Formed at the end of 1974 by a group of musicians based
in Milan, among which Stormy Six's founder member
Franco Fabbri, Cooperativa L'Orchestra was primarily aimed at promoting all
sorts of non-commercial music, and included avantgarde, jazz, political, protest
and popular music, many of these releases were very interesting in their styles.
It was a unique case, in Italy, of a record label directly managed by the artists themselves, and also had a good promoting activity for their live acts.
Though initially distributed by Ariston (as Stormy Six were still signed to that label at the time), the label's releases were often sold at concerts and through independent bookshops, and were later under the Ricordi and CGD Messaggerie Musicali distribution.
The Orchestra releases listing below is complete. The company ceased its activity in 1983.
|OLP 10001||Stormy Six||Un biglietto del tram||1975||single cover with inner
also on cassette (OC1)
|OLP 10002||Yu Kung||Pietre della mia gente||1975||single cover with inner
also on cassette (OC2)
|OLP 10003||Tecun Uman||Soy del pueblo||1975||single cover with inner
also on cassette (OC3)
|OLP 10004||Organico di Musica Creativa ed Improvvisata||Contro||1975||single cover|
|OLP 10005||Gruppo Folk Internazionale||Festa popolare||1975||single cover with lyric insert
also on cassette (OC5)
|OLP 10006||Quarto Stato||Quarto Stato||1975||single cover with lyric inner
also on cassette (OC6)
|OLP 10007||Pan Brumisti||I padroni della città||1976||single cover with lyric inner|
|OLP 10008||Andrea Centazzo||Solos 6/5/76||1976||single cover|
|OLP 10009||Andrea Centazzo & Guido Mazzon||Duetti/Duets||1976||single cover|
|OLP 10010||Stormy Six||Cliché||1976||single cover with inner|
|OLP 10011||Organico di Musica Creativa ed Improvvisata||Free rococo||1977||single cover|
|OLP 10012||Stormy Six||L'apprendista||1977||single cover with inner
also on cassette (OC12)
|OLP 10013||Gruppo Folk Internazionale||Daloy politzei||1977||single cover with
foldout lyric insert
also on cassette (OC13)
|OLP 10014||Guido Mazzon||Capricorno||1977||single cover with inner|
|OLP 10015||Guido Mazzon & Mario Schiano||Gospel||1977||single cover|
|OLP 10016||Alfredo Lacosegliaz||L'orco feroce||1977||single cover with inner|
|OLP 10017||Mario De Leo||Suonata situazione||1977||single cover with inner|
|OLD 01/02||Henry Cow||Concerts||1977||gatefold with lyric inner (original + Italian translation)|
|OLP 10018||Organico di Musica Creativa ed Improvvisata||Happy days||1979||single cover|
|OLP 10019||Cavallanti, Della Grotta, Monico||Trio||1979||gatefold with inner|
|OLP 10020||Guido Mazzon||Songs and tales||1979||single cover|
|OLPS 55001||Gruppo Folk Internazionale||Il nonno di Jonni||1979||single cover with
also on cassette (50 OLPS 55001)
|OLPS 55002||Etron Fou Leloublan||Les trois fou's perdegagnent (au pays des...)||1979||single cover with lyric inner (with Italian translation)|
|OLPS 55003||Art Bears||Hopes and fears||1979||single cover|
|OLPS 55004||Henry Cow||Western culture||1980||single cover - red label|
|OLPS 55005||Art Bears||Winter songs||1980||single cover with lyric inner|
|OLPS 55006||Sogenanntes Linksradikales Blasorchester||La cosiddetta banda della sinistra rivoluzionaria||1980||single cover with inner|
|OLPS 55007||Mamma non piangere||N.1 (Musica bestiame e benessere)||1979||single cover
also on cassette (50 OLPS 55007)
|OLPS 55008||Strumentoconcerto||La natura è musica||1979||single cover with
also on cassette (50 OLPS 55008)
|OLPS 55009||Stormy Six||Macchina maccheronica||1980||gatefold cover with
also on cassette (50 OLPS 55009) - red label
|OLPS 55010||Alfredo Lacosegliaz||Triaca oder drek||1979||gatefold cover - black label|
|OLPS 55011||Tony Rusconi & Paul Rutherford||To fall a victim to ice cream's charm||1980||single cover - red label|
|OLPS 55012||Alessandro Carrera||Le cartoline||1981||single cover with inner - red label|
|OLPS 55013||Picchio dal Pozzo||Abbiamo tutti i suoi problemi||1980||single cover with insert and bonus flexi 7" - red label|
|OLPS 55014||Mamma non piangere||N.2 (Sempre avanti a testa bassa)||1980||gatefold cover - red label|
|OLPS 55015||Strumentoconcerto||Lo strumento fa concerto||1980||gatefold cover with inner - red label|
|OLPS 55016||Tony Rusconi||Cowboy esotico||1981||single cover with insert|
|OLPS 55017||Ensemble Havadià||Ensemble Havadià||1981||gatefold cover|
|OLPS 55018||Hanns Eisler||Musica da camera||1981||single cover with inner|
|OLPS 55019||Hanns Eisler||La madre (Die mutter)||1981||single cover with inner|
|OLPS 55020||Hanns Eisler||Suites/Kleine sinfonie||1981||single cover|
|OLPS 55555||Various Artists||Raccomandato di vinile||1981||promo-only compilation for radio stations with Art Bears, Mamma Non Piangere, Stormy Six, Picchio Dal Pozzo, Alessandro Carrera, Strumento Concerto, Ensemble Havadia - single cover|
|MILP 70001||Stormy Six||Al volo||1982||single cover with inner|
|MILP 70002||Mary P.Container||Mary P.Container||1982||single cover with inner|
|MILP 70003||Franco Fabbri||Domestic flights||1983||single cover|
|MILP 70004||Stefano Delù||Chitarre solo||1983||single cover|
|MILP 70005||Giancarlo Schiaffini||A Tung Me||1983||single cover|
|ONP 1001||Stormy Six||1789|
|OM 101||Gruppo Folk Internazionale||Le mille e una notte||1979||12" four-track 45rpm EP|
|no number||Picchio dal Pozzo||Uccellin del bosco||1980||one-sided flexi - bonus with OLPS 55013|
|OLPN 801||Mamma non piangere||La fuga al polo|
|OLPN 802||Alessandro Carrera||Piazza S.Ambrogio|
|OLPN 803||Stormy Six||Cosa danno|
|OLPN 804||Ensemble Havadià||Finale|
|MIEP 5001||Ensemble Havadià||Specchi||1982||12" five-track 45rpm EP|
|BOOKS & OTHER|
|OMDC 1-2||Claudia Gallone-Paolo Nason||Manuale di chitarra||1976||54-page book + 2 tutorial 7" singles|
The LP's catalogue numbers had an OLP prefix. The typical label design had the writing L'Orchestra on the upper half and the titles on the lower side.
Early LP's had labels with the text on the A-side and a different custom image for each album on the B-side, later a black label with silver writings identical for both sides was adopted.
The records were distributed by Ariston and later by Ricordi (when this company acquired Ariston). Since 1979 L'Orchestra passed under the CGD-Messaggerie Musicali distribution and the LP's had a new OLPS numbering system; some of the older albums were reissued with the "Distribuzione Messaggerie Musicali S.p.A." writing on back cover. A bit later, starting from early 1980, the LP's had a new design with a red label.
In 1982 a new series, only dedicated to Italian artists and called "Musica Italiana" was launched, but only 5 albums and an EP were released in this short-lived series. Again a new label design was prepared, and the records carried MILP and MIEP numbers.
Some foreign artists' albums issued around 1979-1980 (Art Bears, Henry Cow, ...) contained in the shrink a small red rectangular sticker with the logo of "Rock in Opposition". These stickers are difficult to find intact.
LP - one of the custom labels
LP - black label (OLP and early OLPS series)
LP - red label (OLPS series - since 1980)
LP - MILP series label (1982)
Franco Fabbri has an Internet website at www.francofabbri.net, which also contains information on L'Orchestra and a full illustrated discography.
The biggest GRAZIE to Franco Fabbri for full information on
L'Orchestra, its story and its releases.
Many thanks to Alfredo Lacosegliaz for help on his own and Ensemble Havadia releases' details. Also thanks to Pietro Lombardi for information on some of the above albums.