Jimi Hendrix – Smash Hits Japan LP with obi and Japan-only cover

An original issue of Smash Hits by Jimi Hendrix from Japan, complete with the original obi and Japan-only cover


Offered for sale is an original Japanese issue of Smash Hits, complete with the obi and a cover that was unique to the Japanese release of the album.

You might think that while record companies sometimes disagreed about how to format an album in one country or another, they’d at least agree as to what constitutes a “hit.”  Not so with Smash Hits, the compilation LP released in 1968 in Britain and 1969 elsewhere, featuring the best of Jimi Hendrix.  The US and UK versions of the album each had four songs that weren’t included on the other country’s version of the album.

The copy offered for sale is an original Japanese issue of the album, catalog number SMP-1413, manufactured by Nippon Grammophon and including the original obi and cover art, which was unique to the Japanese issue.  Later issues used the same cover art as the UK and US issues.

The Japanese issue has the UK track lineup, which includes a couple of rare B-sides:

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  – 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

This particular copy is in nice condition, with a VG+ disc and cover.  The record is very clean and just has a few light scuffs.  The cover has a bit of wear at the edges and a slightly bent corner.  The original obi is complete with no tears and has the “hojyuhyo” or reorder tag and just a tiny bit of foxing on the rear.  The lyric insert is included.

Original Japanese Jimi Hendrix albums rarely turn up for sale with the obi intact.  This is a beautiful copy of a terrific album with a great cover.

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