This small Argentine label has a reputation for some of the least reliable information in the industry, but they have nice covers - something that DBN haven't worked out. Just make sure you know what you're buying.
Magenta have been hard to get hold of but in 2012 they reprinted some of their CDs. We make some recommendations below. Only the D'Arienzo album is truly essential. Many of the rest make good gifts, but there are often better choices for the serious collector.
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- 9051 Ricardo Tanturi con Alberto Castillo - Muñeca Brava
- 9053 Francisco Canaro - Ojos Negros
- 9063 Carlos Di Sarli - Duelo Criollo
- 9097 Osvaldo Puglise canta Jorge Vidal - Vieja Recova
- 9101 Juan D'Arienzo canta Alberto Echagüe
- 9105 Osvaldo Puglise - Amurado
- 9109 Tangos de la epoca del fonógrafo
- 88020 Felipe Antonio - Tangos Valses Milongas Pasodobles
Ricardo Tanturi con Alberto Castillo - Muñeca Brava
A beautiful cover and of course great music but average transfers. Don't do it! Get the CDs on Tango Argentino instead; see our Tanturi page for recommendations.
- El tango es el tango
- Ese sos vos
- Así se baila el tango
- La copa del olvido
- Moneda de cobre
- Al compás de un tango
- Muñeca brava
- Decile que vuelva
- Canción de rango
- Esta noche me emborracho
- Con los amigos
- Como se pianta la vida
- Pocas palabras
- Cuatro compases
- Recuerdo malevo
- Mozo guapo milonga
Francisco Canaro: Ojos Negros
Another Canaro album; is it any good?
Magenta's information is never good, but on this album they have surpassed themselves. There are dates on the back - something which would will be really helpful with Canaro who had such a long career! But no my friends, these are not recording dates! These are the dates that the pieces were composed. They have no relationship to the recording dates at all; some are more than 30 years later. Moreover, the CD also includes tracks from the Quinteto Pirincho
However: buried in amongst all this are some real gems. El triunfo is simply beautiful, and the tango Canto por no llorar with Charlo - who else - exquisite.
Ojos negros is the beautiful instrumental version from 1932, unavailable elsewhere on CD. (By the way: it turns out that Ojos negros que fascinan on La Cumparsita - Tango Argentina is not with Ernesto Famá at all, but is with Roberto Maida from 1935). Si yo fuera millonario is an excellent, typically up-beat Canaro tango from 1933 and the vals Vibraciones del alma is the 1956 version by the full orchestra.
And for those of you who like the modern sound, there are 5 tracks recorded in the 1960s - in stereo! These are: Pájaro azul Quiero verte una vez mas Bandoneón arrabalero Tres esperanzas and Tiempos viejos (Te acordás hermano). The unfamiliar names of the vocalists are a bit of a clue here, although not in the case of Eduardo Adrián who was singing with Canaro back in the 1940s.
To clear up the remaining confusions: the tangos Tierra negra, A la gran muñeca Milonga con variaciones and the milonga Arrabalera are by the Quinteto Pirincho whilst the delightful polca (!) Recuerdos is by the earlier incarnation of that group, Quinteto Don Pancho.
Goodness, that was hard work. This is why you come to milonga.co.uk!
- Pájaro azul (1964)
- Milonga con variaciones
- Ojos negros
- Arrabalera milonga
- Tierra negra
- Quiero verte una vez mas (1961)
- Canto por no llorar
- Bandoneón arrabalero
- El internado
- Tres esperanzas (1960)
- A la gran muñeca
- El triunfo
- Vibraciones del alma (1956) vals
- Recuerdos polca
- Tiempos viejos
- Si yo fuera millonario
Francisco Canaro y su orquesta except:
- Quinteto Pirincho (2,4,5,9,11)
- Quinteto Don Pancho (14)
- Alberto Arenas (sings the pregón on 5)
- Ernesto Rondó (6,15)
- Charlo (7)
- Isabel de Grana (8)
- Eduardo Adrián (10)
- Ernesto Famá (16)
Carlos Di Sarli - Duelo Criollo
Lovely Di Sarli album with 13 late 40s tracks from the baritone Jorge Durán, and 3 from Roberto Rufino. This was never the best choice for the collector, as you will want much more of both Durán and Rufino and for this one must turn to Tango Argentino. In any case, it's deleted.
- Acuérdate de mí
- Un tango... y nada más
- Otra vez carnaval
- Que no sepan las estrellas
- Vieja luna
- Porteño y bailarín
- Clavel del aire
- Tus labios me dirán
- Duelo criollo
- Mañana zarpa un barco
- Cosas olvidadas
- Tú intimo secreto
- Así era mi novia
- Con alma y vida milonga
- Hoy al recordarla
- Jorge Durán (1-9,12,13,15-16)
- Roberto Rufino (10,11,14)
Pugliese/Vidal - Vieja Recova
Scorching Pugliese sides from 1949-1950
In 1949, singer Jorge Vidal was homeless, and sleeping in the back of the bar where he performed. Pugliese discovered him and asked him to join his orchestra. Vidal agreed, but free spirit that he was he stayed only a year before going solo once again. They recorded only eight sides together.
This CD on Magenta is a reprint of the same LP that appears also on El Bandoneón. It includes Pugliese's electrifying instrumental composition Malandraca, one of the triptych of works he composed in the 1940s that define his style. If you don't like this music, Jack you dead.
Vidal is a very powerful baritone - my hair stands on end just thinking about his voice. Wonderful music and underappreciated: Pugliese just seems to be too much for a lot of people.
Pugliese - Vidal is otherworldly, I could spend a whole night dancing just to this cd... - D.D.
- Ventanita de arrabal
- Vieja recova
- Puente alsina
- Barra querida
- Testamento de arrabal
- La cieguita
- Porqué canto el tango
- Un baila a beneficio milonga
Jorge Vidal (1-3, 6-10)
Juan D'Arienzo canta Alberto Echagüe - La Morocha
Scandalous but true: the only place you can hear some of D'Arienzo's early hits with Echagüe.
- La morocha
- Cabeza de novia vals
- No mientas
- Que Dios te ayude
- Don Esteban
- El baqueano
- Pénsalo bien
- El irresistible
- El vino triste
- Melodía porteña
- Unión Cívica
- Estampa de varon milonga
- Milonga querida milonga
- De antaño milonga
Alberto Echagüe (2-5,9,11,14-16)
Osvaldo Pugliese - Amurado
A good selection of early Pugliese skewed towards the vocals. Quite rightly from the dancer's point of view, those vocal tracks favour Roberto Chanel, Pugliese's best singer for dancing.
The transfers are clean - to my ear, over-cleaned. If you like your music completely without crackles, then this is for you, but this is not my first choice. Sporadic supply
- Nada más que un corazón
- Silbar de boyero
- Adiós Bardi
- Anda que te cura Lola milonga
- Muchachos comienza la ronda
- Una vez
- El día de tu ausencia
- Mala pinta
- Ojos maulas
- Tu casa ya no está
- La mascota de barrio
- El tango es una historia
- Alberto Morán (2,10,13)
- Roberto Chanel (3-5,7-9,11,14-16)
Tangos de la epoca del fonógrafo
And now for something completely different!
This is a CD of the earliest tangos. It contains some of the very first tango recordings ever made, way back in 1905. including the first tango with vocals, El criollo falsificado by the Gobbi duo (Alfredo's parents).
The fidelity is surprisingly good throughout. A fascinating document for those who want to hear the roots of tango from over a century ago.
- Tango (poem) - Raúl Rinaldi recites over "Bartolo" by Alfredo Gobbi
- El choclo - Banda Municipal (1905)
- La franela - Manuel O. Campoamor (1905)
- Esquinita del recuerdo - Raúl Rinaldi recites over "Damas Porteñas" by Orquesta La Danza
- El criollo falsificado - Alfredo y Flora Gobbi
- Santa milonguita - Raúl Rinaldi recites over "La Pebeta" by Juan Maglio
- El perverso - Juan Maglio (1913)
- Ahi nomás - Vicente Greco (1911)
- Del arrabal - Raúl Rinaldi recites over "El Incendio" by Vicente Greco (1911)
- Cuidado con los 50 - Alfredo y Flora Gobbi
- Los mamertos - Angel Villoldo
- Deschave chorro - Raúl Rinaldi recites over "Para una muchacha solitaria" by Daniel Lomuto
- La budinera -Banda Municipal (1910)
Felipe Antonio - Tangos Valses Milongas Pasodobles
Felipe Antonio was another artist like Rafael Rossi who made music with a countryside feeling - even when performing city music. The group sounds like a trio of a bandoneón (presumably Antonio himself) backed by two guitars. The arrangements are very simple, the playing unsophisticated, but it's charming, relaxing and easy to enjoy.
Despite the title, I couldn't find any milongas here.
- Nueve de julio
- Rosas de otoño vals
- El amanecer
- Ensueño vals
- Manojito de claveles pasodoble
- Siga el corso
- El niño de las monjas pasodoble
- Una lágrima vals
- El choclo
- Quitapenas pasodoble
- Tendrás que llorar vals
- Derecho viejo
- Desde el alma vals
- La viruta
- El aeroplano vals
- Sentimiento gaucho
- Sueño de cascabel pasodoble
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