Issued between 1972 and 1973, the 14 EPs from the Japanese OH series are among the
most luxuous Rolling Stones 7"s ever made. All are beautiful and unique gatefold hard picture covers with thick spines.
Labels are plain and black with silver lettering - very much like the previous LS series.
Most EPs have special titles and are unique compilations [except 'Got Live If You Want It!' - OH 72].
The three first EPs came out with a rare 'OBI' [paper belt wrapped around the sleeve] and an LP ads insert. The two first numbers were also available in thin regular picture sleeves, with extra lyrics inserts [gatefold issues have lyrics printed inside the cover].
If numbers 3, 38 & 78 are relatively easy to find, the rest of these series is very tough to come by.
'The Rolling Stones - Volume 1' [OH 3] was the most common EP from these series and put together in the pure best hits style 'Tell Me' with 'Paint It, Black', 'Satisfaction' and 'Time Is On My Side'.
Its follower [OH 38] with 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' / 'Street Fighting Man' / 'Ruby Tuesday' / 'Get Off Of My Cloud' and the one after [OH 44] with 'She's A Rainbow' / 'Let It Bleed' / 'Sympathy For The Devil' / 'We Love You' kept on compiling almost chronologically.
Yet those three first EPs seemed to mark the end of a marketing effort, as a new sleeve design and a new way of titling - for the next 10 numbers plus an 'extra' edition - appeared with 'The Early Stones - Volume 1'.
If all the following EPs - except number OH 72 mentionned before and the 'Get Yer Ya Ya's Out - Volume 9' EP [OH 77] which is a selection of four tracks from the album of the same name - were compiled without great logic, whether artistic or chronological, and may also bear so-so titles, they remained among the greatest collector's items because of their spectacular and exclusive covers, manufacturing excellence and scarcity [the 1973' cancelled Japanese tour certainly helped!].