Smash Hits

  

In terms of content, it will be this title that causes more confusion than any other when it comes to actual content, at least for pressings that have the UK track listing. Certainly not an album to be taken lightly despite its title which at least for the US market is slightly erroneous. That said, the album itself did sell in vast numbers on that continent as well as the rest of the world as it remained Hendrix's biggest selling album for a long time. I don't think any of the European copies of this album that I own really duplicate each other as each has a difference in some way, mostly due to the issue of enhancement.


* Note that with Polydor releases some stamper detail is expressed as:
> = an upside down triangle in all stamped matrix detail for the Track Records and Polydor Records pressings.
% = a diamond

^ = a triangle


  

This title can also be found in box sets which can be found in the Studio section.


Track Records / Polydor track listing:

Side A

01. PURPLE HAZE

02. FIRE

03. THE WIND CRIES MARY

04. CAN YOU SEE ME

05' 51ST ANNIVERSAY

06. HEY JOE

Side B

01. STONE FREE

02. THE STARS THAT PLAY WITH LAUGHING SAM'S DICE

03. MANIC DEPRESSION

04. HIGHWAY CHILE

05. THE BURNING OF THE MIDNIGHT LAMP

06. FOXY LADY


Reprise Records track listing:

Side A

01. PURPLE HAZE

02.FIRE

03. THE WIND CRIES MARY

04. CAN YOU SEE ME

05. HEY JOE

6. ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER

Side B

01. STONE FREE

02. CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC

03. MANIC DEPRESSION

04. REMEMBER

05. RED HOUSE

06. FOXY LADY

Smash Hits

Track and Polydor Records

  

TRACK RECORDS 612004 MONO
 

A: 612004 A V2 1117
 

B: 612004 B V2 1115
 

MACHINE STAMPED
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TRACK RECORDS 613004 STEREO
 

A: 613004 A [CROSSED OUT B] V  11114
 

B: 613004 B // [3 CROSSED OUT] 6119


MACHINE STAMPED
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POLYDOR 2549 399 WEST GERMANY [LATE 70’S OR 80’S PRESSING]
 

A: 3A C71 %Z [V AND C TURNED ON IT’S SIDE]  00 184138=2A
 

B: 184 138 B=3 320
 

MACHINE STAMPED
 

STATED AS STEREO
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POLYDOR 2310 268 SUPER MADE IN ENGLAND
 

A: 2310268 A [613004 A SCRATCHED THROUGH [CROSSED OUT B]  V1152
 

B: 2310268 B [613004 SCRATCHED THROUGH B//[3 SCRATCHED OUT] 6 1124
 

MACHINE STAMPED
 

STATED AS ENHANCED
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POLYDOR 184 138 MADE IN GERMANY
 

A: 184138 A 613004 AV1
 

B: 184138 B 613004 B V4
 

MACHINE STAMPED
 

STATED AS STEREO

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POLYDOR ACB 00219 MADE IN ENGLAND
 

RECORD CLUB ISSUE
 

A: [ACB00129 A FAINTLY SCRATCHED] [DETAIL HEAVILY SCRATCHED OUT] 613004 A [B SCRATCHED OUT] V1 14 1C2 1
 

B: B-ABC00219 B FAINTLY SCRATCHED [2310268 HEAVILY SCRATCHED OUT] B//3 420 05 11011 4
 

MACHINE STAMPED
 

STATED AS ENHANCED

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POLYDOR ACB 00219 SUPER UK
 

RECORD CLUB ISSUE
 

A: ACB 219 A//2V 420 04 11 10
 

B: [ACB00219 FAINTLY SCRATCHED] [2310268 HEAVILY SCRATCHED OUT] B//3 420 5 1101 C 2 3
 

MACHINE STAMPED
 

STATED AS ENHANCED

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POLYDOR 2310 268 SUPER MADE IN ENGLAND
 

A: 2310268 A// [2 SCRATCHED OUT, 1 SCRATCHED]IB 11 3 [MELY + BOB JMH LIVES SCRATCHED]
 

B: 2310268 B//2 IB  11 1 [MELYS + BOB JMH LIVES]
 

MACHINE STAMPED
 

NOT IN ORIGINAL COVER, IN ACB SUPER COVER
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POLYDOR SPELP 15 MADE IN ENGLAND
 

A: SPELP15A//1V 420W11 1[3?] [PP SCRATCHED]
 

B: SPELP15B//1V 420W 11 14
 

MACHINE STAMPED


STATED STEREO EXCEPT *MONO

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POLYDOR SMP-1413 JAPAN
 

CONTAINS LYRIC SHEET
 

A: 613004 A s 1 14 1-8 [H IN A CIRCLE] 3 [SYMBOL IN A CIRCLE] SMP-1413A 2[REVERESED K] 81
 

B: 613004 B 4 1111 [REVERSED K]8 2 1 3 [H IN A CIRCLE] 1-7 SMP-1413B
 

MACHINE STAMPED
 

STATED AS STEREO

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POLYDOR 613004 PERU


ALTERNATE COVER, 


A: POLY-613004-IL [WHAT LOOKS LIKE D.VG14Z] 12


B: POU-613004-2[1 OR 6] ^^


HAND ETCHED

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Picture run through: The mono and stereo Track Records issues showing covers and labels. The following Polydor issues [covers, labels and in one instance the inner sleeve and one instance of lyric sheet] are, 2459 399, 2310 268, ACB, ACB SUPER. Next up are the labels for the “original” 2310 268 Polydor, note the difference between this and the earlier shown counterpart. Side B on the original shows “mono” and “Enhanced from mono” whereas the later copy omits this detail. SPELP cover and label and a Polydor issue from Japan with cover, label and one sided and inner sleeve.  The Peru cover and label.


Smash Hits

Reprise Records

REPRISE MS 2025 CANADA


FRONT COVER STATES "GIANT POSTER ENCLOSED. NO POSTER WITH THIS IMPORT COPY


A: 30946-2 F 


B: 30947- FMS.2025B NGR


HAND ETCHED

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REPRISE MS 2025 US


A: 30946 MS-2025


B: 30947 MS 2025 -IG


HAND ETCHED

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REPRISE MSK 2276 


1980'S IMPORT


A: MSK-1-2276 [LW3 SCRATCHED OUT] JW6#2 SPI-I O


B: MSK-2-2276 SR-CHI [R C IN A S] [?]-I


HAND ETCHED

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 Picture run through:  Reprise covers and labels, Canadian “import” cover and label, US Tan outer and inner sleeve and label. US reissue from the 80’s.

  

Smash Hits

MCA / EXPERIENCE HENDRIX 088 112 984-1  


NUMBERED ISSUE **** AND ALSO UN-NUMBERED WITH SAME DW DETAIL  


A: 088-112-984-1A RJ [STERLING STAMPED]  


B: 088-112-984-1B RJ [STERLING STAMPED]  


RELEASED 2002  


HAND ETCHED

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SONY LEGACY / EXPERIENCE HENDRIX 88985303081  


16TH APRIL 2016 UK RSD ISSUE WITH ALTERNATE COVER AND INCLUDES POSTER.  


A: 88985303081-A-REI (MPO) MPO  BG  


B: 88985303081-B-REI (MPO) MPO  BG  


HAND ETCHED

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SONY LEGACY / EXPERIENCE HENDRIX 88985303081  


16TH APRIL 2016 US RSD ISSUE NUMBER **** OF 5000 WITH ALTERNATE COVER AND INCLUDES POSTER. QRP. COVER STICKER INCLUDES S1 ON THE END OF THE ISSUE NUMBER.  


A: 88985303081-A-REI BG  


B: 88985303081-B-RE-I BG  


HAND ETCHED

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SONY LEGACY / EXPERIENCE HENDRIX / FYE 88985303081  


2017 RE ISSUE OF THE COWBOY COVER US TRACK LISTING. NUMBER **** OF 1000. COLOURED SWIRL VINYL. COVER DATED AS 2016

SIMPLY A CASH IN NOVELTY PRESSING. COLLECTORS ONLY.  


A: 88985303081-A-REI BG  


B: 88985303081-B RE-I BG  


HAND ETCHED

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