Japan Japanese 7" discography / The RSR - Pioneer years [1971-1977]

The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar - Pioneer P-1043S - The RSR - Pioneer years [1971-1977], Japan discographyThe Rolling Stones - Japan single - Tumbling Dice signFrom 1971 to 1977, Rolling Stones Records were distributed by Pioneer in Japan.
Records have Warner yellow labels, and from August 1971 were distributed into simple insert picture sleeves - one 7" x 7" sheet of paper with lyrics on the back, on top of their company sleeves [which latter was the tongue shaped sleeve on 4 occasions].
Very rare promo copies were pressed for each track - distributed into stock PS - and bore blue labels until mid-72, then white.

Two different artworks were made in 1971 for the single 'Brown Sugar' [P-1043S] in fold-out sleeves, including an exclusive 'red hammock' cover [the European white 'pants' design is rarer in Japan though].

The Rolling Stones - Wild Horses - Pioneer P-1062S - The RSR - Pioneer years [1971-1977], Japan discography'Wild Horses' [P-1062S], coupled with 'Sway' as in the US, also came out with two different covers: the 'horses' sleeve [also used in Mexico] is not common, but its 'on stage' version with a picture from the 'Gimme Shelter' movie in the red tones is a major Japanese rarity.

Three singles were extracted from the 'Exile On Main Street' album and distributed into the thick tongue shaped company sleeve, with yellow inserts inside.
'Tumbling Dice' [P-1115S] was the latest single from this era whom promo pressings would be issued on blue labels. The 'Happy' [P-1156S] single was the same coupling as for the US, yet is rarer than its predecessor. The third single, 'Rocks Off' is even harder-to-find, due to its exclusive flip - w/ 'Sweet Virginia' [P-1192S]. Besides an extremely rare UK promo-only version, Japan was indeed the only country to have issued this track as a single.

RSR / Pioneer information
# view cat.# year titles a-side / b-side PS - labels
112-a view details P 1043S 05/71 Brown Sugar / Bitch hammock FO - also blue promo l.
112-b view details P 1043S 05/71 Brown Sugar / Bitch white FO - 400¥
112-c view details P 1043S 1972 Brown Sugar / Bitch white FO - 500¥
113-a view details P 1062S 08/71 Wild Horses / Sway 'live' IS
113-b view details P 1062S 08/71 Wild Horses / Sway 'horses' IS - also blue promo l.
114-a view details P 1115S 05/72 Tumbling Dice / Sweet Black Angel 'tongue' CS - blue promo labels
114-b view details P 1115S 05/72 Tumbling Dice / Sweet Black Angel 'tongue' CS - yellow labels
115-a view details P 1156S 09/72 Happy / All Down The Line 'tongue' CS - test pressing
115-b view details P 1156S 09/72 Happy / All Down The Line 'tongue' CS - white promo labels
115-c view details P 1156S 09/72 Happy / All Down The Line 'tongue' CS - yellow labels
116-a view details P 1192S 01/73 Rocks Off / Sweet Virginia 'tongue' CS - white promo labels
116-b view details P 1192S 01/73 Rocks Off / Sweet Virginia 'tongue' CS - yellow labels
117-a view details P 1256S 09/73 Angie / Silver Train IS - promo wl
117-b view details P 1256S 09/73 Angie / Silver Train IS + 'tongue' CS
118 view details P 118S 1976 Angie / Silver Train IS
119-a view details P 1281S 03/74 Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo / Dancing w/ Mr.D. IS - promo wl
119-b view details P 1281S 03/74 Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo / Dancing w/ Mr.D. IS
120-a view details P 1333S 09/74 It's Only Rock'n'Roll / Through The Lonely Nights test pressing
120-b view details P 1333S 09/74 It's Only Rock'n'Roll / Through The Lonely Nights IS - promo wl
120-c view details P 1333S 09/74 It's Only Rock'n'Roll / Through The Lonely Nights IS
121 view details P 141S 1976 It's Only Rock'n'Roll / Through The Lonely Nights IS
122-a view details P 1359S 01/75 Ain't Too Proud To Beg / Dance Little Sister IS - promo wl
122-b view details P 1359S 01/75 Ain't Too Proud To Beg / Dance Little Sister IS
123-a view details P 15S 06/76 Fool To Cry / Crazy Mama IS - promo wl
123-b view details P 15S 06/76 Fool To Cry / Crazy Mama IS

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'Angie' initially issued in 1973 [P-1256S] was reissued in 1976 with a new catalogue number [P-118S] and the same picture insert artwork inspired from the 'Goats Head Soup' album with the David Bailey's shot of Mick Jagger.

The Rolling Stones - Wild Horses - Pioneer P-1062S - The RSR - Pioneer years [1971-1977], Japan discographyA unique live cover again was designed for the uncommon 'Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo [Heartbreaker]' [P-1281S], which strangely - or mistakenly - sported an artisanal reworked tongue logo [to be seen in Italy at the same time].

As for 'Angie', double numbering would happen for 'It's Only Rock'n'Roll' [P-1333S and P-141S] whom artwork signed by airbrush artist Philip Castle illustrates the lyrics of the song - Germans also used this nice drawing for their 'Ain't Too Proud To Beg' picture sleeve.

Belgian artist Guy Pellaert designed the album of the same name whom second single 'Ain't Too Proud To Beg' picture sleeve [P 1359S] is a reproduction in miniature.


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Its rarity and beauty made it the second most desirable single from this era.


The picture sleeve for 'Fool To Cry' [P-15S] in 1976 is very Japanese since using the photo of Yasuhiro Wakabayashi from the 'Black & Blue' album artwork.

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A word about company covers:
The first 2 singles were came into an Atlantic red & white company sleeve, then came the red Pioneer CS until 1972 and the blue and white by 1975.

The Rolling Stones - CS - The RSR - Pioneer years [1971-1977], Japan discography