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Nothing improves your dancing so much as a good feeling for the special qualities of tango music. The idea of the club was to help you build a library of good tango music, tailored to your own tastes.

The club ran for 8 years, from December 2008 to December 2015, but was forced to close because of the reducing supply of tango CDs, itself a consequence of on-line listening (youtube and spotify) and of course copying.

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This month's cds (December 2013):

Unicos - Aníbal Troilo
Tango Collection - Orquesta Típica Victor Osvaldo Fresedo - tangos de salon Francisco Canaro: Roberto Maida canta sus éxitos

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Unicos - Aníbal Troilo

Unicos - Aníbal Troilo

DK 14142

Rare Troilo recordings from the early 1950s when he was contracted to the Argentine TK label. The only place to get this on CD now that Euro have stopped production.

The sound fidelity is excellent and so are the selections. The version of Quejas de bandoneón is Troilo's best, for my money. Fuegos artificiales is excellent, but even better is Ojos negros, whose arrangement and interpretation is so fresh that it's hard to believe that this tango dates from c.1909. Essential.

This CD is a copy of an LP, and reproduces a mistake made by its ancestor: Track 10, El Marne, is not Troilo at all, but the orchestra of Pedro Maffia in a rare recording from 1959. Far from being a disappointment, this is an opportunity to savour the bandoneón playing of one of Troilo's greatest influences.

Track list

  1. Quejas de bandoneón
  2. Tecleando
  3. Fuegos artificiales
  4. Taquito militar milonga
  5. Bandoneón arrabalero
  6. Que risa
  7. El choclo
  8. La cumparsita
  9. Ojos negros
  10. El Marne
  11. El entrerriano
  12. Callejón


Tango Collection - Orquesta Típica Victor

Tango Collection - Orquesta Típica Victor

RGS 1642

This great CD of the Orquesta Típica Victor is now the only one available. The album is generous at 23 tracks and there is lots of material that wasn't issued on EURO, including their rare version of El amanecer. Fabulous! If you like the old style music, this is for you.

Track list

  1. Retintín
  2. La cumparsita
  3. Viejo rincón
  4. La payanca
  5. Flor de tango
  6. Re fa si
  7. De mi barrio
  8. Adiós muchachos
  9. Tradición
  10. La sonámbula
  11. Fumando espero
  12. Puente Alsina
  13. Chorra
  14. Dominio
  15. El porteñito
  16. Niño bien
  17. Coqueta
  18. El choclo
  19. La rosarina
  20. El chamuyo
  21. Bailarías
  22. El amanecer
  23. Libertad

Osvaldo Fresedo - tangos de salon

Osvaldo Fresedo / Roberto Ray: Tangos de Salón

TARG 41287

Osvaldo Fresedo positioned himself musically as the darling of the barrio norte - the upper class in Buenos Aires. As the 20s became the 30s, this meant that his style became more romantic and more sweet. By the 1940s, that sweetness could become cloying, but in the 1930s, with singer Roberto Ray, the formula was - like Goldilocks's porridge - just right.

This is the kind of music that you would expect to hear in the Palm Court of the Waldorf Hotel as smartly dressed waiters glide amongst an elegant, sophisticated clientele serving champagne and cocktails. If that sounds like you, then you'll enjoy this music as well.

On this cd there are no milongas, and no valses either. Whilst Canaro was experimenting with new rhythms, Fresedo's idea of adventure is Isla de Capri, a North American composition which combined the rhythm of tango with the fox-trot.

That's not to say that there's no rhythm here - in En la huella del dolor Fresedo shows that he hasn't forgotten the rhytmic sensibility that made his work in the late 1920s so outstanding - but it's the melody that is emphasised. Many of these tracks are real classics, and some (such as Vida mía) are identified exclusively with the orchestra. It's not tango of the street - it's tango of the salón. Posh tango!

Track list

  1. Vida mía
  2. Niebla del riachuelo
  3. Aromas
  4. Pampero
  5. Sollozos
  6. Siempre es carnaval
  7. Volver
  8. No quiero verte llorar
  9. Yo no se llorar
  10. Isla de Capri tango-fox
  11. Como aquella princesa
  12. Angustias
  13. Media vuelta
  14. En la huella del dolor
  15. Cordobesita
  16. Recuerdos de bohemia
  17. Te juro madre mía
  18. Canto de amor
  19. Dulce amargura
  20. El mareo

Francisco Canaro: Roberto Maida canta sus éxitos

Francisco Canaro: Roberto Maida canta sus éxitos

Roberto Maida's late 30s sides with Francisco Canaro (that's them on the seminal Poema) are consistently wonderful and this CD presents some of their finest work.

Some great stuff including the awesome Milonga criolla - but don't get too excited by the sight of Milonga triste - it's a novelty track that you'll probably play once! All three valses ae delightful, and of the great tangos Mano a mano and El adiós are standouts - the latter in an interpretation that successfully escapes the gravity of Donato's stunning interpretation.

Track list

  1. Mano a mano
  2. Madreselva
  3. Nada más
  4. Romantica vals
  5. Desprecio
  6. Desaliento
  7. Adiós muchachos
  8. Milonga criolla milonga
  9. Ave de paso
  10. Siempre unidos
  11. El adiós
  12. La noche que me esperes vals
  13. Paciencia
  14. La cuarenta
  15. Que le importa al mundo
  16. Milonga triste milonga
  17. Mi noche triste
  18. Amor
  19. Milonguita
  20. Noches de amor vals

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