JAPAN
RCA Singles 1


The Monkees' singles were priced at 370 yen when they started being sold in 1966. Beginning in 1968 with
D. W. Washburn, the price went up to 400 yen, and all the previous records 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".)

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

 

A little bit about terminology used in Japan...

78's are known as "SP" records. 45's are known as "EP" records. 33/13 records are "LP's". And the small 4-track 7" records? They are called "17cm LPs".



Singles in Japan are a bit different than those released in other countries. The record itself is inside a generic company sleeve. The artwork is printed on a separate sheet, which is the same size as the record.

These 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.

- Michelle66

RCA Company Sleeves

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Released in November 1966
Highest Chart Position: 2

SS-1706



Last Train To Clarksville/
Take A Giant Step

 

SS-1706
Test Pressing


From Akira Suzuki

 

Clarksville back page:

"As you can see, there is a B&W picture of the group, plus a coupon for a campaign
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).

The prizes you could win?

Well, 3000 people would get handkerchiefs - with the Monkees' signatures printed on them.

And one person would win the top prize...a pet monkey!" - Michelle66

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Released in February 1967
Highest Chart Position: 3

SS-1719


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

 

SS-1719
Promo

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Released in March 1967
Highest Chart Position: ?

SS-1735
Type 1 Picture Sleeve



(Theme From) The Monkees/
I Wanna Be Free

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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.

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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

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[TV Show Debuts in September 1967]

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Released in November 1967
Highest Chart Position: 9
(Words)

SS-1760



Words/
Pleasant Valley Sunday

 

SS-1760 Promo
Push-Out Center

 

SS-1760 Promo
Solid Center

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Reissued in December 1967
Highest Chart Position: 1
(3 weeks)

SS-1735
Type 2 Picture Sleeve
370 Yen

Very similar to the EP SCP-1305.

 

SS-1735
Type 2 Picture Sleeve
400 Yen Sticker

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Released in January 1968
Highest Chart Position: 2

SS-1775



Daydream Believer/
Goin' Down

 

SS-1775
Promo

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Released in 1968
Highest Chart Position: ?

SS-1785
370 Yen



Star Collector/
No Time

 

SS-1785
400 Yen Sticker

 

SS-1785
Promo