Jimi Hendrix – Smash Hits 1969 Japan LP with obi and Japan-only cover


Free U.S. shipping!  A 1969 Japanese pressing of Smash Hits by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, with the original obi and a Japan-only cover.

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Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Smash Hits by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, with the original obi and a Japan-only cover.

This LP has a different track listing from the U.S. version of the album.

About this copy: This copy of Smash Hits is a 1969 Japanese pressing on the Polydor label.  Shortly after the album’s original release, the catalog number changed from SMP-1413 to MP-1413.  This is the original issue.

The unique-to-Japan cover is VG++ with slight edge and corner wear.  The obi is VG+ with a few minor wrinkles; the “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag) is still attached but is partially torn off.  The insert is M-.

The disc is VG++ and close to M- with a few spindle marks on the labels and a couple of very faint sleeve scuffs on each side.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a rare Hendrix LP and the only copy of the original issue we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: 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

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Polydor
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 11 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in