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Album : Jimi Hendrix Experience – Smash Hits

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This is another record CB found in his brothers record pile and he listened to it a lot. Along with the other great albums I found in that pile it set the tone for what I would listen to in the future.

I’d heard some of these cuts already off of  ‘Are You Experienced’, The hard rock riffs on ‘Purple Haze’. The out and out rocker ‘Fire’ Hendrix style . Loved the drums on this one. ‘Wind Cries Mary’ is just a cool tune with some good vocals from Hendrix. Picture a pre -teen white kid singing along playing air guitar with Hey Joe. There were a few more cuts off the first album.

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New cuts for CB were ‘Crosstown Traffic’, what can I say, a CB style tune. ‘Red House’ is  blues that Jimi nails. The album also has ‘All Along The Watchtower’ which is just fantastic.

CB liked the whole album. It was more of a taste of Jimi and the Experience, maybe more like a meal. I also liked the front and back cover of the record. The boys going western which always sits well with my love of western movies. Oh yeah there was Jimi’s guitar work which just sounded real good to me.

(Jump ahead a few decades. I have a tribute album called ‘Stone Free’ with some diverse artists. Buddy Guy does a killer version of ‘Red House’)

 

 

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24 comments on “Album : Jimi Hendrix Experience – Smash Hits

  1. Aphoristical
    May 26, 2019

    I love the cover of the BBC Sessions album where they all have identical afros.

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  2. hotfox63
    May 26, 2019

    Jimi Hendrix was the most brilliant guitar hero of the 60s. His “Smash Hits” should be part of every musical education.

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  3. Jim S.
    May 26, 2019

    When they released “Are You Experienced” in the States, the geniuses at the record label left ‘Red House’ off, figuring nobody here dug the blues. Wikipedia: “In fact Hendrix later questioned the choice and commented “Everybody was scared to release ‘Red House’ in America because they said, ‘America don’t like the blues, man.’ What nonsense. I never heard the song till it was released a few years later on a Warners’ compilation. Maybe the greatest blues song ever recorded.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 26, 2019

      That’s what I mean Doc when I say this kind of music sets the tone. It got into me early. It’s not a argument on what’s better etc it’s a matter how much I was being moved by it. Like that Bruce/Gallagher . I’m bent to this stuff. When I heard the Buddy version of ‘Red House’ I thought you’d be on board but you’re really on board with “maybe the greatest”. Stuff never gets old.

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      • Jim S.
        May 26, 2019

        Yeah’ “Red House” is perfect. Another one I think is at the level is Clapton’s live version of Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice” from the Dylan tribute show they did at Madison Square Garden a few years back. Can’t be improved upon.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 26, 2019

        I will be tuning that in.

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      • Jim S.
        May 27, 2019

        I’ll make it easy for ya.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 27, 2019

        Just listening to it now. Had to find another link, the one you sent didnt work. That’s the Eric I dig the most. I remember that gig. Neil Young did a version of ‘Watchtower’. Killer. Duck Dunn, Cropper and Booker T backing up. What can I say the EC take sounds real good. Back to the Domino’s days.

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      • Jim S.
        May 27, 2019

        Huh. Might be a local link that doesn’t work up in the North 40. Yeah that is some great, great stuff. The guy is towering.

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  4. Vinyl Connection
    May 27, 2019

    Great intro comp, isn’t it?

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  5. J.
    May 27, 2019

    I love this one, CB. An exceptional compilation. Definitely a great intro if anyone needs one (though mine was Are You Experienced)… and a must have in a collection for sure.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 27, 2019

      Both those albums are good ones and a good place to start with his music. Our friend ME did his “songs we get tired of”. I never get tired of these cuts and I’ve heard them a lot.
      (Still trying to figure out how to send my ‘Morrison Hotel ‘take to you)

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      • J.
        May 29, 2019

        I was gonna agree, but I have tired of Foxy Lady. I just can’t hear that anymore.

        (I meant to email you about Morrison Hotel… sorry. I will get to getting!)

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 30, 2019

        Now I have the Foxy Lady riff in my head. One more time J for old times.
        (No sweat on that Hotel thing. It will happen.)

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      • J.
        May 30, 2019

        Just one more, CB. Just one more.

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  6. christiansmusicmusings
    May 29, 2019

    “Smash Hits” surely is one hell of a compilation! I don’t know the “Stone Free” tribute, but that Buddy Guy cover you called out is killer! The Cure and Spin Doctors at least at first sight seem to be somewhat odd choices, but I haven’t heard their Hendrix renditions.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 29, 2019

      I really like the tribute. Jeff Beck and Seal do a “killer” job on ‘Manic Depression also.

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  7. BuriedOnMars
    June 10, 2019

    Buddy Guy can do a killer version of any song!

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