Alternative Fox presents a reissue of Piero Umiliani‘s “Il Paradiso Dell’Uomo“, originally released in 1963. Italian film composer Piero Umiliani enjoyed a long and illustrious career, creating nearly 200 film soundtracks, along with 40 music library LPs, and some 35 television themes.
“Il Paradiso Dell’Uomo” (AKA Man’s Paradise), subtitled “Forbidden Japan”, was a little-known documentary released in 1963 focusing on the roles assigned to women in the country, from the traditional pearl-fishing divers of the coast and urban factory workers to traditional dancers and the ambiguous world of geisha and striptease.
This impossibly-rare soundtrack mixes eastern and western musical elements, veering from classical tropes to swing jazz, with Chinese singer Mei Lang Chang on a couple of tracks and singer/composer/musicologist Francesco Potenza leading the chorus on another. 180 gram vinyl.