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 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 spectacular condition; the record would grade M-, aside from a small inaudible scuff through a couple of tracks on side one. The cover is VG++, with just hints of wear at the corners. 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.
A beautiful copy of a terrific album with a great cover.
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