* DGG(Deutsche Grammophon
- 5 & 6-digits catalogue and jackets ; Introduction
suggestion and contribution of better images and
recording data will be welcomed and mentioned in
thanks to ; John
Edward's 'Deutsche Grammophon Appreciation' site. His work on web DGG
catalog is monumental. In case of using his page,
I marked by light blue background color(on
the contrary, in case there is no data in his
page, I marked by light red background). And Mr. HOSOYA
Junji added me invalueable infomations
about all the issues of DGG old LPs and images.
- Of course also
thanks so much to the owner of mikrokosmos.com who offered me the
of numbers & jackets
Why I made a page about DGG
DGG is surely most notable recording company
between 1970s and 1980s (though unfortunately its leading
position was lost from 1990s mainly by many independent
labels like Naxos, Astrée, Brilliant, etc.),
but its history is long. Its root is same to EMI and RCA,
but its real independent history began in early 1950s,
selecting the tulip logo. If you'd like to see more
detailed explanations, go to DGG's 'About us'
Anyway, in 1950s and 1960s DGG's
issues are very interesting in aspect of both cover
design and recording quality. Its introduction of stereo
technique was somewhat late but the early issues of them
is pleasant to listen because of the good vinyl quality
and cover design. In special I love DGG's covers - simple
and clean. Therefore, it is never old so far and revived
as The Originals series cover. Moreover, DGG's
early issues are not so expensive in general compared to
ones by HMV, UK Columbia, Decca, and French labels.
One can know
there are many vacant numbers in my lists. I believe the
vacancy really existed because I traced the stereo
serials more than two years, but cannot have confidence
by 100% as I was so only unlucky that I was not able to
find them until now. John Edward's
'Deutsche Grammophon Appreciation' site(alas this site is dead as of 2009) is
monumental but it is not perfect either. I restrained my
page only to DGG label's '5 & 6 number' issues which
have 16~19 *** and 136~ , 138~, and 139~ serials, but
there is uncertainty yet.
This is a small
tribute to Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft, a very good
The 5-digit LPs (16/17 *** for 10
inch, 18/19 *** for 12 inch) released by DG have several
At the earliest times, the jacket
has the next characteristics;
- 16/18 series ;
blue-taped at left side with dark yellow
background(label; normally GY1)
- 17/19 series ; I saw
'white-yellow-white' at a few title, but am not
sure if it was the general first style. In many
cases 'W-Y-W' style is only seen at very early
| 5 earliest style of 16/18 series
|| 5 earliest style of 17/19 series
general in this era, LPs are 'folder-jacketed'.
At the next era the jackets were changed;
- 16/18 series ;
'white-yellow-white' background(label; GY2 or
GY3, rare GY1)
- 17/19 series ;
stylized drawing(photographies were not used
often) with DGG tulip logo backgrounded as
'white-yellow-white'(label; normally GY2).
| 5 The second style of 16/18 series
|| 5 The second style of 17/19 series
At the third era, the styles of
both the series are same. Labels are GY3 in general.
| 5 The third style of 16/18 series
|| 5 The third style of 17/19 series
At the stereo era, jacket style is
same to that of stereo issues. Of course, there is no
center 'STEREO' script.
| 5 The last style of 16/18 series
|| 5 The last style of 17/19 series
II. Stereo era
Logo at front jacket
mark can be found in the jacket ; letter style can be
classified as 'Thin STEREO' and 'Bold STEREO', and the
former is the earlier one.
first style of the 6-digit LPs stereo issue is similar to
those of monaural second one, but 'yellow-white-yellow'
colored compared to 'white-yellow-white(W-Y-W)' jacket of
monaural issues. Tulip logo and
DGG mark began to be in the rim like picture frame,
so-called 'DGG catouche'.
5 First catouche & 'Thin STEREO'
This style can be
found in 138 early numbers, but I don't know whether this
is true to 136 early issues(perhaps not). This 'Y-W-Y'
jacket has STEREO logo at the center, which is written in
thin block letter(not boldtype).
The first issue of the 6-digit LPs
(133 ***, 136 ***, 138 ***, 139 ***) released by DG has
big wide yellow catouche at the top of front jacket
except for box albums. The first big catouche has the
Grammophon Gesellschaft' at the upper center
- 'record number
+ ST 33 in two small circles each +
SLPEM(136~)/SLPM(138 & 139~)/SLP(133~)' at
the upper right
- 'Thin STEREO'
letter at the lower center.
5 Second catouche with 'Thin STEREO'
'Thin STEREO' and 'Bold STEREO' are
different though not easy to discern. Please compare
'Thin STEREO' to the later 'Bold STEREO'.
At the next catouche 'Thin STEREO'
was changed to 'Bold STEREO'. First 'Bold STEREO' is the
yellow 'STEREO' letter backgrounded by red color,
so-called 'Red Stereo'
mark at the lower center.
5 Third catouche with 'Red stereo'
I think this 'Red stereo' logo
exists until 138 999 SLPM, but 138 999 was released very
early(May 1962). In general, 'Red stereo' was used at all
the issues till 1965 approximately. After 139 ***, red
stereo disappeared even at the first release jacket.
There are red-backgrouded sticker
on the early titles. Examples ;
is generally called 'Red Sticker', three kinds of which I
have seen so far; small-sized sticker with 'STEREO' by
black letter(right image), large-sized sticker with
'STEREO' by white letter(center), and large-sized sticker
with 'STEREO COMPATIBLE' by white letter(left). I guess
at the earliest titles there was no Red Stereo
but only Red Sticker. [ I know several very
early issues with bold stereo(but not red stereo) and
without red sticker, but cannot have confidence
whether this is general or not as they are fairly scarce.
At the fourth catouche logo, 'Red
stereo' is displaced with yellow background and black
bold letter. 'Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft' is not
5 Fourth catouche ; 'DGG at center'
At the fifth, 'Deutsche Grammophon
Gesellschaft' is changed to 'Deutsche Grammophon'.
5 Fifth catouche ; 'DG at center'
At the sixth, SLP(E)M disappears.
5 Sixth catouche
At the seventh(the last), ST 33 in
small circle mark disappears.
5 Seventh catouche
The sequece above
is rule-of-thumb and commonsense in LP lovers. However, DGG
at center logos without SLPM or ST 33
It seems that many logos existed
during the transition period to 7-digits serial issues.
At 138 780~800 releases, next style
'no ST 33 mark' can be seen.
The jacket styles are all similar.
Example is 138 788(image below) - stereo letter is moved
to upper right. This jacket is 'Red stereo'.
scarce, several issues have 'hybrids' of stereo at
center and no ST 33 mark.
the early serials(generally to red stereo era), there are
jackets made by thick hard paper(hardcover editions). These have 'Direct Import - Factory
sealed' at upper left and written in English in yellow
logo, which alludes these maybe for American market(in
USA, DGG's licensee was USA Decca and several titles were
pressed by RCA). However, it seems to make special prints
for direct export by DGG). German jacket issues utilized
various fonts on yellow label for performer and works,
but this hardcover prints only one. See below;
case of performer name and contents written in English is
'black square' at
upper right, righter than SLP(E)M. See below;
names are written in English. I guess this for UK, but
The label style can be observed at
the recent 'The originals' series CD. So-called 'big
tulips' or 'tulip rim'. 'No tulip' label is later one.
'G**' notation is from mikrokosmos.com.
first label at monaural era has only German at
inner perimeter than 'tulip rim'. In 1 and 2
o'clock direction, 'ALLE RECHTE~ ' is seen.
'LP 33 1/3' mark is above the center hole, on
white background. In general, this is called
'Alle Rechte~ ', or simply 'GY1(German
second label has only German at inner perimeter
like 'Alle Rechte'. In 1 and 2 o'clock direction,
'ALLE HERSTELLER' is seen. In general, this is
called 'Alle~ ' or 'Alle Hersteller~ ', or simply
'GY2(German Yellow 2nd)'. 'M33'
is at the rightside of the center hole, in
third is 'ALLE HERSTELLER' is also seen, but M33
mark is in triangle. In general, this is
called 'Alle~ ' or 'Alle Hersteller~ ', or simply
'GY3(German Yellow 3rd)'.
Backgrounded yellow color is brighter than GY1
edition of the monaural 'ALLE HERSTELLER' is also
seen. White mark is NOT sticker but printed
on label. In general, this is treated same
to 'Alle Hersteller~ ', or simply 'GY4(German
stereo first label has same 'ALLE HERSTELLER',
but . In general, this is called 'Alle~ ' or
'Alle Hersteller~ ', or simply 'GY5(German
edition of stereo 'Alle Hersteller~ '. In
general, this is called 'Alle Hersteller~ ' or
simply 'GY6(German Yellow 6th)'.
first label has both German and English words at
inner perimeter than 'tulip rim'. In 1 and 2
o'clock direction, 'MADE IN GERMANY' is seen. In
general, this is called 'Made in Germany' or
simply 'GY7(German Yellow 7th)'.
label sample. This label has 'Alle Hersteller~ '
in 5 o'clock direction, but 'Made in Germany' in
1~2 directions. This is treated as 'Alle~ ' in
general, I guess.
||3 The First 'No tulip rim' label,
at later pressings same to those of 7-digits
numbers(25** *** or 27** ***) and reissues of the
earlier recordings, or simply 'GY9(German
Yellow 9th)'. At 12 o'clock direction, there is
'Deutsche Grammophon~ '. While the notation
number is 9, this is perhaps the earlier than
GY8. Thanks to Mr. Volker Mueller.
'No tulip' label, or simply 'GY8(German
Yellow 8th)'. At 12 o'clock direction, there is
'No tulip' label, at 2~3 o'clock direction there
is 'Sendung vorbehalten'. Called simply 'GT2'.
last 'No tulip' label in digital recording era.
In stereo era, they say 'Red stereo' is equal to
'Alle Hersteller' and 'DGG at center' to 'Made in
Germany' generally. However, to say exactly, logo style
change is a bit different than label change.
- Can Alle
hersteller be in DGG at center(not
Red Stereo) jacket?
YES. In case of 139 000~139 130
numbers, the first pressing of them can be Alle
hersteller though their jacket is only DGG
- Is Made in
Germany be in DG at center jacket?
YES, though I cannot upload the
- Are all the
7-digit numbers releases No tulip and DG
at center jacket?
NO. Early 7-digit numbers have Made
in Germany, and DGG at center
jacket. See the image below, which clearly shows
7-digit number can have DGG at center
jacket even with 'ST 33' SLPM mark.
- Then, can No
tulip be in DGG at center jacket?
YES. I have one example,
moreover at 'factory sealed' status. One example
Keep in mind that there can be more
than one designs in a number. I saw maximum seven designs
may think this is only very slight change. So do I.
left is the first release jacket. Two completely
different design in Red Stereo! Anyway, it is
sure that DG changed the jacket designs whenever they
reissued a number. I guess it depends on reissue time -
if it was in red stereo era, new jacket for reissue
seemed to have red stereo also. The more popular a issue,
the more frequently this can be observed.
famous recording's first release jacket is the left
one(perhaps released on 1961~62). The later
release(right) has both red stereo(Sep. 1964)
and DGG at center(perhaps a bit later), and they
have Alle hersteller.
In short, the time sequence of the
first stereo releases can be represented by a diagram
though time is not exact strictly. Shaded zone at jacket
is marked for 'mixed used era' of DGG at center(with
or without SLPM and ST 33 Mark) and DG at center.
some cases there is black bold stereo between thin stereo
and red stereo. And, 'Made in Germany' can be in the 'Red
Of course, exceptions exist. Famous
Rostropovich/Karajan's Dvorak Concerto & Tchaikovsky
Rococo variations(139 044 SLPM) is more or less strange.
DGG at center exists but none witnessed Made in
Germany as far as I know.
Go to ; 16~ , 17~ , 18~ , 19~ , 133~
, 136~ , 138~ , and 139~ serials
- Recording data
- Deutsche Grammophon
homepages for artists
- My records
& homepage discographies
thanks to John Edward's
Christian ; Julien
Wolfgang ; a homepage
& Japanese DG
- DI STEFANO,
- STADER, Maria
- JOCHUM, Eugen
- The archive
of Herbert von Karajan(Japanese)
- KOCH, Helmut
- MAAZEL, Lorin(Japanese)
Stereophonic discography of the
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra(Japanese)
- The Durbeck
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Created ; 20th Jun. 2006
Last update ; 21st Oct. 2014