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Lucio Demare

Lucio Demare

There's one word to describe Lucio Dmeare's music: lush. My apologies to anyone who is not a native speaker of British English. It is a music that is rich and sensual, occasionally strong but without

Demare appears not overly concerned with commercial success (although he did also work in films with his brother Lucas) and there are relatively few recordings. His best singer was without a doubt Juan Carlos Miranda, the vocalist on the iconic Malena. Roberto Arrieta sounds much better with Demare then he does with Miguel Caló - whilst I feel the opposite is true of Raúl Berón, the biggest name here. The little known Horacio Quintana suits the orchestra very well and feels neglected.

The contribution of the violinist Raúl Kaplun to the Demare sound was definitive. Listen for his rich tone, sharp attack and powerful arrastre leading the string section.

Demare on Reliquias

These are the only three CDs available - just start at the top and work your way down.

Lucio Demare - Sus éxitos con Miranda, Berón y Quintana

EMI 529132

This is it - Juan Carlos Miranda's best tracks, including Malena. Quintana's Solamente... ella, a neglected masterpiece with a stupendous lyric from - who else? Homero Manzi. Igual que un bandoneón I enjoy even more than Tanturi's version. Just buy one.

By the way, Carnavalito is actually a musical genre in rural argentina, and the theme is arranged as a milonga here.

temporarily out-of-print

Tracklist

  1. Malena
  2. Al compás de un tango
  3. No te apures carablanca
  4. Negra María milonga
  5. El naranjerito milonga
  6. El baile de los domingos
  7. Vieja ribera
  8. Me llaman el zorro
  9. Se fué vals
  10. Carnavalito (Quebradeño) milonga
  11. Torrente
  12. El aguacero
  13. Nos encontramos al pasar
  14. Igual que un bandoneón
  15. Oriente
  16. Solamente... ella
  17. Están sonando las ocho
  18. Alhucema
  19. Dos corazones vals
  20. Señores yo soy del centro milonga

Canta:

  • Juan Carlos Miranda (1-5)
  • Raúl Berón (6-10)
  • Horacio Quintana (11-20)

Lucio Demare - Sus primeros éxitos

EMI 541698

These are not all the "early hits" promised by the title - the disconcerting version of Malena with Héctor Alvorado dates from the 1950s - but most of this is outstanding. Don't overlook the instrumentals, they are wonderful.

temporarily out-of-print

Tracklist

  1. Telón
  2. Din don
  3. La racha
  4. Tango guapo
  5. Nunca supe por qué vals
  6. Color de rosa
  7. Mañana zarpa un barco
  8. Soy muchacho de la guardia
  9. El chupete
  10. Milonga en rojo milonga
  11. Sorbos amargos
  12. Tinta verde
  13. Canción de rango
  14. Pa' mi es igual
  15. Florcita
  16. Corazón... no le digas a nadie
  17. Se va una tarde más
  18. Malena
  19. Lo mismo que un tango
  20. Más allá de mi rencor

Canta:

  • Juan Carlos Miranda (1,2,5,7,10,11,14)
  • Roberto Arrieta (4,8,13)
  • Horacio Quintana (16,17,19)
  • Héctor Alvorado (18)
  • Carlos Bernal (20)

Lucio Demare - Sus éxitos con Raúl Berón

EMI 499978

That's right - Raúl Berón finishes third. Amazing. This disc is a bit of a slow burner. Berón creates a softer mood than Miranda or Quintana, and the music is less powerful although it loses nothing of its charm.

temporarily out-of-print

Tracklist

  1. Una emoción
  2. Y siempre igual
  3. Palomita mía
  4. Ropa blanca milonga
  5. Tal vez sera su voz
  6. Dos palabras, por favor
  7. Como se hace un tango
  8. Al pasar
  9. Oigo tu voz
  10. En un rincón
  11. Pena de amor
  12. Luna milonga
  13. Que solo estoy
  14. Moneda de cobre
  15. Canta pajarito
  16. No nos veremos más vals
  17. El pescante
  18. Soy del 90
  19. La cosa fue en un boliche
  20. Chatero de aquel entonces milonga

Canta:

  • Raúl Berón (1-20)


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