Initials to cause a shudder to any who has had to grovel for their monthly dues (and for not having posted anything for a couple of months – moving the album collection around to decorate has played havoc with my filing ‘system’), but here this 1968 DSS compilation showcases the first Deram DSS orchestral albums. I’ve always been a bit of a sucker for groovy Sixties mini-skirted disco dolly sleeves. It’s a Belgian pressing though I think the UK sleeve was the same, but the French did use a different cover for some strange reason (a beaten up copy I found on the web is shown below).
The old Decca Deram label always had a cool look about it thanks to the clean design and typography (our old friend Microgramma) but struggled identity wise. Most of the label’s early releases were light orchestral easy listening, but they then switched tack and began signing up some cutting edge progressive pop acts instead. I first came across the label thanks to the innovative Moody Blues albums, the label’s initial rock signing, but the first single on the label I bought was the great cover of House Of The Rising Dun by Frijid Pink.
SOUND IN THE ROUND • Most of the orchestral titles were issued with the smart futuristic Deramic Sound System DSS logo on. This system used two four-track recorders to record paired stereo tracks, then mixed them. DSS kicked off in 1967 but was dropped just three years later. According to a label history (at http://www.bsnpubs.com/london/deram/deram.html) Deramic Sound was a contraction of Decca Panoramic Sound.
In company with other labels of the time, sleeves had a large white space at the top to incorporate the large logo, album title and other information, plus the Deram logo. The orchestral sleeves had moody colour photographs of sunsets and cloudy skyscapes, and make a great collection (I’ll try and post some anon). When it came to the Prog bands, the DSS band was soon dropped and the label issued some really eye-catching sleeves. I don’t have many of these as they now fetch big bucks.
The inner bag as this is very typical of the time, swamping the buyer with technical information and dire warnings of ruining stereo records by playing them with the wrong stylus.
There is a standard Deram single sleeve on the site.