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This month's cds (January 2011):
This month: Edgardo Donato
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Tango collection - Edgardo Donato
Since El Bandoneón deleted their Donato CDs a few years ago, there has been nowehere to refer you to for lots of classic tracks from Edgardo Donato. El huracán, Chiqué, Hácete cartel, and La cumparsita were completely unavailable, whilst Santa milonguita, El día que me quieras, Ruego, were only available on an expensive mp3 collection from Argentina. I could also add El chamuyo, only recently available once more on the 10 CD box on Membrán.
Now you can find all these tracks on this new CD from RGS. The CD is not entirely classic 30s Donato cuts however; there are also 7 cuts from 1950-1951. Apart from the instrumental El acomodo, you can spot these on the listing from the vocalists, Adolfo Rivas and Carlos Almada. These are mostly forgettable, although the vals is fun and it's interesting to hear both versions of Donato's signature track, Se va la vida.
The fidelity is okay, but nothing outstanding, certainly no better than what we had from El Bandoneón. As so often with Argentine labels, the singer information on the back cover is incomplete. Nevertheless the album becomes essential by virtue of being the only player in a sparsely populated field. Great value at 25 tracks.
- La cumparsita
- El huracán
- El camión
- Se va la vida (1950)
- El día que me quieras
- Porque no me besas vals
- Preparate pa´l domingo
- El acomodo (1951)
- Santa milonguita
- Por qué doblan las campanas
- La caída de la estantería
- El vinacho
- Pasíon criolla
- Rosa poneme una ventosa
- Hácete cartel
- Papas calientes tango-milonga
- Carnaval de mi barrio
- Sácale punta milonga
- El adiós
- El chamuyo
- Se va la vida (1936)
- La tablada
- 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)
Rodolfo Biagi - Sus éxitos con Alberto Amor
When I first listened to this CD I liked it for only one track: the killer milonga Pobre negrito (Flor de Montserrat). There's nothing else like it, and the rest of the CD features a Biagi we don't really recognise. Alberto Amor's first recordings with Biagi are in 1943 - some years after Biagi's fast paced early hits with Teófilo Ibáñez and Andrés Falgás. Amor's opportunity came when Jorge Ortiz left Biagi to work with Miguel Caló. They recorded 30 tracks together in the years 1943-1947; 20 of them are in this disc.
The way to approach this music is not to expect from it what you expect from early Biagi, because it's not fast-paced. Imagine that it's Biagi's elder brother. This is the same period when Héctor Mauré recorded with Juan D'Arienzo and it's a similar pairing, although not as classy. Mauré imposed a slower and more melodic interpretation upon The King of The Beat, and the best of Biagi/Amor has the same feeling, for instance in tracks such as Arlette where Amor's baritone voice carries the melody over an arrangment that is more melodic than usual. It's a classic track, and amazingly comes from their first session together. The best tracks are the slower ones: Marol maintains the same feeling. Find the right time to play it - later in a long evening, or even at a tea dance - and it's right on the spot.
As ever with Biagi there are nice milongas and valses. Recommended if you are looking for something a little different.
- Café de los angelitos
- Si la llegaran a ver
- Paloma vals
- Me quedé mirándola
- Cuando llora la milonga
- Tus labios me dirán
- Seamos amigos
- Pobre negrito (Flor de Montserrat) milonga
- Cuatro lagrimas
- Y dicen qie no te quiero
- Por algo será
- Prisionero vals
- Tres horas
- Hoy te quiero mucho más
- Pudo ser una vida
- Con mi perro milonga
Alberto Amor (1-20)
Carlos Di Sarli - sus priméros éxitos vol.1 - Roberto Rufino
Carlos Di Sarli is one of the legendary figures of the golden age of tango, one of the first names to come to mind whenever tango music is discussed. But it was not always so. In 1931, considered merely derivative of Fresedo - with whom he had worked for a while as a pianist, in one of the 5 parallel live orchestras that the maestro ran in the mid 1920s - Di Sarli lost his recording contract and thus effectively his job in the cutbacks following the talking-pictures revolution. In the mid 1930s he left Buenos Aires, withdrawing to Rosario.
He re-formed his orchestra in 1938 and, after achieving success on Radio El Mundo, re-entered the recording studio on December 11th, 1939, after an absence of nearly a decade. He choose to inaugurate the next phase of his career on record with the two now iconic opening chords of the wonderful tango Corazón, his own composition.
It's hard to take in that the singer on that day, Roberto Rufino, was only 17 years old. He sings with a maturity that belies his age. People grew up faster in those days.
This album is just quality from start to finish. Rufino's voice soars like a bird above Di Sarli's strings, which handle both the rhythm and the melody. The few valses and the one milonga - like Pugliese and Troilo, Di Sari recorded very few - are excellent.
- Tristeza marina
- Mañana zarpa un barco
- Canta, pajarito
- Cosas olvidadas
- Rosamel vals
- En un beso la vida
- El cielo en tus ojos
- Pena mulata milonga
- Alma mía vals
- Necesito olvidar
- Un día llegará
- Noche de carnaval (Otra vez carnaval)
A real curiousity: a CD of Yiddish tangos, both classic and contemporary, form various artists. Zully Goldfarb is a contemporary Argentine tango singer.
- Papirosen - Zully Goldfarb
- Gedenk - Benzio Witler
- A bisale glik - Benzio Witler
- Tate mame - Rosita Londner
- Ale farloin - Benzio Witler
- A shoa daine - Shifra Lerer
- Skripka - Henri Gerro
- Yiddish tango - Bernard Potock
- Rivka ben zabes - Bernard Potock
- Zwei schwrartze oygn (Two dark eyes) - Benjamin Sandler
- Friling - Zully Goldfarb
- Mir lebn eybik - Duo Myr
- Ich hob dich lieb - Jacob Sandler
- Libste (Dearest) - Benzion Witler
- Tango margarita - Jacob Sandler
- La cumparsita - Jose Derasner
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