JAPAN
RCA Singles 2


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 on April 25, 1968
Highest Chart Position:
2 (CB)
4 (BB)
4 (Oricon)

SS-1802


Valleri/
Tapioca Tundra

 

Tri-Fold Picture Sleeve



Very similar to the EP SCP-1354, Shades of Grey.

 

SS-1802
Promo



SS-1802
Single Sheet Picture Sleeve
370 Yen

 

SS-1802
Single Sheet Picture Sleeve
400 Yen Sticker

 

"Valleri c/w Tapioca Tundra was originally released with a tri-fold sleeve
that had ads for "The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees", as well as all of the other
Monkees' releases available at that time. It was later released with a
standard 7"x 7" single sheet insert. I believe that this was also the last 45 to be released
with a 370 yen price on it. (D.W. Washburn has 400 yen printed on its sleeve.)

The tri-fold version of the sleeve has a May '68 to September '68 calendar
which highlights the dates the show was on TV here. (Friday nights at 7:00pm
on the TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) network.

Monkeemania was in full-bloom in 1968 as the show was on TV here
and the Monkees were set to play some concerts in the fall.


Inside the tri-fold are a bunch of ads:

- All of the singles released up to that point

- A promotional campaign for "The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees"
(Some sort of "present" if you pre-ordered the LP between April 25 & May 31, 1968.

- All of the "30cm LPs" and "17cm LPs" released up to that point." - Michelle66

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Released on July 25, 1968
Highest Chart Position:
7 (CB)
20 (BB)
20 (Oricon)

SS-1820



D. W. Washburn/
It's Nice To Be With You

 

SS-1820
Promo

 

Music Life Ad
1968

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Released in February 1969
Highest Chart Position: --

SS-1866



Randy Scouse Git/
Forget That Girl

 

SS-1866
Promo

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"Porpoise Song / As We Go Along was not released in Japan.

"A blurb on the sleeve for Randy Scouse Git proclaims that it's a special
release of the chart-topping British hit. The small white banner in the corner
mentions that the "latest Monkee news" is inside.

The back "cover" shows a number of pictures from Head.

Inside, the "news" is about the new Monkees' LP "Instant Replay",
which "goes on sale in the US in February and that it will go on sale in
Japan on April 5. All 12 tracks of the LP are listed, as well as the Japanese item number.

The "news" also notes that Tear Drop City c/w A Man Without A Dream
will be released on April 5 as well, and its catalog number is listed.

Head is also discussed, and that its sound track album would go on sale
at the time the movie opened in Japan (but no time frame is given).

BTW, no mention of Peter leaving the group is contained in the "news".

The final four singles all have single-sheet inserts." - Michelle66

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Released on April 5, 1969
Highest Chart Position: --

SS-1871


Tear Drop City/
A Man Without A Dream

 

SS-1871
Promo

 

Music Life Ad
April 1969

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Released on July 5, 1969
Highest Chart Position:
78 (Oricon)

SS-1889


Listen To The Band/
Someday Man

 

SS-1889
Promo

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Released in December 1969
Highest Chart Position: --

SS-1911


Good Clean Fun/
Mommy And Daddy

 

SS-1911
Promo

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Released in June 1970
Highest Chart Position: --

SS-1953


Oh My My/
I Love You Better

 

SS-1953
Promo

(no pics)