Aldo Tagliapietra (vocals, guitar)
Nino Smeraldi (guitar)
Claudio Galieti (bass)
Marino Rebeschini (drums)

Rebeschini replaced by:
Giuseppe "Michi" Dei Rossi (drums)

Aldo Tagliapietra (vocals, guitar)
Nino Smeraldi (guitar)
Antonio "Toni" Pagliuca (keyboards)
Claudio Galieti (bass)
Michi Dei Rossi (drums)

Galieti quits, De Rossi temporarily replaced by
Dave Baker (drums)

Aldo Tagliapietra (vocals, bass, guitar)
Toni Pagliuca (keyboards)
Michi Dei Rossi (drums)

Tolo Marton (guitar)

Marton replaced by:
Germano Serafin (guitar)

1980-82 and again 1986-1990
Aldo Tagliapietra (vocals, bass, guitar)
Toni Pagliuca (keyboards)
Michi Dei Rossi (drums)

Aldo Tagliapietra (vocals, bass, guitar)
Michele Bon (keyboards)
Francesco Sartori (keyboards)
Michi Dei Rossi (drums)

Sartori replaced by
Andrea Bassato (keyboards, violin)

Bassato quits

Michele Bon (keyboards)
Fabio Trentini (guitar and bass)
Michi Dei Rossi (drums)

One of the most important and loved Italian prog bands, and one of the most famous among foreign listeners. 
Le Orme were another of those bands coming from the beat era that had the most convincing musical evolution in the 70's. They were formed in Marghera (nearVenice) in1966 but their debut came in 1967 with Fiori e colori, recorded by the original four-piece line-up. 

The band had a successful single with Senti l'estate che torna and recorded their first album Ad Gloriam at the end of 1968, releasing it the following year. 
Housed in a psychy sleeve the album is still regarded as one of the best in the Italian beat, with the music having a slight psychedelic touch in songs like Io non so restare solo, Fumo, Milano 1968.

In 1970 the band signed a contract with Philips, that released their subsequent 10 albums in ten years. The old label Car Juke Box released L'Aurora, a compilation of their singles tracks that's also very rare now.

First album with Philips, and their first as a trio was Collage, with Aldo Tagliapietra having switched from guitar to bass and the band having now a keyboards based sound like foreign groups such as ELP. They had also made a trip to London to follow the current music evolution. A very good album, Collage contains some of their best tracks ever like Sguardo verso il cielo and Cemento armato.

With a great live following the band released a new album in 1972, Uomo di pezza, with a distinctive fantasy gatefold cover. The album was very successful, as the single taken from it, Gioco di bimba, that many of their fans disliked being too melodic. In the same year the band left the open-air festival circuit and began individual tours, with important guests such as Peter Hammill.

1973 saw the release of an ambitious concept album, Felona e Sorona, based on the story of these two planets. A beautiful album, containing a long suite, it also gave the band high placements in the LP and singles charts (with the single Felona in this case). The sound was more original, with the keyboards of Pagliuca being the leading instrument and the delicate original voice of Tagliapietra giving a distinctive touch. 
Le Orme made their first English tour that year, and Felona e Sorona was also translated in English and released by Charisma in the
UK, but with little success.

Coming back to Italy, they were the most popular live group at the time, and decided to release a live album, In concerto in 1974. This was the first live album by an Italian rock band and a very successful one, though the recording quality was far from today's standards. The album also included an unreleased track, the side-long 21 minute Truck of fire.

Contrappunti, released the same year, was a lower level effort in comparison with the previous works, with long instrumental parts (three of the seven tracks were instrumental) and producer Gian Piero Reverberi mentioned in the cover notes as a band member on piano.

Probably in search of a new sound the band enroled a fourth member, guitarist extraordinaire Tolo Marton (from Raptus), for their next album Smogmagica. And the album, recorded in Los Angeles, has in fact a different sound, with less predominance left to keyboards and the guitar in evidence, with spacey tracks like Laserium Floyd (with obvious Pink Floyd influences) or Laurel Canyon. The album was not entirely convincing, and newcomer Marton soon left the band, replaced by another guitarist, Germano Serafin.

With the new member they released next album Verità nascoste in 1976, a very good one and probably their last good album for many years. A hit single was also taken from it with Regina al Troubadour, and the album, despite some melodic songs has some very good moments like Insieme al concerto and Vedi Amsterdam.
Like Felona & Sorona this album was also recorded in an English-sung version for foreign markets, but Secret truths was never released, though it exists in bootleg form.

From 1977 the band entered its worst period, releasing albums like Storia o leggenda and Florian having a stronger classical influences and on a lower level than their previous works.
This lasted until 1982, when the group broke up for the first time. Aldo Tagliapietra released a rock-oriented solo album in 1984, then the band temporarily reunited in 1986 for a single, but only in 1990 they returned together, again with Philips for a pop album.

A new split came, with Toni Pagliuca beginning a solo career and the other two members (Tagliapietra and Dei Rossi) reforming the band, this time with two keyboardists, Michele Bon and Francesco Sartori. The revived group began touring again, and made its debut with Amico di ieri, a CD issued in 1997 containing remakes of tracks from their whole repertoire. Later in the same year they released a very good brand new album, Il fiume, closer to their early 70's sound. The album had a good success and the band was also invited to the Los Angeles Progfest in May 1997. Many other important foreign dates followed in these years.

In 2001 another nice album, Elementi, housed in a nice cover by Paul Whitehead (of Genesis fame) featured last recruit, keyboardist/violinist Andrea Bassato, their sound consistently enriched by the unusual sampled guitar sounds by Michele Bon, played on a self-made keyboard, and it seemed that Le Orme had definitely found a second youth.
The third chapter in this trilogy of revamped prog works came in 2004, entitled L'infinito, on the same level as the previous ones, the group having now a slightly different sound than in the past, more based on piano and guitar, but the quality of their works is still very high, just like their live set. 

2004 also saw new live appearances by Toni Pagliuca, who played with ethno-prog band Malaavia from Naples in many dates, adding to that band's live set some old classics by Le Orme. In the same year Pagliuca released two interesting CD's, both only issued in limited pressing and now hard to find, Demos a Marghera, including studio recordings from 2003 and 2004, and the live Re-Collage (as its name suggests, based on the classic Collage album) with help from Van Der Graaf' Generator's sax player David Jackson and Massimo Donà Quintet.

At the beginning of 2008 Andrea Bassato left Le Orme, that remained in activity as a trio, with Tagliapietra, Dei Rossi and Bon. In the same year the group released, first in limited edition reserved to the Fan Club members and later in official form, a 2CD+1DVD box set taken from their live appearance at the Nearfest, in Pennsylvania, in 2005.

In November 2009 Aldo Tagliapietra announced his retirement from Le Orme after 40 years. The other musicians, Michi dei Rossi and Michele Bon, still using the name Le Orme, decided to go on with bass and guitar player Fabio Trentini and with help from Jimmy Spitaleri (the singer of Metamorfosi) in concert.
This line-up released an official bootleg, recorded live in 2010 and only sold by their Fan Club, entitled Progfiles - Live in Rome and embarked in a long tour to promote the album La via della seta.
Aldo Tagliapietra teamed up again with Toni Pagliuca and Tolo Marton to play at Rome's Prog Exhibition in November 2010, continuing his solo activity in the following years.

The group led by Michi dei Rossi released in 2016 a double album called Felona e/and Sorona 2016, containing the full remake of the historical 1973 album in both Italian and English version.


Ad gloriam Car Juke Box (CRJLP 00015) 1969 gatefold laminated cover with inner opening - red/silver label - some copies exist with inner sleeve
  Car Juke Box (CRJLP 00015B) 1996 reissue of the above - gatefold non-laminated cover with side opening - red/white label - 500 copies limited pressing
  Akarma (AK 060) 2000 gatefold cover - bonus 7" single Senti l'estate che torna
  AMS/BTF (AMS LP 29) 2010 new reissue with gatefold cover
  AMS/BTF (AMS LP 29C) 2021 as above with clear vinyl
L'aurora Car Juke Box (CRJLP 00023) 1970 front laminated single cover - black label
  Car Juke Box (CRJLP B00023) 1997 reissue of the above - single cover and bonus sticker - black/white label - 520 copies limited pressing
  Akarma (AK 067) 2000 gatefold cover
  AMS/BTF (AMS LP 30) 2010 new reissue with single cover
  AMS/BTF (AMS LP 30-C) 2021 clear vinyl
Collage Philips (6323 007) 1971 gatefold laminated cover
  Philips/Successo (9279 627) 198? single cover reissue
  Philips/Universal (2786148) 2011 new reissue with gatefold cover
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM LP 173) 2015 gatefold cover and black or clear vinyl, later reissued with red vinyl
  Polydor (3548147) 2021 volume 3 in the Universal "Prog Rock Italia" series - gatefold cover - issued on clear green (99 copies) or standard black vinyl
  Universal/De Agostini (6323 007L) 2021 gatefold cover with 8-page insert - no.92 in the De Agostini "Prog Rock Italiano" series
Uomo di pezza Philips (6323 013) 1972 gatefold textured cover
  Philips/Successo (6323 013) 198? single cover reissue
  Philips/Universal (2786149) 2011 gatefold cover
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM LP 174) 2015 gatefold cover and blue vinyl
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM LP 174) 2020 as above with green vinyl
Felona e Sorona Philips (6323 023) 1973 gatefold laminated cover
  Philips/Successo (6323 023) 198? single cover reissue
  Philips/Universal (2771667) 2011 2LP - gatefold cover and inners, includes the Italian and English versions of the album - 1000 numbered copies
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM LP 175) 2015 gatefold cover and clear green vinyl
  Philips/De Agostini (6323 023) 2017 gatefold cover with 8-page insert - no.7 in the De Agostini "Prog Rock Italiano" series
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM LP 175) 2021 new reissue with gatefold cover and clear blue vinyl
In concerto Philips (6323 028) 1974 gatefold laminated cover
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM LP 176) 2016 reissue with gatefold cover and red/black splatter vinyl
Contrappunti Philips (6323 035) 1974 single cover with lyric inner
  Philips/Successo (6323 035) 198? reissue - no inner
  Philips/Universal (2786151) 2011 new reissue with single cover and inner
  Philips/De Agostini (69) 2020 single cover with inner and 8-page insert - no.69 in the De Agostini "Prog Rock Italiano" series
Smogmagica Philips (6323 041) 1975 gatefold cover with poster
  Philips/Successo (6323 041) 198? single cover reissue
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM LP 177) 2016 reissue with gatefold cover and white/yellow splatter vinyl
Verità nascoste Philips (6323 045) 1976 gatefold laminated cover
  Philips/Successo (6323 045) 198? single cover reissue
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM LP 192) 2017 reissue with gatefold cover and turquoise vinyl - reissued again in 2021 with yellow vinyl
Storia o leggenda Philips (6323 052) 1977 single cover with lyric inner
  Philips/Successo (6323 052) 198? reissue - no inner
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM LP 193) 2017 reissue with single cover, inner and green vinyl - later reissued with red vinyl
Florian Philips (6323 086) 1979 gatefold cover with lyric inner
  Philips/Successo (6323 086) 198? single cover reissue
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM LP 194) 2017 reissue with gatefold cover, inner and yellow vinyl
Piccola rapsodia dell'ape Philips (6323 102) 1980 gatefold laminated cover with lyric inner
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM LP 195) 2017 reissue with gatefold cover, inner and yellow vinyl
Venerdì DDD (ZPLDR 34145) 1982 single cover with lyric inner
Orme Philips (846 410) 1990 single cover with lyric inner
Il fiume Tring (TRI 024) 1997 gatefold cover - 1000 numbered copies
Elementi Crisler/MP (MPRLP 039) 2001 single cover with lyric inner
  Omega Entertainment (OA5516) 2016 reissue of the above
L'infinito Crisler (CLP 1001) 2005 gatefold cover - released some months after the CD version
Live in Pennsylvania Sonny Boy (SBM 0001/LP) 2009 3LP (2 x 12" + 1 x 10") - numbered 999 copies edition - gatefold glossy cover + insert - includes 3 tracks more than the CD+DVD version
Live Orme Black Widow (BWR 115) 2009 3LP (2 x 12" + 1 x 10") - reissue of the 1986 Japanese live album with 5 bonus tracks - gatefold cover
La via della seta Love Music (LM 001) 2011 gatefold cover and insert - numbered 999 copies issue
Felona & Sorona (English version) BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM LP 178) 2015 reissue of the 1973 Charisma LP with gatefold cover and clear blue vinyl
Felona e/and Sorona 2016 Love Music (LM 002LP) 2016 2LP+2CD - remake of the 1973 album in Italian and English version by the new line-up
Amico di ieri Omega Entertainment (OA6516) 2017 LP+CD - reissue of the 1997 CD with reworkings of old tracks
ClassicOrme Love Music (LM 003LP) 2017 gatefold cover - numbered 999 copies issue
Sulle ali di un sogno Sony BMG (19075932841) 2019 new studio album

CD (partial discography)

Uomo di pezza Philips/Universal (832067-2) 1987 reissue of 1972 album
  Mercury (558 376-2) 1998 as above - digipack cover
  Philips/Mondadori (4) 2018 reissue of 1972 album - mini-LP gatefold cover with booklet - no.4 in the Mondadori "Prog Italia" series
Collage Philips/Universal (842505-2) 1990 reissue of 1971 album
  Mercury (558 257-2) 1998 as above - digipack cover
  Gruppo Ed.L’Espresso (5) 2014 as above with mini-LP gatefold cover – no.5 in the “Progressive Rock Italiano" series
Contrappunti Philips/Universal (842506-2) 1990 reissue of 1974 album
Felona e Sorona Philips/Universal (842507-2) 1990 reissue of 1973 album
  Philips/Universal (2762836) 2011 2CD - new reissue with mini-LP triple gatefold cover and booklet, including the Italian and English versions of the album
Florian Philips/Universal (842508-2) 1990 reissue of 1979 album
Smogmagica Philips/Universal (842509-2) 1990 reissue of 1975 album
Storia o leggenda Philips/Universal (842510-2) 1990 reissue of 1977 album
Verità nascoste Philips/Universal (842512-2) 1990 reissue of 1976 album
Piccola rapsodia dell'ape Philips/Universal (842822-2) 1990 reissue of 1980 album
In concerto Philips/Universal (846412-2) 1990 reissue of 1974 album
Anthology Replay (RMCD 4181) 1997 budget-price compilation, includes unreleased English-sung versions of early tracks
Amico di ieri Tring (TAP 014) 1997 remakes of old songs by the new line-up, recorded in 1997 - 11 tracks
Il fiume Tring (TAP 016) 1997  
  Crisler (CCD 3055) 2004 reissue of 1997 album
  Omega Entertainment (OA5016 CD) 2016 as above
Ad gloriam Mellow (MMP 135) 1992 reissue of 1969 album
  Replay (RMCD 4180) 1997 as above
  Akarma (AK060CD) 2000 new reissue with gatefold mini LP cover - also exists with same catalogue number and digipack cover or standard cover in jewel case
L'aurora Akarma (AK067CD) 2000 reissue of 1970 album - gatefold mini LP cover - also exists with same catalogue number and digipack cover or standard cover in jewel case
Elementi Crisler (CCD 3005) 2001  
  Omega Entertainment (OA5516 CD) 2016 reissue of the above
Gioco di bimba ItWhy (PCD 2180) 2001 reissue of the 1997 Amico di ieri CD, with different title and cover and 9 tracks
L'infinito Crisler (CCD 3065) 2004  
Live in Pennsylvania AUA/Sonny Boy (SBM 001) 2008 2CD+DVD - first issued as numbered 1000 copies edition for Fan Club members
Le Orme Universal (0602527156545)  2009 11CD box set, including remastered reissues of Collage, Uomo di pezza, Felona e Sorona, Contrappunti, In concerto, Smogmagica, Verità nascoste, Storia o leggenda, Florian, Piccola rapsodia dell'ape, Orme with mini-LP single covers
Live Orme Black Widow (BWRCD 115) 2009 2CD - reissue of the 1986 Japanese live album with 5 bonus tracks
Progfiles - Live in Rome Sonny Boy  2010 official bootleg recorded in 2010 only sold by the Fan Club
La via della seta Love Music (LM 001CD) 2011 digipack cover
Felona e/and Sorona 2016 Love Music (LM 002CD) 2016 2CD - remake of the 1973 album in Italian and English version by the new line-up
ClassicOrme Love Music (LM 003CDDP) 2017 digipack cover - numbered 999 copies issue
Sulle ali di un sogno Sony BMG (19075932832) 2019 digipack cover

BOOTLEG CD (relevant issues)

Cera un volto Highland () - Japan 2000's live recordings from 1975, plus all the Rarità nascoste Japanese EP and tracks from the Canzone d'amore single

Canta e balla le tue corse d'estate
(with Aliante, Collage and Alienation)
Philips (6830242) 1976 promotional LP issued for Pirelli, als includes tracks by Genesis, Steve Hackett, Nazareth, Far East Family Band
Progfest '97
(with Madre Mia / Prima Acqua / Il Vecchio / Il Fiume (Pt. 2) / Sospesi Nell' Incredibile / Felona / La solitudine di chi protegge il mondo)
Pangea/Outer Music (OM110CD)  - USA 1997 2 CD issued in USA also including John Wetton Band, Arena, The Flower Kings, Spock's Beard, Big Elf, Sinkadus

SINGLES (with picture sleeves)

Fiori e colori
Lacrime di sale
Car Juke Box (CRJNP 1024) 1967  
Senti l'estate che torna
Mita Mita
Car Juke Box (CRJNP 1030) 1968 both tracks from Ad gloriam - two different backcovers exist
Milano 1968
I miei sogni
Car Juke Box (CRJNP 1044) 1968 both tracks from Ad gloriam
Casa mia
Car Juke Box (CRJNP 1050) 1969 first copies included a mini poster - red/blue label
Finita la scuola
Car Juke Box (CRJNP 1059) 1970 red/blue label
Il profumo delle viole
I ricordi più belli
Philips (6025 022) 1970 both unreleased tracks
Sguardo verso il cielo
Cemento armato
Philips (6025 048) 1971 both tracks from Collage
  Philips (3566786) 2021 reissue of the above on red vinyl - 299 copies
Gioco di bimba
Figure di cartone
Philips (6025 073) 1972 both tracks from Uomo di pezza
Philips (6025 101) 1973 both tracks from Felona e Sorona
Blue rondo a la turk
Concerto n.3
Car Juke Box (CRJNP 1090) 1973 both unreleased tracks
Frutto acerbo
Philips (6025 124) 1974 both tracks from Contrappunti
Philips (6025 134) 1975 B side from Contrappunti
Amico di ieri
Ora o mai più
Philips (6025 148) 1976 both tracks from Smogmagica
Canzone d'amore
È finita una stagione
Philips (6025 153) 1976 both unreleased tracks
Regina al Troubadour
Verità nascoste
Philips (6025 063) 1976 both tracks from Verità nascoste
Se io lavoro
Storia o leggenda
Philips (6025 185) 1977 both tracks from Storia o leggenda
Fine di un viaggio
Il mago
Philips (6025 236) 1979 both tracks from Florian
Piccola rapsodia dell'ape
Raccogli le nuvole
Philips (6025 252) 1980 both tracks from Piccola rapsodia dell'ape
La notte
DDD (ZBDR 7246) 1982 both tracks from Venerdì
Rosso di sera
DDD (DDDA 2820) 1982 both unreleased tracks
Dimmi che cos'è
Dimmi che cos'è (instr.)
Baby (DR 50369) 1987 both unreleased tracks
Chi sono io
Philips (878 568-7) 1990 both tracks from Orme
Risveglio Crisler (CCDS 3012) 2001 CD singolo da Elementi


Fiori e colori
Senti l'estate che torna
Car Juke Box (SJB 102) 1968 white label jukebox single
Fiori e colori Car Juke Box (CRJC 8) 1968 4-track promo EP also including Paki/Il segno del tuo amore, I Monelli/Nel mio cuore è nato un fiore, Katia/C'era una volta 
Milano 1968
I miei sogni
C.A.Rossi Editore (CR JB 17) 1968 4-track promo EP also including Paki/Le formiche, I Condor/Nel cuore della notte
Fiori e colori
Lacrime di sale
C.A.Rossi Editore (PROMO 12A) 1968 6-track promo EP released for the 1968 Sanremo Festival, with colour art cover - also includes other artists' songs
Senti l'estate che torna
Mita Mita
C.A.Rossi Editore () 1968 6-track promo EP released for the 1968 Un Disco per l'Estate, with colour art cover  - also includes other artists' songs
Milano 1968
I miei sogni
C.A.Rossi Editore (N.15) 1968 9-track promotional EP with colour art cover  - also includes other artists' songs
Ad gloriam
Oggi verrà
Fiori di giglio
Non so restare solo
C.A.Rossi Editore (N.16) 1968 7-track promotional EP with colour art cover  - also includes another artist's song
Irene Car Juke Box/Telerecord (CRJNP 1050) 1969 jukebox single, backed with Enrico Maria Papes/La coscienza
Finita la scuola
Car Juke Box (AS 083) 1970 white label jukebox single
Il profumo delle viole Phonogram (ASC 1027) 1970 4-track promo EP also including Orietta Berti/L'ora giusta, Pippo Baudo/Gingì, The Who/See me, feel me
Sguardo verso il cielo
Cemento armato
Philips (6025 048) 1971 white label jukebox single
Sguardo verso il cielo Phonogram (ASC 1045) 1972 4-track promo EP also including New Seekers/Like to teach, Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg/La decadense, Bee Gees/My world
Breve immagine Phonogram (ASC 1052) 1972 4-track promo EP also including I Nuovi Angeli/Singapore, Italo Janne/No Lucky no, Isaac Hayes/Theme from Shaft
Una dolcezza nuova Phonogram (ASC 1053) 1972 4-track promo EP also including Maurizio/Deserto, Italo Janne/No Lucky no, Patty Pravo/Un po' di più
Gioco di bimba Phonogram (ASC 11063) 1972 4-track promo EP also including Mauro Pelosi/Vent'anni di galera, I Nuovi Angeli/Troppo bella (per restare sola), Rod Stewart/You wear it well
Breve immagine Philips (AS 180) 1972 jukebox single, backed with Mauro Pelosi/Vent'anni di galera
Felona Philips (AS 214) 1973 jukebox single, backed with I Gens/Cara Amica mia
Sorona Philips (AS 242) 1973 jukebox single, backed with Gary Glitter/I love you love me love  
Blue rondo a la turk Car Juke Box (JB 1090) 1973 jukebox single, backed with Abba/Waterloo 
Concerto n.3 Car Juke Box (JB 42) 1973 jukebox single, backed with Le figlie del vento/I carciofi son maturi 
Frutto acerbo Philips (AS 281) 1974 jukebox single, backed with Paper Lace/The night Chicago dies
Sera Philips (AS ...) 1975 jukebox single, backed with Demis Roussos/From souvenirs to souvenirs
Amico di ieri Philips (AS 5000 326) 1976 jukebox single, backed with Joe Tex/Under your powerful love
Canzone d'amore Philips (AS 5000 331) 1976 jukebox single, backed with Barry White/You see the trouble with me
Regina al Troubadour Philips (AS 5000 347) 1976 jukebox single, backed with Barry White/Don't make me wait
Se io lavoro Philips/RSO (AS 5000 398) 1977 jukebox single, backed with Bee Gees/How deep is your love
Fine di un viaggio Philips/CGD (AS 5000 542) 1979 jukebox single, backed with Pooh/Io sono vivo
Raccogli le nuvole Philips/Chrysalis (AS 5000 569) 1980 jukebox single, backed with Blondie/Call me
Dimmi che cos'è Baby/CGD (YD 718) 1987 jukebox single, backed with M.C.Miker "G" & Deejay Sven/Celebration rap



Prog Exhibition - 40 anni di musica immaginifica (with Los Angeles, La porta chiusa, Amico di ieri, Alpine valley, Sospesi nell'incredibile, Felona, All'infuori del tempo, Exiles, Gioco di bimba / Sguardo verso il cielo) Immaginifica/Edel (ARS IMM 1004) 2011 7 CD + 4 DVD box set also featuring Sinestesia, The Trip, La Maschera di Cera, Periferia del Mondo, Premiata Forneria Marconi, Raccomandata con Ricevuta di Ritorno, Osanna, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso



The early Car Juke Box albums are by far the rarest and most collectible albums by Le Orme. Both Ad Gloriam and L'Aurora are very expensive and hard to find. 
These two albums had an official private reissue (500 copies for Ad Gloriam, 520 for L'Aurora) by an Italian dealer in 1996/97, easy to identify as the labels have a white/cream lettering on red background whereas the original classic Car Juke Box label was silver on red (black in the case of L'Aurora). The reissued Ad Gloriam had a non-laminated cover and standard side-opening (original had the LP inserted from the gatefold centre), while L'Aurora contained a round sticker reproducing the album cover. The records have the original catalogue number with an added "B" (CRJLP 00015B for Ad Gloriam and CRJLP B00023 for L'aurora).
Both albums were later reissued again by Akarma.
Some copies of Ad Gloriam contain a white inner bag, printed on one side only, that repeats the notes printed on the inside gatefold, apart from the four-piece line-up featuring drummer Dave Baker. It's likely that this sleeve was printed when Galieti and Dei Rossi left the band for their military duties. Copies with the inner bag are particularly rare.

A reputable Italian collector distinctly remembers a promotional edition of Ad gloriam which had the vinyl contained in an inflatable plastic pillow silkscreened with the cover design, but it was impossible until now to find additional details or a picture of this rare edition.
The first album of Le Orme was one of the first records in Italy showing the influences of the new studio tricks and recording techniques experimented by The Beatles and other English bands, and contains various odd effects between the tracks. It deserves to be mentioned an excerpt from Casa mia (issued on single and later included on L'aurora) played in reverse at the end of Milano 1968, a voice asking "Perche ascolti a 45 giri?" [Why are you playing it at 45rpm?] after Fiori di giglio and easily heard playing the record at faster speed, and some feedback effects used to connect some of the album songs.

The first issue of Uomo di pezza has a gatefold textured cover with a square pattern design (see picture below). A subsequent issue has also a gatefold textured cover, but with an orange peel pattern.

The Philips albums have been reissued lots of times during the years, the reissues have standard covers (and sometimes single sleeves instead of gatefold) where the original were laminated or gatefold. Later issues can also be identified by the label. Original Philips labels are electric blue with silver lettering, reissues had a different blue background and cream or white lettering.
In the late 70's all the Philips album by Le Orme have been reissued in the Successo mid-price series with single covers and no inserts or inner sleeves. These have the same numbers as the originals but can be easily identified by the series logo on the cover.
Also some 80's reissues exist in single covers with the same catalogue numbers as the originals and white labels with blue logo and writings.

All the albums originally released on Philips label, from Collage to Orme, are included in the 11CD mid-price box set Le Orme, issued by Universal in 2009, in a remasteerd version.

The album Il fiume, released in 1997 though the covers carry the 1996 year, has been released on CD and in a limited numbered vinyl edition of 1000 copies, with a gatefold cover.

An odd single is the second one, Senti l'estate che torna. On the B-side the song Mita Mita was dedicated to Mita Medici, a popular young actress of the time, and the back cover contains her portrait. A few copies of this single have a plain yellow backcover with text only. It's likely that this was a temporary cover issued in very small quantity waiting for the definitive one with the actress' portrait; considering the rarity of this version it seems unlikely that the original cover has been withdrawn and replaced with this.

Le Orme released many singles during their career. Most of them were very successful and are still common and cheap. The rarest of these are Il profumo delle viole and Blue rondò a la turk.
An unreleased track, only issued on an acetate in 1970 along with Il profumo delle viole was called Pomeriggio d'inverno.

The Felona e Sorona album was also released in an English-sung version in UK, on Charisma (CAS 1072), the lyrics being by Peter Hammill. 
A single was also planned for release in UK coupling Child's play with Truck of fire but this was never released. The fact has been confirmed to us by drummer Michi dei Rossi and by some Charisma collectors from the UK.
A few oddities on the UK album version, that is instantly identifiable by the Felona & Sorona title on the non-laminated LP (instead of the original being entitled Felona e Sorona). The name of producer Reverberi has become Giun Piero on the label (instead of Gian Piero), and the album title on the early labels is written Felona and D(S)orona, though it was soon corrected. 
The album was issued by Charisma when it was still owned by B&C and before that label was bought by Phonogram. Only around 5000 copies are thought to be produced, some of this were withdrawn due to a defective pressing.

Most Philips albums have been issued in Japan (Uomo di pezza-Nippon Phonogram BT-8116, In concerto-Nippon Phonogram BT-8121 with single cover, Contrappunti-Nippon Phonogram BT-8112, Felona & Sorona (English version)-Charisma/Nippon Phonogram RJ-7222), where an otherwise unavailable Live Orme double album has been released in 1986 (Nexus K20P 611/12) and an EP, Rarità nascoste (Nexus 7SSY-14) were also made, including unreleased live and TV recordings. Both are very interesting items.
All the Japanese records mentioned above have also been issued on CD.

The double Live Orme has been issued in Italy for the first time in 2009 by Black Widow, as a triple LP (two 12-inches and a 10-inch) and double CD, both with 5 bonus tracks. The album contains live recordings of very good quality made between 1975 and 1977.

In the bootleg field, a Japanese CD, with the odd title Cera un volto (that's a totally meaningless title, in Italian) deserves to be mentioned, including a live recording from a 1975 concert in Modena, the full Rarità nascoste Japanese EP (itself a bootleg, by the way), and both tracks from the 1976 single Canzone d'amore.

An US-only compilation, entitled Beyond leng, was released by Peters in 1974. It contained eight tracks from Contrappunti, Uomo di pezza and Felona e Sorona. The titles are translated in English but the recordings are the same as the original Italian-sung albums.
Contrappunti was also released in Canada on Philips (6323 035, red label).

An incredible foreign issue to mention, Ad gloriam was originally released in Brazil on Car Juke Box subsidiary Caravelle (CAR LP 1026) with the same gatefold cover and yellow label. Also Brazilian vinyl issues exist of Collage and Smogmagica, while Elementi was only issued on CD in that country.

In Argentina there were local issues of Storia o leggenda (Philips 6323 052, same number as the Italian issue but Spanish title Historia o leyenda on cover), and of the single Si yo trabajo/Historia o leyenda (Se io lavoro/Storia o leggenda - as usual the foreign titles were translated, but these were regular Italian sung versions) on Philips 6025 185, released in 1978.
In Venezuela Collage was released with single cover (Philips 40.002).

A limited issue (only a few hundreds copies) of Collage was printed in Israel, on the Phonodor label.

Also, old Korean bootleg reissues of Felona e Sorona, Storia o leggenda and Florian also exist, with single monochrome covers (unknown label reproduced original design).

Ad gloriam - gatefold cover
Ad gloriam - LP, inner bag
Ad gloriam labels: original LP - late 90's reissue LP - brazilian LP (Caravelle label)

L'aurora - LP cover, original and reissue label
Collage - LP
Uomo di pezza - gatefold cover
Uomo di pezza - first issue, squared pattern textured cover detail
Uomo di pezza - second issue, orange-peel pattern textured cover detail
Felona e Sorona - LP
Felona & Sorona (UK version) - LP and two different labels
In concerto - LP
Contrappunti - LP
Smogmagica - LP
Smogmagica - poster
Verità nascoste - gatefold cover
Storia o leggenda - LP
Piccola rapsodia dell'ape - LP
Il fiume - LP
Elementi - LP
L'infinito - LP
Live Orme - Japan LP
Beyond leng - US LP front cover and label
Amico di ieri - CD Progfiles-Live in Rome - CD
Fiori e colori - 7" single Senti l'estate che torna - 7" single
Senti l'estate che torna - standard (left) and plain backcover
Milano 1968 - 7" single Irene - 7" single
Irene - poster included in the early copies
L'aurora - 7" single Il profumo delle viole - 7" single
Sguardo verso il cielo - 7" single Gioco di bimba - 7" single
Felona - 7" single Blue rondò a la Turk - 7" single
Frutto acerbo - 7" single Sera - 7" single
Amico di ieri - 7" single È finita una stagione - 7" single
Regina al Troubadour - 7" single
Rarità nascoste - Japan EP


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Le Orme live in Macerata - Zaffiro Cafe 14-mar-2003
Toni Pagliuca live with Malaavia
Sellano (PG) 8-aug-2004
Toni Pagliuca live with Malaavia
Pescosansonesco (PE) 14-aug-2004



Le Orme live in Monticchio (AQ) 22-aug-2004
Le Orme live in Gubbio (PG) 16-aug-2005


Le Orme live in Civitella Marittima (GR) 5-jul-2008
Photos by Luigi Papi
Tagliapietra-Pagliuca-Marton at ProgExhibition 2010
Teatro Tendastrisce, Roma, 5-nov-2010
Tagliapietra-Pagliuca-Marton with David Cross at ProgExhibition 2010
Teatro Tendastrisce, Roma, 5-nov-2010



The band has an official website in Italian and English at 
Their official fan club has the website

Singer and bass player Aldo Tagliapietra has a website at  

Original keyboardist Toni Pagliuca's website can be found at
Toni is currently collaborating, both in the studio and in their concerts, with ethno-prog group Malaavia, whose website is at 

Tolo Marton, guitarist with Le Orme in 1975, has his own website,




Thanks to drummer Michi dei Rossi for help and information.
Also thanks to Humberto Luna Tirado, Donato Santangelo, Tino of Sezione Musica, Massimo Pozzi, Giacomo Beatrici, Luiz Claudio Cals Brügger, Marzio Barbieri, Luigi Papi, Federico Bordo, Guilherme Tofani, Fabio Locatelli, Luciano Fassa, Peppe Carrese, Corrado Magnano, Vincenzo Gambatesa, Alessandro Pomponi, Pierre Tassone, for various pictures and information.