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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 (June 2014):

Late 40s D'Arienzo - your time has come

Francisco Canaro - 20 Éxitos canta:  Carlos Roldan
Troilo - Casal Ricardo Tanturi - Encuentro Rodolfo Biagi - Al compás del vals

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Francisco Canaro - 20 Éxitos canta:  Carlos Roldan

Francisco Canaro - 20 Éxitos canta: Carlos Roldan

EMI 473888

I've made no secret of the fact that I'm not the world's biggest fan of Canaro after 1942, but there are plenty of good tracks amongst all the filler - you just have to select carefully.

Carlos Roldán was from Uruguay so you might expect him to specialise in candombe, and indeed he does not disappoint. Candombe is a five star track, but look closely and you get two candombes on this CD. More surprising is Canaro's interpretation of the vals Tu pálida voz. I have to confess, this is actually more danceable than the Di Sarli version, which is just too slow to use at the milonga, and the arrangment has some beautiful piano work.

A curious fact is that the three opening tracks on this CD were all recorded by Troilo with Fiorentino. How do thy stand up?

Well, Una carta is probably the weakest track on this CD; Canaro just can't get anywhere it. Sencillo y compadre on the other hand is much better, whilst with Mi castigo, Canaro's arranger finds a better solution than Troilo about what to do with the rather weak melody. I was surprised.

As ever with Canaro you get some lovely valses. A super CD.

Track list

  1. Sencillo y compadre
  2. Una carta vals
  3. Mi castigo
  4. Dos corazones vals
  5. Tango brujo
  6. Así se baila el tango
  7. Candombe milonga candombe
  8. Que me quiten lo bailao
  9. Va a cantar un ruiseñor
  10. Mi reflexión
  11. Tu pálida voz vals
  12. Los ojos más lindos
  13. Mariposa nocturna
  14. Queja indiana
  15. Alleluya milonga candombe
  16. Rosa de tango
  17. Su carta no llego
  18. Guitarra
  19. Bésame mi amor
  20. Destellos


Troilo - Casal

Troilo -Casal

Utopia 219269

Extremely rare early 50s sides from Troilo with singer Jorge Casal which have just been reprinted on an obscure Argentine label. La cantina is one of Troilo's greatest tangos - watch the video on youtube. Danceability varies, but this is essential for the collector.

Track list

  1. Una canción
  2. Barrio Viejo del '80 milonga
  3. Mentirosa
  4. Amigazo
  5. Milonga del Mayoral milonga
  6. Cantina
  7. Carmín
  8. Patio mío
  9. Cosos de al lao
  10. Vuelve la serenata vals


Ricardo Tanturi - Encuentro

Ricardo Tanturi - Encuentro

Reliquias 541697

This second CD of Tanturi with Enrique Campos is not quite as good as the first, but it's still a very fine album, and you can't play Oigo tu voz and Una emoción every time you want some of that Tanturi-Campos magic! The fine and relatively unknown milonga Bien criolla y bien porteña is I'm afraid a bit crackly (get your software out) but everything here deserves a place on our playlists: try Sollozos de bandoneón, Desde lejos and Encuentro to get going.

Track list

  1. Encuentro
  2. Cuatro lágrimas
  3. Dos palabras, por favor
  4. El corazón me decía
  5. Al pasar vals
  6. De 6 a 7
  7. La rayuela
  8. Cuatro recuerdos
  9. Ivón
  10. Calor de hogar
  11. Bien criolla y bien porteña milonga
  12. En el salón
  13. Calla bandoneón
  14. Esta noche al pasar
  15. Jirón de suburbio
  16. Me besó y se fué
  17. Sollozos de bandoneón
  18. Cantor de barrio
  19. Seis dias
  20. Soy muchacho de arrabal
  21. Desde lejos


Rodolfo Biagi - Al compás del vals

Rodolfo Biagi - Al compás del vals

EMI 235392

Twenty valses (count 'em!) from the ever-sharp Rodolfo Biagi, collected across the entire Reliquias catalogue, including the super-romantic Amor y vals from the compilation album Valses Inolvdibles. What are you waiting for - xmas?

Track list

  1. Viejo portón
  2. Loca de amor
  3. Lejos de tí
  4. Dichas que viví
  5. Déjame amarte aunque sea un día
  6. El último adiós
  7. Por un beso de amor
  8. Lágrimas y sonrisas
  9. Cuatro palabras
  10. Pájaro herido
  11. Marcheta (Marquita)
  12. Amor y vals
  13. Prisionero
  14. Sueño de juventud
  15. Paloma
  16. Tu melodía
  17. Aroma de amor
  18. Mañana por la mañana
  19. Serenata campera
  20. Adoración


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