Reprise Records did not issue the album in the US until July 30, 1969, with some different tracks. It included two songs from Electric Ladyland and three tracks from the UK edition of Are You Experienced, which were previously unreleased in the US (including a stereo version of "
Red House" from a different take than the original mono album version).
In a review for
Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album four and a half out of five stars. He notes "the main strength of Smash Hits is that it contains the best-known big-name songs in one place. Maybe not enough to make the collection essential, but still enough to make it a representative, accurate sampler".
The running times are taken from the 1980 Polydor (Europe) and 1979 Reprise (US) reissues; the original
Track Records and
Reprise RecordsSmash Hits LPs did not include track lengths. Other releases may show different information. All tracks written by
Jimi Hendrix, except where noted.