From 1966 to 1970, thirteen original beautiful EPs in hard cover were issued among the
London Stereo Elite series. All came with an extra lyrics insert, have black and silver labels with a little hole in the middle and turn at 33 1/3 rpm. Some were issued twice with minor covers differences [eg: absence of blue, or missing flipbacks].
The first of these EPs [LS 62] was a compilation of 'Satisfaction' with 'Get Off Of My Cloud' and the '19th Nervous Breakdown' single. It came out in a unique 'garden' shot PS which exists with or without a thick blue spine [with cat.# and title].
In 1968 was released 'Volume 6' [LS 196], a new compilation mixing both 'Street Fighting Man' and 'Sympathy For The Devil' singles, for an impeccable tracklisting out from the then new LP 'Beggars Banquet'.
Despite the common picture of the band used for its cover - also seen in Australia, Belgium, France or later in New Zealand - this fine EP is quite sought-after, and is one of the hardest to find from these series.
Later that year, a rare and nice colourful PS - rework of the 'Out Of Our Heads' LP cover - housed a 5-track compilation as 'Volume 7' [LS 226]. It was a Americanized version of the 'She Said Yeah' UK export EP [SDE 7503] with 'Blue Turns To Grey' instead of 'Gotta Get Away' and 'Look What You've Done' as a bonus track, both from the US version of 'Out Of Our Heads'.
Last, but not least, in early 1970,'Volume 8' [LS 232], compiled the 'Honky Tonk Women' single with 'Let It Bleed' for a 3-track EP showing the 'Stones in the park' with Mick Taylor [press conference in Hyde Park, London, June 13 1969 - a picture also used for the Spanish version of 'Little Queenie'].
Note that some titles, in addition to their lyrics sheet, could also host back catalogue insert like the one above. Some OBI also exist but do not apply to a specific number form the Elite series.
'Paint It, Black' [LS 70] contains 'Flight 505' and the 11-minute 'Goin' Home' from the album 'Aftermath'. Its cover exists with or without flipbacks. The same shot was used for the single of the same name [TOP 1053].
'Mother's Little Helper' [LS 72] also is a compilation extracted from 'Aftermath' [European version], with 'Lady Jane', 'Out Of Time' and 'Stupid Girl'.
Strangely, the next EP 'Have You Seen Your Mother...' [LS 98] coupled the single of the same name with 'Come On' and 'I Wanna Be Your Man', as if fresh ideas were missing. A white promo labels issue exists misspelling band name as 'Rolling Stonee'!
Both singles 'We Love You' & 'Let's Spend The Night Together' were coupled with their B-sides for a new EP [LS 120] out just after the 'summer of love', with a nice cover depicting the band in Green Park, London, in January 1967.
A shot from the same photo session was used for the next EP [LS 125] which was a compilation of very early tracks: 'Tell Me' / 'Come On' / 'I Wanna Be Your Man' / 'Time Is On My Side'. Entitled 'Volume 1', this EP was the first from a serie of 8 volumes which would blend new releases and reissues.
The UK export versions of the EPs 'Five By Five' [17M99] and 'Got Live If You Want It!' [17M101] had been issued before, but the first EP 'The Rolling Stones' had been missing. Instead 'Volume 2' [LS 133] found its way in 1968 into a very unique cover.
'Heart Of Stone' followed, reissued and coupled with three tracks from the 'Flowers' LP compilation for the 'Volume 3' [LS 151] of these series, also in a unique PS, using a rarely seen shot showing a Keith Richards eyes closed.
Out in 1968 still, 'Volume 4' [LS 159] was a super 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' EP, compiling the 7" of the same name with 'The Lantern' and 'She's A Rainbow' from the recent 'Their Satanic Majesties Request' album.
'Volume 5' [LS 172] was a reissue of 'Got Live If You Want It!' [EP 17M101] in the same 'live TV' shot used for the original 'Satisfaction' single [HIT 511].