Stones on DECCA

Big Hits High Tide Green Grass

Mono TXL101 / Stereo TXS101

Issued in UK on November 4th 1966

This was their first compilation LP issued in UK and it was to be the best one available in the shops up to 1975 when Rolled Gold was put out. Through The Past Darkly had come out 1969 but that had a lot of weak songs on it so Big Hits remained a big seller for nine years. This one is interesting to collect because of the large quantities that were manufactured over the years.

A detail to be noticed with Big Hits is that this was the first LP in the Decca family that got the new catalog numbering TXL for Mono instead of the usual LK. The colour of the label was also different, light blue instead of red. The stereo LP got TXS instead of the usual SKL and the label colour was green instead of blue.

This blue / green color combination on the label denotes that it is a record pressed with so called “virgin vinyl”. The standard red / blue combination records used partly re-used vinyl.

Vinyl versions

Both Mono and Stereo LP’s can be found with grooved and non-grooved labels. This indicates that mono LP’s were pressed up to the end on the 60’s. No other differences are existing.

Cover versions

There are a number of different covers existing due to the large number of LP’s produced.

First cover

The following details can be noted on the first cover version:

Laminated cover
Single thick cardboard front cover
No indication on Mono or Stereo on the back cover, only on the spine
A six page booklet attached to the inside of the cover

This cover was used 1966 to 1969 with non-boxed Mono and Stereo LP’s.

Second cover

Laminated cover
Single thick cardboard front cover
Mono / Stereo hole on the back
A six page booklet attached to the inside

This cover was probably made from 1969 to 1971 and it can be found with non-boxed and boxed LP’s. All boxed (stereo) albums found in this cover are with the green label.

Third cover

The following details can be noted on the third cover version:

Laminated cover
Double cardboard front cover
Mono / Stereo hole on the back
No booklet attached to the inside of the cover

The difference in between the second and third cover is that the third one has this jacket for an LP in the front cover. Both green and grayish blue boxed logos can be found in this cover. Estimated use would be c 1970 to 1972.

Fourth cover

This sleeve has the printed box for the hole but no hole is existing. Mono text is no longer included in the box.
Estimated use would be 1970 and 1971.

Fifth cover

Both laminated and nonlaminated covers can be found.
Double cardboard front cover
TXS101 printed on the back
No booklet attached to the inside of the cover during mid 70’s
The booklet pictures were added as an insert

This cover is used from around 1972 until the 80’s. Only greyish blue boxed labels have been found in this cover. Laminated “Clarifoll” covers are from 1972 to 1974. Decca dropped the usage of Clarifoll around 1974.

Printed By

All sleeves are “Printed in England by Robert Stace”.

Label versions

Here are some of the label version known to exist:

Mono non boxed labels - Side 1

Side 1 / Design No 4 / Version 1 (TXL101/S1/D4/V1)

Copyright box: NCB on top of BIEM
Font: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: K/T
Publishers: On the right side of the label

This label is used on both grooved and non-grooved pressings of the vinyl.

Mono non boxed labels - Side 2

Side 2 / Design No 4 / Version 1 (TXL101/S2/D4/V1)

Copyright box: NCB on top of BIEM
Font: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: K/T
Publishers: On the right side of the label

This label is used on both grooved and non-grooved pressings of the vinyl.

Stereo non boxed labels - Side 1

Side 1 / Design No 8 / Version 1 (TXS101/S1/D8/V1)

Copyright box: NCB on top of BIEM
Font: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: K/T
Publishers: On the right side of the label
Publishing year: On the left side of the label
Side number: On the right side of the label.

Matrix number on the label is upside down. The composer on Come On is correct as “Berry”

Side 1 / Design No 9 / Version 1 (TXS101/S1/D9/V1)

Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line
Font: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code
Publishers: After each song
Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Side number: On the left side of the label

This label has the matrix number above the catalog number upside down. The composer on Come On is correct as “Berry”

Side 1 / Design No 9 / Version 2 (TXS101/S1/D9/V2)

Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line
Font: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code
Publishers: After each song
Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Side number: On the left side of the label

This label has the matrix number above the catalog number turned the right way and not upside down.
It is used on a non-grooved pressing from 1969.
This label has a misspell as well. Composer for track 7 Come On is spelled “Barry”. We all know that Chuck did it so it should read “Berry”

Side 1 / Design No 9 / Version 3 (TXS101/S1/D9/V3)

Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line
Font: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: J/T tax code
Publishers: After each song
Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Side number: On the left side of the label

This label has the J/T Tax code. It can be found on grooved as well as on non-grooved pressing. The label was in used 1968.
This version has the composer on Come On stated as “Barry” as well.

Side 1 / Design No 9 / Version 4 (TXS101/S1/D9/V4)

Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line
Font: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code
Publishers: After each song
Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Side number: On the left side of the label

This label is basically the same as V2 but has the matrix number above the catalog number upside down which makes it an earler version. The label was in used 1969.
This version has the composer on Come On stated as “Barry” as well.

Stereo nonboxed label - Side 2

Side 2 / Design No 8 / Version 1 (TXS101/S2/D8/V1)

Copyright box: NCB on top of BIEM
Font: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: K/T
Publishers: On the right side of the label
Publishing year: On the left side of the label
Side number: On the right side of the label

Side 2 / Design No 9 / Version 1 (TXS101/S2/D9/V1)

Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line
Font: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code
Publishers: After each song
Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Side number: On the left side of the label

Side 2 / Design No 9 / Version 2 (TXS101/S2/D9/V2)

Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line
Font: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code
Publishers: After each song
Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Side number: On the left side of the label

This label has the matrix number above the catalogue number turned the right way and not upside down.
It is used on a non-grooved pressing from 1969.

Side 2 / Design No 9 / Version 3 (TXS101/S2/D9/V3)

Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line
Font: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: J/T tax code
Publishers: After each song
Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Side number: On the left side of the label

This label has the J/T Tax code. It can be found on grooved as well as on non-grooved pressing. The label was in use 1968.

Stereo boxed labels - Side 1

Side 1 / Design No 10 / Version 1 (TXS101/S1/D10/V1)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: 1970 to 1972

This green label was the first boxed version on Big Hits.
The composer of Come On is still Mr “Barry”

Side 1 / Design No 10 /Version 4 (TXS101/S1/D10/V4)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: 1970 to 1972

This label is almost identical to Version 1. The text section is slightly bigger and the last row is almost at the lower edge of the label.

Side 1 / Design No 10 / Version 9 (TXS101/S1/D10/V9)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: 1970 to 1972

This label has larger catalog number than the previous version 4 label.
The composer of Come On is still Mr “Barry”

Side 1 / Design No 10 / Version 6 (TXS101/S1/D10/V6)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: 1970 to 1972

This has “Electronically Re-Processed For Stereo” added to the center of the label.
Now they got the correct spelling for composer of Come On, “Berry”

Side 1 / Design No 10 / Version 7 (TXS101/S1/D10/V7)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: 1970 to 1972

This has “Electronically Re-Processed For Stereo” on the right side of the label and above the catalog number.

Side 1 / Design No 10 / Version 8 (TXS101/S1/D10/V8)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: 1970 to 1972

This has “Electronically Re-Processed For Stereo” on the right side of the label and under the catalog number. There are variants existing on this label, for example the Electronically text may have a slightly different position. This is a too small difference so I will not log them as separate versions.

Side 1 / Design No 10 / Version 2 (TXS101/S1/D10/V2)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: 1972 and later

The color of the label was changed to greyish blue in 1972. This one has “+Electronically Re Processed…” text above the spindle hole.

Side 1 / Design No 10 / Version 3 (TXS101/S1/D10/V3)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: 1972 and later

There are a lot of label versions with minor differences on the greyblue boxed label that has the “+Electronically Re Processed…” under the catalogue number. Here are two versions where the “Electronically” text is closer to the catalog number than to the song title with the GEMA in a different position. The difference is so minor that I have not given separate version numbers to these two labels.

Side 1 / Design No 10 / Version 5 (TXS101/S1/D10/V5)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: 1972 and later

This label is almost identical to Version 3 but the ”Electronically” text is closer to the song title. Small variations to this label can be found, for example some labels has the GEMA in a slightly different location. I have not given separate version numbers for small deviations.

Side 1 / Design No 12 / Version 1 (TXS101/S1/D12/V1)

Publishing year: On the left side of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: 1982

Decca LP’s were pressed on very thin vinyl from 1982 and on. These late pressing can be identified by the rim around the edge of the label. Two pressings exits, one with flat center and one with a deep ring pressed around the center. The picture is the version that has the groove.

Stereo boxed labels - Side 2

Side 2 / Design No 10 / Version 1 (TXS101/S2/D10/V1)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: 1970 to 1972

This green label was the first boxed version on Big Hits.

Side 2 / Design No 10 / Version 4 (TXS101/S2/D10/V4)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: 1970 to 1972

This label is almost identical to Version 1. The text section is slightly bigger and the last row is almost at the lower edge of the label.

Side 2 / Design No 10 / Version 9 (TXS101/S2/D10/V9)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: 1970 to 1972

This label has larger catalog number than the previous version 4 label.

Side 2 / Design No 10 / Version 6 (TXS101/S2/D10/V6)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: 1970 to 1972

This has “Electronically Re-Processed For Stereo” added to the center of the label.

Side 2 / Design No 10 / Version 7 (TXS101/S2/D10/V7)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: 1970 to 1972

This has “Electronically Re-Processed For Stereo” on the right side of the label and above the catalog number.

Side 2 / Design No 10 / Version 2 (TXS101/S2/D10/V2)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: 1972 and later

The color of the label was changed to greyish blue in 1972. This one has “+Electronically Re Processed…” text above the spindle hole.

Side 2 / Design No 10 / Version 3 (TXS101/S2/D10/V3)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: 1972 and later

There are a lot of label versions with minor differences on the grey-blue boxed label that has the “+Electronically Re Processed…” under the catalogue number. Here are two versions where the “Electronically” text is closer to the catalog number than to the song title with the GEMA in a different position. The difference is so minor that I have not given separate version numbers to these two labels.

Side 2 / Design No 10 /Version 5 (TXS101/S2/D10/V5)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: 1972 and later

This label is almost identical to Version 3 but the ”Electronically” text is closer to the song title. Small variations to this label can be found, for example some labels has the GEMA in a slightly different location. I have not given separate version numbers for small deviations..

Side 2 / Design No 12 / Version 1 (TXS101/S2/D12/V1)

Publishing year: On the left side of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: 1982

Decca LP’s were pressed on very thin vinyl from 1982 and on. These late pressing can be identified by the rim around the edge of the label. Two pressings exits, one with flat center and one with a deep ring pressed around the center.

Manufacturing error

Someone made a small mistake at the factory. They took the wrong label for side one when loading the pressing machine. Side 1 has a label from a LP by the group Camel. The vinyl anyhow plays Stones on both sides

Explanation on label design numbering can be found here.

Page history

Updated:

2020 August. Non boxed stereo side one label D9 / V4 was added
2020 August. Wrong spelling on composer of Come On on side 1 added to a few labels. Written “Barry” when it should read “Berry”
2020 May. New labels has been added. D9 / V3, both side 1 nd 2 and grooved as well as non-grooved versions
2015 Feb 7th New back sleeve added. New boxed labels added: D10-V9 and D12_V2
2013 December 14th, added boxed labels D10/V7 and D10/V8
2013 Feb 25th Label combinations shifted to a page of its own
2013 Feb 25th, text on the cover versions corrected. Fourth cover both with lamination and without
2012 December 17th, label D10-V6 added
2012 October 24th, Major change in label design numbers
2011 December 27th, Labels D10/V4 and D10/V5 added. Thanks Luca.