Stefano Torossi’s Tensione e distensione (1970s) Lupus Records

Around 1971-1972, Stefano Torossi composed music for Tensione e distensione, one of three albums he made for Italy’s Lupus Records. The library music album, like the two which preceded it Qualche tema lungo (1971) and Un tema: Tante variazioni (1970s) (under the alias Fotriafa), is an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, pop, and Italian psychedelia, all composed by Torossi. Tensione e distensione also includes a series of Western-themed tracks that together form what is effectively another Stefano Torossi soundtrack, a virtual one as the Western is one of the few genres he has yet to write a score for in his prolific career in music.

Stefano Torossi - Tensione e distensione (1970s) Lupus

Stefano Torossi – Tensione e distensione (1970s) Lupus Records

The ten cuts on side A include “La bella addormentata,” “La bara aperta,” “Preparati al peggio,” “Segreta,” “Fossa,” “Sistole,” “Stregh,” “Solitudine,” “Cavalli sfrenati,” and “Pulsazioni di morto.” Side B features eleven Torossi compositions: “Disimpegnato,” “Senza appuntamenti,” “Verde Irlanda,” “Tristi Colline,” “Gaia scozia,” “Piccolo circo,” “Per un soldato morto,” “West,” “La pista abbundonata,” “Dopo il massacro,” and “Il cow boy innamorato.” The last track features whistling reminiscent of Mr. Alessandro Alessandroni himself! Perhaps the fact Torossi co-wrote four compositions on Alessandroni’s Fischio in armonia for SR Records in 1970 (reissued shortly thereafter as Sifflons en harmonie on French label St Germain Des Pres) is no coincidence.

An audio file of Stefano Torossi’s “Il cow boy innamorato” is online:

A handful of tracks were selected for Obsession dramatique, a compilation LP released in 1973 on French label Sonimage Press. The half a dozen album cuts include “Solitude,” “Pulsation de la mort,” “West,” “Après le massacre,” “Attention Danger,” and “La fosse.”

Obsession dramatique (1973) compilation LP [France] (SI 813)

Various Artists – Obsession dramatique (1973) Sonimage Press

Ironically, although all three Lupus Records’ albums by Stefano Torossi are long out of print and nearly impossible to find, a used vinyl copy of Obsession dramatique is not too difficult to find.

Obsession dramatique (1973) Sonimage back

Various Artists – Obsession dramatique (1973) Sonimage Press back

Stefano Torossi’s “West” is on YouTube:

One more track from Tensione e distensione, “Fossa,” is included on Obsession dramatique. Stefano Torossi composed the short piece for use on a suspense film or TV program.

Stefano Torossi in Italiani! È severamente proibito servirsi della toilette durante le fermate (Italian! It is Strictly Forbidden To Use The Toilet During The Stops!) (1969)

Stefano Torossi as Garibaldi in Vittorio Sindoni’s 1969 film Italiani! È severamente proibito servirsi della toilette durante le fermate

Stefano Torossi’s “Fossa” is here:

Tensione e distensione also showcases a pair of Stefano Torossi’s psychedelic pieces, “Sistole” and “Streghe.” Another example of this experimental, free form side of Torossi to look for online is “Sud America,” a composition found on Un tema: Tante variazioni, the album Lupus released before Tensione e distensione.

Fotriafa (aka Stefano Torossi) - Una tema tante variazioni (early 1970s) Lupus Records

Fotriafa (aka Stefano Torossi) – Una tema tante variazioni (early 1970s) Lupus Records

Stefano Torossi’s “Streghe” is on SoundCloud:

See the Albums section at the top of the Web page for feature articles on Stefano Torossi’s two earlier LPs on Lupus Records including the first one, Qualche tema lungo.

Stefano Torossi - Qualche Tema Lungo (1971) Lupus (Italy) (Lus 215)

Stefano Torossi – Qualche tema lungo (1971) Lupus Records

Among the three videos from Qualche tema lungo that are currently found online is the first version of Stefano Torossi’s original composition, “Per lei. ”

Stefano Torossi’s “Per lei (I versione)” is on YouTube:

New LP Features Franco De Gemini and Stefano Torossi Composition

Library Of Sound Grooves: Jazz Expressions From The Italian Cinema (1963-1975), a just-released two-LP set from Semi-Automatic Records, includes “Cheops & Nefertiti,” a track Stefano Torossi composed with Franco De Gemini that originally appeared on the soundtrack for Si puo’ fare molto con 7 donne released by Italy’s Beat Records Company.

Library Of Sound Grooves - Jazz Expressions From The Italian Cinema (1963-1975) (2015) Semi-Automatic Records

Library Of Sound Grooves – Jazz Expressions From The Italian Cinema (1963-1975) (2015) Semi-Automatic Records

The vinyl release showcases some of the most talented composers and musicians to work on Italian films, with multiple contributions from Alessandro Alessandroni, Sandro Brugnolini, Stelvio Cipriani, Ennio Morricone, Armando Trovaioli, and Piero Umiliani. More information on the new, limited edition compilation is found at Discogs including a list of all 29 tracks.

Franco De Gemini and Stefano Torossi’s “Cheops and Nefertiti” is on YouTube:

And one more deep cut from the out-of-print, near-impossible to find Tensione e distensione LP, Stefano Torossi’s “Verde Irlanda.”

Stefano Torossi - Tensione e distensione (1970s) Lupus Records back

Stefano Torossi – Tensione e distensione (1970s) Lupus back

Stefano Torossi’s “Verde Irlanda” is online:

Note: If any legal rights holders object to the posting of these rare, out of print, and unavailable tracks ripped from this correspondent’s personal collection, please drop a line and they will be removed immediately.

Torossi Audio III Features Cuts from Seven Albums Released Around 1971

The following fifteen compositions and two excerptz are taken from seven albums released in or about 1971: a cut from Giancarlo Gazzani’s Musica per commenti sonori (CO 10006), an excerpt from Gazzani’s Musica per commenti sonori (CO 10007), both on Costanza Records, a track from Gianna Mazza’s La citta N. 2 on Fly Records, two cuts and an excerpt from Torossi’s Un tema: Tante variazioni on Lupus Records, one from his Qualche tema lungo on Lupus, and four from his Tensione e distensione LP on Lupus, and three from Torossi’s Michelangelo e il Rinascimento on Canopo.

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