Label

CRAMPS RECORDS

A creature of the fertile mind of producer/graphic designer/art director Gianni Sassi, Cramps was born in 1973 with Area's great first album "Arbeit Macht Frei". 
But Gianni Sassi had already been in the music business as an odd presence behind Franco Battiato's first production, both with his graphic studio "al.sa"  (founded with Sergio Albergoni), and his work as lyric composer with the surname of Frankenstein, from which the Cramps logo derived.
Cramps was not strictly a progressive music label, more an alternative label several year before the "indies" boom, and they rarely cared about sales and success of their products. Most of these records were commercially unsuccessful and consequently can be hard to find nowadays.

Part of the label production was reissued on CD since 1989 by Artis who acquired the entire Cramps catalogue. The revamped Cramps also issued on CD some unreleased recordings by contemporary music composers.
After some years of silence, the name Cramps is active once again, and the label is currently reissuing again some of the most important productions from the 70's.

Catalogue numbers: Cramps had one of the most difficult and hard to understand catalogue numbering system ever seen, with a first series of releases with CRSLP prefix. 
After the initial Baby Records distribution (apart from the first four LP's, distributed by Ricordi), Cramps passed under Phonogram at the end of 1977 and adopted a 4+3 digits numbering system similar to the Philips and Polydor releases, but apparently without a particular order. Phonogram reissued some of the previous releases with different numbers, and apparently used sometimes the Philips label.
To understand their numbering method look at the last four digits, you'll see that each artist has a different numbering sequence (ie. Arti & Mestieri albums have nos. 5501 and 5502, Eugenio Finardi has 5151, 5152, etc...).

Another hard challenge, trying to compile a Cramps discography simply starting by the catalogue number order is impossible, so this is a small list of releases. Cramps were mainly aimed at LP market, so they produced a small number of singles.

Two different series, DIVerso and Nova Musicha, included contemporary avantgarde artists; these had similar cover designs and an independent numbering system along with the Cramps catalogue number (so Demetrio Stratos' first album Metrodora had number 5206 205 in Cramps catalogue and also was no.5 in DIVerso series).

An oddity in Cramps production was the release in 1980 of a series of singles by seven Italian new-wave bands (Dirty Actions, Kandeggina Gang, Kaos Rock, Skiantos, Take Four Doses, Windopen, X-Rated) called "Rock 80". Most singles came on coloured vinyl and were subsequently collected on the "Rock 80" compilation LP.
Moreover, in the years 1976-84, some avantgarde productions came out on the Multhipla label, created by Sassi along with Gino Di Maggio, among them a 2LP set called Musica futurista.

LP's are listed in order of release year

LP

number


Band/Artist(s)


Title


year


notes

CRSLP 5101

Area

Arbeit macht frei

1973

gatefold cover with inner - gun insert - distributed by Ricordi

CRSLP 5102

Area

Caution radiation area

1974

single cover with inner - distributed by Ricordi

CRSLP 5501

Arti & Mestieri

Tilt (Immagini per un orecchio)

1974

single cover with inner - distributed by Ricordi

CRSLP 5103

Area

Crac!

1975

gatefold cover - sticker - distributed by Ricordi

CRSLP 5104

Area

Are(a)zione

1975

gatefold cover with inner

CRSLP 5151

Eugenio Finardi

Non gettate oggetti dal finestrino

1975

single cover with inner

CRSLP 5502

Arti & Mestieri

Giro di valzer per domani

1975

gatefold cover with inner

CRSLP 2001

Electric Frankenstein

What me worry?

1975

single cover

CRSLP 5201

Antonietta Laterza

Alle sorelle ritrovate

1975

single cover with inner - pink label

CRSLP 5152

Eugenio Finardi

Sugo

1976

gatefold cover with inner

CRSLP 5105

Area

Maledetti

1976

gatefold cover

CRSLP 5301

Alberto Camerini

Cenerentola e il pane quotidiano

1976

gatefold cover with inner

CRSLP 5153

Eugenio Finardi

Diesel

1977

gatefold cover with inner

CRSLP 5503

Venegoni & C.

Rumore rosso

1977

single cover with inner

CRSLP 5302

Alberto Camerini

Gelato metropolitano

1977

gatefold cover with inner

CRSLP 5106

Area

Anto/logicamente

1977

single cover with inner

CRSLP 5351

Canzoniere del Lazio

Miradas

1977

gatefold cover with inner

CRSLP 5401

Pino Masi

Alla ricerca della madre mediterranea

1977

gatefold cover with inner

CRSLP 5451

Claudio Rocchi

A fuoco

1977

gatefold cover with inner

all the albums above have been reissued since 1978 with new catalogue numbers replacing CRSLP with 520 (ie. Area's first album was CRSLP 5101 and was reissued as 5205 101). 
Some of these reissues also exist with the Philips logo.

5205 303

Alberto Camerini

Comici cosmetici

1977

gatefold cover with inner

5205 154

Eugenio Finardi

Blitz

1978

single cover with inner

5205 601

Bella Band

Bella Band

1978

single cover  

5205 651

Lucio 'Violino' Fabbri

Amarena

1978

single cover with inner

5205 701

Andrea Tich

Masturbati

1978

single cover with inner

5205 751

Roberto Ciotti

Super gasoline blues

1978

single cover with inner

5205 801

Skiantos

Mono Tono

1978

gatefold cover with inner - early copies in yellow vinyl

5204 001

Various artists

Futura - Poesia sonora

1978

7 LP box with insert including Demetrio Stratos & others - (LP's numbered 5206 301 to 307) - customs white labels

5203 001

Various artists

1979: Il concerto

1979

gatefold cover with inner

5205 107

Area

Event '76

1979

gatefold cover with inner

5205 155

Eugenio Finardi

Roccando rollando

1979

laminated gatefold cover with inner - custom blue label

5205 452

Claudio Rocchi

Non ce n'è per nessuno

1979

gatefold cover with inner

5205 504

Venegoni & C.

Sarabanda

1979

gatefold cover with inner

5205 505

Arti & Mestieri

Quinto stato

1979

gatefold cover - inner

5205 752

Roberto Ciotti

Bluesman

1979

gatefold cover

5205 802

Skiantos

Kinotto

1979

gatefold cover with inner

5205 901

Demetrio Stratos

Rock and roll exhibition

1979

single cover with inner

5207 301

Giancarlo Cardini

...a Cardini

1979

gatefold cover with inner

5207 302

Fedrigotti - Lorenzini

I fiori del sole

1979

single cover with inner

5207 303

Raul Lovisoni & Franco Messina

Prati bagnati dal monte analogo

1979

single cover with inner

5207 304

Giusto Pio

Motore immobile

1979

single cover with inner

5207 305

Donella Del Monaco

Schönberg kabarett

1979

single cover with inner

5207 306

Mario Schiano & Tommaso Vittorini

Un cielo di stelle

1979

single cover with inner

5202 002

Various artists

Rock 80

1980

single cover with inner - custom silver label

5202 003

Kaos Rock

WW 3

1980

single cover with inner

5205 803

Skiantos

Pesissimo

1980

single cover - early copies included a postcard

5206 501

Demetrio Stratos

Recitarcantando

1980

gatefold cover with inner

5207 307

Frances-Marie Uitti

The second bow

1980

single cover with inner

5207 308

Giancarlo Cardini

Giancarlo Cardini suona Erik Satie vol.1

1980

gatefold cover with inner

5208 004

Various artists

La musica dissennata degli anni '70

1980

compilation with Arti & Mestieri, Bella Band, Canzoniere del Lazio, Venegoni & Co. - released in the Polygram "Successo" series

9279 594

Area

Area '70

1980

compilation - released in the Polygram "Successo" series


DIVerso series LP's (all having similar design covers, some of the early albums were later reissued with 7-digit catalogue numbers)

CRSLP 6201

Arza Anaiak

Txalaparta '75 irailia

1975

DIVerso n.1 - single cover

CRSLP 6202

Derek Bailey

Improvisation

1975

DIVerso n.2 - single cover with inner

CRSLP 6203

Fernando Grillo

Fluvine

1975

DIVerso n.3- single cover with inner

CRSLP 6204

Jesus Villa Rojo

Clarinettissimo

1976

DIVerso n.4 - single cover with inner

CRSLP 6205

Demetrio Stratos

Metrodora

1976

DIVerso n.5 - single cover with inner

CRSLP 6206

Steve Lacy

Straws

1976

DIVerso n.6 - single cover with inner

CRSLP 6207

Patrizio Fariselli

Antropofagia

1977

DIVerso n.7 - single cover with inner

CRSLP 6208

Paolo Tofani

Indicazioni

1977

DIVerso n.8 - single cover with inner

5206 209

Mario Schiano

And his all stars

1978

DIVerso n.9 - single cover with inner

5206 210

Cristina Kubisch & Fabrizio Plessi

Tempo liquido

1978

DIVerso n.10 -gatefold cover

5206 211

Luigi Cinque

Note di atemporalità

1979

DIVerso n.11 - single cover with inner
5206 212

Schiaffini-Iannaccone

Memo from 1980 DIVerso n.12 - single cover with inner


Nova Musicha series LP's (all having similar design covers, some of the early albums were later reissued with 7-digit catalogue numbers)
CRSLP 6101 John Cage John Cage 1974 Nova Musicha n.1 - gatefold cover with inner
CRSLP 6102 Juan Hidalgo Tamaran (Gocce di sperma per dodici pianoforti) 1974 Nova Musicha n.2 - gatefold cover with inner
CRSLP 6103 Robert Ashley In Sara, Mencken, Christ and Beethoven there were men and women 1974 Nova Musicha n.3 - gatefold cover with inner
CRSLP 6104 Walter Marchetti La caccia (Da Arpocrate seduto sul loto) 1975 Nova Musicha n.4 - gatefold cover with inner
CRSLP 6105 Paolo Castaldi Finale (1971-1973) 1975 Nova Musicha n.5 - gatefold cover with inner
CRSLP 6106 Cornelius Cardew Four principles on Ireland 1975 Nova Musicha n.6 - gatefold cover with inner
CRSLP 6107

Costin Miereanu

Luna cinese 1975 Nova Musicha n.7 - gatefold cover with inner
CRSLP 6108

Martin Davorin Jagodic

Tempo furioso 1975 Nova Musicha n.8 - gatefold cover with inner
CRSLP 6109

Gruppo Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza

Musica su schemi 1976 Nova Musicha n.9 - gatefold cover with inner
CRSLP 6110

Miguel Angel Coria

En rouge et noir 1975 Nova Musicha n.10 - gatefold cover with inner

CRSLP 6111

Alvin Lucier

Bird and person dying 1976 Nova Musicha n.11 - gatefold cover with inner
CRSLP 6113 Juan Hidalgo Rrose selavy 1976 Nova Musicha n.13 - gatefold cover with inner
CRSLP 6114

Petr Kotik

First record 1977 Nova Musicha n.14 - gatefold cover with inner
5206 115 Walter Marchetti In terram utopicam 1977 Nova Musicha n.15 - gatefold cover with inner
5206 116 David Tudor Microphone 1978 Nova Musicha n.16 - gatefold cover with inner
5206 117

John Cage

Cheap imitations 1978 Nova Musicha n.17 - gatefold cover with inner

5206 118

Horacio Vaggione

La maquina del cantar

1978

Nova Musicha n.18 - gatefold cover with inner

5206 119

Demetrio Stratos

Cantare la voce

1978

Nova Musicha n.19 - gatefold cover with inner and booklet


Cramps/Multhipla - LP
N.1 Petr Kotik/S.E.M. Ensemble The entire musical work of Marcel Duchamp 1976 gatefold cover
N.2 Christina Kubisch & Fabrizio Plessi Two and two 1976 laminated gatefold cover
N.3/4 Alberto Savinio Savinio, musicien 1914 - Récital Mi-scénique par Luigi Rognoni 1978 2 LP - gatefold cover + booklet
N.5 Milan Knizak Broken music 1979 gatefold cover
5204 002

Various artists

Musica futurista 1980 2 LP album released with  Multhipla label and Cramps catalogue number - also in ltd.edition box set of 100 copies
M 20137 Wolf Vostell Dé-coll/Age musik 1982 gatefold cover with inner
M 20138

Artisti vari

"Polyphonix 1" - Premiere anthologie sonore 1982 gatefold cover with inner
M 20139 Wolf Vostell Il giardino delle delizie - Garden der Luste 1984 2LP - box with paste-on colour picture and booklet

 

SINGLES

number


Band/Artist


Title


year


notes

CRSNP 1701

Area

L'abbattimento dello Zeppelin
Arbeit macht frei

1973

 

CRSNP 1702

Electric Frankenstein

The land of the magic wizard
Moon walk

1973

 

CRSNP 1703

Area

L'internazionale
Citazione da G.L.Jackson

1974

 

CRSNP 1901

Arti & Mestieri

Giro di valzer
Saper mentire

1975

 

CRSNP 1801

Eugenio Finardi

Soldi
Voglio

1975

 

CRSNP 1802

Eugenio Finardi

Musica ribelle
La radio

1976

 

CRSNP 1803

Eugenio Finardi

Non è nel cuore
Giai Phong

1976

 

CRSNP 1601

Alberto Camerini

Pane quotidiano
In giro per le strade

1976

 

CRSNP 1804

Eugenio Finardi

Affetto
Op.29 in Do maggiore

1977

 

CRSNP 1805

Eugenio Finardi

Cuba
Extraterrestre

1977

 

CRSNP 1602

Alberto Camerini

Gelato metropolitano
Il diavolo in corpo

1977

 

5201 603

Alberto Camerini

Sciocka
Siamo tanti

1977

 

5201 401 Skiantos Io sono un autonomo
Karabigniere blues

1978

 

5202 251 Kaos Rock Basta basta
La rapina

1980

Rock 80 series - red or black vinyl - custom silver label
5202 252 X Rated Blockhead dance
Routine

1980

Rock 80 series - clear or brown vinyl - custom silver label
5202 253 Kandeggina Gang Sono cattiva
Orrore

1980

Rock 80 series - coloured vinyl - custom silver label
5202 254 Windopen Sei in banana dura
La testa

1980

Rock 80 series - yellow vinyl - custom silver label
5202 255 Take Four Doses Vita di strada
La notte che inventarono gli eroi

1980

Rock 80 series - blue vinyl - custom silver label
5202 256 Dirty Actions Rosa shocking
Figli del demonio (dirty actions s-ha)

1980

Rock 80 series - pink vinyl - custom silver label
5202 257 Kaos Rock Oh caro amore
Policeman

1980

Rock 80 series - custom silver label
5201 402 Skiantos Fagioli
Mi piaccion le sbarbine

1980

Rock 80 series - green vinyl - custom silver label

5201 604

Inno dello S.P.A. (Male)

Il lavoro ci fa senso...più ci penso, più ci penso... 
Discorso del Presidente dello S.P.A. Donato Sannini alla specie

1980

 

 

 

All the albums and singles have the same label design, a green/brown label with the distinctive Frankenstein logo on the upper side. 
Label design has never been changed despite a distributor change in late 1977 from Baby records to Phonogram.
The DIVerso and Nova Musicha albums have a standard label carrying the series name and record number in large type over the LP title.

A notable exception to what's been said above is Eugenio Finardi's Roccando e rollando album from 1979 (no.5205 155), sporting an unusual label with the usual Cramps design but replacing the classic green/brown colours with dark and pale blue. The 1975 album Alle sorelle ritrovate by Antonietta Laterza (CRSLP 5201), a feminist songs album, had a pink label.
The Rock 80 series, launched to promote young Italian new wave groups, had a distinctive silver label.

Standard LP label

Custom blue label (Finardi/Roccando rollando)

Custom pink label (Laterza/Alle sorelle ritrovate)

Custom white label (Various Artists/Futura - Poesia sonora)

 

Rock '80 series silver LP and 7" single labels

Standard single label

 

Three examples of Multhipla/Cramps LP labels

 

 

Thanks to Francesco Zocchi, Giuliano Medei, Valerio D'Angelo, Alessandro Ciuti and Roberto Marinelli for scans and info on the whole Cramps production.
An excellent reconstruction of the whole life of Cramps can be found on Maurizio Marino's book Gianni Sassi fuori di testa (see Books section).

This page was first created for the dutch Musictrade web site's collectible labels list, that's sadly been discontinued, and it's presented now in revised form.