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The Ariete 2000-series

Ariete is one of these small Italian soundtrack-only (at least to my knowledge) labels, which appeared out of nothing in the late 1960ies and vanished into nowhere a few years later in the early 1970ies. It is unknown wether this (kind of) label ever prospered, but at least we "prosper" sorts of, since we can enjoy the timeless music they did issue on vinyl. They issued scores, which probabaly didn´t sell well those days (how could they, with a print run of just a few hundred copies ...?) and which were most likely cross-financed by the companies, which produced and distributed the accompaning movies (making the LPs mainly a promotional tool).

Anyway, the soundtrack recordings issued by Ariete from around 1968 until app. 1975 (plus a few highly collectible library recordings, containing music from other movies, as well as a subsidiary label called COSTANZA, which issued only library recordings), do feature a striking pressing quality, the usual high-glossy striking-coloured laminated rather strong cardboard covers (doubtlessly a joy for the eyes) and great music taken from virtually all kind of movie genres: Italo-western, comedy, crime, thrillers, action, giallo, soft sex ... in one word: sleaze (I LOVE it!!). And the top-notch professionals of this area composed for these movies: Riz Ortolani, Gianni Ferrio, Ennio Morricone, Franco Micalizzi, Bruno Nicolai, Sante Maria Romitelli, ... and a few more!

The scores are all highly enjoyable, the most sought after being of course the four Ennio Morricone recordings as well as the two very funky Gianni Ferrio scores (actually as doubtlessly a master of soundtrack-funk - together with Stelvio Cipriani and Mario Molino - as Nico Fidenco is the "king of (softsex) beat")!! Of course, also the one Nicolai outing is a milestone from that era! Here is an asfaithful-as-possible reproduction of most of the covers with lots of additional info. Please note that some of these recordings have meanwhile been issued on CD by Japanese labels and by EasyTempo in Italy.

So enjoy, and if you have any questions, that have been left unanswered (and I am sure there are some ...), please do not hesitate to drop me a line e-mail! I answer all questions as fast as possible. The same goes of course, if you have any additional info!

AVAILABLE items (visually graded: cover/record; play-graded upon request):

ARLP 2001: Africa addio                         (Riz Ortolani),      NM/EX+    
Argentinian LP pressing (same cover!): Teorema  (Ennio Morricone),   Ex+/Ex+
ARLP 2015: Identikit              (Franco Mannino & Sergio Montori), M/M  
Please note: of all the listed items I have only one spare copy available; wants-lists welcomed.

Africa addio  ARLP 2001  1969  Ortolani 
Teorema  ARLP 2002  1968  Morricone 
Vergogna schifosi  ARLP 2003  1969  Morricone 
Cinque figli di cane  ARLP 2004  1969  Ortolani 
La stagione dei sensi  ARLP 2005  1969  Morricone 
Femmine insaziabili  ARLP 2006  1969  Nicolai 
Il suo nome e Donna Rosa  ARLP 2007  196  Baudo 
Colonna sonora N. 1  ARLP 2008  196   
Un escercito di cinque uomini  ARLP 2009  1969  Morricone 
Colonna sonora N. 2  ARLP 2010  1970   
Lo chiamavano Trinita'...  ARLP 2011  1970  Micalizzi 
La morte accarezza a mezzanotte  ARLP 2012  1973  Ferrio 
Tony Arzenta  ARLP 2013  197  Ferrio 
Identikit  ARL 2015  1974  Mannino 
Il saprófita  ARL 2016  197  Romitelli 
Musica per commenti sonori  ARLP 281  196  Marinuzzi Jr 
Musica per commenti sonori  ARLP 282  196  Pregadio 
Musica per commenti sonori  ARLP 283  196  Poitevin 
Musica per commenti sonori  ARLP 284  196  DeLuca 
Quando l´uomo scompare  ARLP 285  196  Nascimbene 
Musica per commenti sonori  ARLP 286  196  DeSica 

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