Following on from their disappointing (some might even say unnecessary) release of Enrique Rodríguez in April (same tracks as Reliquias, poor fidelity), July saw another new release on Tango Collection: an album of Troilo instrumentals which includes those rare tracks from Troilo’s 1938 session with Odeón: Comme il faut and Tinta verde. EMI Odeón, to their shame, have never reprinted these tracks. So, how is this new album?! Because when I saw the track list I was quite excited, and hopeful that this would be another classic from RGS.
Sadly, the new CD is disappointing to the experienced ear. There is way too much noise reduction especially on the Odeón tracks. Now, what one makes of this depends a lot on the listener. If you mostly listen to tango music in your kitchen, the excessive noise reduction will not be offensive – it’s no worse, for instance, than the RCA-Victor 100 Años D’Agostino-Vargas CD, which we all liked at the time. So in summary, the kitchen tanguero will be delighted, but for the connoisseur the new CD is little short of a disaster. Place yourself on this spectrum and then decide whether you want one – don’t worry, I won’t tell any one ;-)
Headphones for DJ-ing have slightly different requirements than for normal use. The main one is that you have swivel cups on the earpieces, so that it’s easy to hold just one earpiece to your ear – then you can still hear what’s going on for the dancers.
For many years Sony’s MDR-V series have offered very good value for DJ-ing, but a few users have complained about its sturdiness and reliability. Sony have addressed these concerns with the new MDR-V55, which replaces the MDR-V500. These headphones have 40mm drive units so they are loud and they cover your ears really well. The new ‘phones come in four colour trims. The rrp is £89, but you can get the red trim version for as little as £52. Mac users may well prefer the white version which is similarly priced.
Back in stock: this exquisite album of piano solos by Carlos García, one of the most romantic pianists ever to have graced the world of tango. Recorded in 1991, this album represents the distillation of a lifetime’s work.
Twelve tracks may not sound like very many but will leave you more than satisifed.
This is playing of the very highest class – and you can dance to it as well. Simply a must.
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One of the CDs I was most pleased to last year was the Euro Records CD of Juan Maglio. This a great CD, but the release did more than this: it rehabilitated the reputation of an artist who, if he was remembered outside Argentina, it was largely for the pioneering work he did back in 1912~1913 when he was the most popular and successful artist in Buenos Aires. Important as this work was, it’s not of much interest for dancing today.
Some people have asked me for more. The good news, there is more, on El Bandoneón (for the moment at least – the label is not reprinting anything when stock runs out). Of their three CDs though only one is from the period we are interested in as dancers, the years 1926-1934. This is Sábado Inglés (1927-1930). It’s stuffed to the gunnels with five star tracks with ourstanding fidelity and virtually no overlap with the Euro album. We’ve tracked down the vocalists for you in the tracklist below (this is information you won’t find on the CD), principal among them Carlos Viván who sang extensively with Roberto Firpo’s orchestra in the 1930s. Maglio’s virtuoso bandoneón is on good display in tracks such as Qué vachaché. Enjoy!
People tell me Edgardo Donato‘s Triqui-tra (1940) is hard to find – but that’s not quite true. This is the only tango that Lita Morales sang without being joined by the orchestra’s other (male) singers, and hence it found its way onto this El Bandoneón CD, Las damas del tango, back in 1998. This is an excellent compilation although, quite naturally given the subject matter, mostly not for dancing. It focusses on the years 1926-1940 but with a couple of tracks going back to 1909 – the very first year that tango was recorded.
El Bandoneón seem not to be reprinting anything but this CD is still available – contact us if you want one.
Thanks to some enterprising teaching many people in the UK have been discovering zamba and I’ve received a number of requests asking me, what CD should one get?
This took a lot of research, and the answer is, buy the CD in the Argentine series of folk music with the delightful name Argentinisima. It’s called Los 40 anos de Argentinisima vol.9 – Zambas inolvidables. We have ordered some of these deleted albums – contact us.
The album includes the classic Zamba del pañuelo, a zamba often used by teachers. The version on this album is a recent one by Los fronterizos – here it is on youtube. If you are looking for a different version, contact me.
AT LAST! For several years, people have been asking me for a CD of Fresedo’s early sextet. Finally, courtesy of RGS’s Tango Collection, here it is.
This is a completely different Fresedo to the one you think you know. Strong beats and a base that almost growls at times make this just irresistible for dancing. The interpretation of La cachila is astounding, Lorenzo is delightful – you can find something good to say about every track on this CD.
Vidal’s sides with Pugliese are just scorching. We offered this CD some years ago in the club and couldn’t satisfy demand – happily it’s finally been reprinted. Click on the picture for track listing (and purchase information).
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, why haven’t I told you about this new Enrique Rodríguez album on Magenta, which has 26 tracks and a budget price? You want me to tell you? Okay I’ll tell you.
This is not a new album of Enrique Rodríguez, that’s why! These may be recordings made by his two most famous singers, Armando Moreno and Roberto Flores – but not with him. These recordings belong to the singers’ solo careers, after leaving Rodríguez, and they are not really worth listening to.
Magenta has some cheap CDs – when they are in print – but the label is a minefield: the two Tanturi CDs spring to mind as other examples of albums which are not what they appear to be. Take care – and if in doubt, ask us, we’ll be happy to advise.
This ambituously titled CD (Complete Discography vol.1!) is Magenta’s attempt at one of those 2 in 1 CDs we used to get, being the coupling of their album’s El Rey Del Compás and La Morocha. Both of these, remember, were CD issues of 16 track LPs on. The only trouble was, even stretching to the 80 minute format, they ran out of room! So we get a 30 track CD with 76’34″ of music – outstanding!
This CD features only the early years of D’Arienzo’s orchestra (1935-1939) with everything except Hotel Victoria featuring Biagi on piano, and plenty of tracks from Alberto Echagüe on vocals – many of the ones from the La morocha album being simply unavailable elsewhere. The first half is also the only place you can currently buy the 1938 recording of Florida on CD.
For a limited time we are selling this CD for just £10. Magenta CDs go out-of-print for long periods, and many are never reprinted, so if you fancy this – snap one up whilst you can.