I’ve got a couple of these type of albums. I just think they are cool. Do you want to post them? I’ve also got one of Dixieland Jazz that I bought at a garage sale just for you! I saw it and thought it looked just like something you would post.
We have a number of classical albums on the London ffss label. I used to joke that the ffss was the sound of the surface noise; but actually they are superior recordings and very well-engineered discs that gave us very few problems over the years.
The surface noise on London discs was usually from North American pressings. Classical pressings were still done in Britain, and later in Holland, using the same Decca plates, but with the London labels. The sound was as smooth as silk, and to this day they fetch nice sums on the collectors’ market, especially the early blue-backs (the cover of the back liner-note side of the jackets).
Remember, the sound engineers for Decca/London were the same people who helped develop Radar/Sonar, etc. for the British war-effort.
I guess I need to clarify! Actually, I did add that the sound was actually excellent on our ffrr records. As a kid, I tried to pronounce “ffrr” and it sounded like the surface noise characteristic of scratchy records, hence the joke… I never disparaged London, Decca or any of their subsidiaries’ products, and in fact did notice their great sound quality. Just some juvenile humor, like calling Home Depot “Home Cheapo” or “Home Despot” or Barnes & Noble “Barnes & Ignoble” even as we shop there.
I did not know that fact about the Radar & Sonar development, though! Thanks for the info. One learns something new every day.