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. Throught The Past Darkley 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 insted of red. The stereo LP got TXS instead of the usual SKL and the label colour was green insted of blue

 

 

 

 

Vinyl versions

 

Both Mono and Stereo LP's can be found with grooved and nongrooved 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 sixpage 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

 

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

- Laminated cover
- Single thick cardboard front cover
- Mono / Stereo hole on the back
- A sixpage 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 ones 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 greyish blue boxed logos can be found in this cover. Estimated use would be c 1970 to 1972

 

  

 

 

 

Fourth cover (new version found 2/15)

 

This sleeve has the printed box for the hole but no hole is existing. Mono text is no longer included in the box

 

 

  

 

 

 

Fifth cover (ex fourth version as new version found 2/15)

 

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

- 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 was addad 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 nonboxed 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 nongrooved pressings of the vinyl

 

  

 

 

Mono nonboxed labels

 

Side2

 

 

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 nongrooved pressings of the vinyl

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stereo nonboxed labels

 

Side1

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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 catalogue number upside down

 

 

 

 

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 catalogue number turned the right way and not upside down. It is used on a nongrooved pressing from 1969

 

 

 

 

Stereo nonboxed labels

 

Side2

 

 

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 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 catalogue number turned the right way and not upside down. It is used on a nongrooved pressing from 1969

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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 munber than the previous version 4 label.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 label.

 

 

 

 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 tf the label and under the catalog number.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 labelversions with minor differences on the grayblue boxed label that has the “+Electronically Re Processed...” under the catalogue number.  Here are two versions where the “Elecronically” text is closer to the catalog number than to the songtitle with the GEMA in a different position. The differece is so minor that I have not given separete 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 songtitle. Here are two versions with the GEMA in a different position. The differece is so minor that I have not given separete version numbers to these two labels.

 

 

 

 

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 exists, one flat center and another one with a ring pressed around the center. 

 

 

 

 

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 munber 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 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 labelversions with minor differences on the grayblue boxed label that has the “+Electronically Re Processed...” under the catalogue number.  Here are two versions where the “Elecronically” text is closer to the catalog number than to the songtitle with the GEMA in a different position. The differece is so minor that I have not given separete 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 songtitle. Here are two versions with the GEMA in a different position. The differece is so minor that I have not given separete version numbers to these two labels.

 

 

 

 

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 exists, one flat center and another one with a ring pressed around the center. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explanation on label design numbering can be found here

 

 

Label combinations on big hits [high tide and green grass] can be found here

 

 


Page history

 

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