|Surely the most mysterious of all old German Metal-labels and probably the one discography that has taken the longest for me to, if not complete, then at least make a half-decent attempt to cover.
DS/D&S was basically a home studio owned by Hattingen-resident Michael Jesch. On the early compilations credits were merely given to DS Recording, while the D&S Records-imprint wasn't used until the later band releases (the NINJA lp was the first I believe). This has caused some confusion about which was the "real" name of the label, or even if it was to be considered a record label at all. A couple of the later vinyl releases were also co-released by other labels, sometimes with little reference to DS other than a cat# and the album being mixed and/or recorded there.
The editions of the albums were small-to-miniscule, from a few hundred copies up to a 1000 according to various collectors I've been in touch with. The rarest one would probably be the "Break Out - German Metal Tracks no. 5" compilation or the red vinyl version of RAGE HEART's debut, of which only a handful of copies are known. The more "famous" COURAGE mini would have to settle for 3rd place.
In the early 90's DS got their shit together and started releasing CDs only in a more coherent manner, most of it being in the Death/Thrash-vein. No fun for The Corroseum in other words, so others will have to continue where I left off. I've also come across a couple of D&S 7"s with a different cat# system, but since none of them have been even close to Metal I've left them out for the moment.
Finally there's the 4 releases on punk micro label Schrägton Records. According to an old contact address they were from the small town of Witten, only 10 km from DS Studios in Hattingen. While they're not to be considered DS-releases per se, they're most likely the explanation behind those "missing" early catalogue numbers (something they might have received because they were recorded in the DS studio) and for this reason I've squeezed in the titles in the list below for clarification. I didn't include their 1st release, compilation LP "Zivil-Courage" from 1986, but it's worth noting that it also carried a familiar serial#: WK30.715.
|Compiled by DaN Edman. Additional info by Keir Howell, Roman Greindl, Peter Daub, Rob Preston and The Knell.|
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