Japan Japanese 7" discography / London TOP series [1966-1975]

The Rolling Stones - 7" x 7"  London catalogue, circa 1968 - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discographyFollowing the HIT series, the 'TOP' series are original singles in picture sleeves issued by London Records from 1966 to 1978, parallely to the production of EPs, whether original [LS series from 1966 to 1970] or late editions [OH series in 1972-73, SAC series in 1976]. These however include a few reissues and exclusive compilations, especially around 1973 when the band was initially expected in Japan - before the tour was eventually cancelled.
Except for a couple of numbers, all covers are exclusive to Japan.

Records came into generic company sleeves [blue until 1968, green after], generally wrapped - as for the HIT series - into an insert picture sleeve of the fold-out type [FO], reduced to a single insert sheet of paper [IS] with lyrics on the back after 1971. A few are of the standard type [PS] though.

Yellow London labels are of 4 main types as follow [type I only applied to the HIT series]:

London labels types
type II type III type IV* type V
The Rolling Stones - type II labels - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discography The Rolling Stones - type III labels - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discography The Rolling Stones - type IV labels - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discography The Rolling Stones - type V labels - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discography
FFRR logo on top
'45 R.P.M' left
no 'STEREO'
no FFRR logo
'45 R.P.M' right
no 'STEREO'
no FFRR logo
'45 R.P.M' right
'STEREO' left
no FFRR logo
'45 R.P.M' right
'STEREO' right
 *IV-w and IV-n stand for wide or narrow 'STEREO' note on the left of label
Note that 'Yesterday's Papers' [TOP 1178] has unique labels.
The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1013 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1014 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1020 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1053 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1069 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1091 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1124 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1178 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1200 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1240 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1242 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1243 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1262 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1282 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1320 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1357 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1390 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1422 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1460 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1510 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1511 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1512 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1513 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1514
The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1601 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1659 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1696 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1772
The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1773 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1774 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1775 The Rolling Stones - Japan single TOP series - TOP 1776
The Rolling Stones - Japan

Note that two versions exist for each of the TOP 177x sleeves from 1973, depending on the Japanese text within the top left corner 'ink spot logo'.



London TOP series information
# view cat.# date titles a-side / b-side PS type labels*
44-a view details TOP 1013 02/66 As Tears Go By / Gotta Get Away FO - ¥370 II
44-b view details TOP 1013 02/66 As Tears Go By / Gotta Get Away FO - ¥400 III
45-a view details TOP 1014 02/66 Come On / I Want To Be Loved FO - ¥370 II
45-b view details TOP 1014 02/66 Come On / I Want To Be Loved FO - ¥400 III
46 view details TOP 1020 04/66 19th Nervous Breakdown / The Spider. FO - ¥370 II
47-a view details TOP 1053 07/66 Paint It, Black / Long Long While FO - ¥370 wlp
47-b view details TOP 1053 07/66 Paint It, Black / Long Long While FO - ¥370 II
47-c view details TOP 1053 07/66 Paint It, Black / Long Long While FO - ¥400 III
48-a view details TOP 1069 09/66 Mother's Little Helper / Lady Jane FO - ¥370 wlp
48-b view details TOP 1069 09/66 Mother's Little Helper / Lady Jane FO - ¥370 II
48-c view details TOP 1069 09/66 Mother's Little Helper / Lady Jane FO - ¥400 III
49-a view details TOP 1091 11/66 Have You Seen Your Mother... / Who's. FO - ¥370 wlp
49-b view details TOP 1091 11/66 Have You Seen Your Mother... / Who's. FO - ¥370 II
49-c view details TOP 1091 11/66 Have You Seen Your Mother... / Who's. FO - ¥370 III
50-a view details TOP 1124 03/67 Let's Spend The Night T. / Ruby. PS - ¥370 wlp
50-b view details TOP 1124 03/67 Let's Spend The Night T. / Ruby. PS - ¥370 II
50-c view details TOP 1124 03/67 Let's Spend The Night T. / Ruby. PS - ¥400 III
50-d view details TOP 1124 03/67 Let's Spend The Night T. / Ruby. PS - ¥500 III
51-a view details TOP 1178 08/67 Yesterday's Papers / Connection FO - ¥370 wlp
51-b view details TOP 1178 08/67 Yesterday's Papers / Connection FO - ¥370 unique
52-a view details TOP 1200 10/67 We Love You / Dandelion PS - ¥370 wlp
52-b view details TOP 1200 10/67 We Love You / Dandelion PS - ¥370 II
52-c view details TOP 1200 10/67 We Love You / Dandelion PS - ¥370 II - misl.
53-a view details TOP 1240 02/68 2000 Light Years From Home / SAR PS - ¥370 II
53-b view details TOP 1240 02/68 2000 Light Years From Home / SAR PS - ¥370 III
54-a view details TOP 1242 02/68 Tell Me / Time Is On My Side FO - ¥370 II
54-b view details TOP 1242 1968 Tell Me / Time Is On My Side FO - ¥400 III
55-a view details TOP 1243 03/68 Under My Thumb / I Just Wanna... FO - yellow II
55-b view details TOP 1243 03/68 Under My Thumb / I Just Wanna... FO - white II
55-c view details TOP 1243 03/68 Under My Thumb / I Just Wanna... FO - ¥400 III
56 view details TOP 1262 04/68 The Lantern / In Another Land FO - ¥370 IV
57-a view details TOP 1282 07/68 Jumpin' Jack Flash / Child OT Moon PS - ¥400 wlp
57-b view details TOP 1282 07/68 Jumpin' Jack Flash / Child OT Moon PS - back #1 III
57-c view details TOP 1282 07/68 Jumpin' Jack Flash / Child OT Moon PS - back #2 III
58-a view details TOP 1320 10/68 Street Fighting Man / No Expectations PS - ¥400 wlp
58-b view details TOP 1320 10/68 Street Fighting Man / No Expectations PS - ¥400 III
59-a view details TOP 1357 02/69 Sympathy For The Devil / Prodigal Son FO wlp
59-b view details TOP 1357 02/69 Sympathy For The Devil / Prodigal Son FO IV
60-a view details TOP 1390 06/69 Satisfaction / The Under Assistant... FO - ¥400 IV
60-b view details TOP 1390 06/69 Satisfaction / The Under Assistant... FO - ¥500 IV
61-a view details TOP 1422 08/69 Honky Tonk Women / YCAGWYW PS - ¥400 wlp
61-b view details TOP 1422 08/69 Honky Tonk Women / YCAGWYW PS - ¥400 III
62-a view details TOP 1460 01/70 Let It Bleed / You Got The Silver FO - ¥400 wlp
62-b view details TOP 1460 01/70 Let It Bleed / You Got The Silver FO - ¥400 IV
63 view details TOP 1510 08/70 I Wanna Be Your Man / Stoned FO - ¥400 IV
64 view details TOP 1511 08/70 Little Red Rooster / Off The Hook FO - ¥400 IV
65 view details TOP 1512 08/70 The Last Time / Play With Fire FO - ¥400 IV
66 view details TOP 1513 08/70 Heart Of Stone / What A Shame FO - ¥400 IV
67 view details TOP 1514 08/70 Get Off Of My Cloud / I'm Free FO - ¥400 IV
68-a view details TOP 1601 1971 Little Queenie / Love In Vain FO - ¥400 wlp
68-b view details TOP 1601 04/71 Little Queenie / Love In Vain FO - ¥400 IV
69-a view details TOP 1659 11/71 Gimme Shelter / Love In Vain FO - ¥400 wlp
69-b view details TOP 1659 11/71 Gimme Shelter / Love In Vain FO - ¥400 IV
70 view details TOP 1696 03/72 Sympathy For The Devil / Prodigal Son IS IV
* wlp= white labels promo [all ideally came out in PS]

The Rolling Stones - Get Off Of My Cloud - London TOP 1514 - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discography The Rolling Stones - 1968-1972 London inner sleeve - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discography The Rolling Stones - Little Queenie - London TOP 1601 - white promo labels - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discography

The Rolling Stones - London inner CS used until 1968 - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discographyThe Rolling Stones - Let's Spend The Night Together - London TOP 1124 - back cover - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discographyAs for the HIT series, it looks as if London Japan was anxious to issue every existing couplings from both UK & US discographies, on top of its owns.

In 1966, 'As Tears Go By' [TOP 1013], coupled with 'Gotta Get Away' as the US single, was immediately followed by 'Come On' [TOP 1014], a Japanese late issue of the UK debut record. Both are quite hard to find - their type III labels reissues even harder.

'19th Nervous Breakdown' [TOP 1020] was exclusive to Japan and coupled with 'The Spider And The Fly' on the flip side.

The Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black - London TOP 1053 - back cover - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discography'Paint It, Black' [TOP 1053] and 'Have You Seen Your Mother...' [TOP 1091] reflected their UK couplings, while 'Mother's Little Helper' [TOP 1069] in between its US version. These three covers have similar designs with a paper tear effect on top.

The Rolling Stones - Yesterday's Papers - London TOP 1178 - label - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discography'Let's Spend The Night Together' was the first of the standard PS and has wonderful exclusive shots on both sides, aiming at promoting both tracks equally - as in England. It therefore came out with an extra lyrics sheet.

Exclusive to Japan was the rare 'Yesterday's Papers' / 'Connection' [TOP 1178] single, which also wore unique labels.

By the second half of 1967, the double A-sided singles 'We Love You' [TOP 1200] and '2000 Light Years From Home' [TOP 1240], came out in gorgeous standard back & front PS.

The Rolling Stones - We Love You - London TOP 1200 - back cover - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discographyThe Rolling Stones - 2000 Light Years From Home - London TOP 1240 - back cover - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discography


Then 'Tell Me' / 'Time Is On My Side' [TOP 1282] was a typical Japanese compilation - the A-side being the country's favorite since 1964.
The Rolling Stones - The Lantern - London TOP 1282 - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discographyStill in 1968, 'Under My Thumb' [TOP 1243] was also an exclusive coupling with a picture cover inspired from a 1965' Thank Your Lucky Stars television show - a very scarce version of this PS exists with Keith Richards pants and shoes colorized in yellow.
Few countries issued 'The Lantern' [TOP 1262] which definitely remains a rare number from the TOP series.

'Jumpin' Jack Flash' [TOP 1282] and 'Honky Tonk Women' [TOP 1422] have similar covers to the US, yet the rare 'Street Fighting Man' [TOP 1320] PS is unique, taken from the 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' footage. At that time, London Japan also issued a 7"x7" catalogue recycling this shot [see at the top of this page].

The Rolling Stones - EP London 17DY 4311-1 - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discographyIn 1968, London Japan also produced 2 very rare promo-only compilation 7" EPs of various artists in titled covers including tracks by the Rolling Stones.
EP London 17DY 4309-3 includes a unique promo message by Mick Jagger followed by 'Jumpin' Jack Flash', while EP London 17DY 4311-1 includes 'Street Fighting Man'.



With Mexico, Japan is one of the rare countries which released 'Sympathy For The Devil' [TOP 1357] and 'Let It Bleed' [TOP 1460] as original single - 'Sympathy For The Devil' will be reissued in 1972 [TOP 1696] in a brand new 'live' cover.

The Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil - London TOP 1357 - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discographyIn 1969, a reissue of 'Satisfaction' [TOP 1390] saw the light of the day in a complete different PS.

But it's never enough for the Japanese fans nor London Records, and, as the band was about to leave Decca / London, a very rare bunch of five singles [TOP 1510-1514] respectively reissued the HIT singles 323, 440, 485, 462 and 568.

The Rolling Stones - We Got Rock!! - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discography'Little Queenie' [TOP 1601] followed, out from the 'Get Yer Ya Ya's Out' album, with a great live cover and a strange - bootleg alike - 'peace & love' monkey drawing inside, supposed to promote a selection of singles called 'We got rock!!'.

Also coupled with 'Love In Vain', the single 'Gimme Shelter' [TOP 1659] in late 1971 was extracted from the 1970' movie of the same name by the Maysles brothers. Its photo montage artwork referred to the infamous dramatic scene from the Altamont Speedway show.


London TOP series information
# view cat.# date titles a-side / b-side PS type labels*
71-a view details TOP 1772 01/73 Tell Me / As Tears Go By IS #1 IV-w
71-b view details TOP 1772 01/73 Tell Me / As Tears Go By IS #2 IV-n
71-c view details TOP 1772 01/73 Tell Me / As Tears Go By IS #2 V misl.
71-d view details TOP 1772 01/73 Tell Me / As Tears Go By IS #2 V
72-a view details TOP 1773 01/73 Satisfaction / Get Off Of My Cloud IS #1 IV-w
72-b view details TOP 1773 01/73 Satisfaction / Get Off Of My Cloud IS #2 IV-n
72-c view details TOP 1773 01/73 Satisfaction / Get Off Of My Cloud IS #2 V
73-a view details TOP 1774 01/73 Paint It, Black / Lady Jane IS #1 IV-w
73-b view details TOP 1774 01/73 Paint It, Black / Lady Jane IS #2 IV-n
74-a view details TOP 1775 01/73 Jumpin' Jack Flash / Gimmie Shelter IS #1 IV-w
74-b view details TOP 1775 01/73 Jumpin' Jack Flash / Gimmie Shelter IS #2 IV-n
74-c view details TOP 1775 01/73 Jumpin' Jack Flash / Gimmie Shelter IS #2 V
75-a view details TOP 1776 01/73 Honky Tonk Women / St. Fighting Man IS #1 IV-w
75-b view details TOP 1776 01/73 Honky Tonk Women / St. Fighting Man IS #2 V
* IV-w and IV-n stand for wide or narrow 'STEREO' note on the left of labels

The Rolling Stones - Japan single - 1973-1978 London inner CSAs the band was scheduled to tour on Japan in 1973, London launched a vast program of reissues on various formats. On top of the luxuous OH series EPs, 5 singles with exclusive tracklistings were distributed, dressed in simple insert covers, distinctive with their 'ink stain' logo in the top left corner.
The Rolling Stones - Japan singles - 1973-1978 London inner CSAs the tour eventually got cancelled, the text from this sign was changed from 'commemorative release to Japan' [3 lines logo - IS #1] to 'special coupling' [4 lines - IS #2]. No promo issues were made, yet slight variations into labels also exist [see thickness of lettering and position of the word 'STEREO'].

The Rolling Stones - Japan single - Paint It, Black - London TOP 1774 variations None of these 5 singles are very rare, but the latest - 'Honky Tonk Women' [TOP 1776] - is harder to find than the others with a rarely seen exclusive shot of the band featuring Mick Taylor.

Note that the 5 'commemorative' versions were reissued on SHM-CD by Universal Japan with new catalogue numbers [UICY-96007 to 96011] on June 30, 2021, using the remastered mono versions from 2016 [same front covers w/ the new cat.#, a little wider than 7"x7"].




London TOP series information
# view cat.# date titles a-side / b-side PS type labels*
76-a view details TOP 1800 06/73 Sad Day / You Can't Always Get WYW IS wlp
76-b view details TOP 1800 06/73 Sad Day / You Can't Always Get WYW IS III
77-a view details TOP 1963 07/75 I Don't Know Why / Try A Little Harder IS wlp
77-b view details TOP 1963 07/75 I Don't Know Why / Try A Little Harder IS IV
77-c view details TOP 1963 07/75 I Don't Know Why / Try A Little Harder IS V
78-a view details TOP 1978 10/75 Out Of Time / Jiving Sister Fanny IS wlp
78-b view details TOP 1978 10/75 Out Of Time / Jiving Sister Fanny IS IV
78-c view details TOP 1978 10/75 Out Of Time / Jiving Sister Fanny IS V
* wlp= white labels promo [all ideally came out in PS]

The Rolling Stones - Sad Day - London TOP 1800 - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discographyThe Rolling Stones - I Don't Know Why - London TOP 1963 - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discography

The Rolling Stones - Out Of Time - London TOP 1978 - London TOP series [1966-1975], Japan discography'Sad Day' [TOP 1800] and 'Out Of Time' [TOP 1978] have exclusive live covers, despite studio tracks.
'I Don't Know Why' [TOP 1978] revamped the LP cover from the then recent 'Metamorphosis' compilation album.

As in most countries, these last three original London singles did not sell well and are quite sought-after.