he was also a singer and songwriter – of course, everyone knows that and I am repeating useless information.

 Purple Haze” starts this one off, and well, the guitar playing, of course, is amazing – the vocals are pretty good too, and I like the song itself, it’s one of my preferred Hendrix tracks. Then comes the track “Fire” and I’m pretty sure this one was later covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and well the song is okay, the musicianship is better than the lyrics / vocalization. After that comes the track “The Wind Cries Mary” which is a slower song, but it’s a good jam song. The lyrics and vocals are good, it’s definitely not a bad song. It’s pretty good. “Can You See Me” follows next, and it has a rather nice 60’s vibe to it. The song is another good one. Though, sadly I’m not getting into this album that much. Then comes the song “Hey Joe” which is another good track, and another personal favorite of mine, it’s a pretty great track. I love it. It’s chill and relaxing. The A-Side ends with my favorite Hendrix song, and my personal chill zone song, “All Along the Watchtower” the opening guitar riff rocks, the vocals rock – everything about the song is amazing. I think it makes for a great track no matter where it is put on the album.

 The B-Side opens with the track “Stone Free” and it makes for another good opening track, the musicianship is pretty good, and Hendrix’s vocals are great. Then comes the song “Crosstown Traffic” and it’s a pretty good song, I know all of the songs have different meanings, but I like them all, as they’re all like greatly written and the musicianship on each song rocks. Then after that comes the track “Manic Depression” – and it has an amazing guitar solo right in the middle of it, and it’s a pretty awesome song. “Remember” comes next and it’s another good song, it’s a pretty good jam session song again, lots of guitar playing in this song – and well all the songs on this album. “Red House” comes next, it’s another slower track, but the guitar playing is superb and the vocals are good, so it’s a pretty good track. The album closes with the song “Foxey Lady” – and the guitar playing rocks, the vocals are amazing – it makes for an amazing ending track – so no complaints on this one! It’s been a great time with Hendrix.

Interesting Facts:
None.

Track Listing:
A1 – Purple Haze
A2 – Fire
A3 – The Wind Cries Mary
A4 – Can You See Me
A5 – Hey Joe
A6 – All Along the Watchtower

B1 – Stone Free
B2 – Crosstown Traffic
B3 – Manic Depression
B4 – Remember
B5 – Red House
B6 – Foxey Lady

Label:
Reprise Records

Catalog Number:
MS 2025

Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
All Selections Written by Jimi Hendrix
Lead Singer & Guitar – Jimi Hendrix
Drums – Mitch Mitchell
Bass Guitar – Noel Redding
Art Direction & Photography – Ed Thrasher

Other Albums I Own by Jimi Hendrix:
Sound Track Recordings from the Film “Jimi Hendrix”

Other Albums I Own that Jimi Hendrix Appears On:
The First Great Rock Festivals of the Seventies: Isle of Wright / Atlanta Pop Festival

Released:
1968

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