Japan Japanese 7" discography / London HIT series [1964-1968]

The Rolling Stones - I Wanna Be Your Man - HIT 323 - London HIT series [1964-1968], Japan discographyHit series The HIT series were the very first Rolling Stones singles issued in Japan. Up to 1965, these are directly inspired from the UK and US discographies and come into exclusive picture sleeves.

These sleeves actually are inserts - a piece of paper printed on both sides and fold in two - including both Japanese and [approximative!] English lyrics. At the back was pictured a list of recent other singles from the London catalogue, with, in the bottom left corner the year of release of the record, and at the right its retail price in yens.

Records have yellow labels, large hole centers, and were housed in local London company sleeves [pink until August 1965, blue afterwards].

Full Frequency Range RecordingsThe Rolling Stones - HIT 485 - original price in yens - London HIT series [1964-1968], Japan discographyAll these singles were reissued with the same catalogue numbers between 1966 and 1968, some of them revamped into complete new picture sleeves [rarer than originals], also with different backs. Therefore, three main types of labels can be found within these series, the most notable difference lying into the presence and the place of the Full Frequency Range Recordings [FFRR] 'ear' logo.

All records from the HIT series below are rare - if not super rare - except for the originals of the last two numbers which are relatively easy to find.

The Rolling Stones - I Wanna Be Your Man - HIT 323 second PS - London HIT series [1964-1968], Japan discography The first single 'I Wanna Be Your Man' [HIT 323], originally issued in March 1964, is of course one of the rarest.
Its very first print [¥ 330] has a - pink - cover without singles pictures on the back, and a disc with labels of type I. The second issue, from 1966, has the same cover but with a complete different back and new labels of type II with the mention 'London' below catalogue numbers. In 1967, it is reissued again in a complete - red - new cover with a band shot from that year, still type II labels, but without the 'London' mention. The rarest one is the latest issue, in that same 'second' sleeve, but on type III labels.
The Rolling Stones - I Wanna Be Your Man - HIT 323 - London HIT series [1964-1968], Japan discographyNote that the flip side track 'Stoned' is spelled correctly in Japan, but all four versions of this single funnily misspell the authors of the A-side 'Lemon, McCarthy! [an error that will be corrected with the reissue of this single in new cover within the TOP series in 1970 - TOP 1510].

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The Rolling Stones - It's All Over Now - London HIT 386 - London HIT series [1964-1968], Japan discographyTwo months later, 'Not Fade Away' [HIT 346] revamped the previous picture in the orange tones and also came out with an initial price tag of '¥ 330'. It was already the last record with labels of type I and is extremely rare. It also was reissued, in 1966 and 1968 with different backs and labels, and a slight different typography for the front cover.

Still on the tracks of the UK singles discography, the unique 'It's All Over Now' [HIT 386] picture sleeve curiously depicts a fanatic crowd supposedly attending a Stones's show. It was reissued with a new colored back as well - but same front - in 1967. Both editions are very scarce.

Perhaps the easiest of these very early Japanese singles to find is the exclusive coupling 'Tell Me' / 'Carol' [HIT 388], although its reissue with a new colored back in 1967 is harder to come by. 'Tell Me' was a huge success in Japan and was later included in many reissues and compilations.

London HIT series information
# view cat.# date titles a-side / b-side PS price / label type
34-a view details HIT 323 03/64 I Wanna Be Your Man / Stoned 1st PS - ¥ 330 - type I (and II)
34-b view details HIT 323 1966 I Wanna Be Your Man / Stoned 1st PS - ¥ 370 - type II [LONDON]
34-c view details HIT 323 1967 I Wanna Be Your Man / Stoned 2nd PS - ¥ 370 - type II
34-d view details HIT 323 1967 I Wanna Be Your Man / Stoned 2nd PS - ¥ 370 - type III
35-a view details HIT 346 05/64 Not Fade Away / Little By Little ¥ 330 - type I
35-b view details HIT 346 1966 Not Fade Away / Little By Little ¥ 370 - front as above - type II
35-c view details HIT 346 1968 Not Fade Away / Little By Little ¥ 400 - type III
36-a view details HIT 386 08/64 It's All Over Now / Good Times... ¥ 330 - type II
36-b view details HIT 386 1967 It's All Over Now / Good Times... ¥ 370 - front as above - type II
37-a view details HIT 388 09/64 Tell Me / Carol ¥ 330 - type II
37-b view details HIT 388 1967 Tell Me / Carol ¥ 370 - front as above - type II
38-a view details HIT 427 01/65 Time Is On My Side / Congrats. ¥ 330 - type II
38-b view details HIT 427 1967 Time Is On My Side / Congrats. ¥ 370 - front as above - type II
39-a view details HIT 440 02/65 Little Red Rooster / Off The Hook 1st PS - ¥ 330 - type II
39-b view details HIT 440 1968 Little Red Rooster / Off The Hook 2nd PS - ¥ 400 - type II or III
40-a view details HIT 462 03/65 Heart Of Stone / What A Shame 1st PS - ¥ 330 - type II
40-b view details HIT 462 1968 Heart Of Stone / What A Shame 2nd PS - ¥ 400 - type III
41-a view details HIT 485 05/65 The Last Time / Play With Fire 1st PS - ¥ 330 - type II
41-b view details HIT 485 1968 The Last Time / Play With Fire 2nd PS - ¥ 370 - type III
41-c view details HIT 485 1968 The Last Time / Play With Fire 2nd PS - ¥ 400 - type III
42-a view details HIT 511 08/65 Satisfaction (2:41) / TUAWCPM 1st PS - ¥ 370 - type II - 2:41
42-b view details HIT 511 1966 Satisfaction (3:47) / TUAWCPM 2nd PS - ¥ 370 - type II - 3'47
42-c view details HIT 511 1968 Satisfaction (3:47) / TUAWCPM 2nd PS - ¥ 400 - type III
43-a view details HIT 568 11/65 Get Off Of My Cloud / I'm Free promo white labels
43-b view details HIT 568 11/65 Get Off Of My Cloud / I'm Free ¥ 370 - type II
43-c view details HIT 568 1968 Get Off Of My Cloud / I'm Free ¥ 400 - type III

London labels types
type I type II* type III
FFRR logo at left
'45 R.P.M' right
FFRR logo on top
'45 R.P.M' left
no FFRR logo
'45 R.P.M' right
* with or without the 'London' note below catalogue number.

The Rolling Stones - Time is On My Side - London HIT 427 - London HIT series [1964-1968], Japan discographyIn early 1965, the green cover of the Japanese version of the US single 'Time is On My Side' [HIT 427] brought a bit of change among the usual pink-orange-red tones of these series. Again, it was reissued 2 years later with a different back.

'Little Red Rooster' [HIT 440] is another huge rarity, and its second complete different PS is nearly impossible to find. Moreover, its 1970 reissue in a third cover [TOP 1511] is the rarest from the TOP series.


The Rolling Stones - Time is On My Side - London HIT 427, back cover - London HIT series [1964-1968], Japan discographyThe Rolling Stones - Time is On My Side - London HIT 427, reissue back cover - London HIT series [1964-1968], Japan discography
Back covers differences [HIT 427]: original [Left], reissue [Right].

¥330 was the original price for a single in Japan in 1964, rising up to ¥370 by mid-1965 [with HIT 511], and ¥400 in 1968.

The Rolling Stones - The Last Time - HIT 485 - second PS - London HIT series [1964-1968], Japan discographyThe Rolling Stones - Little Red Rooster - HIT 440 - London HIT series [1964-1968], Japan discography A month later, 'Heart Of Stone' [HIT 462] was released the way it was in the US. Its second PS also ranks at the top of Japanese rarities, and it was reissued in 1970 with a new PS [TOP 1513].

The last real rarity of these series is 'The Last Time' [HIT 485], whom much sought-after 1967' second picture sleeve, contrarily to the last two singles reissues, uses a picture unavailable on other singles or EPs [the latter of which may still house the original type II labels record, by the way].

The Rolling Stones - Satisfaction - London HIT 511 - top right corners - London HIT series [1964-1968], Japan discographyThe original edition of 'Satisfaction' [HIT 511] contains the short version [2:41] of the track, backed with 'The Under Assistant...', as in the US. Its - quite common - cover has a light blue London logo on top and a price tag of '370¥'. The reissue on new labels is rarer and contains the 3:47 version, housed into the same cover with a different back, price [400¥] and white London logo on front.

The Rolling Stones - Get Off Of My Cloud - HIT 568 - promo white labels - London HIT series [1964-1968], Japan discography The last single from the HIT series, 'Get Off Of My Cloud' [HIT 568] is coupled with 'I'm Free' as in most countries but England. This single is common in its original version but its reissue is rare and little known. Also, this is the first Japanese single for which white promo labels were made [very rare].
Indeed, a few tracks had been promoted on white labels before, but always combined with other artists [eg: 'Heart Of Stone' c/w the Moody Blues 'Go Now' - or 'Satisfaction' c/w the Nashville Teens 'This Little Bird'] .