(POLYDOR - MERCURY - PHILIPS)
As some other foreign record companies (RCA, EMI), the Phonogram group also had some independent releases for the Italian market that never appeared in other countries, using its different labels such as Polydor, Philips, and sometimes Mercury.
Italian Phonogram productions have the same numbering system as most other european releases, with a 4+3 digit number whose first part identified the label or the series, while the last three digits followed the release date sequence. Mercury label (seldom used) had the same 6323 prefix as Philips, while Polydor used 2448 numbers.
Also distributed by Phonogram were Divergo (that released guitarist Riccardo Zappa's early albums), Mirto (with folk group Carnascialia and composer Claudio Dentes) and Cramps after mid-70's.
Of course Italian Phonogram also distributed international releases on such popular labels as Charisma, Fontana, Vertigo, and there's much for collectors on these Italian releases. Many Italian albums on Vertigo were still using the classic "swirl" design well after it was dismissed in other european countries, and some Genesis albums had different covers in Italy. But no Italian artists have never appeared on these collectible labels (the only exception being Le Orme with the English version of Felona & Sorona on Charisma, but this was never issued in that form in Italy) and are consequently excluded from the listings below.
As many other labels even Phonogram released a half-price series around mid 70's, called Polydor Special (or Fontana Special) and having a distinctive rainbow-coloured band on the top of the single covers. Among the others Ys by Il Balletto di Bronzo was reissued in this form.
|2448 003||Balletto di Bronzo||Ys||1972||gatefold laminated cover with booklet|
|2448 009||Billy Gray||Feeling gray?||1972||former Trip guitarist - single cover|
|2448 010||Mauro Pelosi||La stagione per morire||1972||single textured cover with inner|
|2448 011||Latte e Miele||Passio secundum Mattheum||1972||gatefold textured cover|
|2448 014||Maurizio Arcieri||Trasparenze||1973||gatefold textured cover|
|2448 015||Latte e Miele||Papillon||1973||gatefold textured cover with booklet|
|2448 017||Mauro Pelosi||Al mercato degli uomini piccoli||1973||gatefold cover with glued lyric insert|
|2448 020||Tritons||Satisfaction||1973||single laminated cover|
|2448 022||Ibis||Sun supreme||1974||single textured cover with inner|
|2448 023||Sensation's Fix||Fragments of light||1974||single textured cover|
|2448 034||Sensation's Fix||Portable madness||1974||single cover|
|2448 036||Ibis||Ibis||1975||single laminated cover with inner|
|2448 041||Pueblo||Pueblo||1975||single cover|
|2448 048||Sensation's Fix||Finest finger||1976||gatefold laminated cover with inner|
|2448 051||Angelo Branduardi||Alla fiera dell'est||1976||gatefold textured cover with glued 12 page booklet|
|2448 055||Locanda delle Fate||Forse le lucciole non si amano pił||1977||gatefold cover with inner|
|2448 056||Mauro Pelosi||Mauro Pelosi||1977||gatefold cover with booklet|
|2448 062||Angelo Branduardi||La pulce d'acqua||1977||original issue included 9 drawings housed in an envelope|
|2448 064||Sensation's Fix||Boxes paradise||1977||single cover|
|2448 074||Sensation's Fix||Flying tapes||1978||single cover|
|2448 075||Maurizio Fabrizio||Movimenti nel cielo||1978||single cover|
|2448 082||Ermanno De Biagi||L'albero della pazzia||1979||single laminated cover with inner|
|2448 085||Gianni Bonfiglio||Luci spente a Testaccio||1979||single cover with inner|
|2448 092||Mauro Pelosi||Il signore dei gatti||1979||single cover with inner|
|2448 094||Angelo Branduardi||Cogli la prima mela||1979||gatefold laminated cover with inner|
|2448 103||Angelo Branduardi||Angelo Branduardi||1980||reissue of first album, originally issued in 1974|
|2448 104||Angelo Branduardi||Angelo Branduardi (English issue)||1980||English issue of first album, originally issued in 1974|
|2448 115||Angelo Branduardi||Gulliver, la luna ed altri disegni||1980||gatefold cover|
|2449 012||Franco Falsini||Cold nose||1975||single cover|
|2675 200||Angelo Branduardi||Concerto||1980||3-LP box with 12-page booklet and inner - records numbered 2448 112-3-4|
|AS 273||Sensation's Fix||Sensation's Fix||1974||promo only|
|6323 007||Le Orme||Collage||1971||gatefold laminated cover|
|6323 012||Jumbo||Jumbo||1972||single laminated cover with inner|
|6323 013||Le Orme||Uomo di pezza||1972||gatefold textured cover|
|6323 017||Jumbo||DNA||1972||gatefold textured cover with inner|
|6323 023||Le Orme||Felona e Sorona||1973||gatefold laminated cover|
|6323 025||Jumbo||Vietato ai minori di 18 anni?||1973||gatefold textured cover with inner|
|6323 028||Le Orme||In concerto||1974||gatefold laminated cover|
|6323 033||Madrugada||Madrugada||1974||single cover with inner|
|6323 035||Le Orme||Contrappunti||1974||single cover with inner|
|6323 041||Le Orme||Smogmagica||1975||gatefold cover with poster|
|6323 045||Le Orme||Veritą nascoste||1976||gatefold laminated cover|
|6323 046||Madrugada||Incastro||1977||single cover with inner|
|6323 052||Le Orme||Storia o leggenda||1977||single cover with inner|
|6641 782||Various Artists |
(N.Carucci, C.Castellari, G.Tirelli)
|Labyrinthus||1978||gatefold cover with booklet|
|6323 056||Toni Esposito||La banda del sole||1978||gatefold laminated cover|
|6323 060||La Stanza della Musica||La Stanza della Musica||1978||single cover with inner|
|6323 070||Gino D'Eliso||Santi ed eroi||1979||single laminated cover|
|6323 081||Roberto Cacciapaglia||Sei note in logica||1979||single cover|
|6323 083||Carlo Siliotto||Ondina||1979||single laminated cover with inner|
|6323 086||Le Orme||Florian||1979||gatefold cover|
|6323 089||Stradaperta||Maida Vale||1979||single cover|
|6323 102||Le Orme||Piccola rapsodia dell'ape||1980||gatefold laminated cover with inner|
|6323 901||De De Lind||Io non so da dove vengo.....||1973||gatefold textured cover|
The Italian labels design is almost identical to other countries.
Philips had an electric blue background with silver
logo and writing, with small differences between the various issues in the blue background;
since around 1977 a white writing replaced the original silver, the blue
background became more purple and the paper used for the labels was smoother
The labels (or even the vinyls themselves) were probably produced abroad, as the trademark circular writing on the label's edge is often in English, sometimes in Italian or even German.
The Mercury label, curiously only used once for Italian rock artists in De De Lind's case, had the same colours as Philips.
Both labels used a 6323+3 digits catalogue number followed by the letter A or L. According to some collectors this letter identified original from later issues, but this is not confirmed.
Polydor had the classic red background design with black/white logo on the top and black titles. Italian albums used a 2448+3 digits number (except for some limited exceptions as listed above).
Among the smaller labels distributed by Phonogram, Mirto came with a distinctive pale yellow label while Divergo had a dark red design (darker than the initial releases by this independent label that had a lighter red background).
All the Italian Phonogram LP's and singles had machine stamped catalogue number on the vinyls, but no counterfeits should exist of these releases (the only known Italian Polydor counterfeit is the UK band Audience's rare withdrawn first album).
Philips LP blue/silver label
Philips LP blue/white label (1976-77 onwards)
Polydor LP label
Polydor Special series LP label
Mercury LP label
Mirto LP label
Divergo LP (Phonogram distributed) label