Originally released way back in 1972 on LP, this Piero Umiliani score is more akin to the style normally employed by Italian composers such as Morricone and Nicolai. It has all the hallmarks of an Italian mini classic. The movie directed by Italian filmmaker Mario Bava, is a thriller-sex-espionage caper involving more twists and turns than a rollercoaster, it also contains a number of impressive looking ladies. Piero Umiliani employs a variety of themes that are jazz orientated as well as symphonic. He manages to merge the two very different styles successfully creating an interestingly original work. The use of choir is particularly interesting and effective, and the composer even manages to parody his own well known composition ‘Ma, Nah, Ma, Nah’ a couple of times. The distinct and impeccable whistling of Alessandro Alessandroni, is just one of the features of this excellent soundtrack that also contains, harpsichord, strings, saxophone, percussion and big band brass all of which go to make up a worthwhile and enjoyable listening experience.5_bambole_mdf343
I would say that 5 Bambole Per La Luna D’Agosto is one of the composer’s more attractive and also abundantly infectious  film scores. It also has the ability to stand on its own away from the movie as an entertaining work and one which I think is comparable with the music of Morricone on Love Circle and Bruno Nicolai on The Insatiables, both of which are highly regarded amongst collectors of Italian film music. Umiliani also employs the Sitar in a very unusual way, at times backed by a bossa nova beat and jazzy hammond organ, add to this the excellent choral work provided by Il Cantori Moderni and what we have is a great soundtrack.
This CD release also contains no less than seven extra cues that did not appear on the original vinyl issue, and Cinevox have very wisely put all of these cues at the end of the CD. I cannot recommend this soundtrack enough; it is typical Italian movie music from the 1970s but still manages to stand out above the more conventional music that was being produced outside of Italy during this period. Packaged well, with tributes to the composer included within the liner notes. A worthwhile addition to any collection and, for the uninitiated, a perfect way of getting to know the colours and musical flavours of Piero Umiliani.