“Il corpo” is the last movie of Luigi Scattini’s trilogy, which started with “La ragazza dalla pelle di luna” (1972) and then continued with “La ragazza fuoristrada” (1973), all skillfully orchestrated by maestro Piero Umiliani. Here we are dealing with an erotic-noir film which has many elements in common with movies like “Ossessione” (“Obsession) or “I diabolici” (Les Diaboliques) and it centres on the relationship between Enrico Maria Salerno and the sensual Zeudi Araya.
Inevitably, Umiliani’s music privileges jazz and funky moods, dominated by the Hammond or- gan and wah wah – which are typical especially in some movies of the mid ‘70s – alternated with languid and almost “sleazy” instrumental ballads. “Hard times”, “Stream” and “White sand” remind us of Umiliani’s familiarity with jazz atmospheres, while “In the end” and “Free life” bring to our mind white sand beaches, naked bodies laying in the sun and erotic scenes. This soundtrack finds its strength in melancholy, but also in drama and tension – and it beautifully complements Scattini’s trilogy.
"Sweetly funky and very slinky – this is one of the best early 70s scores by the great Italian composer Piero Umiliani! The record has lots of bubbling electric piano, rumbling electric basslines, warm acoustic percussion, and moody wordless vocals. At some level, the album sounds a lot like the contemporaneous work by the great Italian Fender Rhodes combo Crossfire – but it's also filled with a spacey madness that could only come from the pen of Umiliani!" Dustygroove