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Nothing improves your dancing so much as a good feeling for the special qualities of tango music. The idea of the club was to help you build a library of good tango music, tailored to your own tastes.

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 selection (September 2014):

Francisco Canaro - Instrumentales de Colección
Tango Collection - Orquesta Típica Victor Juan D'Arienzo - Tango for Export vol.2 Edmundo Rivero - Amigos Que Yo Quiero

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Francisco Canaro - Instrumentales de Colección

Francisco Canaro - Instrumentales de Colección

EMI 473886

A really nice and overlooked Canaro instrumental album, with great versions of El chamuyo Charamusca and the vals Noches de amor, although as usual this has a tiny amount of the introduction chopped off. (Don't worry, unless you have heard the transfers from Japan, you won't notice).

Reliquias porteñas is not the milonga put a pot-pourri of eleven famous tangos mixed together.

Track list

  1. Inspiración
  2. Pinta brava
  3. El chamuyo
  4. Charamusca
  5. El pinche
  6. Hotel Victoria
  7. Canaro
  8. El buey solo
  9. El internado
  10. El canillita
  11. El caburé
  12. Noches de amor vals
  13. El arroyito
  14. Buen amigo
  15. Todo corazon
  16. La puñalada milonga
  17. Mate amargo
  18. El tigre
  19. A mano limpia
  20. Reliquias porteñas

Tango Collection - Orquesta Típica Victor

Tango Collection - Orquesta Típica Victor

RGS 1642

This great CD of the Orquesta Típica Victor is now the only one available. The album is generous at 23 tracks and there is lots of material that wasn't issued on EURO, including their rare version of El amanecer. Fabulous! If you like the old style music, this is for you.

Track list

  1. Retintín
  2. La cumparsita
  3. Viejo rincón
  4. La payanca
  5. Flor de tango
  6. Re fa si
  7. De mi barrio
  8. Adiós muchachos
  9. Tradición
  10. La sonámbula
  11. Fumando espero
  12. Puente Alsina
  13. Chorra
  14. Dominio
  15. El porteñito
  16. Niño bien
  17. Coqueta
  18. El choclo
  19. La rosarina
  20. El chamuyo
  21. Bailarías
  22. El amanecer
  23. Libertad

Juan D'Arienzo - Tango for Export vol.2

Juan D'Arienzo - Tango for Export vol.2

ECD 1037

When stereo recording arrived in Argentina in 1963 the Golden Age of Tango was over, and so the executives at RCA decided to record a series of albums aimed at the overseas market entitled Tango for Export. Troilo recorded an album with this title, but the first album was offered to D'Arienzo who recorded four in all. These were reprinted over three CDs. Thanks to a price reduction by BMG (very much against the grain of recent events - everything else has gone up) we are able to offer it to you as part of our club.

This era is generally dismissed as having little on offer for the dancer, which is understandable when so few people were dancing. Troilo's work is sounding more and more like concert music. D'Arienzo's vocal work is veering towards the camp, but with his instrumentals he maintains the line that he has had from the beginning. The performances are even more extrovert than those from the 1950s, if that were possible. Purists condemn this music as kitsch, even a pastiche of his former work, but put those criticisms to one side and one discovers a music that is more humorous than before in sparkling sound quality.

I think this is a cracking CD, and definitely danceable. The performances are from 1966 and 1967.

Track list

  1. Organito de la tarde
  2. Que noche!
  3. Papas calientes milonga
  4. Inspiración
  5. La clavada
  6. El chupete
  7. Pura trampa
  8. La payanca
  9. Vea vea
  10. 9 de julio
  11. De mi flor
  12. Entre dos fuegos
  13. El once
  14. Gran Hotel Victoria
  15. Rodríguez Peña
  16. La viruta
  17. Benguria
  18. El amanecer

Edmundo Rivero - Amigos Que Yo Quiero

DK 15026

My research in to Troilo led me to this CD of Edmundo Rivero, which like last month's offering contains recordings from on the TK label in the years 1954 - 1957. These are again split between recordings with guitars (the majority) or with a backing orchestra. This was directed either by Victor Buchino, who worked as the leader of the house orchestra for TK, or later by Carlos Figari (formerly Troilo's pianist). I've identified these for you in the list below. Some of these recordings are sometimes misidentified as "lost" recordings with Troilo - don't be fooled.

Despite the overlap with last month's disc, I'd still recommend this to any lover of tango song for the quality of the performances.

Track list

  1. Amigos que yo quiero
  2. Qué risa!
  3. Guapo y varón
  4. Oración rante
  5. Mis consejos
  6. Amurado
  7. Muriéndome de amor
  8. Tessa vals
  9. Canchero
  10. Quién sino tú


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