alex steinweiss in memoriam 8b: Decca Records


These are the earliest Steinweiss Decca designs that I love, and the last ones. I don’t love The Gates of Justice, but it is fairly unique among my Steinweiss records, and is the last one chronologically to have a signature. It is from 1969, which dates the other two late ones to the same year. Again, I am not sure these are his work, but they look it. The early ones are ca. 1953.

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One Response to alex steinweiss in memoriam 8b: Decca Records

  1. Boursin says:

    “It is from 1969, which dates the other two late ones to the same year.”

    Wrong on both counts.

    1) The Gates of Justice was only released in August 1970. There is a copyright date of 1969 inside the sleeve, but it refers to the accompanying lyrics of the oratorio, not the Decca recording of them. Near the misleading 1969 copyright date, you will see “Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 70-751521”. 70- means 1970. Further, the words “Slain Negro Rights Worker” and “Attitude of Whites on Negroes Is Believed Moderating in Cities” on the front cover are cut and pasted from news headlines that appeared in the New York Times on 20 and 21 May 1970.

    2) Of the two others, DL 710143 is from October 1967 and DL 710163 from March 1969. As you can see from this, new releases in the DL 710000 series quickly dwindled to a minimum in the late 1960s.

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