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In the page of essential CDs we gave you our recommendations for the big four orchestras - D'Arienzo, Di Sarli, Pugliese and Troilo. Here are six more orchestras that really should be a part of your collection.

If you are looking for suggestions to extend your collection of Pugliese, or any other of the orchestras mentioned here, please look in the by artist section.


Tanturi-Castillo

Tangos de mi ciudad

Tanturi - Castillo

BMG 63357

The combination of Tanturi-Castillo was one of the greatest of the 40s. On this album, the second with Alberto Castillo on Tango Argentino (which includes five Tanturi albums in its catalogue) we can hear their pulsating early hits such as La vida es corta, Pocas palabras and the instrumental Comparsa criolla, which sounds suspiciously like a re-arrangement of Comme Il Faut.

We also get the milongas Mozo Guapo and Mi Morocha, and a sprinkling of valses. First rate transfers throughout: essential stuff.

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Track list

  1. Barajando recuerdos
  2. Decíle que vuelva
  3. Mi romance vals
  4. Así es la milonga milonga
  5. Noches de Colón
  6. Ese sos vos
  7. A mi madre (con los amigos) vals
  8. La huella
  9. Me llaman el zorro
  10. Comparsa criolla
  11. Mi piba
  12. Pocas palabras
  13. La serenata (mi amor) vals
  14. Mozo guapo milonga
  15. La vida es corta
  16. El moro
  17. Un crimén
  18. Marisabel vals
  19. Voz de tango (tango)
  20. Recuerdo vals

Canta

  • Alberto Castillo, except 10 and 13

The Masters of Tango - Angel D'Agostino - Café Domínguez

LCDM 2742313

The tango of Los Dos Angeles, Angel D'Agostino and singer Angel Vargas, whilst little played in Europe, is enduringly popular in Argentina. Here is a tango that manages to be both simple and elegant at the same time: musically rich and passionate but also subtle; never ostentatious or pompous. The lyrical voice of Angel Vargas, nicknamed El Ruiseñor (the nightingale) found his perfect foil in the understated arrangements of D'Agostino: theirs was one of the greatest combinations of the 1940s. Theirs is a subtle music of which one never tires.

D'Agostino / Vargas If you want to collect all of D'Agostino-Vargas, you will probably buy the 4 CDs on Tango Argentino, but a good place to start is this more recent compilation on You get good sleeve notes and the iconic, later (from 1955) Café Domínguez thrown in for good measure.

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Track list

  1. Café Domínguez
  2. Serpentinas de esperanza
  3. Rondando tu esquina
  4. A quién le puede importar?
  5. Caricias
  6. Menta y cedrón
  7. Shusheta
  8. Cuando se ha querido mucho
  9. Rosiata la Santiageña
  10. Palais de glace
  11. La nueva vecina
  12. Mi viejo barrion
  13. La última cita
  14. El poncho de olvido
  15. Mano blanca
  16. Cantando olvidaré
  17. La carreta
  18. Me llaman tango
  19. Madre hay una sola
  20. Transnochando
  21. Gorriones
  22. Traiga otra caña
  23. Adiós arrabal
  24. Tres esquinas
  25. Un copetín

Tango Masters - Pedro Laurenz: Patria Mía

LCDM 2742314

cover artwork Pedro Laurenz belongs firmly to the evolutionary school of Julio De Caro, where he played alongside Pedro Maffia and Osvaldo Pugliese. Although commercially not as successful as some he belongs firmly to the first rank and in terms of musical richness and creativity his music is unsurpassed. Many consider that his first recorded tango, Arrabal inaugurated the true golden age of tango. Listening to it now it's astonishing to realise that this was recorded way back in 1937 - it is a fount of musical invention with an incredible syncopated central section that still leaves me breathless.

Laurenz is also very stong in the vocal numbers. Juan Carlos Casas is not one of the most famous names but nevertheless Abandono and No Me Extraña are outstanding.

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Track list

  1. Arrabal
  2. Abandono
  3. No me extraña
  4. Desconsuelo
  5. Amurado
  6. Orgullo criollo
  7. Al verla pasar
  8. Es mejor perdonar
  9. Firuletear de bandoneón
  10. Nunca tuvo novio
  11. Venticuatro de agosto
  12. Alma de bohemio
  13. Patria mía
  14. Garúa
  15. Que nunca me falta
  16. Recién
  17. Yo quiero canta un tango
  18. Todo
  19. Muchachos mi último tango
  20. Como el hornero
  21. Llueve otra vez
  22. La madrugada
  23. Más solo que nunca
  24. Me están sobrando las penas
  25. Nada más que un corazón

Cantan:

  • Héctor Farrel (2)
  • Juan Carlos Casas (3-5,9)
  • Martín Podestá (7)
  • Alberto Del Campo (8)
  • Alberto Podestá (10-20)
  • Carlos Bermúdez (21-25)
  • Instrumental (1,5)

Al compás del corazón

Miguel Caló

EMI 837413

In the early part of the 1940s the orchestra of Miguel Caló was one of the most popular in Buenos Aires. Its success was due not simply to Caló's exquisitely tasteful style but also to the quality of its musicianship.

This cd of Caló with young vocalist Raúl Berón presents some of the most tender tango music ever recorded.

Caló heard straight away that Berón's romantic voice would be perfect for his orchestra. Berón had never sung tango music before(!) and Caló took a huge risk with the first side they cut together, Al compás del corazón. The most daring element was not the new vocalist, but the lyric. Rejecting the traditional elements of loss and nostalgia, Homero Expósito wrote a lyric which looked forward to a happy ending.

It seemed that Caló had erred, because the officials at the radio station where Caló was performing didn't like Berón's style and told Caló to get rid of him. But it turned out that Caló had read the signs of the times correctly, because in the meantime the disc came out and was a huge hit. The binomial Caló/Berón became one of the great combinations of the 1940s.

This cd is of a uniformly high quality. As well as the title track, Corazon, no le hagas caso is another that gets more than 10 out of 10. One waltz and a couple of milongas, including the terrific Azabache (here sounding rather refined, but still tremendous fun) complete the package.

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Track list

  1. Al compás del corazón
  2. Trasnochando
  3. Que te importe que llore
  4. Tarareando
  5. Azabache milonga candombe
  6. Lejos de Buenos Aires
  7. Tristezas de la calle Corrientes
  8. El vals soñador vals
  9. Jamas retornaras
  10. En tus ojos de cielo
  11. Margarita Gauthier
  12. Milonga antigua milonga
  13. Corazon, no le hagas caso
  14. Cuatro compases
  15. Un crimen
  16. Domingo a la noche

Adiós Marineo

Alfredo de Angelis

EBCD-35

The orchestra of Alfredo de Angelis is one of those that tango snobs like to denigrate for the simplicity of its style. His music is however perfect for dancing and, in his early waltzes, completely irresistible. It is a very happy music.

This disc from El Bandoneón features no less than fourteen of the wonderful duos of Carlos Dante and Julio Martel, five of them waltzes. Soñar y nada más is excellent and for my money puts Canaro's interpretation in the shade - although Troilo manages to create a different mood with the same piece. This is also the only place one can easily find the vals Pequeña .

The tangos too are delightful, most especially in De Angelis' own compositions, Remolino and Pregonera. Meanwhile, tracks such as Amigazo give the lie to the suggestion that De Angelis's music is just too light and fluffy. (If you like those stronger tracks, check out his classic version of Gloria).

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Track list

  1. Compadrón
  2. Remolino
  3. El entrerriano
  4. Del pasadomilonga
  5. Pobre flor
  6. Adiós marinero
  7. 9 de julio
  8. Amigazo
  9. Soñar y nada más vals
  10. Pregonera
  11. Flores del alma vals
  12. Cien guitarras milonga
  13. Pastora
  14. Pura Maña
  15. Por eso grito
  16. El chanar
  17. No vuelvas María vals
  18. Virgen de la serranía
  19. A Magaldi vals
  20. Mi cariñito vals
  21. Pequeña vals
  22. Victoria
  23. Que vachache
  24. Confesión
  25. Cambalache
  26. Esta Noche Me Emborracho

Tango collection - Edgardo Donato

RGS 1640

Donato's cheeky rhythm paved the way for D'Arienzo and is full of feel-good fun, but has not been well represented on CD

This album has 18 classic Donato cuts from the 1930s - and 7 more cuts from 1950-1951, which are mostly forgettable.

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Track list

  1. La cumparsita
  2. El huracán
  3. Chiqué
  4. El camión
  5. Se va la vida (1950)
  6. El día que me quieras
  7. Porque no me besas vals
  8. Preparate pa´l domingo
  9. El acomodo (1951)
  10. Santa milonguita
  11. Por qué doblan las campanas
  12. La caída de la estantería
  13. El vinacho
  14. Pasíon criolla
  15. Tierrita
  16. Rosa poneme una ventosa
  17. Hácete cartel
  18. Papas calientes tango-milonga
  19. Carnaval de mi barrio
  20. Ruego
  21. Sácale punta milonga
  22. El adiós
  23. El chamuyo
  24. Se va la vida (1936)
  25. La tablada
Cantan:
  • Félix Gutiérrez (2)
  • Juan Alesio (6)
  • Adolfo Rivas (7)
  • Hugo Del Carril (12,16)
  • Carlos Almada (4,8, 11,13)
  • dúo Lita Morales/Horacio Lagos (19)
  • dúo Antonio Maida/"Randona" (20)
  • dúo Horacio Lagos/"Randona" (21)
  • Horacio Lagos (17,22,24)

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