Label

PICCI

A small label founded in Rome by Pino Cassia, Picci had a very short life, and all of its production was in the years 1972-73.
Apart from the first LP, probably distributed by RCA, in the first year the records were distributed by Messaggerie Musicali, then in mid 1973 the distribution passed to Aris, and this is reflected by a change in the record label design.

Pino Cassia was a composer and lyricist rather popular in the 60's, he also translated some international hits, by the likes of Burt Bacharach, Doc Pomus, Bert Kampfert and others.

The Picci name is not particularly relevant in the Italian prog scene, except for the presence, among the albums issued, of the ultrarare Tutto deve finire, the only release by La Seconda Genesi
Other interesting titles for the lovers of prog are the singles by Gli Esseri, Il Punto, Le Aquile and Officina Meccanica, and the album by Paride e gli Stereo 4 (the latter only for its connection with La Seconda Genesi).

The pressing of the Picci albums was always very low, some say just a few hundred copies of each LP, and this caused a big interest by the collectors for the most part of these records, and consequently a rise in their prices.

Most of the Picci productions were credited to Cassia himself and Redo Lucchetti as composers, and both authors also appear on some singles released from another small label, Ellecci, probably connected to this. Another recurring name in the Picci productions is Oscar Lindok, a name behind which hid the composer Giacomo Dell'Orso. On his 1973 album, Come upstair, some tracks were composed by Campo di Marte guitarist, Enrico Rosa, who also played the guitar. Rosa himself contributed with some compositions and with the musicians of his band's last line-up to the LP The Physicians, one of the latest issued by Picci.
Also connected to this label was Beat Records, founded by Franco De Gemini (the harp player in Morricone's Once upon a time in the west for the Sergio Leone eponymous movie), that had some artists in common with Picci.


The Picci label had a different design during its short life of the record company. 
Early records had a red label with blue logo (except GLA 2001, that was light blue), later replaced by a black one
starting with GLA 2005, when the distribution deal was changed.
Many copies of the first four albums (GLA2001-2004) were distributed in promotional form, the first LP with "Disco fuori commercio" printed on the label, the others with a blue stamp carrying the "Disco campione non vendibile" writing only on one of the labels.

An odd feature of some of the Picci LP's, including the very rare Tutto deve finire by La Seconda Genesi, is that they have the front cover coloured with random splashes of paint, that made every copy different from the others. These covers, made by glossy white cardboard, were painted on one side only, with a paste-on sheet on the back with titles and recording notes.
In some cases the painted covers, with blank back cover with no title sheet applied, were used to replace the standard printed ones on other records (as with GLA 2003).
A similar graphic effect had been obtained in 1972 by CGO, with a series of library LP's (by groups such as Panamera, Corfull, Playsound Orchestra), all having an identical printed cover, reproducing splashes of paint.

Other oddities in the Picci production are some LP's issued with the same cover picture (The Fast Machine a.k.a. Oscar Lindok and two Vasco LP's) and the Franco Chiari LP with two different covers .

All the LP's have a single cover.

LP

number


Band/Artist(s)


Title


year


notes
GLA 2001 Paride & gli Stereo 4 Naufrago in città 1972 picture cover - light blue label
GLA 2002 La Seconda Genesi Tutto deve finire 1972 painted cover - red label
GLA 2003 Ugo e Vittorio Sono una formica 1972 both picture cover and painted cover exist - red label
GLA 2004 Fiammetta Io, l'altra faccia della luna 1972 picture cover, laminated on front and with flipback - red label
GLA 2005 Orchestre Giacomo Dell'Orso, Claudio Gizzi, Mario Migliardi My favourite tones 1972 painted cover - black label
GLA 2006 The Fast Machine The fast machine 1972 picture cover - black label
GLA 2007 Oscar Lindok & His Friends Come upstair 1973 painted cover - red or black label
GLA 2008 Corinna El grillo è bon cantore 1973 picture cover -  red label
GLA 2009 Vasco Ritmi e suoni 1973 picture cover, identical to GLA 2006 - black label
GLA 2010 Vasco Interspaziale 1973 picture cover, identical to GLA 2006 - black label
GLA 2011 The Physicians The Physicians 1973 art cover - black label
GLA 2012 Franco Chiari Franco Chiari al sint 1973 picture cover - black label - also exist with art cover and with painted cover

 

SINGLES

number


Band/Artist(s)


Title


year
LG 1001 Bruno Cesarini Marianne
Padre mio, padre Dio
1972
LG 1002 Fathia Somiglia a te
Perché
1972
LG 1003 Piero Della Fonte Oh yeh
Quattro mura di lana
1972
LG 1004 Fiammetta Il tango delle capinere
Non toccatemi vernice fresca
1972
LG 3001 Gli Esseri Il corpo di una madre
Un mare di tranquillita
1972
LG 3002 Fathia Somiglia a te
Perché
(also issued as LG 1002)
1972
LG 3005 Fiammetta Il giardino dei fiori finti
Ma chi siamo noi 
1972
LG 3006 Fiammetta La terra e il seme
Angelo mio
1972
LG 3007 Erica Solari Ti volti indietro
Io ti ucciderei
(also issued on Champion CP-1001)
1972
LG 3008 Il Punto Non si ferma nessuno
La ballata del tempo
1972
LG 3009 Bruno Cesarini Marianne
???
1972
LG 3010 Vittorio e la sua chitarra Gocce d'acqua
Per una volta per un momento
1972
LG 3011 Carmelo Pagano Io non vivrò
Tu sei lì che mi aspetti
1972
LG 3012 Ugo e Vittorio Il tempo delle olive
Un fiore in mezzo al fango
1972
LG 3013 Deborah Solo un uomo
I misteri dell'amore
1972
LG 3014 Officina Meccanica Signora Marisa
La mia strada in periferia
1972
LG 3015 Mary Martin 15 giorni
Sembri un bambino
1973
LG 3016 Le Aquile Il tuo splendido amore
Agnus Dei
1973
LG 3017 Ernesto Bassignano Guarda verso riva
Da terra arida
1973
LG 3018 Carlo da Ragusa Nella tua mente Evelyn
Rubare un amore
1973
LG 3019 Fathia Un giorno in più dell'eternità
Che faccia hai
1973
LG 3020 Officina Meccanica The land of a thousand dances
Un prato e poi sognare
1973
LG 3021 Laura Una farfalla non strappa il fiore
Non ci sarà poeta
1973
LG 3022 Amedeo Ed è subito sera
La farfalla
1973
LG 3023 Stelvio Cipriani Ed è subito sera
La farfalla
1973
LG 3024 Marta Lami Ma se mi va mi va
Sempre a casa tornerai
1973
LG 3025 Lina De Lima Io ti cerco
Gorny
1973
LG 3026 Corinna Forse tra cent'anni
Che sensazione ti dà
1973
LG 3027 Laura Dimmi che ci sei
Dimmi cos'è
1973
LG 3028 Vassil Kojucharov Backfire
Don't say you love me
1973
LG 3029 Officina Meccanica Bambini innocenti
Bambini innocenti (strumentale)
1973
LG 3030 Piero Della Fonte Io no
Sonia
1973
LG 3031 Silvano Polidori Poesia di dicembre
Un mondo di ricordi
1973
LG 3032 Giuliano Spiga Sole mare e te
Terra di Sardegna
1973
LG 3033 Silvano Polidori Allora bevi
Un'anima in più
1973

        

Picci - LP, light blue label (promo copy)

Picci - LP, red label

Picci - LP, black label

Picci - LP, detail of promotional blue stamp on GLA 2002-2004 LP's

Picci - 7" single, red label

Picci - 7" single, black label

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

Picci - some examples of painted covers, the LP's are GLA2002, GLA2005, GLA 2007 and only a few copies of GLA 2003

 

Picci - the identical picture covers of GLA2006, GLA 2009 and GLA2010 LP's

One of the 1972 LP's by CGO with a printed cover similar to the painted ones later made by Picci

 

 

Thanks to John Elvis Gualtieri, Giuliano Semprucci, Lorenzo Pittan of Amarcord Records, Franco Brizi of Vinylseduction, Fabio Paolotti, Giovanni Ottone for some of the pictures on this page, and to Carmelo Pagano for one of the scans, his recollections and information on Pino Cassia and Picci.