JAPAN
RCA Singles 1


The Monkees' singles were priced at 370 yen in 1966. Then in September 1968
with "D. W. Washburn" the price went up to 400 yen and all the previous sleeves
were re-issued with 400 yen price stickers over the original 370 yen price.
The stickers were put on by the manufacturer, "Nippon Victor Corporation".

These singles were the only mono records released in Japan
as the LPs and EPs were sold in stereo only.


The record itself was inside a generic company sleeve and the artwork
was printed on a separate sheet, which was the same size as the record.

These picture sleeve inserts can be one 7"x7" sheet
(color on one side and B&W on the other). Or they can be 7"x14" and
folded in half like a booklet (color now on the outside and B&W on the inside).

The B&W side usually has information about the group, plus lyrics.

- thanks to Michelle66 at the hoffman music forums for this information

 

Chart positions by Cash Box Magazine, Oricon &
Billboard from Ed Reilly's book "Monkees: A Manufactured Image".

 

RCA Company Sleeves

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Released in November 1966
Highest Chart Position:
2 (CB)


SS-1706



Last Train To Clarksville/
Take A Giant Step


On this picture sleeve there is a second page with B&W picture of the group,
plus a coupon for a promotion where the sender could win a prize.

The back of the coupon shows the address to send it to
and the date all entries needed to be in by (December 31, 1966).

Here somone filled out the coupon, but never mailed it in:



Prize details:

3000 people would win handkerchiefs -
with the Monkees' signatures printed on them.

And one lucky winner won the top prize...
a pet monkey!


Handkerchief

From the collection of Akira Suzuki

 

SS-1706
Test Pressing


From Akira Suzuki

 

Re-released in 1968
As a single page picture sleeve.
Coupon & contest details were removed.

SS-1706
400 Yen Sticker


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Released in February 1967
Highest Chart Position:
3 (CB)

SS-1719


I'm A Believer/
(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone

 

SS-1719
Promo

 

Re-released in 1968

SS-1719
400 Yen Sticker

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Released on March 15, 1967
Highest Chart Position:
1 (3 weeks) (CB)
4 (Oricon)
4 (BB)


SS-1735
Type 1 Picture Sleeve



(Theme From) The Monkees/
I Wanna Be Free

 

SSD-37
EP Promo
(SS-1735 & SS-1737)


"Special promo sampler for
express release on March 15 1967"

This was a promo only EP featuring the above Monkees single on Side 1.
From the collection of Akira Suzuki.

 

Repressed with a new picture sleeve in December 1967
Highest Chart Position:

SS-1735
Type 2 Picture Sleeve
370 Yen


(Theme From) The Monkees/
I Wanna Be Free

 

Re-released in 1968

SS-1735
400 Yen Sticker

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Released in 1967
Highest Chart Position: ?


SS-1746


A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You/
The Girl I Knew Somewhere

 

SS-1746
Promo

 

Re-released in 1968

SS-1746
400 Yen Sticker

 

SS-1746
400 Yen Printed on Sleeve

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[TV Show Debuts in October 1967]

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Released on October 5, 1967
Highest Chart Position: (Words)
9 (CB)
17 (Oricon)

SS-1760



Words/
Pleasant Valley Sunday

 

SS-1760 Promo
Push-Out Center

 

SS-1760 Promo
Solid Center

 

Re-released in 1968

SS-1760
400 Yen Sticker

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Released on December 5, 1967
Highest Chart Position:
2 (CB)
4 (BB)
4 (Oricon)

SS-1775



Daydream Believer/
Goin' Down

 

SS-1775
Promo

 

Re-released in 1968

SS-1775
400 Yen Sticker

On later pressings this credit was added to the label:

"Arranged and Conducted by
Shorty Rogers"

This has also been found on later German & USA copies.

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Released on December 5, 1967
Highest Chart Position:
37 (Oricon)

SS-1785
370 Yen



Star Collector/
No Time

 

SS-1785
Promo

 

Re-released in 1968

SS-1785
400 Yen Sticker

 

SS-1785
400 Yen Printed on Sleeve