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This month's cds (April 2008):
As promised, this month we lead off with Astor Piazzolla's very best compilation cd, ever!
Remember, if you don't have a particular preference - let us decide for you. We'll just select one of the albums for you, taking into account your buying history and (if we know you personally) your tastes.
Next month we will be offering you Hugo Diaz next month as planned - look out for him - as well as a superb disc from Juan D'Arienzo.
Astor Piazzolla: Tango Piazzolla Key Works 1984-1989
With so many Piazzolla cds available - the Argentine export catalogue has sixty five, and that doesn't include European releases - you'd think it would be easy to pick up a good compilation. You'd be wrong!
During his career Piazzolla constantly experimented with new formations with varying results. The years in Italy, often represented on the albums you see in record shops in Europe, are far from the best.
Even if music critics rightly point to the three albums on American Clave as his best work (surely you've heard of Zero Hour), his most enjoyable work comes from his last years, and there has never been a better album of this material than this 1994 album on the British label Music Club. Despite being re-issued in the USA in 1996 under the title Songs From A Heavy Heart, this cd was deleted a long time ago but we've been busy buying up stocks from around the world and are pleased to offer it in our music club.
Standout tracks - Sur (with Roberto Goyeneche), Milonga del Angel and Oblivion
Fernando Suarez Paz is the superb violinist.
- Vuelvo al sur
- Tanti Anni Prima
- Tristeza separación
- Los sueños
- Duo de amor
- Tanguedia III
- Milonga del ángel
- Adiós nonino
- Nuevo tango
- Camorra III
- Regresso al amor
From Argentina To The World: Julio De Caro
Julio De Caro, the great innovator of the mid 1920s, just couldn't cope with the dancing age kicked of by D'Arienzo's revolution of 1935. After experimenting with different formations - seomtimes with very enjoyable results - he gave up in disgust, but then came out of retirement in 1949 to show the young upstarts how it was done. He recorded sparsely before hanging up his cornet-violin again - permanently this time, in 1953 (I've found just 27 tracks).
De Caro's arrangements are rich and understated, and unsurprisingly, given the emphasis placed by De Caro on tango as music, this cd is one which will be particularly enjoyed by musicians. With his brother Francisco on piano, musically this remains an important lineup.
After Pugliese rescued De Caro's repertoire in the 1940s with his classic recordings of Mala pinta, El monito and others, Julio hear shows his own conception of his music. I think this cd will surprise many.
- Flores negras
- Anibal Troilo
- Mala junta
- Tierra querida
- Guardia vieja
- La rayuela
- Ojos negros
- Todo corazón
- Loca bohemia
- El arranque
- Puro apronte
- Sueño azul
- El monito
- Alla en el cielo
- De rompe y raja
- Mala pinta
Aníbal Troilo - Yo soy el tango
It's come to my attention that some of you don't have this album, or rather, don't have a 1941 Troilo/Fiorentino album. How is this possible?
I shan't go on about this amazing music here for the simple reason that I've already done so on our essential tango recommendations page. Get one of these multimedia cds now - at less than the normal price - and you'll be in perfectly positioned to pick up subsequent discs in the series as we offer them through the club.
- Yo soy el tango
- Toda mi vida
- Con toda la voz que tengo milonga
- El bulín de la calle Ayacucho
- En esta tarde gris
- Mano brava milonga
- Milongueando en el '40
- Una carta
- Total, pa' que sirvo
- Te aconsejo que me olvides
- Cordon de oro
- El cuarteador
- Pajaro ciego
Miguel Caló - Sus éxitos con Podestá, Ortíz y Berón
This is our new Caló recommendation - a fine cd from the "Orchestra of the Stars" period and a great basis for a collection of his music. The disc features three of Caló's vocalists: Alberto Podestá, Raúl Berón and Jorge Ortíz. Podestá's drama and energy and Berón's romance were just oerfect for Caló. What about Jorge Ortíz - the man who had complemented Biagi so well? Amazingly, he works wonderfully with Caló as well.
- Yo soy el tango
- Bajo un cielo de estrellas vals
- Si tú quisieras
- Pedacito de ceilo vals
- Dos fracasos
- Barrio de tango
- A las 7 en el café
- Pa'que seguir
- Mi cantar
- Ya sale el tren
- Sans souci
- La abandoné y no sabía
- Jugando, jugando
- Milonga que peinas canas milonga
- Entre sueños
- Pobre negra milonga
- El divorcio milonga
Alberto Podestá (1-6);
Jorge Ortíz (8-12,19);
Raul Berón (14-18,20)
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