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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 cds (July 2013):

The Masters of Tango - Juan D'Arienzo - El simpático
The Masters of Tango - Quinteto Pirincho - Champagne Tango RCA Victor 100 Años - Julio De Caro Tango Collection - Mercedes Simone

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The Masters of Tango - Juan D'Arienzo - El simpático

The Masters of Tango - Juan D'Arienzo - El simpático

LCDM 2742312

We shouldn't need this - aren't these D'Arienzo instrumentals all published elsewhere? What about the D'Arienzo albums on Euro Records Colección 78 RPM, for instance?

There's just one problem - those CDs are deleted. If you are looking for D'Arienzo's instrumentals, this is now one of the best places to look. Letting down the side for the dancer are the last four tracks from 1960-1961. Ignore these, however, and you have a very useful 40s/50s compilation album.

Excellent liner notes as always in this series.

Track list

  1. El resero
  2. Vea vea
  3. El romántico
  4. Don Alfonso
  5. La maleva
  6. Canaro en París
  7. Tucumán
  8. Don Juan
  9. La cumparsita (1951)
  10. El simpático
  11. Yapeyu
  12. Luis Alberto
  13. El pollo Ricardo
  14. Julie
  15. Don Goyo
  16. El embrollo
  17. Criollo de ley
  18. Don Alejandro
  19. Barrio Belgrano
  20. Mas grande que nunca
  21. Tapado gris
  22. Mi viejo Montevideo
  23. Puro tango
  24. Gran señor
  25. Poco y bueno

The Masters of Tango - Quinteto Pirincho - Champagne Tango

The Masters of Tango - Quinteto Pirincho - Champagne Tango

LCDM 2742303

Don't be fooled: it says Francisco Canaro, but this is actually a compilation of Canaro's Quinteto Pirincho, the old-style quintet he formed in 1937 when D'Arienzo had made up-tango music fashionable again.

Very much an album of two halves, tracks 1-12 present recordings from 1937-1938 when the quintet was still called the Quinteto Don Pancho. The disc then zooms forward to the early 50s, with the final track being from 1961.

Track list

  1. El choclo
  2. Derecho viejo
  3. Don Esteban
  4. El pollo Ricardo
  5. Champagne tango
  6. El Garrón
  7. El alacrán
  8. La viruta
  9. El flete
  10. El ciruja
  11. Gloria
  12. Quejas de bandoneón
  13. El chamuyo
  14. Charamusca
  15. La maleva
  16. La quebrada
  17. El internado
  18. Alfredo
  19. Una noche de garufa
  20. A su majestad
  21. Pimienta
  22. El apache argentino
  23. El once
  24. Tana linda
  25. El triunfo

RCA Victor 100 Años - Julio De Caro

RCA Victor 100 Años - Julio De Caro

BMG 88173

This album of the late 1920s recordings of Julio De Caro is definitely the place to start listening to this great innovator.

The sound fidelity is excellent and so are the selections. Flores negras is the tango which more than any other defined - created - the idea of the long phrase in tango music. Also included is El taita (Raza criolla) which would later be immortalised by Pugliese. Comparing the two versions is fascinating.

Track list

  1. Boedo (1928)
  2. Tierra querida (1927)
  3. El taita (Raza criolla)
  4. Flores negras (1927)
  5. Derecho viejo (1926)
  6. Color de rosa
  7. Copacabana (Nido de amor) (1927)
  8. El monito (1928)
  9. Guardia vieja (1926)
  10. Desvelo
  11. Ivette
  12. La rayuela (1926)
  13. Parlamento
  14. Mal de amores
  15. Mala junta (1927)
  16. Vengan muchachos
  17. Maipo (1928)
  18. La última cita
  19. Loca bohemia (1928)
  20. Vayan saliendo

Tango Collection - Mercedes Simone

Tango Collection - Mercedes Simone

RGS 1646

The best female voice in tango? You decide, but Simone's rich and noble alto does it for me every time. Her darker tones suited an orchestra better than the sopranos and she sang a couple of tracks with Adolfo Carabelli, including her signature tune, Cantando.

Track list

  1. Cantando
  2. Carnaval de mi barrio
  3. Será una noche
  4. Náufrago
  5. Vieja amiga
  6. Cuando silba el viento
  7. Pena mulata
  8. Claudinette
  9. Abandono
  10. Negra María
  11. Caricias
  12. Incertidumbre
  13. El tamboril
  14. Ave sin rumbo
  15. Quedate tranquilo
  16. Tu nombre
  17. Milonga triste
  18. Media vida
  19. Amargura
  20. El viejito del acordeón

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