One of the most important Italian major labels, Dischi Ricordi S.p.A. was founded in 1962, but its origins lay in the 1808-founded Casa Ricordi, and has been, during the 60's and 70's, one of the driving forces behind the Italian music of all kinds.

Particularly interested in promoting rock groups, they released some monuments of the Italian prog scene, like Banco del Mutuo Soccorso's almost entire production, and albums by Reale Accademia di Musica, Museo Rosenbach, Acqua Fragile, Hunka Munka, Cervello, Rocky's Filj.

They also acted as distributors for some important foreign labels, like Island (with some unique Italian pink Island issues), Chrysalis and A&M, after using their own Ricordi International label for the distribution of foreign companies' products.

In the second part of the 70's Ricordi launched a half-price series called Orizzonte ("Horizon"), including some of their rarest albums from the 60's. Some of these albums (ie. Quelli and I Ribelli) have become very rare. Most Orizzonte albums had single covers, even when the originals were gatefold, with a triangular logo in front cover's upper left corner, and had an ORL catalogue number.

Since 1994 Dischi Ricordi is part of the Bertelsmann BMG group.


A partial discography including only rock and progressive releases.
SMRP and SMRL series (with different numbers) are ordered by year.






SMRP 9035 Dik Dik Dik Dik 1967 single laminated cover
SMRP 9052 I Ribelli I Ribelli 1968 single laminated cover
SMRL 6053 Equipe 84 Io ho in mente te 1968 single laminated cover
SMRL 6060 Equipe 84 Stereoequipe 1969 gatefold cover
SMRP 9053 Quelli Quelli 1969 single laminated cover
SMRP 9055 Dik Dik Il primo giorno di primavera 1969  
SMRL 6063 Lucio Battisti Lucio Battisti 1970 gatefold cover
SMRL 6069 Supergruppo Supergruppo 1970 gatefold cutout cover
SMRL 6072 Equipe 84 Id 1970 gatefold laminated cover
SMRL 6077 Maurizio Vandelli L'altra faccia di Maurizio Vandelli 1970  
SMRL 6079 Lucio Battisti Emozioni 1970 single laminated cover
SMRP 9070 Dik Dik L'isola di Wight 1970  
SMRL 6074 Lucio Battisti Amore e non amore 1971 gatefold laminated cover
SMRL 6081 I Leoni La foresta 1971 gatefold laminated cover
SMRL 6086 Nuova Equipe 84 Casa mia 1971 gatefold textured cover
SMRL 6091 Lucio Battisti Volume 4 1971 shaped gatefold cover
SMRL 6094 Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Banco del Mutuo Soccorso 1972 shaped gatefold cover - custom label
SMRL 6095 Dik Dik Suite per una donna assolutamente relativa 1972 centre opening foldout cover
SMRL 6096 Hunka Munka Dedicato a Giovanna G. 1972 shaped foldout cover
SMRL 6105 Reale Accademia di Musica Reale Accademia di Musica 1972 gatefold cover
SMRL 6107 Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Darwin! 1972 gatefold cover with lyric inner - custom label
SMRL 6109 Edoardo Bennato Non farti cadere le braccia 1973 shaped foldout cover with insert
SMRL 6103 Dik Dik Storie e confessioni 1973 shaped multifold cover
SMRL 6106 Roberto Soffici In queste ore chiare 1973  
SMRL 6113 Museo Rosenbach Zarathustra 1973 gatefold textured cover
SMRL 6115 Rocky's Filj Storie di uomini e non 1973 gatefold cover with lyric inner
SMRL 6119 Cervello Melos 1973 gimmix cover with lyric inner
SMRL 6123 Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Io sono nato libero 1973 shaped multifold cover - custom label
SMRL 6129 Edoardo Bennato I buoni e i cattivi 1974 single cover with lyric inner
SMRL 6130 Kornelyans Not an ordinary life 1974 single cover with lyric inner - yugoslavian group's album recorded and originally released in Italy
SMRL 6149 Edoardo Bennato Io che non sono l'imperatore 1975 gatefold cover
SMRL 6150 Acqua Fragile Mass media stars 1974 single cover with lyric inner
SMRL 6151 Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare Lo guarracino 1975 single cover
SMRL 6152 Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare Cicerenella 1975 single cover
SMRL 6153 Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare La serpe a Carolina 1975 single cover
SMRL 6156 Libra Musica e parole 1975 gatefold laminated cover
SMRL 6159 Napoli Centrale Napoli Centrale 1975 gatefold cover - sticker
SMRL 6187 Napoli Centrale Mattanza 1976 gatefold cover
SMRL 6190 Edoardo Bennato La torre di Babele 1976 gatefold cover with inner
SMRL 6201 Franco Battiato Battiato 1977 single cover
SMRL 6209 Edoardo Bennato Burattino senza fili 1977 gatefold cover with booklet
SMRL 6224 Napoli Centrale Qualcosa ca' nun more 1977 gatefold cover
SMRL 6218 Franco Battiato Juke box 1978 single cover 
SMRL 6220 Franco Battiato L'Egitto prima delle sabbie 1978 single cover
SMRL 6226 Banco del Mutuo Soccorso ..di terra 1978 laminated single cover with inner
SMRL 6249 Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Canto di primavera 1979 single cover with lyric inner
SMRL 6260 Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Capolinea 1979 laminated gatefold cover with inner






SRL 10538 Lucio Battisti Acqua azzurra acqua chiara
Dieci ragazze
SRL 10547 Maurizio Vandelli Amo lei
Perdona bambina
SRL 10567 Lucio Battisti Mi ritorni in mente
7 e 40
SRL 10573 I Krel Finché le braccia diventano ali
E il mondo cade giù
SRL 10574 Maurizio Vandelli Era lei
Un giorno in più
SRL 10593 Lucio Battisti Fiori rosa fiori di pesco
Il tempo di morire
SRL 10601 Maurizio Vandelli Cavaliere
Un giorno della vita
SRL 10612 I Leoni Ogni notte
Le bottiglie
SRL 10614 Lucio Battisti Emozioni
SRL 10621 I Fholks Mi scorri nelle vene
SRL 10622 Lucio Battisti Pensieri e parole
Insieme a te sto bene
SRL 10636 I Leoni Baciare baciare
Il rinoceronte
SRL 10637 Lucio Battisti Dio mio no
SRL 10647 Hunka Munka Fino a non poterne più
Pura fantasia
SRL 10657 Lucio Battisti Le tre verità
SRL 10675 Hunka Munka Io canterò per te
Cattedrali di bambù
SRL 10713 Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Non mi rompete
La città sottile
SRL 10732 I Mark 4 Tema di Nino
Romanza popolare
SRL 10746 Acqua Fragile Bar gazing
Opening act
SRL 10756 Napoli Centrale Campagna
Vico primo Parise 8
SRL 10757 I Mark 4 Prima visione
Dove va l'America
SRL 10896 Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Canto di primavera
SRL 10908 Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Niente
Sono io la bestia
SRL 10915 Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Il ragno
SRLM 2011 Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Il ragno
R.I.P.  (12" single)

Classic Ricordi label was half orange and half black with logo on top and silver lettering. 
60's issues had the same design but blue/black (also some green/black jazz issues exist). This was darker in mono issues and with light blue in stereo ones.
Only some of their LP releases had custom labels (the first three Banco del Mutuo Soccorso albums, for example). Standard series albums had MRP (mono) and SMRP - SMRL (stereo) numbers.

Around 1976 label was changed to a new design with big white logo on orange background.
The same design, with light green background was used for Orizzonte budget-price series with ORL. This last label was converted to a dark blue design during the 80's.
The first albums on Orizzonte, released in 1975-76, had the standard orange/black Ricordi label.

Ricordi International label was used until late 60's or early70's to distribute foreign companies' records. Label was standard black with silver logo and lettering and often had a small logo of the original foreign company. Numbers bore the prefix LIR (mono) and SLIR (stereo).

Singles had same design as same period's albums with SRL numbers.

mono LP

stsreo LP (until late 60's)

stereo LP (up to 1976)

LP (after 1976)

LP Orizzonte series (late 70's to mid 80's)
Ricordi International LP Single (up to mid 70's)


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.