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Julio De Caro

Julio De Caro's sextet. De Caro stands centre with his cornet violin. Pedro Laurenz is on our right.
Tango is also music
 - Julio De Caro

Julio De Caro and his brother Francisco changed the face of tango music in the late 1920s by expanding the possibilities available to the musicians. This was a band that emphasised richness and musicianship. Future orchestra leaders such as Pedro Laurenz, Osvaldo Pugliese and Pedro Maffia passed through his ranks. All the bands came under his influence. A decade later, Pugliese in particular would reach the heights he achieved by standing on De Caro's shoulders.

De Caro emphasised the longer phrase of the 4 x 4 at the expense of rhythm, and much of his music lacks the strong pulse that animates dancers - even when he lost his way in the 1940s in an attempt to follow the prevailing style.

Nevertheless his work remains interesting and significant. His final recordings (from 1949-1953) have won a place in the hearts of many dancers, whilst a tanda of his early music is sometimes to be enjoyed in the wee small hours.

What sort of buyer are you?

I just want one CD

Tango Collection - Julio De Caro

RGS 1641

Choosing only one album of De Caro means choosing a period, which is not ideal, but I'd advise you to start with his late 1920s recordings. Since the deletion of the RCA Victor 100 Años album, which had a nicer cover but fewer tracks, the CD of choice is clearly the one on Tango Collection. although the omission of Flores negras is a pity. Nver mind - we can listen to the 1952 recording instead on the next CD.


  1. El monito
  2. Boedo
  3. Amurado
  4. Mala pinta
  5. Adiós pueblo
  6. Buen amigo
  7. Carro viejo
  8. Chiqué
  9. Color de rosa
  10. Derecho viejo
  11. Quejas de bandoneón
  12. Gallo ciego
  13. Recuerdo
  14. Guardia vieja
  15. Jueves
  16. La rayuela
  17. La última cita
  18. Maipo
  19. Mal de amores
  20. Mala junta
  21. Tierra querida
  22. Todo corazón
  23. Vayan saliendo

I want more

The Masters of Tango - Julio De Caro - Tierra Querida

LCDM 2742310

The next stop is not De Caro's recordings from the 40s, but from the 50s (actually 1949-1953), when his music has a warmer feel. De Caro was never someone who pushed the lyric, as he preferred the lyricism of the instruments, but the few vocals numbers are excellent and for this reason we don't choose the instrumental album on From Argentina to the World. Mi dolor is outstanding, surely the best recording of this amazing tango.

For a long time this meant choosing the album Tangos de rompe y raja on Reliquias, but the same material can now be found closer to home on the French label Le chant du monde, whose CDs are much more attractively packaged.


  1. Derecho viejo
  2. Moulin rouge
  3. Maipo
  4. Tierra querida
  5. Ojos negros
  6. Flores negras
  7. Recuerdo
  8. Mala pinta
  9. El arranque
  10. Loca bohemia
  11. Todo corazón
  12. Buen amigo
  13. Mi dolor
  14. Chiclana
  15. Boedo
  16. Guardia vieja
  17. De rompe y raja
  18. Mala junta
  19. Aníbal Troilo
  20. El monito
  21. Copacabana
  22. Adiós pubelo
  23. Aromas
  24. Gallo ciego
  25. Quejas de bandoneón
  • Orlando Verri (12,13)

I want all the good stuff

Bien Jaileife

EMI 541697

Hard to find recordings from 1939-1942 when De Caro was competing with D'Arienzo's dance revolution. This is an up-tempo De Caro that is often hard to recognise. Some of the music is amazing but it's hard to escape the feeling that De Caro is losing his way.

In case you're wondering, jaileife is the hispanic version of the English word highlife.


  1. Flores negras
  2. El pensamiento
  3. Maipo
  4. Moulin Rouge
  5. El baqueano
  6. Copacabana
  7. La rayuela
  8. Catamarca
  9. Buen amigo
  10. Ay Elena vals
  11. Boedo
  12. El espiante
  13. Tierra negra
  14. El monito
  15. Beatriz vals
  16. Mala junta
  17. Arolas
  18. El motivo
  19. Un dilema
  20. Mamá yo quiero casarme vals


  • Héctor Farrel (10,11,20)
  • Agustín Volpe (15,19)

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